York Celebrates Queen's Accession to the Throne
6:26am 6th February 2013
(Updated 1:15pm 6th February 2013)
A 21-gun Royal Salute will be held in Museum Gardens, York today to mark the 61st anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s accession to the throne.
Members of the public are invited to gather in Museum Gardens to watch the ceremony where three 105mm light guns will each fire 21 rounds at 15 second intervals. The salute will be fired at 12 noon by soldiers from 4th Regiment Royal Artillery normally based in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire.
Brigadier Greville Bibby, Commander of 15 (North East) Brigade and York Garrison will accompany the Inspecting Officer, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire as they inspect the saluting troop and members of the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band.
York is the only saluting station in the north of England. It was awarded the saluting station status in 1971 to mark the city’s 1,900th anniversary. Royal gun salutes will be fired around the country on Accession Day. York is one of twelve saluting stations in the UK which include London, Belfast, Edinburgh, and Cardiff.
The light field guns that are being used were brought into service for Royal Salutes in 2008 having also been used in service in the Falklands and Afghanistan.
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