A beacon will also be lit in Canada’s capital city— one of many across the country and the Commonwealth to celebrate the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.
Pipers across Canada and the Commonwealth will play a tune composed for the occasion, while communities are celebrating with events such as street parties, the unveiling of commemorative gardens and even puppet shows.
The British High Commission will also be lit up in purple today and through the weekend when celebrations will continue with a street party at the high commissioner’s official residence.
The Queen, 96, appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with 18 members of the Royal Family, on the first of what will be four days of celebrations.
Britain’s longest-serving monarch waved at the crowds as military aircraft, including the Red Arrows, did an aeronautical display that at one point included forming the number 70 in the sky.
Platinum Jubilee celebrations
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