Posted on February 6, 2019
Gun salutes will be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park and the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London to commemorate the occasion.
Now the nation’s longest reigning monarch, Elizabeth II has ruled for 24,472 days, has passed her silver, golden, diamond and sapphire jubilees, and is now just three years away from her platinum 70 years on the throne. Princess Elizabeth became Queen on February 6 1952, on the death of her beloved father George VI. She was just 25 and thousands of miles from home on a Commonwealth tour with the Duke of Edinburgh in Kenya when the King died in his sleep from lung cancer at Sandringham House.
Today she will spend the day reflecting on the anniversary of her father’s death in private at Sandringham, where she has been staying for her annual winter break. The Queen usually returns to London soon after her anniversary.
To mark the occasion King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will stage a 41-gun salute at Green Park, while the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), the City of London’s Reserve Army Regiment, will conduct a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London.