Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Birthday honours!

It has been my birthday recently and I arranged to meet my daughter for the day in York - chance for some light retail therapy and a good conversation over lunch, uninterrupted by the usual chatter of her little girls. It turned out to be a hot, sunny day, so we decided to sit for a while in one of the parks in the shade of the trees.

All of a sudden, our reverie was interrupted by marching music from a military band. My daughter said she'd ordered it specially for me! It was 'birthday honours' but for Queen Elizabeth's 'official birthday' rather than mine. There was some more music, a few short speeches in front of the gathered VIPs and then a 21 gun salute, fired at precise 10 second intervals from three guns. It was impressively done, with each soldier and team knowing exactly what to do and when to do it, amidst a good deal of marching about and standing to attention.

A soldier gave me a leaflet explaining that, in 1971, to commemorate the city's 1900th anniversary, the city of York was given the honour of being one of 12 'saluting stations' across the UK. Gun salutes are fired to celebrate various Royal occasions. The salute was fired on this occasion by the 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery, accompanied by the band of the Yorkshire Regiment.

I gracefully accepted all the fuss in celebration of my birthday!

(Photos from my phone. I didn't take my camera so I couldn't zoom in very close to the action.)


  1. Congratulations on your birthday - and what a lovely way to celebrate ... have your Mum to yourself! How incredible to find yourselves serenaded by the Marching Band - but good to learn about the history of its appearance ... fun to know about - York must be lovely and those photos aren't bad either - the iphone does well ...cheers Hilary

  2. I always wondered how they chose the date for the Queen's Official Birthday, obviously she elected to share it with a prominent citizen (and Prince Philip too).

  3. Happy Birthday! I loved York when visiting there so that was a great choice of place to celebrate!

  4. I watching Trooping The Colour on the BBC last Saturday and really enjoyed it.

    This was a very special day for you too.
    Happy Birthday

    All the best Jan

  5. Happy Birthday. I'm sure it really was all for you.

  6. Happy Birthday!

    I imagine some of the music and rites to this would be similar to ceremonies here.

  7. Well, that was a fun surprise! You and the queen! haha. Glad you had fun out with your daughter and happy birthday to you!

  8. Belated birthday wishes Jenny.. it looks like you had a right royal reception ☺

  9. What a fortuitous juxtaposition!


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