The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) will be firing off a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London to mark Prince Philip's birthday. It will take place at Gun Wharf -- that cobbled path between the Tower and the river.
The old fella is going to be 98 years old this year, so 62 loud bangs probably isn't going to do him much good. Maybe they should stick with a simple birthday cake next year.
Only another two years to go before he gets a special telegram from his missus.
Important note: Prince Philip's birthday is actually on the 10th June, and that's when they usually hold the gun salute. But for some unknown reason they have pushed it back to the 11th this year.
If you like gun salutes and military parades, then check out our guide to London's parades and ceremonies to see what's else is on.
Craig’s review of Tower of London – “A bit of bad weather is good. If you can't visit the Tower of London at night then try and come here when it's wet. And I mean proper wet: getting drenched wet. Rain like grey paint that clears the crowds and shows you what it was like 1,000 years ago when the only visitors were prisoners. There are only three places in London where I genuinely dread the crowds: the… continued”
62-gun salute to mark the Queen’s Coronation – 2 Jun 2019 – The HAC will be firing a 62-gun salute by the Tower of London, to mark the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation in 1953.
Major General’s Review, at Horse Guards – 25 May 2019 – Two weeks before they celebrate the Queen's birthday at Trooping the Colour, they hold the Major General's Review.
The Colonel’s Review, at Horse Guards – 1 Jun 2019 – One week before the actual 'Trooping the Colour' parade, they hold a second rehearsal called "The Colonel's Review".
41-gun salute, to mark the Queen’s Coronation – 2 Jun 2019 – The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will be firing a 41-gun salute to mark the 66th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.
Beating Retreat, on Horse Guards Parade – 5 to 6 Jun 2019 – Beating Retreat is a floodlit pageant of military music and drill on Horse Guards Parade, ending with a salute to the Queen.
Trooping the Colour, at Horse Guards – 8 Jun 2019 – Watch a parade of soldiers and bands marching down The Mall in 'Trooping the Colour', to celebrate the Queen's birthday.
41-gun salute to mark Prince Philip’s birthday – 11 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.
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