Amherstburg to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Mayor of Leamington, Hilda MacDonald in Leamington on February 17, 2019. (Photo by Allanah Wills)

A Windsor-Essex community that relishes its ties with the United Kingdom will bring an upcoming British celebration to life.

The Town of Amherstburg will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th year on the throne with its own Platinum Jubilee weekend, May 21 and 22. The event will feature a scheduled appearance by Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor and the Queen’s representative in the province.

“As the Queen’s representative in Ontario, the Lieutenant Governor promotes a strong positive civic community, and Amherstburg is just that,” said Mayor Aldo DiCarlo in a media release. “We are delighted to host her honour.”

The Platinum Jubilee weekend is part of Amherstburg’s Open Weekend series. The Government of Canada’s Canada Heritage department is a sponsor.

Events scheduled for Saturday, May 21 include an afternoon tea at the Park House Museum, a ceremonial tree planting at King’s Navy Yard Park with the Lieutenant Governor, and an evening performance by the Liverpool 4, a Beatles tribute group.

Taking place on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons are croquet games at King’s Navy Yard Park, children’s crafts at Town Square, a Queen’s scavenger hunt throughout the downtown core, and a fascinator hat contest.

Queen Elizabeth II. Photo courtesy Bill Ingalls/NASA. Public domain.

Queen Elizabeth II. Photo courtesy Bill Ingalls/NASA. Public domain.

Elizabeth II is the world’s longest-serving monarch. She took the British throne on February 6, 1952, upon the death of her father, King George VI. Canada retains the Queen as head of state in a constitutional monarchy, though Canada has had its own Constitution in place since 1982.