The Royal New Zealand Artillery
Kia ora Fellow Gunners,
Many of you will already be aware that His Majesty, King Charles III, has agreed to become our new Captain General.
A message from the Master Gunner of St James’s Park below confirms this – please promulgate widely.
I will write a letter to The Master Gunner thanking him for his representation of Commonwealth Artillery Regiments to enable The King to be the Captain General of all Commonwealth Gunners.
The following message is sent on behalf of The Master Gunner St James’s Park:
It is my great privilege to be able to report that His Majesty King Charles III has agreed to become Captain-General of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, succeeding in the role from his Mother, Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. His Majesty will also fulfil this role for the Regiments of Royal Canadian, Royal Australian and Royal New Zealand Artillery. This is a great honour and continues a tradition established by His Majesty’s Grandfather, King George VI, who at a dinner at Woolwich in 1950 expressed his desire to be Captain-General Royal Artillery rather than Colonel-in-Chief, a change in title that was effected in January, 1951. This also revived a rank originally dating from the 15th Century.
The Royal Regiment looks forward to establishing a close relationship with our new Captain-General as the Gunners look to a brave and exciting future.
Please promulgate as appropriate to your Regiments and organisations.
Warm regards; splendid news!
Colonel Ben Bagley
Regimental Colonel RNZA
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