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A Short Guide to Green Park

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The Green Park covers 40 acres and links St James’s Park and Hyde Park, the park has no buildings but is full of mature trees and grassland. It is a popular route for those visiting Buckingham Palace from the Green Park underground station which is located at the edge of the park.

The Green Park was first recorded in 1554 as the place where a rebellion took place against the marriage of Mary I to Philip II of Spain. It was also a famous duelling site until 1667 when Charles II bought an extra 40 acres and it became known as upper St James’s Park.

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Now a peaceful area, The Green Park in the 17th and 18th century was the scene of a number of festivities, two vast ‘temples’ called the Temple of Peace and the Temple of Concord were located in the park but were destroyed during firework displays in 1749 and 1814. The park was enclosed by Charles II in 1668 and stocked with deer, the King also built one of the first ice houses in Britain here.

In the 18th century, The Green Park became a favourite place for Queen Caroline, the wife of George II. She built a reservoir called the Queen’s Basin, a library and the Queen’s Walk, which became a fashionable path.

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In the 1820s, John Nash re-landscaped the park and The Wellington Arch was built at the end of Constitution Hill to mark the point where Green Park ended and Hyde Park began. Eventually all the buildings that were located in the park were demolished.

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The park has a number of memorials to those who served and died in the two world wars.

For more information, visit the Royal Parks website here

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The Queen’s Birthday Gun Salutes in Hyde Park and the Tower of London – 21st April 2015

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The Queen’s Birthday Gun Salutes in Hyde Park and the Tower of London – 21st April 2015

For many London visitors, there is an element of confusion about the Queen’s Birthday, unlike most people she has two. The Queen celebrates her actual birthday on 21st April when there are no official celebrations, but the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London. The 41-gun Queen’s Birthday Gun Salute in Green Park or Hyde Park  takes place at midday, a 21-gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62-gun salute at the Tower Of London at 1pm.

The salute is open for anyone to watch as the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery ride into Green Park or Hyde Park at around 11.45am and then fire the first round at midday.The Queen’s official birthday takes place in June which is marked by Trooping the Colour.

Generally in London, Gun salutes are mark of respect and usually fired in Hyde Park by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and at The Tower of London however, on State Visits, at the State Opening of Parliament and for The Queen’s Birthday Parade, The Green Park is used instead of Hyde Park.

The number of rounds fired in a Royal salute depends on the place and occasion. The basic Royal salute is 21 rounds. In Hyde Park an extra 20 rounds are added because it is a Royal Park. At the Tower of London 62 rounds are fired on Royal anniversaries (the basic 21, plus a further 20 because the Tower is a Royal Palace and Fortress, plus another 21 ‘for the City of London’) and 41 on other occasions.

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