Royal Gun Salutes

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 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.

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Date Event Location
6 February Accession Day
Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne
Green Park
21 April The Queen's Birthday Hyde Park
18 May  The State Opening of Parliament
A 41 Gun Royal Salute will be fired at 11:08 am.
Green Park
2 June Coronation Day
Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's coronation
Hyde Park
10 June The Duke of Edinburgh's Birthday Hyde Park
11 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.
Green Park
14 November The Prince of Wales' Birthday Green Park
November Remembrance Sunday
A two gun salute will be fired on Horse Guards Parade, one at the start of the two minutes silence at 11:00am and one at the end at 11:02am.
Horse Guards Parade
April / July / November London State Visits
For London state visits a 41 gun Royal Salute will be fired. Timings vary.
Green Park