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Special 21-round gun salute at Hillsborough Castle to mark His Majesty The King’s Accession Day

Large gun firing in ornate gardens

A special 21-round gun salute will be fired at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens this week to mark His Majesty The King’s Accession Day, exactly one year after Charles III acceded to the throne.

The 206 (Ulster) Battery of the Royal Artillery, also known as the Ulster Gunners, will fire a gun salute on the South Lawn on Friday 8 September to mark the commemoration.

A Gardens-only ticket or Castle and Gardens ticket is required in order to view the firing. The gun salute will take place at 12.00 midday when 21 rounds will be fired at 5 second intervals from 3 guns.

The 206 (Ulster) Battery was formed in 1967 as part of 102 (Ulster and Scottish) Light Air Defence Regiment.

In 1990, the 102 Regiment was granted the Freedom of the Borough of Newtownards followed by the freedom of Coleraine in 1992. Both honours have been passed down to 206 (Ulster) Battery as the only remaining subunit of the original Regiment.

The Battery are now part of 105th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Scottish and Ulster Gunners). In 2006 the Battery re-rolled from an Air Defence Battery to a Gun Battery and was equipped with four L118 Light guns (howitzers).

Members of The Battery has been mobilised in support of the Regular Army on a number of different operations though they also carry out ceremonial duties and are tasked to carry out Royal Salutes throughout the year.

For more information or to purchase a ticket please CLICK HERE.


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