Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne celebrated
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne was celebrated with a gun salute over the weekend.
The ceremony marked the beginning of the 64th year since the 89-year-old royal took over from her late father, George VI, as the monarch.
The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery was on hand at Green Park in London to mark the occasion, whilst a 62-gun salute was held at the nearby Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company.
Music was later provided by the Band of the Royal Artillery as soldiers belonging to The King’s Troop appeared in Hyde Park.
Meanwhile, the Queen has a busy year ahead with celebrations for her 90th birthday taking place in June.
To celebrate the official occasion, the Queen will host a street party in The Mall near Buckingham Palace, London.
Of the event, organiser Peter Phillips, who is also the Queen’s grandson, said: “I was very conscious to make sure we did this properly, so we went through the normal channels of approaching the Palace.
“We had to show that this wasn’t a case of trying to cut corners because the Queen happens to be my grandmother. I said [to the Queen], ‘Oh, by the way you may or may not have heard that we are having conversations with your office about this’ … She said, ‘I’ve heard you’re up to something.'”