Preparation for gun salute to mark birth of royal baby

Gun salutes will sound across London tomorrow to mark the birth of the royal baby.

The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) polish the guns for the Royal Gun Salute from the Tower of London.
The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) polish the guns for the Royal Gun Salute from the Tower of London. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company will both carry out the ceremonial salutes.

Gun salutes are fired for the birth of every prince or princess, no matter where their place is within the line of succession, the last royal salute for a birth was for Princess Eugenie in 1990.

The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) polish the guns for the Royal Gun Salute from the Tower of London.
The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) polish the guns for the Royal Gun Salute from the Tower of London. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, wearing full dress uniform, will ride past Buckingham Palace to Green Park where they will stage a 41 royal gun salute.

The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) polish the guns as they prep their kit and personnel at Armoury House.
The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) polish the guns as they prep their kit and personnel at Armoury House. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), the City of London's Army Reserve Regiment, will fire a 62 royal gun salute from Gun Wharf at the Tower of London at 2pm tomorrow.

Whilst a royal gun salute normally comprises 21 guns, this is increased to 41 if fired from a Royal Park or residence.

At the Tower of London a total of 62 rounds are fired as this also includes an additional 21 guns for the citizens of the City of London to show their loyalty to the monarch.

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Abbey bells mark royal birth

The bells of Westminster Abbey sounded out today in celebration of the royal birth. A team began ringing a full peal on the Abbey's 10 bells at 2pm to coincide with a gun salute in Green Park.