By Aaron Humes: This weekend marks a special celebration for Queen Elizabeth II, 96.
She will officially observe her Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years as monarch and head of the Commonwealth since February 6, 1952. The Queen has ruled for longer than any other monarch in British history, becoming a much loved and respected figure across the globe. Her extraordinary reign has seen her travel more widely than any other monarch, undertaking many historic overseas visits, including two to Belize.
Governor-General Dame Froyla Tzalam is headed to London to officially represent Belize at the celebrations along with other Governors-General and Heads of State of the Commonwealth and the world from June 2 to 5.
During the Governor General’s time away, Ambassador Stuart Leslie will be the Acting Governor General and will likely represent the office at the official ceremony for “The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons” lighting, hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Belize.
According to Rotary, “The lighting of beacons is a celebratory tradition in the United Kingdom (UK) for Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations and this year the monarchy is singled as the first to ever celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.”
There will be cultural performances, food and drinks, and an official ceremony starting at 8:30 p.m. at the Governor General’s Field next to Belize House, Belmopan, on June 2, with the lighting of the beacon taking place at 9:15. The overall event begins at six p.m. and lasts until 11 p.m.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting evening is being supported by Rotary Clubs across Belize in collaboration with clubs across the Commonwealth alongside the Belmopan City Council, the Office of the Prime Minister, the Government Press Office, NICH Belize, The National Channel, Love Foundation, the Mena Group, Cuisine and Champagne Catering Co. Ltd., GSCOM, and Belize Duty & Tax-Free Ltd. along with other private sponsorship and support.