A full description of
the history of Windsor's saluting cannons is to be found in Windlesora
here for details
Saluting The Queen's Birthday
The following video was
filmed on 21st April 2008
The Royal Borough is unique in this country
in as much as a civilian organisation regularly fires cannons!
Since 1754 there have been records of salutes in the Royal Borough
of Windsor to mark significant events. The cannon used by the
Borough nowadays could have been part of the miniature man-of-war
that used to sail on Virginia Water in the early 19th century,
'The Victorine'. See Windsor
Great Park - Virginia Water
For many years the cannon were fired with a Bengal match held in a bulldog clip secured to the end of a broom handle until some years ago, during the ceremony for Prince Charles' Freedom of The Borough, the clip bent and so the Bombardier, Ted Lobley, in order to keep the salute progressing briskly, decided to use hand-held matches. The Duke of Edinburgh, watching from the dais, remarked to Ian Keeler, deputy Mayor, "That looks bloody dangerous!"