Don't forget your earplugs if you're going to be in Hyde Park around lunchtime tomorrow (10 June) — a 41 gun royal salute will be battering eardrums in the vicinity.
At noon, the 41 gun shots will be fired to mark the 95th birthday of the Duke Of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. There's also a chance to see the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery ride their horses and gun carriages across the park before the salute.
Why so many shots? A basic salute is 21 rounds, but because this salute takes place in a Royal Park, an extra 20 rounds are added on.
If you're a fan of pomp and ceremony, don't forget Trooping the Colour (also known at the Queen's Birthday Parade) takes place on Saturday in St James's Park, and a further 41 Gun Salute will take place in Green Park next Tuesday (14 June) to mark the Queen's official birthday. Basically, if you live near a Royal Park, investing in some earplugs pronto is a good idea.