Gun salutes to mark princess birth


Published: Monday 4th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Royal gun salutes will be fired today to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby princess.

The deafening volleys will ring out across the capital this afternoon in celebration of William and Kate’s second child who was born on Saturday at 8.34am, weighing 8lbs 3oz.

Yesterday Prince Harry described William and Kate’s daughter as “absolutely beautiful” and her doting grandparents visited the baby princess for the first time.

Harry spoke movingly about his niece from Australia where he has been working with the country’s armed forces and said he could not “wait to meet her”.

The Cambridges also thanked well-wishers for their support following the birth of their daughter, who is fourth in line to the throne and the Queen’s fifth great-grandchild.

William and Kate have kept the world guessing as to the name of their second child but are likely to have told the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Michael and Carole Middleton when they visited Kensington Palace to see their granddaughter.

In the coming days the Cambridges will return to their Norfolk home, close to the Queen’s Sandringham estate, and may be waiting until they have told the monarch personally before announcing the name.

The favourite name among bookies has changed repeatedly in recent days with Alice and Charlotte among those fancied but Elizabeth and Olivia are also proving popular.

William Hill has seen six figures wagered on the royal baby’s name since the princess was born and estimates the industry figure may have reached a million pounds at the end of Sunday.

Jessica Bridge from Ladbrokes said: “Bookies all over the UK are hoping and praying for any name other than Alice, Charlotte, Victoria, Elizabeth, Olivia, Alexandra or Diana.”

In Hyde Park at 2pm, 41 volleys will be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

At the same time the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) will fire a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London – an extra 21 for the City of London.

The soldiers, horses and guns of the King’s Troop will ride out in procession from their forward mounting base in Wellington Barracks through London and to the north of Hyde Park to fire the volleys.

They will be accompanied by music from the Royal Artillery Band and their 71 horses will pull six First World War-era Ordnance Quick Fire 13-pounder field guns.

The HAC will leave their barracks at Armoury House pulling three Ceremonial 105mm Light Guns with their liveried Pinzgauer vehicles and drive through the City with an escort to the Tower of London.

The weapons will be fired from Gun Wharf, overlooking HMS Belfast.

The custom is for gun salutes to be fired for the birth of every prince or princess, no matter where their place in line of succession.

Published: Monday 4th May 2015 by The News Editor

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