Happy birthday Ma’am! As she turns 94 in silence, here’s the salute Her Majesty deserves

As the Royal Gun Salute falls quiet on the Queen’s birthday for the first time in 68 years, Harry Mount pays his own tribute


Every year, on the Queen’s birthday, the Royal Gun Salute makes for a stirring – and ear-splittingly loud – occasion.

In Hyde Park at noon, the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, dressed in full ceremonial fig, fires 41 rounds. An hour later, at the Tower of London, a 21-gun salute is fired by the Honourable Artillery Company.

Today, though, for the first time in her 68-year reign, the guns will not fire on the Queen’s birthday. Buckingham Palace said Her Majesty thought it wasn’t appropriate for her 94th birthday, at a time of national crisis. Thanks to the coronavirus, the Trooping the Colour parade, marking the Queen’s official birthday in June, had already been cancelled. And now the gun salute, a tradition that goes right back to the 17th century, has been silenced, too….

Source: telegraph.co.uk








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