I wouldn’t have known but today is the 56th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II.
The reason I found out was because I invariably get my hands on an excellent monthly Calendar of Events published by the Gibraltar Tourist Board.
At noon, there was going to be a 21-gun salute fired from the Naval Base. To be accurate, according to the Gib media, Her Majesty’s Naval Base. How cool to have your own naval base. I would like that.
Anyway, I duly got myself a pass and wandered down to Liz’s naval base. The naval base has some interesting industrial architecture and I so wanted to take some pix.
I decided it wasn’t the best idea. I didn’t fancy being carted off by the police and saying good-bye to my short-lived Gib residency. I did ask if I would be able to take pix of the guns. The police officer looked horrified.
When I got to the gun area, there was a guy with a HUGE Nikon. He hadn’t asked anyone if he could take pix. Apart from asking his mate who he had come with. Who was busy inside networking and just happened to be one of the invited guests who got a front-row seat.
I decided to collar one of the nice men in uniform. They looked surprised I was even asking. “Of course,” said one of them. And then I was dismissed.
I really need a proper video camera. I caught a tiny bit on the digicam – and the batteries promptly started flashing.
So here are my pix.
From left to right, guns 4, 3, 2 and 1. Guns 2, 3, and 4 each fired five rounds. Gun one fired 6 rounds.
The salute was fired by the Headquarter Company (Thomson’s Battery) of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and the Inspecting Officer for the salute was the Mayor of Gibraltar, the Hon Clive Beltran.
A few pix from this evening.
The Tower where we stood to view the salute. I took this from across the water (obviously not in the dockyard any more – I had to hand in my pass) at the marina.
To get a decent shot I had to stand on the wall of a flower bed, and then noticed this beautiful hibiscus.
Finally, a capstan winch and succulent garden bed which had just been tidied up today with new mulch. It was en route to the marina and I thought it was an interesting finish to today’s heritage post.
The inscription says that the capstan winch was salvaged from HM Naval Dockyard by members of the Ship’s Company of the Royal Naval Reserve Unit, HMS Calpe. It commemorates the units’ existence in Gib from 1965-1993.