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Queen cancels birthday gun salutes first time in 68 years

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

18th Apr, 2020. 03:59 pm
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The Queen’s birthday may go unnoticed as the Queen has requested to cancel traditional gun salutes on her birthday to avoid the spread of coronavirus. The decision has been taken first time in 68 years.

The Queen’s birthday is usually celebrated every year with gun salutes in Hyde Park, Windsor Great Park and at the Tower of London.

The Queen’s real birthday is on 21st April, is usually remembered privately. But a public celebration held in June for her official birthday.

Palace sources said that she had asked not to arrange traditional gun salutes.

The sources said, “Her Majesty was keen that no special measures were put in place to allow gun salutes as she did not feel it appropriate in the current circumstances.”

Sources also said that she has reportedly abandoned the usual rules of local government flying the union flag.

Government advice has been sent to the local officials. In the advice, it was said, “you should continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines as set out by the Government” if flying the flag on 21 April.

“In the current circumstances, we are not expecting everyone to be able to follow this advice”.

Palace sources also informed that the steps taken are “in line with Her Majesty’s wishes.”

The Palace had said earlier at the end of March, “In line with Government advice, it has been agreed that The Queen’s Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, will not go ahead in its traditional form.

“A number of other options are being considered, in line with relevant guidance.”

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