Celebrating Her Majesty
Prince George BC- A town crier, a cake, a piper, Legion members, Rocky Mountain Rangers, Mounties and local dignitaries all part of the noon hour party to celebrate the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
As of today, Her Majesty is now the longest reigning monarch in history, having been on the throne for 63 years, seven months and three days. It is a reign that has surpassed that of Queen Victoria.
In his remarks to the gathering on the front lawn of City Hall, Mayor Lyn Hall spoke of the Queen’s visit to Prince George for the opening of the University of Northern BC and the Prince George Civic Centre , then joked, “We are also very fond of the Queen’s great grandson, Prince George who we know was named after, Prince George.”
Major Rick Lewis read a message from the Queen’s Director of the Private Secretary’s Office at Buckingham Palace that was addressed to the Mayor and all of the citizens of Prince George “The Queen has asked me to send her best wishes to you and to those participating in the celebrations for a most memorable and enjoyable day.”
The Union Jack was raised over City Hall, in between the flag of British Columbia and the Lheidli T’enneh flag.
(at right, a cake rimmed with mini Union Jacks)
The event wrapped with the Cantata Singers, singing God Save the Queen ( all verses) and a ceremonial march out of the area by the Legion Colour Guard, RCMP, and Prince George Fire Rescue.
(Below, the march in)