Gun salutes take place at the Tower of London at various times during the year and are well worth watching if you get the chance.
A 62 round gun salute was fired yesterday, 13th November to mark Prince Charles’s 64th birthday.
The 62 is made up of a basic salute of 21 rounds, a further 20 because the Tower of London is a Royal Fortress and a further 21 for the City of London.
The Tower of London is in Tower Hamlets and is also part of Wapping.
The Honourable Artillery Company
Gun salutes at the Tower of London are carried out by the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) who are a registered charity and the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army.
Gun salutes at the Tower of London
Space is very tight on Tower Bridge Wharf and to get a good view you need to arrive extremely early. Good alternatives are on Tower Bridge, or from the south side of the River Thames near City Hall – opposite the Tower of London.
The light guns, which fire blanks are extremely loud and produce a lot of smoke.
Scheduled dates for gun salutes are published annually in advance here with additional dates added during the year, for example when state visits are confirmed.
Visit the Tower of London for £1
And don’t forget whilst you’re there, Wapping residents can visit the Tower of London for £1 – just remember to bring your Ideas Store card [view details].
Yeoman Warders who look after the Tower attend gun salutes so it’s a great chance to meet them.
Yeoman Warders, nicknamed ‘Beefeaters’ are required to have served in the armed forces with an honourable record for at least 22 years.
The Tower of London, which protects the Crown Jewels is Wapping’s local castle.