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The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute in London’s Green Park to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first son.
We do not yet know his name, but we do know that he is now third in line to be King.
I am back in London for meetings at the Foreign Office. Yesterday afternoon I also had the honour of a meeting with the Duke of York, which gave me the opportunity to congratulate him on the birth of his first great-nephew. But for a few minutes I found the short walk to Buckingham Palace beautifully blocked by six horse-drawn field gun carriages as they returned from the park.
Royal gun salutes are fired to mark special occasions, including for the birth of all princes and princesses. The last of these was in 1990, for the Duke of York’s own daughter Princess Eugenie.
They are fired for The Queen’s Birthday Parade, and for the State Opening of Parliament. The number of rounds fired depends on the place and the occasion. Normally 21 blank rounds are fired; but 41 if the guns are fired from one of the royal parks or palaces.The only visitors to receive royal salutes are Heads of State. US President Obama received a 41-gun salute when he met The Queen in Buckingham Palace in 2011.
Yesterday there was a happy mood in the crowds from around the world gathered outside the palace, as Britain welcomed the Prince of Cambridge. Let us hope that one day, as King, he might travel to Vietnam.