Castle has a blast in honour of Queen's special day.
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CARDIFF Castle provided the elegant backdrop to a ceremonial gun salute to mark the Queen's birthday.
The salute was one of a series held throughout the country to mark the Queen's 93rd birthday.
The monarch actually celebrated her birthday on Sunday, but, in line with royal protocol, the salutes were delayed. Gun salutes are never held on a Sunday.
Civic dignitaries were in attendance for the Cardiff ceremony, which saw musical support being provided by the Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh Regiment, based at Maindy Barracks in Cardiff.
The gun salute was performed by members of the 104 regiment Royal Artillery Army Reserve Unit, based at Raglan Barracks in Newport.
The Royal Welsh regiment's goat mascot was also in attendance, to the delight of the large crowd.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates two birthdays.
While she was born on April 21, there is another official birthday on the second Saturday in June.
This tradition dates back to the reign of King George II in the 1700s.
Because his birthday came in the winter, the conditions weren't always suitable for a large public celebration. As a result the official celebration was moved to the summer.
Elizabeth II was the first child of the then Duke and Duchess of York when she was born in her grandparents' house at 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair.
She became Britain's longest-reigning monarch four years ago and is also the world's longest-reigning monarch alive today.
She is head of state, head of the armed forces and head of the Commonwealth.
There was a 62-gun salute by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London as part of yesterday's celebrations.
The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41 Gun Royal Salute in Hyde Park in honour of the Queen's birthday.
There was also a gun salute in Edinburgh.
According to the Royal website, celebrations to mark the sovereign's birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday.
The Queen will be celebrating her special day again on June 8, which is a more public spectacle alongside Trooping the Colour.
On this date, she will be joined by other members of the Royal Family as the spectacular parade goes from Buckingham Palace, passing down the Mall and Horseguards' Parade before returning back to the Palace.
There is usually a public appearance on the balcony by the Royal Family.
The Queen leaving the Easter Service on Sunday
Queen's birthday salute, at Cardiff Castle FIRING LINE MUSEUM