Queen Elizabeth’s 88th birthday marked with gun salutes, some with curious history

April 24, 2014

According to BBC News:

The Queen’s 88th birthday has been marked across the UK with traditional gun salutes.

The Queen was born on 21 April 1926…

A British 25 pounder from 1943 at the tower of London. It served as a saluting gun for the Honourable Artillery Company until 2001. Photo by MatthiasKabel.

A British 25 pounder from 1943 at the tower of London. It served as a saluting gun for the Honourable Artillery Company until 2001. Photo by MatthiasKabel.

However, her birthday is also celebrated officially each year in June at the Trooping the Colour service – which this year will take place on 14 June.

The 62-shot salute at the Tower of London…included 21 shots for the Queen’s birthday, 20 because it is a royal palace, and 21 to follow a tradition in which ships would fire their guns before entering the City of London to show they were not threatening.

To read the entire article on BBC News, please click here.

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