The list of planned formal Gun Salutes at the Tower of London has been published – should you fancy booking a bit of time off to have your ears deafened by the firing of cannons to celebrate an event or two.

Image credit The BBC

The cannons are coincidentally aimed at the home of the London Mayor, but sadly – or fortunately, depending on your political persuasion –  fire blanks for the ceremonial firings.

The firings are usually carried out by the Honourable Artillery Company.

Occasionally, HMS Belfast also fires some of its guns for testing. Famously, its forward six-inch guns of A and B Turrets are aimed at the London Gateway motorway service centre on the M1 motorway, some 12½ miles away on the outskirts of London.

All times are approximate:

Monday 7th February 1300 HM Queen’s Accession to the throne
March/April TBC 1200 State Visit
Thursday 21st April 1300 Birthday of HM Queen
Friday 29th April – TBC TBC State Occasion (gosh, what could that be?)
Thursday 2nd June 1300 HM Queen’s Coronation
Friday 10th June 1300 Birthday of HRH Duke of Edinburgh
Saturday 11th June 1300 Official Birthday of HM Queen
Saturday 25th June TBC Armed Forces Day
July/August TBC 1300 State Visit
September/October TBC 1300 State Visit
Tuesday 15th November 1300 Birthday of HRH Prince of Wales
November TBC 1200 State Opening of Parliament
All times are approximate:

Monday 7th February 1300 HM Queen’s Accession to the throne
March/April TBC 1200 State Visit
Thursday 21st April 1300 Birthday of HM Queen
Friday 29th April – TBC TBC State Occasion
Thursday 2nd June 1300 HM Queen’s Coronation
Friday 10th June 1300 Birthday of HRH Duke of Edinburgh
Saturday 11th June 1300 Official Birthday of HM Queen
Saturday 25th June TBC Armed Forces Day
July/August TBC 1300 State Visit
September/October TBC 1300 State Visit
Tuesday 15th November 1300 Birthday of HRH Prince of Wales
November TBC 1200 State Opening of Parliament
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3 comments on “Cannon fire at the Tower of London
  1. TBC says:

    The motorway service centre is an odd choice of target.

  2. IanVisits says:

    I suspect most people who have used the place would think it is an ideal target for flattening.

  3. TRT says:

    If you’ve ever had the hot meal buffet there, you’d appreciate the peas being shelled.

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