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The Queen’s historic platinum jubilee marked by gun salutes

The start of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations was officially marked today as gun salutes were fired across the country to mark 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign.

At midday the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, appointed by the Queen’s father King George VI 75 years ago, fired a 41-gun salute from London’s Green Park.

The ceremony took place a day after February 6, Accession Day, when Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II, with the birthday falling on a Sunday.

Lieutenant-Colonel James Shaw, who as a Brigade Major in the prestigious Household Division oversees the Army’s major ceremonial events, said: “For me this is the launch of the Platinum Jubilee, c is where it all begins for all of us and as a country.”

Monday was his first day in his role as Brigade Major, and he faces a busy 2022, saying: “It is without a doubt a highlight of my career, I am honored to be involved.”

“On June 2 we have the Queen’s Birthday Parade, with 1,400 troops involved, and on June 5 there is the Pageant and the Armed Forces will also be involved,” he added.

“I’m going to be heavily involved in the planning of both events, so really exciting.”

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