Jubilee beacons are to be lit in all 54 Commonwealth Capitals for the first time, spanning five Continents, as part of the Celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the Throne.
With 70 days to go until the start of the Platinum Jubilee weekend, Commonwealth nations and organizations have shared their plans for the festivities.
Beacons will be set ablaze on the evening of Thursday June 2, beginning in New Zealand’s capital Wellington, and followed by Canberra, before being lit across the Pacific region, through Asia, then the 19 African Commonwealth member states, followed by Europe, then the Caribbean and Americas.
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Bruno Peak, pageantmaster of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons, said the event would demonstrate the family of nations’ unity and friendship.
“I am so excited that for the first time ever beacons will be lit across all 54 Commonwealth Capitals to celebrate the Queen’s 70-year service as head of the association,” Mr Peak said.
“Starting in the Pacific and then moving to the Americas, the beacons lit to celebrate Her Majesty will also serve as a Testament to the Unity and friendship that extends across all 54 nations.”
The Queen is head of the Commonwealth and has used her Jubilee to reaffirm the pledge she made in 1947 as a 21-year-old to devote her life in service to the Nation and Commonwealth.
Baroness Scotland, the Commonwealth’s secretary-general, said the Queen’s Jubilee was a “special and unprecedented milestone”.
“In a world of extraordinary change, she is a constant,” the Baroness said.
“Throughout Her Majesty’s life and reign, her devotion to the Commonwealth has been Absolute.”
Beacons will be lit at locations including Rotary Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in the grounds of Ottawa City Hall in Canada, and on the football pitch near the Ledra Palace Hotel in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Young leaders will also start beacons through The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust in Lagos, Nigeria; Gurgoan, India; Couva, Point Lisas, Trinidad and Tobago; and in Sydney, among other places.
More than 1,500 beacons will be set on fire across the UK with the principal beacon at Buckingham Palace as part of a long tradition of marking significant royal occasions this way.