A gun salute has been held in Cardiff Bay to mark the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation.

Reservists from 104 Regiment Royal Artillery fired the gun salute outside the iconic Pierhead Building.

Members of the public gathered in their hundreds to watch the event, which saw 21 rounds fired at 10 second intervals. Blank ammunition and three 105mm light guns were used.

The Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan Mrs Morfudd Meredith, also Vice-President of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associated (RFCA) for Wales, received the salute on behalf of Her Majesty.

The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Dianne Elizabeth Rees, and Head of the Army in Wales, Brigadier Alan Richmond OBE accompanied Mrs Morfudd Meredith, the Queen’s representative for the county.

The participants included Welsh reservists from C (Glamorgan Yeomanry) Troop 211 Battery and 217 (City of Newport) Headquarters Battery.

Although the event is ceremonial, the Royal Artillery has provided firepower to the British Army in every battle for 300 years. The role of reservists has increased and by committing a minimum of 27 days, they are valued members of the Defence family.

Reservists are ordinary people who make an extraordinary impact. They carry out a wide range of roles and receive world-class training to develop new skills and qualifications to boost their civilian lives. Reservists also receive pay and expenses for evening and weekend training, and equal pay to their regular ranks on deployment.

Royal Salutes are held in Cardiff, London, Scotland and Northern Ireland to mark special occasions, such as Royal anniversaries and birthdays.

There will be further Royal Salutes held throughout 2018 to mark events such as; The Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday, The Queen’s official birthday and The Prince of Wales’ birthday.

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