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Statement from the Mayor

Mayor Johnston statement on The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

February 6, 2022 8:02 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years since The Queen first took the throne in 1952 and making her both the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-serving female head of state in history.

The Queen has made no secret of her affection for Canada, which she has visited 22 times during almost seven decades on the throne. Canada is preparing to honour the 95-year-old royal – Canada’s head of state and the world’s longest serving monarch – with a series of tributes to mark her 70 years on the throne, including the lighting of a giant beacon in Ottawa.

The celebrations are also a reminder of how much The Queen has been a constant figure in our lives for the past unprecedented 70 years, even here in Canada.

The Queen, who was born in 1926, ascended to throne in February 1952, at the age of 27, after the death of her father, King George VI. She has sat on the throne longer than Queen Victoria. Throughout her years of service, she has advised 14 Prime Ministers, met 13 U.S. Presidents, and acted as a steadfast figurehead as the nation navigated countless crises.

On behalf of City Council and the citizens of Red Deer, we extend our congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen on this historic milestone and express our gratitude for her many years of extraordinary public service.”

For more information, please contact:

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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