There will be a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park to mark the Queen's birthday (which was actually on the 21st).
The Queen famously has two birthdays every year (how did she manage to wangle that?), but this is her real one. I appreciate that it's impolite to discuss a lady's age, but she will be 93 years old this year. But I think you will agree with me when I say that she doesn't look a day over 80. (Especially if you look at her picture on the stamps.)
The gun salute will be fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery (KTRHA), and take place in the north-eastern corner of the park, a short distance from Speaker's Corner.
Be warned that these gun salutes are incredibly loud.
Note: Another gun salute will take place one hour later at the Tower of London. Here is our full list of gun salutes and military parades in London.
> Craig’s review of Hyde Park – “I don't get on very well with the sun. Put it this way: we're not friends. If I'm going to be walking around a park for two hours then I usually like to do it in the rain -- but it's sunny today. It's hot enough to boil the tears off my cheeks. So if I wilt halfway round then you'll understand why, because Hyde Park is a lot bigger than it looks on a map. I'm startin… continued”
41-gun salute to mark Prince Philip’s birthday – 10 Jun 2019 – The KTRHA will be firing a 41-gun salute for Prince Philip in Hyde Park to mark the Duke of Edinburgh's 98th birthday.
Get a closer look at the Albert Memorial – First Sun of the month (Mar to Dec only) – Go inside the Albert Memorial's railings and see one of London's finest looking monuments from up close
Listen to a speech at Speakers’ Corner – Every Sun (around noon) – Visit Speakers' Corner on a Sunday lunchtime and hear orators discussing whatever they like in the name of free speech.
Sunday football on Hackney Marshes – Every Sun – Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football, with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams.
Be a zoo keeper for a day at London Zoo – Mon to Fri – Sign-up to be a zoo-keeper at London Zoo for a day and get close to the animals and help to feed them and muck them out
Volunteer to help out at Spitalfields City Farm – Every day – Spitalfields City Farm is a nice place to take your kids, but did you know that you can volunteer to help out on the farm?
Hire a deckchair in one of London’s parks – 1 Mar to 31 Oct 2019 – Hire out a deck-chair in one of London's Royal parks and have a nice, relaxing sit-down and do a bit of people-watching
Check out our guide to all the daily parades in London
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy Hyde Park then you might like to visit Green Park (walk it in 18 mins or catch the tube from Marble Arch to Green Park), Kensington Gardens (walk it in 16 mins or catch the tube from Marble Arch to Queensway), Regent’s Park (catch the train from Marble Arch to Regents Park) and St. James’s Park (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Marble Arch to St Jamess Park)
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