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Gun salute to mark birth of Royal baby

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A 21-GUN salute sounded from Castle Cornet yesterday to mark the birth of the new Royal baby.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a baby boy on Monday.

The Prince of Cambridge is now fifth in line to the British throne.

Gun teams of castle keepers, ex-servicemen and representatives of Cannon Asset Management, who sponsor the noonday gun, fired the rounds.

Ex-Royal Marine and battery commander on the day, Danny Blatchford said the salutes were important because forces swear their allegiance to the Queen.

‘We’ve got ex and serving members of the Royal Marines, Navy and Army. We mainly do it for the Queen’s birthday, we all swear an allegiance to the Queen. I’ve fired a salute to all of Prince William’s children,’ he said.

Part of the castle gunners for six years, Graham Williams said: ‘Every time we do it, it’s a proud day.

‘The one I’m dreading will be when the Queen dies, when there will be at least 92 fired. There is a little routine you have to go through for each person. There is an element of danger to it.’

Not all the cannon fired first time around.

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Gun salutes were also fired in London yesterday at 2pm by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park and the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London to mark the birth.

The baby – yet to be named at the time of going to press – weighed 8lb 7oz and is the first prince to be third born since the Succession to the Throne Act, 2013.

This means that, for the first time, he will not accede to the Crown before his older sister Charlotte. He will also need to seek permission from the Crown before he marries, as will any royals up until the sixth in line to the throne.

Prince Charles said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon that he and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are ‘both so pleased at the news’.

He added: ‘It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them.’

Alex Warlow

By Alex Warlow
News reporter

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