In the past, gun salutes were performed to express friendly intentions, for it indicated that no weapons were hidden. Nowadays its symbolic meaning has slightly changed, and gun salutes are mainly associated with special Royal occasions and represent respect and acceptance. Gun Salutes take place on a number of Royal anniversaries, including Accession Day on February 6, the Queen's actual and official birthday on April 21 and a Saturday in June, Coronation Day on June 2, on the birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated on June 10, the birthday of the Prince of Wales on November 14, and finally the grand event—the State Opening of Parliament celebrated either in November or December.
February 06 | April 21 | June 02 | November 14
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