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The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a traditional 41 Gun Royal Salute at Green Park today, to mark the Queen's 88th Birthday. Queen Elizabeth is spending the day in private at Windsor Castle.
Traditional gun salutes in London will mark the Queen's 88th Birthday today. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson has confirmed she will spend the day privately at Windsor Castle.
She will be honoured publicly when the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fires a 41-gun salute from Green Park in central London at midday, using six 13-pounder First World War guns drawn by 71 horses.
An hour later the Honourable Artillery Company will fire a 62 Gun royal salute from Tower Wharf by the Tower of London.
The Queen has two birthdays - the day of her actual birth today, and her official one in June, which is celebrated with the Trooping of the Colour parade.
To mark Commonwealth day, The Queen will 'break' the Commonwealth Flag outside the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey.
It will be the largest, single raising of this flag in the history of the Commonwealth.
The Queen was given a bird's eye view of London today as she visited the Shard. Her journey to the top of the capital's largest building was to visit a scheme that helps gifted students from less affluent backgrounds get to university. Sangeeta Kandola reports.
The Queen has been given a bird's eye view of London at the top of The Shard. Standing 1,016 ft high both the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were given a spectacular view of the skyline.
The Royal couple were taken to levels 69 and 72 of the landmark building in London Bridge for a tour and to take in the view.
The tour was part of a visit to a scheme which helps to pay for some of the poorest students go to university. The Southwark Scholarship Scheme removes the financial burden of going to university for high achievers who would otherwise have struggled to be able to afford it.
During her visit to the Ebony Horse Club, the Queen met our Senior Correspondent Ronke Phillips who is patron of the charity. She's seen first hand some of it's work and how it's changed the lives of some of London's children, including three of girls who took part in today's event.
The Duchess of Cornwall has given the Queen a tour of an inner city riding club which she has been supporting as President. The Ebony Horse Club in Brixton was created in 1996 to give disadvantaged children and teenagers access to horses and riding.