Video: Queen celebrates 60 years on throne
The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery took to London's streets yesterday, looking as if they had stepped out of a film about the Crimean War, as part of the ceremonies to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
Onlookers lined St John's Wood High Street in north London to watch as the troops left their nearby barracks, to move permanently to Woolwich, south of the river. On their way, they stopped off in Hyde Park to fire a 41-gun salute. It was not the only salute yesterday. The basic salute, like the one fired at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour yesterday, is 21 guns, but because Hyde Park is a royal park, they added 20 extra.
It was an even bigger day for the queen, who marked 60 years on the throne. Her day began with a visit to King's Lynn, near her Sandringham estate. She also visited a school in the nearby village of Dersingham, but had to cancel the planned walkabout because of the weather. (© Independent News Service)