Royal Gun Salute at Antrim Castle Gardens
23 April 2018
The Majestic Antrim Castle Gardens hosted a Royal Gun Salute on Saturday 21 April to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday. This is normally held at Hillsborough Castle but due to refurbishment works, Antrim Castle Gardens was chosen as an alternative venue enabling the event to be opened to the public who were able to witness this unique event in the stunning surroundings of Castle Gardens whilst bathed in Spring sunshine.
Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie, CVO OBE, was joined by her cadet, Ms Yasmin Andrews at this prestigious event where Army Reserve officers and soldiers from 206 (Ulster) Battery, Royal Artillery based at Coleraine and Newtownards, had the honour of firing the celebratory traditional 21 Gun Royal Salute. This tribute was echoed at similar events in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Hamill commented “It is a privilege to host this event in our Borough and it is fantastic to see so many members of the public here today witnessing this spectacle”
Gun Salutes mark special, usually Royal, occasions, but the ceremony originated when the firing of a cannon as a Salute indicated the friendly intent of an empty chamber and Gun Salutes were fired, both on land and at sea, as a sign of respect and welcome.