London: London echoed to the sound of cannon photographs on Monday to mark Queen Elizabeth II´s 70 years on the throne, starting a yr of celebrations to honour Britain´s longest-serving monarch.
At noon (1200 GMT), the King´s Troop Royal Horse Artillery unit fired a 41-gun salute from Inexperienced Park, close to the monarch´s Buckingham Palace residence in central London.
One other 62 photographs then rang out an hour later from the Tower of London, the historic royal palace and residential to the Crown Jewels three miles (4.8 kilometres) throughout the town.
The ceremonies passed off the day after “Accession Day”, the date in 1952 when Princess Elizabeth´s father king George VI died and she or he grew to become queen.
“For me this is the launch of the Platinum Jubilee, this is where it all starts for all of us and as a country,” mentioned Lieutenant Colonel James Shaw, who oversees the military´s ceremonial occasions.
“On June 2 we´ve got the Queen´s Birthday Parade, with 1,400 troops involved in that, and on June 5 there´s the pageant and the armed forces will also be involved,” he added.
The Inexperienced Park salute consisted of the same old 21-gun salute with an additional 20 due to it being in a royal park. There have been one other 21 photographs on the Tower of London occasion as it’s within the Metropolis of London.