Toronto commemorates Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee with sign illumination

Toronto will commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with several activities from June 2 to June 5.

To mark this historic milestone the Canadian Platinum Jubilee Flag will be raised at Nathan Phillips Square today. The Toronto sign will also be illuminated in purple to coordinate with activities on Parliament Hill and in other capital cities across Canada and the Commonwealth as part of the Jubilee Illumination Initiative.

Additionally the CNE Princes’ Gates at Exhibition Place will be lit up to honour the United Kingdom’s long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees through the lighting of community beacons, city officials said.

A Toronto Archives online exhibit “Queen City: Her Majesty in Toronto” takes viewers down memory lane. This exhibit highlighting Her Majesty’s past visits to the ‘Queen City’ (one of Toronto’s historic nicknames) was originally developed in 2012 to mark the monarch’s 60 year and has been updated for her Platinum Jubilee. The exhibit can be viewed at

On June 5, Toronto will hold a special tree planting ceremony supporting the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative. Mayor John Tory and Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell will deliver remarks at the ceremony, followed by a ceremonial tree planting and unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the occasion. More details for this event will be released in the coming days.



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