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Queen Elizabeth II Turns 89, Gets Whopper of a Birthday Gun Salute

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | April 21, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II Turns 89, Gets Whopper of a Birthday Gun Salute

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Some people get candles to blow out on their birthdays while others get an extravagant 41-gun salute at a famed local park.

The latter is the celebratory homage paid to Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday, marking Her Majesty’s 89th birthday.

Now despite its size and grandeur, we couldn’t all make it out to London’s Hyde Park for the spectacle.

Thankfully, video of the artillery fire has made its way gloriously to YouTube. Here is a brief video that shows exactly what we missed:

The Telegraph’s Leon Siciliano filled us in on the particulars behind the gala show of gunpowder.

The reporter wrote, “The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery — in full dress uniform — rode their horses past Buckingham Palace in the sunshine en route to Hyde Park to stage a 41-gun royal salute using six First World War-era 13-pounder Field Guns at midday.”

And the crowd who gathered around had quite the show, because music filled the festivities. According to the report, the Band of the Royal Artillery added its own firepower in the form of appropriate music.

The party extended well away from the park to where a 62-gun salute took place off the Thames near the Tower of London.

Now this all falls drastically short of the song you received at T.G.I. Fridays this past year, we know. However, perhaps you will be impressed with the reminder that the queen gets two celebrations.

Siciliano reminded, “The Queen has two birthdays — her actual one on April 21 and her official one in June, which is celebrated with the Trooping the Color parade.”

With scores of guns firing off in her honor and two birthdays, we have to emphasize that it is indeed good to be the queen.

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