The Honourable Artillery Company was incorporated in London, England,
in 1537. Kings of England were included among its members from the time
of its organization. Members who came to the New World formed a Company
in Boston, Massachusetts, a century later in 1637.
The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company is the oldest military
organization in the New World. Its headquarters is at Faneuil Hall in
Boston. Also, it was the first military company to carry the Flag of the
United States of America into Buckingham Palace in London.
The National Society, Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable
Artillery Company was instituted in January 1927; the first Court
organized was that of Missouri and it is known as the "Mother
Court". After the organization of the Court in Massachusetts, that
court became known as the "home" of the Artillery Company.
There are Courts today in all sections of the Country.
In 1951, Queen Elizabeth II became an honorary member of the National
Society, Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery
Company, shortly before her accession to the throne.