Ceremonial military guns will go bang bang several times in London during 2020, 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 and Green Park an extra 20 rounds are added because they are Royal Parks.

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.

Gun Salutes in London 2020

Thursday 6th February

HM The Queen’s Accession to the Throne

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

Tuesday 21st April

HM The Queen’s Birthday

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

Tuesday 2nd June

HM The Queen’s Coronation

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

Wednesday 10th June

HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s Birthday

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

Saturday 13th June

HM The Queen’s Official Birthday

  • 12.52pm – Green Park (41 rounds)
  • 1pm – Tower of London (62 rounds)

Sunday 10th November

Remembrance Sunday

A two gun salute will be fired on Horse Guards Parade, one at the start of the two minutes silence at 11:00am and one at the end at 11:02am.

Saturday 14th November

HRH Prince of Wales’ Birthday

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

In addition, there may be other salutes throughout 2020 at short notice, such as a currently unannounced State Opening of Parliament or official visit by foreign Head of State.

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