WATCH: Army Celebrates Her Majesty The Queen's Accession With Gun Salutes
Regulars and reservists were part of celebrations across the country...
The British Army has celebrated the 66th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen's accession to the throne with gun salutes across the UK.
Troops from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery staged a 41-gun salute at Green Park, while the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), the City of London’s Reserve Army Regiment, conducted a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London.
Three L118 Ceremonial Light Guns fired over the River Thames during the Tower of London celebration.
A gun salute also took place in Gibraltar.
Forces Network joined the HAC as personnel rehearsed for their big day in London last night.
With a police escort, they transported their equipment to the Tower of London from Armoury House.
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Captain Jonathan Ivey spoke to Forces Network this morning. He said:
"Personally it's one of the favourites."
"We take the guns through the city to the Tower of London under police escort, so you feel quite important!
"When that first gun goes off it's very, very loud, and there's always a sharp intake of breath from amongst the crowds."
Captain Jonathan Ivey: "It's a great honour...you are putting on a show"
A Royal Salute is increased to 41 guns from 21, if being fired from a royal park or residence.
At the Tower of London, this is increased further to 62, allowing the citizens of London to show their loyalty to the Queen.