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Royal Salute In York Marks Prince Of Wales 65th Birthday

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7:25am 14th November 2013

A 21-gun Royal Salute in York will mark the 65th birthday of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales today (Thursday 14 November 2013).

Military music will fill the streets as the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band marches from Duncombe Place, near York Minster at 10.45 am to the Museum Gardens where, at the stroke of midday, artillery gunfire will sound the Royal Tribute.

The salute will be delivered by three 105 mm Light Guns fired by officers and soldiers of 5th Regiment Royal Artillery in front of the gathered crowds. 5th Regiment Royal Artillery, or the Yorkshire Gunners as the unit is known, is based in Catterick.

The Commander of 4th Mechanized Brigade, Brigadier Charlie Herbert OBE will be the Inspecting Officer for the Saluting Troop, as well as members of the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band. He will be accompanied by Brigadier Greville Bibby CBE, Commander of 15 (North East) Brigade and York Garrison.

The Salute consists of 21 rounds being fired at 15-second intervals. York is one of 12 saluting stations in Britain, which includes London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff, and is the only one in the North of England.

HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall are currently on a nine day tour of India. Prince Charles will celebrate his birthday by arriving in Sri Lanka where he will represent Her Majesty the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which starts the following day.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is held every two years to enable leaders of Commonwealth countries to come together to discuss global and Commonwealth issues, and to decide on collective policies and initiatives.

This year, CHOGM in Sri Lanka is the first time an Asian country will have hosted the summit in 24 years.

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