Gun salutes mark The Queen’s coronation anniversary

Gun salutes today marked the 62nd anniversary of The Queen’s coronation.

The Band of the Royal Artillery played celebratory music near the firing position in Hyde Park before The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrived. 71 horses pulled 13 guns into the Royal park, and soldiers, part of the ceremonial saluting battery of the Household Division, took their positions with the WWI guns for the 41-gun salute at midday.


Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London also marked the occasion at 1pm, with 62 rounds being fired from Gun Wharf by The Honourable Artillery Company. Since The Tower of London lies within the City of London, the salute had 21 more rounds.

The Queen was crowned at Westminster Abbey in front of 8,200 guests, including Peers of the Realm, politicians and foreign Royalty. A further 27 million people watched the ancient ceremony at home on the television. The Queen pledged to uphold and protect the Church of England, to govern the people of the UK and Commonwealth, and execute her duties with justice and mercy.

Her Majesty will overtake her great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, to become Britain’s longest reigning Monarch on 9th September.

Photo: Royal Navy Media Archive

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