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Queen reviews ceremonial unit set up by father 70 years ago

By Tony Jones

The Queen has taken to an open-top vehicle to inspect a ceremonial military unit that owes its existence to her father King George VI.

Standing in a Land Rover, the Queen was driven past the massed ranks of the King's Troop Royal Artillery - formed in October 1947 at the request of the King who wanted a troop of horse artillery to take part in the great ceremonies of State.

The Troop is famed for firing gun salutes on royal anniversaries and important occasions, and for providing a gun carriage and a team of black horses for State and military funerals.

Equipped with 13-pounder field guns dating from the First World War, the soldiers are superb equestrians who, when not performing ceremonial duties, can be deployed around the world on operations. After inspecting the ceremonial unit, the Queen received the royal salute of the servicemen and women.

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