On Tuesday afternoon in London, huge crowds gathered in Green Park and by the Tower of London as a 41 and 62 gun salute, respectively, was fired to mark the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child.
In Green Park, crowds gave a rapturous applause as a 41-gun salute was fired by the King’s Troops Royal Horse Artillery, while at the Tower of London a 62-gun salute was fired.
At the Tower of London a 62-gun salute took place, which comes from 21 for the normal gun salute, which is increased to 41 as it takes place at a royal park or residence, and there was an extra 21 from the people of the London to mark their loyalty to the Royal Family.
The gun salutes are part of London’s celebrations to mark the birth of Prince William and Kate’s first child. The Duchess gave birth to a baby boy on Monday afternoon at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, in Paddington, London.
“The opportunity to mark the birth of the child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, by firing a 41-gun royal salute, comes as a huge honour for the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery,” Mark Edward, commanding officer of the King’s Troops Royal Horse Artillery, said.
The last gun salute to mark a royal birth took place in 1990 when Prince Andrew’s daughter Princess Eugenie of York was born.
The guns are fired at 10 second intervals up to 41 and 62 at the two locations.
Kensington Palace revealed the new parents and baby are “doing well,” this afternoon and said the couple may leave the Lindo Wing this evening after 6pm. If not, the Duke and Duchess with their new little Prince will leave tomorrow morning.
As part of London’s celebrations, famous landmarks lit up blue last night. The London Eye and Trafalger Square lit up to honour the Prince’s arrival.
As the gun salutes came to an end, the bells at Westminster Abbey started ringing, which they will do for three hours.