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Public notice: Due to changing COVID-19 restrictions this year's gun salute details cannot be confirmed at the current time.

Royal Gun Salutes mark special royal occasions. On these days salutes are fired from locations in London and other authorised stations in the United Kingdom and the Union flag is hoisted on government buildings.

In London, salutes are fired in Hyde Park by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and at The Tower of London. However, on State Visits, at the State Opening of Parliament and for The Queen's Birthday Parade, The Green Park is used instead of Hyde Park.

The number of rounds fired in a Royal Gun Salute depends on the place and occasion. The basic salute is 21 rounds. In Hyde Park and The Green Park an extra 20 rounds are added because they are a Royal Park.

Gun salutes are usually fired at midday (unless otherwise stated below). Salutes are not fired on Sundays, so if the date falls on a Sunday, the salute will take place the next day.

For press accreditation you must contact the Ministry of Defence in advance via

6 February
Accession Day
Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne.
The Green Park
21 April
The Queen's Birthday Hyde Park
2 June
Coronation Day
Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's coronation.
The Green Park
10 June
The Duke of Edinburgh's Birthday Hyde Park
12 June
The Queen's Official Birthday
It has long been customary to celebrate the Sovereign's birthday publicly on a day in the summer. Fired at 12:52 pm.
The Green Park
14 November
Remembrance Sunday
Guns will be fired twice to mark the beginning and end of a two minutes silence. One at the start at 11:00am, and one at the end at 11:02am.
Horse Guards Parade
15 November
The Prince of Wales' Birthday The Green Park
 London State Visits
For London state visits a 41 gun Royal Salute will be fired. Timings vary.
The Green Park
 The State Opening of Parliament
A 41 Gun Royal Salute will be fired at 11:08 am. 
The Green Park

Please note: Due to changing COVID-19 restrictions gun salute details cannot be confirmed at the current time.

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