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Captain-General Sculpture Unveiled

The bronze bust of the HM The Queen, Captain-General of the Honourable Artillery Company, has now been installed in its new, permanent home in the courtyard at Armoury House.

The bust, sculpted by leading portrait sculptor Antony Dufort, was unveiled in June as part of the Queen’s visit to Armoury House. The artwork was commissioned to celebrate Her Majesty becoming the longest-serving Captain-General in the HAC’s history.

Speaking during the Queen’s visit, Lt Col Mark Wood, Commanding Officer of the HAC Regiment, said: "We've got a long and proud history and association with the Royal Family and the Queen in particular as our Captain-General… Let's not forget that essentially the Queen was, in modern language, a reservist in the Second World War. So I think she understands the service that the Regiment provides… She understands the sacrifice of the members of the Regiment and the value we add from ceremonial through to operational and charitable activities.”

The Queen is the only living head of state to have served in WW2, joining the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service in February 1945 as a mechanic and driver. She was registered as No 230873 - Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor and was promoted to Junior Commander later that year.