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Military celebrates Queen's 96th birthday with gun salutes

Gun salutes have been fired today to mark the occasion.

Gun salutes have been fired today to mark the Queen's 96th birthday.

In London, King's Troop Royal Horse artillery fired a 41-gun salute from Hyde Park, followed by a musical performance of 'Happy Birthday', by the Band of the Scots Guards.

Personnel from Honourable Artillery Company, the City of London's Reserve Army Regiment, then fired a 62-gun gun salute from the Tower of London.

Other gun salutes fired included one from Edinburgh Castle.

A royal salute usually features 21 rounds fired, but this is increased to 41 if it takes place in a royal park or residence.

If a gun salute takes place at the Tower of London, there are an extra 21 rounds fired for City of London citizens to show respect to the monarch, bringing the grand total of rounds to 62 from that location.