18TH APRIL 2016

Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday is on April 21, born 1926 in Mayfair, London. Happy Birthday Your Majesty from us all at Kirintec.


Events to mark the Queen’s special birthday have been planned from April through to June 2016.


Queen Elizabeth II reigns over the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados and ten other independent countries. She is also Head of the Commonwealth.


In 2013 Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, she is now the longest reigning monarch of Great Britain.


In honour of her impending global celebrations, I thought it would be opportune to cast a military view over the past decades. Particularly as (Princess – as she was at the time) Elizabeth was keen to help in the time of war.


Princess Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) in 1945 aged 18, having begged her father to let her.


It seems she was not afraid to get ‘stuck in’, rolling up the metaphorical sleeves of her military uniform as she learned how to fix vehicles. Known as the Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor, she was a military truck driver.


The Queen remains the sole female member of the royal family to have entered the armed forces. As another claim to her fame, our monarch is the only living head of state who served in World War II.


Within this post I thought this an excellent opportunity to recognise one of our own, who received the Queen’s Gallantry Medal (QGM) in 2009.


Liam FitzGerald-Finch was awarded this medal for his ‘exemplary act of bravery’ on account of the courage he shown while serving in the military.


Kirintec’s Technical Support and Training Director Liam served in 11 EOD Regiment, part of the Royal Logistic Corps.


Horrifyingly, the armoured vehicle he was travelling in drove over a bomb. Captain Liam FitzGerald-Finch amazingly survived the IED explosion in Helmand, Afghanistan.


For those unfamiliar with this Regiment, it is the specialist unit of the British Army responsible for counter-terrorist bomb disposal and Explosive Ordnance Disposal. (Incidentally we currently have three former 11 EOD Regiment who now work for us).


Our trio: Liam FitzGerald-Finch, Nick Watts and Kier Head all demonstrated they had the right temperament.


They work in extreme levels of pressure, have methodical brains – like you would not believe, and can confront risk face on. Where I would run away as fast as I could, they are a rare breed or have the courage to walk towards a bomb.


They trusted their ability through the rigorous training they received, their equipment (as those serving trust Kirintec’s now) and the team who surrounded them.


The Queen reaching her 90th year is of course something to celebrate. But let’s take a moment to remember those who served under her. QGM recipient Liam, Nick and Kier from here.


Our Queen is the Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces; members of our forces swear their allegiance to her. Millions must have done so during her reign. Some survived. Some didn’t. We mustn’t forget anyone and also celebrate their courage while serving our respective countries under her Majesty the Queen.