To mark the death of Her Majesty The Queen, the Death Gun Salute was fired today at 1300 (9 September) around the United Kingdom and at saluting stations at home and abroad.

One round was fired every ten seconds, with 96 rounds representing one round for every year of The Queen’s life. 

In London, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, British Army fired the Death Gun Salute in Hyde Park.

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, British Army, will fire the Death Gun Salute in Hyde Park. Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd RLC Photographer – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

At the same time, the Death Gun Salute is fired at the Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company, British Army.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin attended the gun salute at The Tower of London.

Similar gun salutes were held to mark the deaths of Queen Victoria in 1901 and Winston Churchill in 1965.

Photographer: Cpl Tim Hammond – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Further Death Gun Salutes were fired throughout the UK and overseas. 

Soldiers of 4 Regiment Royal Artillery fire three L118 Light Guns at York Museum Gardens on Friday 9th September 2022 to mark the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. Photographer:
Corporal Danielle Dawson, RLC – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022
HMS Albion death gun salute. Photographer: LPhot Hutchins – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

At 6pm this evening, an official service for prayer and reflection was held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London where King Charles III made his first speech as King to the nation.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Accession Council will meet at 10am at St James’s Palace in London to formally proclaim Charles as the new sovereign, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

First, the Privy Council gathers without the King to proclaim the new monarch and arrange business relating to the proclamation.

Then, Charles holds his first Privy Council, accompanied by Camilla – the new Queen Consort – and William who are also Privy Counsellors, and makes his personal declaration and oath.


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