Australia’s 96-gun salute for Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty The Queen passed away on September 8, 2022.

CAPTION: Members of Australia’s Federation Guard fire a M2A2 howitzer ceremonial gun during a 96-gun salute held at Parliament House in Canberra to honour the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. Photo by Corporal Cameron Pegg.

For 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II reigned as Australia’s Head of State. During her reign, she visited Australia 16 times and saw more of this country than most Australians, visiting every state and territory.

To mark the death of The Queen, Australia’s Federation Guard conducted a 96-gun salute on the forecourt of Parliament House in Canberra on September 9.

View New Zealand’s 96-gun salute here.

In accordance with tradition, 96 rounds were fired at 10-second intervals to mark each year of Her Majesty’s life.

Six M2A2 105mm howitzer Australian Defence Force ceremonial guns were employed for the gun salute.

His Majesty King Charles III’s accession to the throne was marked in a Proclamation Ceremony at Parliament House on September 11.

The ceremony was conducted by Australia’s Federation Guard and the Band of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

A 21-gun salute was fired by 53 Battery, School of Artillery, from the Australian Army.

Visit the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website to leave a message of condolence.





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  • 18/09/2022 at 11:03 am

    Well done to all those who took part in this once in a lifetime event, an opportunity that will never happen again. Go and be with your loved ones and rest in peace. Rule Britannia, God save the Queen.
    Now the army will have to reissue brand new rising sun hat badges with the Kings crown to replace the existing badge with the Queens crown.


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