Gun Salute to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby girl
Gun salutes will take place in London later to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby girl. Volleys will be fired by soldiers in Hyde Park and the Tower of London to honor the arrival of the new princess.
Prince William and Catherine have not yet announced the name of their second child, who was delivered on Saturday. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and the duchess’s parents visited their grand daughter at Kensington Palace on Sunday.
Gun salutes is a tradition on the birth of every prince or princess.
Soldiers from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will ride out in a procession from Wellington Barracks, near Buckingham Palace, to sound 41 shots in Hyde Park at 14:00 BST.
They will be accompanied by the Royal Artillery Band and their 71 horses will pull six World War One-era Ordnance Quick Fire 13-ponder field guns.
At the same time, the Honorable Artillery Company will leave their Armory House barracks in the City of London to fire a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London from three Ceremonial 105mm Light Guns.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said on Sunday: “The duke and duchess are hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people all over the world. It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter.”
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall spent more than an hour with their new granddaughter. The duchess’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and sister Pippa also met the princess.
Prince Harry, who narrowly missed the princess’s birth after returning to Australia to finish his secondment to the country’s military, said his new niece was “absolutely beautiful” and he could not wait to meet her.