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CANADA: Ottawa landmarks to be lit purple for Queen's Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II is Britain's longest-serving monarch
From left, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Louis, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in London, Thursday June 2, 2022, on the first of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Ottawa landmarks, including the Peace Tower, will be illuminated in purple to mark the occasion. (Chris Jackson/Pool Photo via AP)

Ottawa landmarks, including the Peace Tower, the Senate and the Prime Minister's Office on Wellington Street, will be illuminated in purple this evening to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

A beacon will also be lit in Canada's capital city — one of many across the country and the Commonwealth to celebrate the monarch's 70 years on the throne.

Pipers across Canada and the Commonwealth will play a tune composed for the occasion, while communities are celebrating with events such as street parties, the unveiling of commemorative gardens and even puppet shows.

The British High Commission will also be lit up in purple today and through the weekend when celebrations will continue with a street party at the high commissioner's official residence.

The Queen, 96, appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with 18 members of the Royal Family, on the first of what will be four days of celebrations.

Britain's longest-serving monarch waved at the crowds as military aircraft, including the Red Arrows, did an aeronautical display that at one point included forming the number 70 in the sky.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 2, 2022. 

The Canadian Press