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Big guns go bang bang several times each year in London, at the Tower of London and in the Royal Parks.

The number of rounds fired in a Royal salute depends on the place and occasion.

The basic Royal salute is 21 rounds. In Hyde Park an extra 20 rounds are added because it is a Royal Park.

At the Tower of London 62 rounds are fired on Royal anniversaries (the basic 21, plus a further 20 because the Tower is a Royal Palace and Fortress, plus another 21 ‘for the City of London’) and 41 on other occasions.

The gun salutes at the Tower of London take place along the riverside, so visible to all, but the area is cramped. Often you get a better view from Tower Bridge.

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Herewith, find a list of them as known so far:

Saturday 6th February

The Queen’s Accession to the throne

  • Noon – Green Park (41 guns)
  • 1pm – Tower of London (62 guns)

Tuesday 8th March

Reason to be announced

  • Noon – Tower of London (41 guns)

Thursday 21st April

HM The Queen’s Birthday

  • Noon – Hyde Park (41 guns)
  • 1pm – Tower of London (62 guns)

May (date to be announced)

State Opening of Parliament

  • 11:08am – Green Park (41 guns)

Thursday 2nd June

HM The Queen’s Coronation

  • Noon – Hyde Park (41 guns)
  • 1pm – Tower of London (62 guns)

Friday 10th June

HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s Birthday

  • Noon – Hyde Park (41 guns)
  • 1pm – Tower of London (62 guns)

Saturday 11th June

HM The Queen’s Official Birthday

  • 11am – Green Park (41 guns)
  • 1pm – Tower of London (62 guns)

Sunday 13th November

Remembrance Sunday

  • 11am – Horseguards Parade (2 gun salute to mark the start and end of the silence)

Monday 14th November

HRH Prince of Wales’ Birthday

  • Noon – Hyde Park (41 guns)
  • 1pm – Tower of London (62 guns)
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2 comments
  1. E says:

    So…. what about March 8th? 41 guns from the Tower when they usually fire 62? A major event, but not absolutely top rank. How frequently do they pre-announce a salute without giving a reason?

  2. Lang Rabbie says:

    March 8 is probably State Visit of King Felipe of Spain which had not been formally announced when list was published.

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