Posted on Friday 14 February 2014
Victoria Cheston, Commercial Director, outside Armoury House, the Headquarters of the Honourable Artillery Company
Army reservists from Guy’s and St Thomas’ took part in a Royal Gun Salute in honour of the Queen’s accession to the throne.
The reservists were joined by their employers and local dignitaries at the Tower of London on February 6 for the annual event. Representing the Trust was Commercial Director Victoria Cheston who described the experience as ‘unforgettable’.
She says: “It was a privilege to be in the company of such dedicated servicemen and women who perform these ceremonial duties alongside their civilian occupations.
“At Guy’s and St Thomas’ we employ many reservists and I have seen first-hand the benefits of the skills they bring back to the NHS from their operational experiences and training.”
Gun salutes at the Tower of London have marked important state and royal events since Tudor times.
State occasions are marked by a 41 gun salute – the traditional 21 gun salute, plus a further 20 because of the tower’s status as both a royal palace and fortress.
Royal anniversaries are marked with an extra 21 rounds as a mark of respect for the Sovereign from the City of London – a total of 62 rounds.