31 May '13, 10am

Navy gun salute to mark Queen’s anniversary #HMS_Collingwood

Navy gun salute to mark Queen’s anniversary #HMS_Collingwood

Although the coronation took place on June 2 1953, this year’s anniversary falls on a Sunday so the firing has been delayed 24 hours. There will be similar gun salutes on June 10 to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday and June 15 for the Queen’s official birthday. Commander David Hilton, Base Services Manager at Portsmouth Naval Base, said: “It is tradition for the Royal Navy to mark important anniversaries of the Royal Family in this way. "Also in keeping with tradition, the ships alongside in the Naval Base will be “dressed overall” with colourful flags stretching the entire length of the ship.” The custom of Navy gun salutes dates back to the early days of sail when ships visiting foreign ports would discharge their guns before entering, proving they were empty and that the visit was peaceful. The portable 19th century gun at Fort Blockhouse has been firing salutes si...

Full article: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/News-and-Events/Latest-News/2...

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