Pictures: 21 gun salute in York marks the Queen’s accession

Pictures: 21 gun salute in York marks the Queen’s accession

York paid a powerful tribute to the Queen today (Thursday) to mark her accession.

The army fired a 21-gun royal salute to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the day when Queen Elizabeth II became the sovereign, when she was aged 25, following the death of her father, George VI in 1952.

Soldiers from the Thirsk-based 4th Regiment Royal Artillery brought three of their 105mm Light Guns, equipped with blank rounds, to fire the salute across the River Ouse from Museum Gardens at noon.


Earlier the British Army Band Catterick paraded through the city centre. The band then played the National Anthem in Museum Gardens when the guns stop firing.

There are 13 saluting stations across the UK and Gibraltar, but York is the sole representative in the North of England.

Bang on time… the 21-gun salute in Museum Gardens. Photographs: Richard McDougall
The British Army Band Catterick parade through York