Gun salute for Queen's birthday
A 21-gun salute has been fired by the Royal Navy to mark the Queen's 86th birthday.
The saluting gun at Fort Blockhouse at Gosport, Hampshire - at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour - was fired at noon on Saturday by four specialist gunnery instructors.
Military gun salutes took place at several other military bases across the country to mark the Queen's birthday.
It is one of six royal events marked annually with the traditional gun salutes.
The custom dates back to the early days of sail when ships visiting foreign ports would discharge their guns before entering, proving they were empty and that the visit was peaceful.
The portable 19th century gun at Fort Blockhouse has been firing salutes since it was acquired by the Navy in 1957.
Also to mark the birthday, Royal Navy ships at Portsmouth Naval Base were "dressed overall" - displaying a variety of flags across the length of the ship.
A 62-gun salute was fired by the Royal Gibraltar Regiment at the Tower of London, the Ministry of Defence said. It included 21 guns for the Queen's birthday, 20 because it's a royal palace, and 21 to follow a tradition in which ships would fire their guns before entering the City of London to show they were not threatening.
Gun salutes also rang out over two Scottish cities in honour of the Queen's birthday.
Gunners of 207 Battery, 105 Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) fired the salute at Edinburgh Castle, while gunners from the Regiment's 212 (Highland) Battery fired a salute at Stirling Castle.