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Gunfire for the Duke of Edinburgh


12:02am 11th June 2012

Gunfire will echo around York on Monday (11 June 2012), to mark the 91st Birthday of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

A 21 gun salute will be fired on the stroke of noon in the botanical Museum Gardens by 5 Regiment Royal Artillery. 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 invited to watch the Royal Salute, and listen to music from the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band. Brigadier Greville Bibby CBE, Commander of 15 (North East) Brigade and York Garrison and the Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne,  Councillor Jackie Slesenger will inspect the saluting troop which is based in Marne Barracks, Catterick.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has been married to Her Majesty the Queen for 64 years, and is Britain’s longest-serving consort and the oldest serving spouse of a reigning British monarch. Royal gun salutes will be fired around the country on Monday to mark Prince Phillip's birthday that takes places on Sunday 10 June.

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