City of New Westminster to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II as the longest-reigning Sovereign of Canada
New Westminster – On September 9, Queen Elizabeth II will become Canada’s longest-reigning queen. Her 63 year and seven month rule will surpass that of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria and to mark this momentous occasion, the City of New Westminster will be celebrating with an outdoor event at City Hall.
“New Westminster has a history with the monarchy,” said Councillor Lorrie Williams. “Queen Victoria chose the name New Westminster, which is why we’re known as the Royal City. That makes this celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign especially meaningful. Queen Elizabeth II has paid an official visit to New Westminster City Hall. Her signature is in the Mayor’s guest book.”
The event will begin at noon with remarks from both Mayor Jonathan Coté and representatives from The Monarchist League of Canada. Following the remarks there will be three firings of the Ancient and Honorable Anvil Battery, and the United Empire Loyalists' Association will display of photos and artifacts from their travelling exhibit in honour of the Monarch. The Canadian Club of New Westminster will be serving tea and cookies.
“Her Majesty is admired throughout the world for her life-long dedication to duty and the citizens of the Commonwealth,” said Greg Blue, Acting Chair of the Greater Vancouver Area Branch, Monarchist League of Canada. “She is a constant friend of Canadians through all the ups and downs of our nation’s life. For most of us alive today, she is the only monarch we have ever known, and in this uncertain, fast-paced world, she serves as an enduring symbol of stability and security. This day is a time for celebration in Her honour.”
In that spirit of service, New Westminster Mayor and Council invite all members of the public to join them at the front steps of City Hall on Wednesday September 9, 2015 at noon. Those attending are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather as the ceremony will be held outside rain or shine.