Niagara Falls to be Illuminated in Purple In Celebration of the 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II
Niagara Falls, ON – The Niagara Falls Illumination Board announced today that it will illuminate Niagara Falls in the royal colour purple on April 21, in recognition and celebration of the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.
A 15-minute purple illumination will take place at 10 p.m., in honour of the reigning Monarch, who has served as Queen of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and Canada since 1953.
In October of 1951, then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip visited Niagara Falls, as part of a Royal Tour of Canada that year. According to the Official Website of the British Monarchy, “The Queen herself has a very personal involvement with Canada and Canadians in every region of the country. This involvement is based on a deeply held affection for and loyalty to a country that she first toured as Princess Elizabeth in 1951 and to which she has returned over twenty times since.”
Her Majesty’s Official Website goes on to list Canada as the “country most visited by The Queen over her reign of over sixty years. She has often stated that it was her ‘second home’, feeling totally at ease in Canada, meeting as many Canadians as possible from all walks of life and backgrounds, in the communities where they live.”
Established in 1925, The Niagara Falls Illumination Board is made up of representatives from the City of Niagara Falls Ontario, the City of Niagara Falls, New York, Ontario Power Generation Inc., the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and The Niagara Parks Commission. It is the Illumination Board’s responsibility and mandate to finance and maintain the nightly illumination of both the Horseshoe and American Falls.
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For more information please visit www.niagaraparks.com or contact:
Senior Manager of Communications and Stakeholder Relations
The Niagara Parks Commission