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.