Ottawa beacon, pipe bands, town criers to mark Queen's Plantinum Jubilee

the latest tech news, global tech news daily, tech news today, startups, usa tech, asia tech, china tech, eu tech, global tech, in-depth electronics reviews, 24h tech news, 24h tech news, top mobile apps, tech news daily, gaming hardware, big tech news, useful technology tips, expert interviews, reporting on the business of technology, venture capital funding, programing language

OTTAWA — The Queen has made no secret of her affection for Canada, which she has visited 22 times during almost seven decades on the throne

Ottawa beacon, pipe bands, town criers to mark Queen's Plantinum Jubilee
© Getty Images A platinum jubilee souvenir plate featuring an image of Queen Elizabeth II.

the latest tech news, global tech news daily, tech news today, startups, usa tech, asia tech, china tech, eu tech, global tech, in-depth electronics reviews, 24h tech news, 24h tech news, top mobile apps, tech news daily, gaming hardware, big tech news, useful technology tips, expert interviews, reporting on the business of technology, venture capital funding, programing language

Now Canada is preparing to honour the 95-year-old royal — Canada’s head of state and the world’s longest serving monarch — with a series of tributes to mark her 70 years on the throne, including the lighting of a giant beacon in Ottawa.

The beacon is one of 1,500 that will be lit in the capitals of every Commonwealth country and across the U.K. on June 2.

Global Tech News Daily

COVID-19 means the Platinum Jubilee celebrations may prove more muted than Queen Elizabeth’s silver jubilee in 1977, which included street parties and concerts, her 2002 Golden Jubilee or her 2012 Diamond Jubilee.

But a blueprint has already been drawn up in London, England, for events throughout the Commonwealth, including Canada.

Global Tech News Daily

The anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne falls on Feb. 6 but most celebrations are being organized for the first week of June because the weather is better. Celebrations for her previous jubilees all took place in the summer.

In Canada, the plans for June 2 include having town criers at 2 p.m. in cities across the country proclaim “oyez oyez” before reciting a specially-scripted proclamation in honour of the Queen’s historic reign, and to announce the lighting of jubilee beacons that evening.

Just before Ottawa’s beacon is lit, buglers will play a bugle call written for the jubilee named “Majesty.” Before that, bagpipers from British Columbia to the Maritimes will play a composition by a champion piper entitled “Diu Regnare” — Latin for “long to reign”.

The Queen, who was born in 1926, ascended to throne in February 1952, at the age of 27, after the death of her father, King George VI. She has sat on the throne longer than Queen Victoria.

The federal government is preparing “a series of initiatives to mark the Queen’s remarkable 70 years of service”, a spokeswoman for Canadian Heritage Minster Pablo Rodriguez said. These initiatives are expected to include the minting of a commemorative coin and a stamp.

The Heritage ministry has also established a jubilee fund offering $5,000-grants for community-based projects to mark the occasion, such as a parade, planting a commemorative tree, holding a concert, or organizing a festival of lights. Schools, universities, non-profit organizations and tribal councils are among those who can apply for the funding.

In the U.K., community projects being prepared include baking competitions and the planting of Royal Oaks.

Ottawa’s mayor, Jim Watson, said that the Ottawa sign in the capital’s ByWard Market will be lit purple — “the colour of royalty”— to mark the day. The mayor will also prepare a video message to mark the occasion.

An official “how to celebrate” guide has been drawn up in the U.K, with a large part of it directed to the Commonwealth.

Choirs throughout the Commonwealth are encouraged in the guide to rehearse an official song, the score of which is included.

Ottawa’s town crier, Daniel Richer, who is named in the guide’s roll of honour, said he would be making the official Platinum Jubilee proclamation live and on social media.

Richer, Canada’s only bilingual town crier, met the Queen on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of the U.K., in 1987 at the finals of a town-crying championship — where he said she was startled when 100 town criers clanged their bells simultaneously.

Since then, Richer has defended his title of “world’s most elegant town crier” at town criers’ world championships.

Richer said town criers throughout Canada have already begun learning the official jubilee proclamation, which includes a tribute to the Queen and the lines: “How apt that this should be the platinum anniversary of her accession — platinum, that most noble of metals, more precious even than gold.”

The role of town criers making proclamations on royal occasions dates back to before the age of newspapers. In medieval times, most people in England were illiterate, relying on criers to announce the daily news.

Canadian pipe bands from B.C. to Nova Scotia are also named in a pipers’ roll of honour in the official jubilee guide, including the 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel Pipe Band, a two-time North American champion.

Piper Roderick Maclean, the Halifax band’s manager, said it was “early days” but he and other pipers will be studying the jubilee composition by Pipe Major Stuart Liddell, a champion piper.

“I am sure it is stellar. He is one of the best on the planet,” Maclean said.

