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Gun salutes at the Tower of London

Gun salutes at the Tower of London

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.

Visit www.hac.org.uk for more information and take a look inside here when IanVisits attended an HAC open evening.

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.

62 round gun salute at the Tower of London to mark Prince Charles birthday on 14 November 2012

A 62 round gun salute is fired at the Tower of London to mark Prince Charles's birthday on 14 November 2012

 

Gun salute at the Tower of London

The 105 light guns are brought into place at the Tower of London by soldiers of the Honourable Artillery Company

 

Gun salute at the Tower of London

A soldier of the Honerable Artillery Company opens a blank shell at the Tower of London

 

Gun salute at the Tower of London

A 62 round gun salute is fired at the Tower of London to mark Prince Charles's birthday on 14 November 2012

 

Spent blank shells lay on the floor at the Tower of London during the 62 round gun salute

Spent blank shells surrounded by smoke lay on the floor during the 62 gun salute at the Tower of London

 

Gun salute at the Tower of London

Soldiers of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) carry out a 62 round gun salute at the Tower of London

 

Gun salute at the Tower of London

Soldiers of the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London after a 62 gun salute, marking the Prince of Wales birthday

 

Gun salute at the Tower of London

Soldiers of the Honourable Artillery Company dismantle the guns after a 62 gun salute was fired at the Tower of London

 

Royal Artillery landrover leaves Tower Bridge Wharf after the 62 round gun salute

Honourable Artillery Company landrover leaving Tower Bridge Wharf after the 62 round gun salute was fired

 

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.

yeomen warder at the Tower of London aka BeefeaterVisit 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.

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