A GUNFIRE salute will be made to mark the anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

Naval personnel will today carry out a 21-gun salute in Gosport to mark 61 years since a young 25-year-old princess became Queen Elizabeth II, following the death of her father King George VI.

This follows a series of celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year.

The salute takes place from a 19th century portable gun at Fort Blockhouse, in Haslar Road, which will be positioned at the entrance to the harbour.

Four specialist gunnery instructors from HMS Collingwood in Fareham will carry out the salute at midday and ships alongside Portsmouth Naval Base will be decked with flags.