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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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