Traditional 41-Gun Salute For Queen's 87th Birthday In London

Category: Media & Culture / Apr 22, 2013 1:49PM EDT
Soldiers, horses and guns of the King's Troop made their way to London's Green Park on Monday (April 22) to perform a ceremonial 41 gun salute in honor of the Queen's 87th birthday. The Queen's actual birthday was on April 21, but in accordance with tradition the Royal Salute is not fired on a Sunday but on the following day. The spectacle involved 71 horses pulling six First World War-era field guns. Each of the guns fire blank artillery rounds at ten-second intervals until 41 shots have been fired. The King's Troop often perform ceremonial duties during royal events and state occasions. They provided the gun carriage which carried the coffin of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher through the streets of London to St Paul's Cathedral last week. The Queen publicly marks her birthday in June with the Trooping The Colour ceremony performed by regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies in a tradition dating back to the 17th century. Video Source: Reuters