Around 600 soldiers, former Gunners and dignitaries took part in the service in Salisbury Cathedral on Thursday 19 May during which The Royal Warrant founding the Royal Regiment of Artillery and the Captain-General’s Baton were re-dedicated by The Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury.
The Captain-General’s Baton (Captain-General being Her Majesty the Queen's title as the Ceremonial Head of the Royal Artillery Regiment) was paraded as part of the Royal Artillery's 300th Anniversary Celebrations. Over the past year the Baton has travelled the globe from West to East on a journey that started in Woolwich, birthplace of the Regiment and ends in Larkhill, its Regiment home on 26 May 2016.
The Baton's route has taken it to 24 Commonwealth and Allied Artillery countries, all of significance in its 300 year history, and has involved well over a 1000 officers and soldiers of the Regiment. Made out of a titanium artillery shell, the Baton contains a loyal greeting from the Captain-General, which will be read out next week on the official tercentenary of the regiment.