[T]he country’s longest-serving monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, will be honoured by people in the North of England as she celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday 21 April 2016.
A 21-gun salute will be fired in Museum Gardens, York in her honour by 4th Regiment Royal Artillery. The regiment, which is based in Topcliffe near Thirsk, will fire three 105 mm light guns on the stroke of noon to mark the occasion.
Brigadier Gerald Strickland, Commander of 4th Infantry Brigade, the regional brigade covering Yorkshire and the North East, will host Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe who will inspect the troops.
The Royal Salute will be fired by 88 (Arracan) Battery and watched by members of the public as well as prominent members of the community from West Yorkshire and Teesside working with the military on various initiatives in the British Asian community.
York is one of 12 saluting stations including London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff and is the only one in the North of England.
Members of the public are welcome to watch the Royal Salute and will be able to listen to music from The Band of The Royal Armoured Corps before the guns fire.
Her Majesty the Queen will spend her birthday in Windsor where she will unveil a plaque at the start of the four mile Queen’s Walkway and then she and His Royal Highness the Duke of edinburgh will go on a walkabout greeting members of the public.
In the evening , the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the royal family will light the first in a chain of beacons across the country and worldwide that will celebrate her birthday.
Army Cadets in Cumbria will take part in the lighting ceremony at Scafell Pike and are one of four Army Cadet Forces participating in Operation Beacon throughout the UK.