SIXTY-TWO years ago today a young Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne, and the anniversary has been marked in York with a spectacular 21 gun salute in the Museum Gardens.

York is the north of England’s only saluting station, and one of only 12 in the country, and soldiers form the 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, based at Topcliffe near Thirsk, carried out the honours at midday.

Celebrations started 10.45am with the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band, based in Catterick, performing a marching display from Duncombe Place to Museum Gardens.

There they played until the gun salute at midday, which was delivered by three 105 mm Light Guns with 21 rounds fired at 10 second intervals, followed by the National Anthem.

The Queen’s representative in North Yorkshire, the Lord Lieutenant Lord Crathorne inspected the saluting troop along with Brigadier Greville Bibby, Commander of 15 North East Brigade and York Garrison.