Gun Salutes for the Birthday of His Majesty The King

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Photographer: Corporal Nathan Tanuku ©MoD Crown Copyright 2022

21 Gun Salutes have been fired across the country to mark the 74th birthday of HM King Charles III.

In London, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and The Honourable Artillery Company each fired celebratory Royal Salutes at 12 noon and 1pm respectively, marking The King’s 74th birthday.

Images of the 62 Gun Salute by Honourable Artillery Company at HM Tower of London. Photographer: Cpl Victoria Goodall – © UK MOD Crown Copyright 2022

In Stirling the salute delivered by a combined UOTC from Glasgow and Edinburgh under 105 Regiment Royal Artillery while in Edinburgh the salute – taken by Lord Provost Robert Aldridge was provided by 12 Regiment Royal Artillery. The Band of the Royal Regiment of SCOTLAND supported.

A 21 Gun Salute was also conducted on South Railway Jetty, HMNB Portsmouth to mark the 74th Birthday of His Majesty The King.

South Railway Jetty, HMNB Portsmouth. Photographer: POPhot Will Haigh ©UK Ministry of Defence CROWN COPYRIGHT, 2022

This was the first formal birthday salute for His Majesty since He became King.

King Charles III was born in Buckingham Palace on 14 th November 1948, during the reign of His Maternal Grandfather, King George VI.

He was three when His Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, acceded the throne in 1952.

Shortly before midday, riding at speed from the Hyde Park Corner end of The Green Park, 71 horses pulling six First World War era 13-pounder Field Guns over the grass placed the Guns into position for the Royal Salute beside six pre-positioned ammunition boxes. 

His Majesty King Charles III Birthday Gun Salute 2022 Members of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery arriving at Green Park for the 41 Gun salute to celebrate His Majesty King Charles III 74th birthday. Photographer: Giles Anderson – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

The guns were quickly detached, the horses escorted to a safe area, and, on the word of command, each of the six Guns fired blank artillery rounds at ten-second intervals until forty-one shots had been fired, each sending a puff of white smoke into the air and making the crowds gasp with each boom.

As soon as the Salute was completed, the Band of the Scots Guards, who had been providing musical accompaniment throughout, then played ‘Happy Birthday’ in Green Park.

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