Princess Anne dons a tartan coat and feathered hat as she observes a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park

Princess Anne was the picture of elegance as she attended a 41 gun salute to commemorate the Queen’s 93rd birthday. 

Anne, 68,  appeared in good spirits as she made her way to the salute in Hyde Park, donning a tartan coat and feathered hat for the occasion. 

The princess arrived in a horse-drawn carriage and was greeted by members of the military and onlookers.  

Good spirits. Princess Anne, 68, donned a tarted coat and feathered hat in Hyde Park as she attended a 41 gun salute to commemorate the Queen's 93rd birthday

Good spirits. Princess Anne, 68, donned a tarted coat and feathered hat in Hyde Park as she attended a 41 gun salute to commemorate the Queen's 93rd birthday

Good spirits. Princess Anne, 68, donned a tarted coat and feathered hat in Hyde Park as she attended a 41 gun salute to commemorate the Queen’s 93rd birthday

Several members of the King's Troop Royal Artillery soldiers rushed to help the Princess Royal out of her carriage

Several members of the King's Troop Royal Artillery soldiers rushed to help the Princess Royal out of her carriage

Several members of the King’s Troop Royal Artillery soldiers rushed to help the Princess Royal out of her carriage

A gun salute usually counts 20 rounds, however, an additional 21 take place in Hyde Park, as it is a Royal park. Pictured: soldier operating one of the six thirteen-pounder guns

A gun salute usually counts 20 rounds, however, an additional 21 take place in Hyde Park, as it is a Royal park. Pictured: soldier operating one of the six thirteen-pounder guns

A gun salute usually counts 20 rounds, however, an additional 21 take place in Hyde Park, as it is a Royal park. Pictured: soldier operating one of the six thirteen-pounder guns

The 41 guns salute was operated by the King’s Troop Royal Artillery soldiers. 71 horses pulled six thirteen-pounder guns at speed before the guns were detached. Once in position, and upon command, the soldiers fired booming blanks. 

The salute happened in celebration of the Queen’s 93rd birthday, which took place yesterday, 21 April.

Salutes do not take place on Sundays, which is why this one was postponed until today. 

The Queen’s Parade will also take place on 8 June in front of Buckingham Palace.  

Vision in green. Princess Anne was escorted to her seat in the front row, before admiring the salute

Vision in green. Princess Anne was escorted to her seat in the front row, before admiring the salute

Vision in green. Princess Anne was escorted to her seat in the front row, before admiring the salute 

For this warm and sunny Easter Monday Anne donned a tartan coat with navy blue clutch bag and a beautiful summer hat

For this warm and sunny Easter Monday Anne donned a tartan coat with navy blue clutch bag and a beautiful summer hat

For this warm and sunny Easter Monday Anne donned a tartan coat with navy blue clutch bag and a beautiful summer hat

The Princess enjoyed today's sun from her carriage before the salute. While normal salutes usually count only 20 rounds fired every ten seconds, an additional 21 is added in Hyde Park, as it is a royal park

The Princess enjoyed today's sun from her carriage before the salute. While normal salutes usually count only 20 rounds fired every ten seconds, an additional 21 is added in Hyde Park, as it is a royal park

The Princess enjoyed today’s sun from her carriage before the salute. While normal salutes usually count only 20 rounds fired every ten seconds, an additional 21 is added in Hyde Park, as it is a royal park

Waiting for the performance. The Princess Royal greeted members of the King's Troop Royal Artillery before the 41 gun salute

Waiting for the performance. The Princess Royal greeted members of the King's Troop Royal Artillery before the 41 gun salute

Waiting for the performance. The Princess Royal greeted members of the King’s Troop Royal Artillery before the 41 gun salute

The gun salutes are usually fired either from the Tower of London, Green Park or Hyde Park on several special occasions. 

While normal salutes usually count only 20 rounds fired every ten seconds, an additional 21 is added in Hyde Park, as it is a royal park. 21 rounds are also added in Green Park for the same reason. 

When the gun salute takes place at the Tower of London, another 21 rounds are also added to the 20 initial rounds. Another 21 are added because the Tower is located in the City of London. The Tower of London salute therefore counts 62 rounds, which take 10 minutes to complete. 

Members of the band of the King's Troop made their way to Hyde Park ahead of the gun salute for the Queen's 93rd birthday

Members of the band of the King's Troop made their way to Hyde Park ahead of the gun salute for the Queen's 93rd birthday

Members of the band of the King’s Troop made their way to Hyde Park ahead of the gun salute for the Queen’s 93rd birthday

When the gun salute takes place at the Tower of London, another 21 rounds are also added to the 20 initial rounds. Another 21 are added because the Tower is located in the City of London. The Tower of London salute therefore counts 62 rounds. Pictured: King's Troop Royal Artillery soldiers mark the Queens 93rd birthday

When the gun salute takes place at the Tower of London, another 21 rounds are also added to the 20 initial rounds. Another 21 are added because the Tower is located in the City of London. The Tower of London salute therefore counts 62 rounds. Pictured: King's Troop Royal Artillery soldiers mark the Queens 93rd birthday

 When the gun salute takes place at the Tower of London, another 21 rounds are also added to the 20 initial rounds. Another 21 are added because the Tower is located in the City of London. The Tower of London salute therefore counts 62 rounds. Pictured: King’s Troop Royal Artillery soldiers mark the Queens 93rd birthday

