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Royal Gun Salute to Commemorate the Queen's Accession to the Throne

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Cannon Fire to Celebrate the Queen's Accession to the Throne
When King George VI died on 6 February 1952, Queen Elizabeth II became monarch. If you thought that all the Golden Jubilee celebrations were done and dusted in 2012, the accession date is still marked by gun salutes every year.

On 6 February, there will be two gun salutes to Her Majesty. A 41-gun salute will be fired by the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park: and an hour later at the Tower of London a 62-gun salute will be fired by the Honourable Artillery Company. If you don't understand the reasoning behind the number of gun salutes, I'll try to make it a little easier for you. A basic salute is 21 rounds, but 20 more are added in Hyde Park because it's a Royal Park. Basic salutes fired at the Tower are always 62 rounds, but more are added on other occasions. If you are a big fan of loud noises you might want to visit the Tower on 10 June, the Queen's official birthday, as well as the birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh, when the cannons work overtime and fire off 124 rounds.

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If you don't like loud bangs, I suggest you stay clear of Hyde Park and the Tower of London, or wear earplugs. Should you want to learn more about royal gun salutes, there is further information on the official website.

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Why? To commemorate the Queen's accession to the throne
When: 6 February at 12.00 and at 13.00
Where: Hyde Park and the Tower of London
Cost: Free
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