The jubilee guide includes the promise of a smart new set of bagpipes for the piper who plays the anthem, Diu Regnare, in “the most unusual location.”

The guide also suggests that British and Commonwealth citizens construct their own beacons, whether they be giant bonfires or gas-fuelled braziers, and light them at 9:45 p.m. on June 2. The guide comes with detailed blueprints on how to construct them and says they could be lit in parks and on clifftops, with a fire extinguisher on hand at all times.

Various prefabricated jubilee beacons are showcased in the guide, including a two-metre high gas-fuelled beacon in the shape of a globe, representing the countries of the Commonwealth, topped by a crown and inscribed with 1952-2022.

“Some of the benefits of this style of beacon are that it can be seen for miles once lit, is suitable for all manner of high and low locations, is easily collapsible and once used can be stored away for later use,” the guide says.

The guide features a recipe for a Platinum Jubilee beacon tart, with ingredients representing all four nations of the United Kingdom: cheddar cheese (England), potatoes (Northern Ireland), smoked salmon (Scotland) and leeks (Wales).

Canada’s Conservatives have called on the government to award commemorative medals to mark the occasion. In 2012, the government issued 60,000 Diamond Jubilee medals, including to police officers, fire fighters and Indigenous leaders. Musicians Justin Bieber and Gordon Lightfoot received one of those medals, as did members of the 2012 Olympic team at a ceremony on Parliament Hill.

The Rotary Club and other organizations are preparing their own celebrations, a spokesman for Ottawa’s mayor said. But COVID-19 is likely to put a damper on plans for street parties.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 22, 2022.

Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press

News Related

OTHER NEWS

New York Rangers get another comeback win to force Game 7 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH — How many times can the New York Rangers dig themselves into a hole and climb back out? At least one more, as of Friday night. The Blueshirts came ... Read more »

Wilson, balanced Aces cruise to 96-73 victory over Dream

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored 15 points, Kelsey Plum had 14 points and 11 assists and the Las Vegas Aces rolled to a 96-73 victory over the ... Read more »

EXPLAINER: Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years later

The Associated PressFILE – U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Mike Anglen of Turner, Ore., center, stands atop a cliff as Sgt. Bryan Wallace of Pikin, Ill., waits for his turn before ... Read more »

Astros beat Nationals 6-1 for 11th straight victory

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jose Altuve homered on the first pitch of the game, Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel also went deep and the Houston Astros extended their winning streak to ... Read more »

Kreider scores late, Rangers edge Pens 5-3 to force Game 7

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Kreider’s long slap shot bounced over Louis Domingue and into the net with 1:28 left and the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on ... Read more »

Astros push winning streak to 11, roll past Nationals 6-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jose Altuve homered on the first pitch of the game, and Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel also went deep to help the Houston Astros extend their winning ... Read more »

Moustakas, Drury power Reds to 8-2 victory over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered twice and Brandon Drury drove in four runs to break out of a slump and lead the resurgent Cincinnati Reds to an 8-2 victory ... Read more »

Peterson's bases-loaded walk lifts Brewers over Marlins 2-1

MIAMI (AP) — Jace Peterson walked against Anthony Bender with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 Friday night. After starters ... Read more »

Padres: No cancer found during manager Bob Melvin's prostate surgery

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres say no cancer was found when manager Bob Melvin had prostate surgery on Wednesday. Melvin, 60, was recovering at home Friday after ... Read more »

Ogunbowale, Gray help Wings rally past Mystics, 94-86

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 27 points, Allisha Gray had 21 and the Dallas Wings overcame a 15-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Washington Mystics 94-86 on Friday night. ... Read more »

Resigning North Dakota senator led lawmakers in travel costs

The Associated PressFILE – North Dakota Sen. Ray Holmberg listens during a joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee meeting at the Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., on Jan. 7, 2009. Holmberg, ... Read more »

Residents in picturesque California county hit with gas prices topping $7 a gallon

A California county known for its spectacular mountains and proximity to Yosemite National Park has been paying the nation’s highest gas prices. Read more »

Boudreau to return as coach of Canucks next season

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Bruce Boudreau will return as coach of the Vancouver Canucks next season after helping to turn the struggling NHL club around as a midyear replacement. ... Read more »

New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern tests positive for COVID

On Location: May 13, 2022 Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.The Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for COVID-19 ... Read more »

Today in History for May 14th

Highlights of this day in history: Colonists go ashore in Virginia to set up Jamestown; Lewis and Clark begin to explore Louisiana Territory; Israel founded; Skylab launched; Movie producer George ... Read more »

Twitter CEO expects Elon Musk acquisition to close, addresses spending cuts

Musk is awaiting details supporting calculations that spam, fake accounts represent less than 5% of Twitter's users Read more »

