Gun carriage pulled by five horses travels through Bexley on first day of journey around the world
PUBLISHED: 16:54 01 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:54 01 May 2015
King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery celebrate 300th anniversary with epic trip
Eight mounted soldiers from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and a gun carriage pulled by five horses travelled through Bexley this afternoon on the first day of a journey around the world.
The visit was part of celebrations to mark the year of the Royal Artillery’s 300th anniversary, which will see troops from the regiment, carrying a baton, circumnavigate the globe and visit 38 countries.
The Troop left their barracks at Woolwich this morning carrying the baton on the start of its journey.
The baton was handed over by an officer of the King’s Troop to an officer of 7 (Para) Royal Horse Artillery in a simple ceremony in front of the historic Danson House.
The King’s Troop – or The Troop, as it is known - is part of the Household Troops. Its duties include the firing of Royal Salutes in Hyde Park and Green Park on Royal Anniversaries and state occasions, providing a gun carriage and team of black horses for state and military funerals and performing the world famous musical drive around the country.
The Troop also performs the duties of the Queen’s Life Guard at Horse Guards for one month each year.
The men and women of the King’s Troop are trained as fighting soldiers and throughout the Afghanistan campaign augmented other units deploying overseas.
After leaving Danson Park, the troop from 7 (Para) Royal Horse Artillery carried the baton on the next leg of its journey, across Kent to Dover.