40 Commando Royal Marines Conducting Strikes During Exercise Green Dragon 24052021 CREDIT MOD.jpg
40 Commando Royal Marines conducting strikes during Exercise Green Dragon (Picture: MOD).
Royal Marines

'357 years and still hoofing': Military celebrates Royal Marines birthday

Founded in 1664, the Royal Marines were formed as the 'Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot'.

40 Commando Royal Marines Conducting Strikes During Exercise Green Dragon 24052021 CREDIT MOD.jpg
40 Commando Royal Marines conducting strikes during Exercise Green Dragon (Picture: MOD).

The military community has celebrated the Royal Marines 357th birthday.

Originally formed in 1664, the Royal Marines were formed after Charles II decided a regiment of foot soldiers was needed specifically for service aboard Royal Navy ships.

Now, 357 years later, they are the military's elite rapid-response force – capable of deploying anywhere in the world.

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In a post on Twitter, the Royal Navy wished the Marines a happy birthday.

"Happy birthday, Royal! 357 years and still hoofing," the post said.

"Today in 1664 the Royal Marines were founded and the rest, as they say, is history."

The head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, also wished the Royal Marines a happy birthday on Twitter.

"Today the Corps serve globally, displaying the Commando spirit of courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness in the face of adversity," he said.

The Commandant General of the Royal Marines, Lieutenant General Robert Magowan, also wished the Corps a happy birthday on Twitter.

"Wherever you are in the world, whatever you are doing, I hope you get the chance to celebrate," he tweeted.

The Band of the Royal Marines also sent a happy birthday message to the "entire Royal Marines Corps family, wherever they may be, and whatever they might be doing!"