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Queen's coronation celebrated in York

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6:24am 2nd June 2011

York is marking the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen with a Royal Salute in the botanical Museum Gardens.

The reign of Queen Elizabeth II has become the second longest in British history, overtaking that of George III.

Since ascending the throne on the death of her father, George VI on February 6 1952, Her Majesty The Queen has reigned for a total of 59 years.

Next year she will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee with a special four day weekend in early June to commemorate the events of the last 60 years.

The Royal Salute will be fired on the stroke of noon on Thursday 2nd June 2011 by 4th Regiment Royal Artillery who are based at Topcliffe, North Yorkshire.

The salute consists of the firing of twenty-one rounds from four guns at fifteen-second intervals.

The light field guns, which were brought into service for Royal Salutes in 2008, have been used in service in the Falklands and latterly in Afghanistan.

Members of the public are welcome to watch the Royal Salute and will be able to listen to music from The Band of the Adjutant General Corps before the guns fire. 

York is one of twelve saluting stations including London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff and is the only one in the North of England.

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