Prince Charles

Prince Charles' Birthday: Gun Salutes Fired By Military

The Prince of Wales, who is celebrating his 71st birthday, holds the highest rank in all three military services.

The military community has celebrated Prince Charles' 71st birthday with gun salutes and tributes to him on social media.

At midday, gun salutes were heard in 13 different locations across the UK and overseas.

In London, The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark the Prince of Wales' birthday.

An hour later, a 62-gun salute was fired by personnel from the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London.  

Meanwhile, outside London, gun salutes were heard at locations across the country, including HMNB Portsmouth and York.

In Gibraltar, soldiers from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment also marked the occasion by firing a 21-gun salute.

The Prince of Wales has close links to the Armed Forces.

In 2012, the Queen awarded him the highest rank in all three services - Field Marshal, Admiral of the Fleet and Marshal of the Royal Air Force.

On social media, military accounts wished Prince Charles a happy birthday.