Did the RN get the ceremony wrong in Portsmouth?

#1
A quick question.

In Portsmouth today the gun went off...two minutes silence....second gun, then the bugler played The Last Post and Reveille one after the other.

Am I remembering the ceremony incorrectly or did the RN make a b0llocks of it today?
 
#2
London, today.

At the first stroke of Big Ben at 11.00, the first Minute Gun was fired. 2 minutes' silence. Second Minute Gun.
Then, the Last Post, followed by laying of wreaths, followed by Reveille.

Looks like The Andrew got it right too.
 
#4
I've always thought of the sequence being:

Gun - contemplate;
Gun - stop contemplating;
Last Post - (to the fallen) OK, lads. You've done your duty. You can knock off now.
Reveille - (to the survivors/current troops) Start of the new day. Stand by for fresh orders. (or, The King is dead, Long live the King).

I suppose everybody has his own thoughts and those three minutes or so mean more to me than the rest of the formalities.
 
#5
Probably changed since my day but can remember in the 70's firing a 25 pdr in Victoria park between RNB and the Guildhall in Pompey on the stroke of 11 and agan 2 mins later. [my time and not the proverbial dockyard clock]. Could not see or hear what was going on in the square.
 

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