For the list of 2019 gun salutes, go here.


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.

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

Monday 6th February

The Queen’s Accession to the throne

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

Friday 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

  • 11:00am – Green Park (21 guns)
  • 1pm – Tower of London (41 guns)

Friday 2nd June

HM The Queen’s Coronation

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

Saturday 10th June

HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s Birthday

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

Saturday 17th June

HM The Queen’s Official Birthday

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

Tuesday 14th November

HRH Prince of Wales’ Birthday

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

If any State Visits by foreign heads of state are announced for later this year, that is typically accompanies by gun salutes as well.


Article last updated on January 5th, 2019 at 03:09 pm

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