21-gun salute to mark Queen’s coronation

2/6/2015 (SB)''A 21-gun salute was fired by the Royal Navy at Fort Blockhouse to mark the 62nd anniversary of the Queen's coronation on Tuesday.''Picture: Sarah Standing (151066-2631) PPP-150206-173413001
2/6/2015 (SB)''A 21-gun salute was fired by the Royal Navy at Fort Blockhouse to mark the 62nd anniversary of the Queen's coronation on Tuesday.''Picture: Sarah Standing (151066-2631) PPP-150206-173413001
HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after spending three months in the Mediterranean Picture:  L/Phot Louise George

HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after three months away at sea

  • 21-gun salute at Fort Blockhouse marks Queen’s 62nd anniversary
  • The salute happened at midday yesterday at the entrance of Portsmouth Harbour
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KEEPING up with tradition, a 21-gun salute was fired yesterday to mark the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.

The saluting gun at Fort Blockhouse, at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour, fired at midday to mark 62 years since the Queen took the throne.

It is tradition for the Royal Navy to mark important anniversaries of the royal family in this way.

Commander David Hilton

Commander David Hilton, base services manager at Portsmouth Naval Base, said: ‘It is tradition for the navy to mark important anniversaries of the royal family in this way.

‘Also, in keeping with tradition, the ships alongside in the naval base were dressed overall with colourful flags stretching the length of the ship.’

The 19th century gun at Fort Blockhouse has been firing salutes since 1957.