41 gun salute to mark the passing of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh

April 10, 2021

To mark the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, the Australian Federation Guard fired a 41 gun salute from the forecourt of Parliament House in Canberra at 5pm.

Six M2A2 45mm Howitzer Ceremonial Guns from the Australian Defence Force fired 41 rounds, with each round fired at 10 second intervals until all rounds are complete.

It took about 7 minutes and followed the tradition set by the United Kingdom.

All Commonwealth countries were invited to fire a 41 gun salute. This follows the British tradition of firing 21 rounds for a Royal salute, and an additional 20 rounds when fired from a Royal Park.

Australia’s Federation Guard is the Australian Defence Force’s official tri-service ceremonial unit, comprised of members from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Regular Army and Royal Australian Air Force.

Members of the public were permitted to view the gun salute beyond an exclusion zone.