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Britain's Queen Visits Royal Horse Artillery

posted 31 May 2013, 06:55 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 31 May 2013, 06:56 ]

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the base of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in the Woolwich area of London.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MAY 31, 2013) (ITN) -  The Queen on Friday (May 31) visited the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery - a mounted, ceremonial unit that fires gun salutes on royal anniversaries and state occasions.

The soldiers from the King's Troop are fighting servicemen and the monarch met families of the unit's service personnel and presented two Afghanistan medals.

She later saw some of the horses before watching a gun team display in the riding school.

The Queen's visit was originally scheduled for her to see the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in their new home.

It is close to the scene in Woolwich where 25-year-old soldier Lee Rigby was killed last week. The Queen's visit was scheduled before Lee Rigby's killing, but her schedule was amended to include meeting military personnel from the Londonbarracks where he served, Buckingham Palace said.