Who can be given a 41-gun salute?

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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.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their first son

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their first son (Credit: AP)

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.

Members of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park to welcome the newborn prince [Picture: Sergeant Adrian Harlen, Crown copyright]

Members of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park to welcome the newborn prince [Picture: Sergeant Adrian Harlen, Crown copyright]

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.

3 Responses

  1. Abiodun Ogundipe says:

    So glad! Congratulations.

  2. J Porte says:

    Welcome to the world, prince George!

  3. Ingo-Steven Wais says:

    Dear Antony,
    to be honest : I ´m not so very much involved with “THE ROYALS”.
    Till Prince George was born. I mean : Which person in the entire world can be so hard-hearted and do NOT IMMEDIATELY fall in love with this fantastic Baby-Boy Child.Respect also to US-President Obama for his 41-gun salute. According to your lines and words a privilege which he gave so far only to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. In your last sentence you are writing , “that you do hope, that the Prince of Cambridge will once as the King of Great Britain visit the S.R. Vietnam. Well, personally I don ´t have any kind of doubts, that he will not. But one step to next little step. In other words : Congratulations to the happy parents ! Best wishes , viel Glück- all the best for the future and a BIG thank you to you for this very nice photo. It speaks more as 1.000 words. Ingo-Steven , Stuttgart

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