71 horses pulled six First World War-era 13 pounder field guns across Hyde Park before the rounds were fired

71 horses pulled six First World War-era 13 pounder field guns across Hyde Park before the rounds were fired

71 horses pulled six First World War-era 13 pounder field guns across Hyde Park before the rounds were fired

Blinding sunshine. Salutes, which market special events throughout the UK, are fired at midday until stated otherwise

Blinding sunshine. Salutes, which market special events throughout the UK, are fired at midday until stated otherwise

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Blinding sunshine. Salutes, which market special events throughout the UK, are fired at midday until stated otherwise 

Onlookers who were enjoying some time off in Hyde Park for Easter Monday were treated to the display. Pictured: The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41 Gun Royal Salute to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 93rd birthday in Hyde Park

Onlookers who were enjoying some time off in Hyde Park for Easter Monday were treated to the display. Pictured: The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41 Gun Royal Salute to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 93rd birthday in Hyde Park

Onlookers who were enjoying some time off in Hyde Park for Easter Monday were treated to the display. Pictured: The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41 Gun Royal Salute to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 93rd birthday in Hyde Park

While Queen Elizabeth's actual; birthday takes place on 21 April, her official birthday is celebrated in June

While Queen Elizabeth's actual; birthday takes place on 21 April, her official birthday is celebrated in June

While Queen Elizabeth’s actual; birthday takes place on 21 April, her official birthday is celebrated in June 

Soldiers arrived on horseback for the salute earlier today, which was attended by the Princess Royal

Soldiers arrived on horseback for the salute earlier today, which was attended by the Princess Royal

Soldiers arrived on horseback for the salute earlier today, which was attended by the Princess Royal 

When do gun salutes happen?  

Gun salutes are fired to mark a variety of occasions, including: 

Accession Day – 6 February 

The Queen’s birthday – 21 April 

Coronation Day – 2 June 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday – 10 June 

The Queen’s official birthday – a Saturday in June 

The Prince of Wales’s birthday – 14 November The State 

Opening of Parliament – usually November or December 

Prorogation of Parliament Royal births, for example for Prince George and Princess Charlotte 

Meeting of a visiting Head of State and the Sovereign in London, Windsor or Edinburgh

Guns are fired every ten seconds during the salutes. In Hyde Park and Green Park, an additional 21 rounds take place. Pictured: The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41 Gun Royal Salute to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 93rd birthday

Guns are fired every ten seconds during the salutes. In Hyde Park and Green Park, an additional 21 rounds take place. Pictured: The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41 Gun Royal Salute to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 93rd birthday

Guns are fired every ten seconds during the salutes. In Hyde Park and Green Park, an additional 21 rounds take place. Pictured: The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41 Gun Royal Salute to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 93rd birthday

The next gun salute will take place in Green Park in June for Coronation day. Pictured: Princess Anne leaves after attending the 41 Royal gun salute

The next gun salute will take place in Green Park in June for Coronation day. Pictured: Princess Anne leaves after attending the 41 Royal gun salute

The next gun salute will take place in Green Park in June for Coronation day. Pictured: Princess Anne leaves after attending the 41 Royal gun salute

King's Troop Royal Artillery soldiers during the 41 gun salute in Hyde Park earlier today

King's Troop Royal Artillery soldiers during the 41 gun salute in Hyde Park earlier today

King’s Troop Royal Artillery soldiers during the 41 gun salute in Hyde Park earlier today 

Princess Anne left in her carriage after the gun salute as onlookers captured the moment. The Queen's actual birthday is on April 21 with her official birthday being marked with The Queen's Birthday Parade, known as Trooping the Colour, in June

Princess Anne left in her carriage after the gun salute as onlookers captured the moment. The Queen's actual birthday is on April 21 with her official birthday being marked with The Queen's Birthday Parade, known as Trooping the Colour, in June

Princess Anne left in her carriage after the gun salute as onlookers captured the moment. The Queen’s actual birthday is on April 21 with her official birthday being marked with The Queen’s Birthday Parade, known as Trooping the Colour, in June

Princess Anne during the 41 gun salute in Hyde Park. While the Princess Royal attended the salute in London, the Queen was in Windsor enjoying some horse riding

Princess Anne during the 41 gun salute in Hyde Park. While the Princess Royal attended the salute in London, the Queen was in Windsor enjoying some horse riding

Princess Anne during the 41 gun salute in Hyde Park. While the Princess Royal attended the salute in London, the Queen was in Windsor enjoying some horse riding 

Pictured: Soldiers during the gun salute, in front of a crowd of curious onlookers. In June, the Queen's official birthday will be celebrated with another gun salute and a parade

Pictured: Soldiers during the gun salute, in front of a crowd of curious onlookers. In June, the Queen's official birthday will be celebrated with another gun salute and a parade

Pictured: Soldiers during the gun salute, in front of a crowd of curious onlookers. In June, the Queen’s official birthday will be celebrated with another gun salute and a parade

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery as they fired a 41 Gun Royal Salute in Hyde Park earlier today

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery as they fired a 41 Gun Royal Salute in Hyde Park earlier today

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery as they fired a 41 Gun Royal Salute in Hyde Park earlier today

 

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