Monday, February 6th, 2012
Manitoba will join Canada’s other provinces and territories in marking the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II’s reign as Queen.
The unveiling of a Diamond Jubilee ice sculpture and aspecial architectural lighting display of the building will honour the occassion.
A commemorative book of celebration for the public to sign to congratulate Her Majesty and the Royal Family, and a special royal visit photo exhibit will be set up in the foyer of the Legislative Building where they will remain for three months. A special commemorative book will also travel to several communities throughout the province later in the year. In addition, a page on the provincial government’s website (www.manitoba.ca) will be available beginning so people can offer congratulations online.
As part of the anniversary preparations, the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa is striking 60,000 Diamond Jubilee medals, which will be awarded to civic-minded Canadians throughout 2012. Around 900 Manitobans are expected to receive this honour.
Queen Elizabeth II is the second-longest reigning monarch in British history after Queen Victoria, who reigned for more than 63 years.