Pictured: Queen’s official birthday marked with 21-gun salute in Museum Gardens

Fire! The salute consisted of 21 rounds being fired at 10-second intervals. Photographs: Lance Corporal Gaurav Kandangwa Limbu
13 Jun 2015 @ 4.50 pm
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Fire!  The salute consisted of 21 rounds being fired at 10-second intervals. Photographs: Lance Corporal Gaurav Kandangwa Limbu
Fire! The salute consisted of 21 rounds being fired at 10-second intervals. Photographs: Lance Corporal Gaurav Kandangwa Limbu
If you heard gunfire in York on Saturday (June 13) there was no need to panic. It was the 21-gun salute to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

All British monarchs have been given the option of having two birthdays since 1748.

Garrison Sergeant Major Brian Kiernan, Colonel Mike Butterwick and Susan Cunliffe-Lister during the ceremony
Garrison Sergeant Major Brian Kiernan, Colonel Mike Butterwick and Susan Cunliffe-Lister during the ceremony

That’s chiefly for those sovereigns who were not born during the summer months, when there is the likelihood of better weather for a birthday parade. Although that’s never a guarantee in Britain…

Colonel Mike Butterwick and Susan Cunliffe-Lister inspecting the Army Reserve soldiers 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery
Colonel Mike Butterwick and Susan Cunliffe-Lister inspecting the Army Reserve soldiers 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery, complete with earplugs

Before the salute, people in York city centre were treated to a musical procession by the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who marched from Duncombe Place, near York Minster, to Museum Gardens.

Col Mike Butterwick, Susan Cunliffe-Lister and Garrison Sergeant Major Brian Kiernan
Col Mike Butterwick, Susan Cunliffe-Lister and Garrison Sergeant Major Brian Kiernan

On the stroke of noon, three 105mm Light Guns were fired by soldiers of 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery – an Army Reserve regiment with sub-units based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Blyth, South Shields and Leeds.

Inspecting the troops
Inspecting the troops

The deputy commander of 4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East, Colonel Mike Butterwick, accompanied Susan Cunliffe-Lister, Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, as she inspected the Saluting Troop.