Gun salute for Queen Elizabeth II, who turns 91

World | 21 Apr 2017 7:32 pm

Britain is marking Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday with gun salutes. 

A troop of the Royal Horse Artillery will ride horse-and-gun carriages past Buckingham Palace before staging a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park at noon local time. There will also be a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London an hour later. 

The queen is Britain's oldest and longest-reigning monarch, having become queen on February 8, 1952. She is also the world's longest-reigning living monarch since the death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej last year. 

The queen usually spends her birthday privately. She also has an official birthday, marked in June _ when the weather is better _ with the "Trooping the Color'' military parade.-AP



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