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Gun salute in honour of Queen Elizabeth's birthday

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41 Gun Royal Salute at Green Park
The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41 Gun Royal Salute at Green Park Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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.

Members of the public watch the salute
Members of the public watch the salute Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrive in The Green Park
The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrive in The Green Park Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

London gun salutes mark Queen's Birthday

A portrait of the Queen by the renowned photographer David Bailey was released to mark her Birthday
A portrait of the Queen by the renowned photographer David Bailey was released to mark her Birthday Credit: David Bailey

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.

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Queen given bird's eye view of London from The Shard

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 Queen at the top of The Shard Credit: PA Wire

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 Queen looks at a machine that zooms on on parts of the skyline Credit: PA Wire

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.

.Duke of Edinburgh looking at the skyline Credit: PA Wire

Duchess of Cornwall gives the Queen a tour of Brixton riding club

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.

The Queen meeting ITV London's Ronke Phillips, who is Patron of the Ebony Horse Club charity Credit: ITV News
The Duchess of Cornwall is President of the charity in south London Credit: ITV News
During her visit, The Queen toured the stables and classroom, meeting young riders, volunteers and staff Credit: ITV News
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