HAC Annual Calendar of Events
January - NOMINATION NIGHT
On a night in January each year, the members of the Company have an opportunity to put questions to those seeking membership of the Court. This is known as Nomination Night.
March - ANNUAL GENERAL COURT
Taking place in late March, as prescribed by the Company’s Rules and Orders, this general meeting of members is held in the Long Room to approve the Company’s Annual Report and Accounts, to select Auditors and to hear from the President and the Commanding Officer.
It also approves changes in subscriptions and conducts general business. The election of members of the Court takes place on the same day, with the results of the election being announced later that evening.
April - ST GEORGE’S DINNER
The HAC holds its Annual Feast to commemorate the birthday of England’s patron saint, St George, on or about 23rd April each year. The dinner is held in the Long Room. Guests have included members of the Royal Family, other international and national leaders, and distinguished figures such as Sir Winston Churchill and Baroness Thatcher.
June - FLANK COMPANIES’ BALL
In June, the Regiment holds the Flank Companies’ Ball in marquees on the Artillery Garden. Traditionally, the party includes a Beating Retreat and a funfair.
August - HAC BIRTHDAY
The date of 25th August is recognised as the Company’s birthday, being the date of the charter granted by King Henry VIII in 1537, and an informal lunch is held in the Long Room each year in celebration.
November - LORD MAYOR’S PROCESSION
The Company plays a major part in the Lord Mayor’s annual procession, known as the Lord Mayor’s Show. A marching detachment, the Guns and the Band, as well as the Pikemen & Musketeers and the Light Cavalry, all join in the procession, with the HAC Special Constabulary Detachment assisting in providing security. The marshals who help to organise and manage the show include members of the Company.
November - FRIDAY BEFORE REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
Every year on the Friday before Remembrance Sunday a Regimental Service is held at the Church of St Botolphwithout-Bishopsgate, when members commemorate those who have died on active service. Prayers are also said for those from the Regiment who are currently on active service. The service is led by the Padre of the Regiment. There is lunch afterwards in Armoury House for members those who wish to attend.
November - REMEMBRANCE PARADE
On Remembrance Sunday, the Regiment provides the Band and a marching detachment, who march from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Royal Exchange. The Regiment also provides markers and guides at the Royal Exchange, and detachments at the war memorials at Sadler’s Wells and Islington Green; wreaths are also laid at the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner. The Light Cavalry escorting the Lady Mayoress in the Lord Mayor’s Show.
December - CAROL SERVICE
The Regiment holds an annual carol service in the Prince Consort Rooms or the Long Room. In traditional style, mulled wine is served before the service and the familiar Christmas story is celebrated with lessons and carols. It is perhaps the only carol service that ends with Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.
December - SQUADRONS’ BOUNTY BALL
In December, the Regiment holds the Squadrons’ Bounty Ball in Armoury House.
Apart from the Regimental balls, the Regiment also holds an Active Officers’ Dinner, a Guest Night and a Sergeants’ Mess Dinner every year. Similarly, each squadron of the Regiment and the Corps of Drums all organise their own functions in Armoury House. Members of the Regiment’s veteran Company also organise reunion lunches or dinners for the units in which they served.