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Prince Charles' birthday went off with a bang as squaddies gathered in Edinburgh for a traditional military salute.

The Prince of Wales' 69th birthday was marked by a 21 Gun Salute in the capital at 12 noon.

Prince Charles Gun Salute

Crowds gathered to watch the 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery - the Airborne Gunners - fire 21 rounds at 15-second intervals from Mills Mount Battery at Edinburgh Castle.

It is a military tradition to fire artillery in honour of the Prince of Wales' birthday.

Prince Charles Gun Salute

The Airborne Gunners are based at Merville Barracks, Colchester and their primary role is to provide a gun battery ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, the British Army's rapid reaction force.