Gun salute in Museum Gardens marks Queen's birthday

Ggun salute to mark the 88th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen

Crowds gather in York’s Museum Gardens to watch the 21-gun salute to mark the 88th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen

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GUNS thundered over the ancient capital of the North as the military paid a birthday tribute to the Queen.

To mark the monarch’s 88th birthday a 21-gun salute was fired in York’s Museum Gardens, one of only 12 official saluting stations in the country and the only one in the North of England.

On the stroke of noon, soldiers from 4 Regiment Royal Artillery, based at Topcliffe, near Thirsk, started blasting out 21 rounds at 15 second intervals from three 105mm light guns.

Before the salute began the recently-formed Royal Armoured Band marched from Duncombe Place, near York Minster, to the saluting station to entertain the gathered crows with stirring military music.

The discharge of cannon as a form of salute is almost as old as the artillery itself, although Royal Salutes are relatively modern. The first military regulations governing the firing of Salutes were created in 1827, when the Board of Ordnance decreed that 41 guns should be used in a Royal Salute when fired from St James's Park or the Tower of London.

That was later extended to include 21-gun Royal Salutes to be fired elsewhere, and include the Birthday, Accession and Coronation of the Sovereign.

York became a saluting station in 1971 as part of he celebrations marking the city’s 1,900th anniversary.

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3:36pm Tue 22 Apr 14

MouseHouse says...

A gun salute for an un-elected Head of State whose family are talented in making next-to-nothing look a lot.

Time to go Mrs. Windsor, and let the people of the UK decide who they want as Head of State. It's called democracy.

Republic Now.
A gun salute for an un-elected Head of State whose family are talented in making next-to-nothing look a lot. Time to go Mrs. Windsor, and let the people of the UK decide who they want as Head of State. It's called democracy. Republic Now. MouseHouse
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4:48pm Tue 22 Apr 14

muckybutt says...

MouseHouse wrote:
A gun salute for an un-elected Head of State whose family are talented in making next-to-nothing look a lot.

Time to go Mrs. Windsor, and let the people of the UK decide who they want as Head of State. It's called democracy.

Republic Now.
Off with your head !
[quote][p][bold]MouseHouse[/bold] wrote: A gun salute for an un-elected Head of State whose family are talented in making next-to-nothing look a lot. Time to go Mrs. Windsor, and let the people of the UK decide who they want as Head of State. It's called democracy. Republic Now.[/p][/quote]Off with your head ! muckybutt
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