It’s time to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne. The Queen’s landmark time on the throne began in February 1952 when she was only 25 years old. Seventy years later from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5, a four day celebration will take place around the world to mark this unprecedented achievement.
In Cornwall, the SD&G Historical Society invites everyone to Lamoureux Park on Thursday, June 2 at 10 am to officially celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the Queen’s close connection to Cornwall and Canada.
During her reign, the Queen has made 22 official tours of Canada, more than any other Commonwealth country. Her travels have brought her to the east, west and north, to large cities, small towns and tiny hamlets. She has witnessed firsthand several key moments in Canadian history including the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959 here in Cornwall. The Queen has visited Cornwall and SDG several times: Her first visit was as Princess in 1951 representing her father, King George VI and consisted of a train stop along her route to Toronto. In 1959, she visited Cornwall as part of a royal tour, where she opened the St. Lawrence Seaway, and stayed at the Cornwallis Hotel. In 1967, she visited the city as part of her Canadian Centennial tour. While here, she signed the city’s Golden Book with Prince Philip, and in 1976 she visited Upper Canada Village. One of the most publicized visits was during the royal tour of 1984, which was also Cornwall’s bicentennial year. Her Majesty has said in multiple speeches that she always regarded Canada as home and shares in the pride we take in our achievements.
Join in as Cornwall and the world salute the Queen on her seventy years on the throne.