Royal Artillery

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery

Mounted Ceremonial Battery

As Her Majesty’s Mounted Ceremonial Battery, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery role includes the firing of Royal Salutes to mark the grand occasions of State, including The Queen’s Birthday Parade, Royal Birthdays and Births.

Our Regiment

Facts & Figures

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ACTIVE FROM:

1947

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ROLE:

MOUNTED CEREMONIAL

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SPECIALISM:

RIDE AND DRIVE

Our Skills

As Her Majesty’s Mounted Ceremonial Battery, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery role includes the firing of Royal Salutes to mark the grand occasions of State, including The Queen’s Birthday Parade, Royal Birthdays and Births. Our trades include:

•Mounted Gunner
•Gun Team Driver
•Farrier
•Saddler
•Tailor
•Logistics

Current Deployment

CURRENT DEPLOYMENT

The King’s Troop RHA operates purely within the United Kingdom, with the United Kingdom it deploys to events throughout the country and abroad including: 

•Central London
•Royal Welsh Show
•Royal Windsor Horse Show
•Netherlands
•Canada

Our Location

Based in Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, the previous home of the Gunners. From Woolwich it is a 10 minute train ride into Central London. 

Our History

The origins of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery date back to the 18 Century and the formation of the Royal  Horse Artillery. The unit in its current form was created after the Second World War in 1946 by Royal Decree to have ‘A Mounted Battery to fire salutes on state occasions, dressed in the traditional style. Initially The Riding Troop, it was renamed by King George VI on his first inspection by scratching out the name Riding and replacing it with ‘King’s’ in the visitors book. 

The two horses are Jones and Othello, RHA gun team horses that served together throughout  WWI.  Shown here on 18 October 1925 at the dedication of the RA War Memorial wearing the ribbons of their three war medals.

Timeline

  1. 1793

    Formation of the Royal Horse Artillery at Goodwood in West Sussex

  2. 1946

    Formation of the Regiment as The Riding Troop. Carry out its first salute

  3. 1947

    The Riding Troop is renamed The King’s Troop after the inspection of King George VI.

  4. 1952

    The King’s Troop carry the coffin of King George VI from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster.

  5. 1997

    The King’s Troop carry the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales

  6. 2017

    70th Anniversary of the formation of The King’s Troop with a Royal Review in Hyde Park by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Where to find us

  • The King's Troop RHA

    Map to locate the King's Troop RHA in Woolwich