About the HAC
The Honourable Artillery Company was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1537 by King Henry VIII. Regiments of the Company have fought with distinction in both World Wars and its current Regiment, which forms part of the Territorial Army, has a demanding and exciting role. The HAC Regiment, which is part of the 1st Artillery Brigade, has had more than 50 officers and soldiers mobilised for and deployed on operations in Afghanistan in the last two years.
The Company is a Registered Charity whose purpose is to attend to the “better defence of the realm” and this purpose is primarily achieved by the support of the HAC Regiment. Members of the Regiment are drawn, for the most part, from young professional men and women working in and around the City and Greater London. Those leaving the Regiment may become Veteran Members and remain within the fraternity of the Company, which they then serve in a variety of ways.
The Company, whose Captain-General is HM Queen Elizabeth II, is governed by a Court of Assistants. The Court operates through a number of Committees and together they provide the strategy and policy to be implemented by the Executive.
The Company has unique features and traditions. Its Headquarters is in Armoury House, which serves as a home for the Regiment and, in order to raise funds, is utilised together with the Artillery Garden for events, functions, weddings and conferences.