This year, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee – marking 70 years of service to the Commonwealth.
To celebrate this historic milestone, the City, in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of District 7040, will hold a beacon lighting ceremony at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, on Thursday, June 2. Residents are invited to attend the ceremony, which will take place in front of the cauldron in Marion Dewar Plaza.
The ceremony will begin at 8:45 pm and feature a bagpipe performance of Diu Regnare, a song written for the Jubilee. The beacon lighting will take place at 9:15 pm, along with a performance from the Carleton University Choir of A Life Lived with Grace, a unique song for the Commonwealth.
Ottawa is one of 54 capital cities in the Commonwealth lighting a beacon for this anniversary. The lightings will happen in unison across all cities.
Beacon lightings are a longstanding tradition to celebrate Royal Jubilees and have become a symbol of unity across countries.
Visit the Government of Canada’s website to learn more about The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
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