York gun salute makes some noise for Prince Charles’ 70th birthday

All smiles for Prince Charles from Colonel Colette MacDonald in Museum Gardens. Photographs: Sergeant Donald Todd
14 Nov 2018 @ 3.47 pm
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What do you get the king-to-be who has everything for his 70th birthday?

How about a banging party in the park?

Prince Charles turned 70 today (Wednesday) and to mark the occasion, York hosted a royal gun salute.

Crowds gathered in Museum Gardens to witness the celebrations.

It all started on the stroke of noon. The Saluting Troop from 329 Battery 4 Regiment Royal Artillery, based at Alanbrooke Barracks, Topcliffe, fired 21 rounds at ten-second intervals from three 105 mm light guns.

The Royal Salute was hosted by 4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East, led by deputy commander Colonel Andy Hadfield.

Making some noise for the Prince of Wales

Another shell goes in

The inspecting officer was Colonel Colette MacDonald.

Before the big guns were wheeled out, the Band of The King’s Division marched through York, led by music director Major Stewart Halliday.

York is an official saluting station – one of 12 around the country to simultaneously host a gun salute this lunchtime.

The Band of The King’s Division arrive in Museum Gardens
Taking the salute
The Saluting Troop from 329 Battery 4 Regiment Royal Artillery
The soldiers looked resplendent for the occasion