Padres: No cancer found during Bob Melvin's prostate surgery

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres say no cancer was found when manager Bob Melvin had prostate surgery on Wednesday. Melvin, 60, was recovering at home Friday after ... Read more »

Renovated NYC museum shows indigenous perspectives

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City recently finished a major renovation of its exhibition on the native peoples of the northwest coast of North America. Curators ... Read more »

Police release 911 calls in Gilgo Beach case

A woman who disappeared in a beach community on New York’s Long Island more than a decade ago, sparking an investigation into a possible serial killer, said “there’s somebody after ... Read more »

Academy Awards set 2023 Oscars for March 12

The Associated PressFILE – Oscar statue on the red carpet at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Next year’s Academy Awards will ... Read more »

Actor Fred Ward, of 'Tremors,' 'The Right Stuff' fame, dies

The Associated PressFILE – Fred Ward, a cast member in “30 Minutes or Less,” poses at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles on Aug. 8, 2011. Ward, a ... Read more »

Judge refuses to drop elections suit against Trump, media

NEW YORK — A Colorado judge on Friday denied motions to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by an election systems worker against former President Donald Trump’s campaign, two of its ... Read more »

Q&A: Becky G unveils every side of herself in latest album

The Associated PressFILE – Becky G appears at the Oscars in Los Angeles on March 27, 2022. Beck G’s latest album is “Esquemas.” (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) NEW YORK ... Read more »

North Korea reports 21 new deaths as it battles COVID-19 outbreak

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea reports 21 new deaths as it battles COVID-19 outbreak. Read more »

North Korea confirms 21 new deaths as it battles COVID-19

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea says 21 people died and 174,440 people were newly found with fever symptoms on Friday alone as the country scrambles to slow the spread ... Read more »

White Sox place Giolito on COVID list, activate Vaughn

The Chicago White Sox placed ace Lucas Giolito on the COVID-19 injured list and activated outfielder Andrew Vaughn following a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. Giolito began experiencing ... Read more »

Traded back and forth, Ford learns to live out of suitcase

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Ford has learned to travel light — and quickly. Since the start of the season, the 29-year-old first baseman has played for Tacoma, San Francisco ... Read more »

Falcon 9 rocket launches Starlink satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 53 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from California on Friday. (May 13) Read more »

Celtics' Robert Williams remains out for Game 6 vs. Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Boston forward/center Robert Williams missed his third straight game with an injured left knee as the Celtics tried to keep their season alive Friday night in Game ... Read more »

Padres sign Robinson Canó, plan to use him off the bench

ATLANTA (AP) — The San Diego Padres have signed veteran second baseman Robinson Canó to a major league contract and plan to use him as a left-handed bat off the ... Read more »

WNBA star's Russia detention extended by 1 month

The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner says her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month. Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press the relatively short extension indicated ... Read more »

Louisiana justices toss COVID-related charges against pastor

Hundreds of thousands of Americans fighting long-haul symptoms from COVID-19 Dr. David Putrino from Mount Sinai Health System and COVID long-hauler Joel Fram discuss the long-term effects of the disease.The ... Read more »

Sandy Hook lawsuits against Alex Jones on track to resume

The Associated PressFILE – This Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, photo shows radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones at Capitol Hill in Washington. The Sandy Hook families’ lawsuits against ... Read more »

Rockies' Bryant closer to return after cortisone shot

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant took swings in the cage Friday for the first time since he was sidelined with a sore back nearly three weeks ago ... Read more »

Mariners demote Jarred Kelenic to minors after poor start

NEW YORK (AP) — Rather than make his Citi Field debut against the team that traded him, Jarred Kelenic was demoted to Triple-A Tacoma by the Seattle Mariners on Friday ... Read more »

Biden: ASEAN partnership 'critical' in this moment

Looking to strengthen ties, President Joe Biden welcomes leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to Washington for the first time. “We’re launching a new era in U.S.-ASEAN relations,” ... Read more »

Phil Mickelson will not defend his title at next week's PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson caught lightning in a bottle last year at Kiawah Island, winning a major championship at 50 years of age. The fairways flooded, and the golf world stood and ... Read more »

Tennessee Titans' Malik Willis on Ryan Tannehill's mentorship comments: 'Everything is cool'

The Tennessee Titans didn’t take issue with Ryan Tannehill’s comments about mentoring third-round rookie Malik Willis. Willis and coach Mike Vrabel were asked about Tannehill’s scrutinized remarks following the first ... Read more »

Lawyers plan suit against Lufthansa over Jewish passengers

Lawyers for 26 passengers said Friday they told Lufthansa that they will sue the German airline for refusing to let members of a large group of Orthodox Jewish passengers board ... Read more »

Wild face offseason after yet another early ouster

While the Minnesota Wild were stacking up franchise records and securing the extra home game for the first round, general manager Bill Guerin carefully acknowledged a “great year” for the ... Read more »