Tuesday, 9 January 2018

UK Royal Birthday Bells, Flag, Gun Salutes

Upcoming
List as of Aug 2021
DateRoyalBells at Westminister AbbeyUK Flag day21 gun salute
Aug 15thPrince Anne yes (Canceled)yes
Nov 11thPrince Charlesyesyesyes
Jan 9thDuchess Kate
yes
Jan 20th Countess Sophieyes
Feb 19th Prince Andrewyes
March 10th Prince Edwardyes


The list of Flag days and Gun Salutes is released at the beginning of the year. Westminister Abbey publishes its schedule of bell ringing 6 months in advance. Which Royals get Bells at Westminister Abbey, Flag Day or 21 gun salute doesn't normally change year to year. From 2018-2021, there was no change, except for Prince Louis's addition following his birth & Prince Philip's removal following his death. 

The first change comes in 2022, as Westminister Abbey has decided to only ring Birthday Bells for the Queen & Prince Charles due to financial strain. 

2022 - Expected
Royal Bells at Westminster Abbey UK Flag day 21 gun saluteMonth
Queen yes yes yes April/June
Charles yes yes yes November
Camilla yes
July
William yes
June
Kate yes January 
Cambridge Kids Apr/May/July
Harry
September
Meghan August
Andrew yes February 
Edward yes March
Sophie yes January 
Anne yes August
Queen's Cousins Various
 
2018-2021**
Royal Bells at Westminster Abbey UK Flag day 21 gun saluteMonth
Queen yes yes yes April/June
Philip* yes yes yes June
Charles yes yes yes November
Camilla yes yes
July
William yes yes
June
Kate yes yes January 
Cambridge Kids* yes Apr/May/July
Harry
September
Meghan August
Andrew yes yes February 
Edward yes yes March
Sophie yes January 
Anne yes yes August
Queen's Cousins Various

* Prince Louis was added in 2018 following his birth. Prince Philip was removed in 2021 following his death. 
**In 2020, due to the Coronavirus, the 21 Gun Salute was canceled for all Royal Birthdays. And all Birthday bells ringing at Westminister Abbey were canceled for April 2020 - August 2021 birthdays. 

9 comments:

  1. Why Prince Harry doesn't have any type of royal birthday bells, gun salute, etc...?

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    1. The only grandchildren of the Monarch included are Will & Kate as the future King & Queen.

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  2. I'm surprised that Charlotte's gets Bells when Harry doesn't. As Harry is the second child of the heir where Charlotte is second child of the heir to the heir.

    While she is ahead of him in the line of succession she is not a future monarch like George is.

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    1. Yeah. It is interesting. I think part of it is just them trying to keep the list short. They can't do everyone. But it will be intresting to see what happens as the Cambridges have their 3rd Kid and Harry gets married and becomes a full-time royal.

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    2. Update...15 September is Battle of Britain Day so the bells are rung for that...probably why there is/will never be mention of Harry getting bells. He's kind of getting them but not.

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    3. No, you can't kind of get them. When there are two bell-ringing events on the same day, the bells are rung once, but both events get a acknowledged. For example: August 15th is Princess Anne's birthday & Assumption of the Virgin Mary, both get mentioned on the Westminster Abbey calendar.

      Harry not getting bell rung on his birthday have nothing to do with it also being Battle of Britain Day.

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    4. In fact, I think it kind of says a lot that they choose not to make Prince Harry's birthday a bell ringing day. It wouldn't have required any extra cost or energy to have the bells on that day be for two events.

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  3. Don't George & Charlotte get 21 Gun Salutes?. I know I remember them getting some

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    1. Royal Babies get 21 Gun Salutes when they are born.

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