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41 gun salute marks Queen's accession to the throne

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery charged through Hyde Park on Thursday, with horses pulling historic cannons for a 41-gun salute marking the Queen's accession to the throne, 62 years ago. Next year, in September, Queen Elizabeth will surpass her great-great grandmother, the formidable Queen Victoria and will become Britain's longest serving monarch. On February 6, 1952 King George VI died while the young then-Princess Elizabeth was on holiday in Kenya with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, unaware of the huge duty that had just fallen upon her shoulders. The 88-year old Queen is scaling back some of her royal duties as her eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles, increasingly represents his mother. However the Queen has a busy few months ahead. In April she will visit Rome to meet the Pope and she will be in Normandy in June to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. On Thursday there was a

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