Queen Elizabeth II is is the 63rd year of her reign

B.C. marks Queen’s record reign

In addition to local events, Lt. Governor Judith Guichon is hosting a garden party in Victoria

British Columbia is joining the rest of the Commonwealth to mark the occasion as Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain’s longest-reigning monarch this week.

Her Majesty surpasses the record of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria on Wednesday, Sept. 9, making her the longest-reigning female monarch in history. Born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, Elizabeth II became head of the Commonwealth on Feb. 6, 1952 and is serving as Queen for her 63rd year.

Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, the Queen’s representative in B.C., is hosting a garden party at Government House in Victoria on Saturday, Sept. 12 to celebrate the milestone. The free event is open to everyone and includes music, tea service and children’s entertainment.

“In the spirit of the occasion, guests are encouraged to wear their hats and gloves,” says the notice from Government House.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police warn of rental scams after Saanich resident nearly falls victim to one

Always see the home, meet the landlord in person before sending money, police say

Construction at Clover Point pump station causes wastewater spill

Residents advised to stay out of water near Clover Point

Grieving together, but apart: How funeral homes are handling the pandemic

‘Hugs are so important and right now hugs can’t happen’

Sidney Lions, Peninsula-raised designer craft nearly 200 masks for area seniors

182 masks were distributed to four Saanich Peninsula care homes

What Sooke School District schools will look like on first day of reopening

No water fountains, rotating schedules and face masks not required

11 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. as top doc urges caution amid ‘encouraging’ low rates

Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced that two care home outbreaks would be declared over

Senior man in hospital after unprovoked wolf attack near Prince Rupert

Conservation officers are on site looking for the wolf

VIDEO: NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

Marks NASA’s first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

PHOTOS: U.S. cities brace for increasing unrest over police killing of George Floyd

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has fully mobilized the state’s National Guard

$200,000 Maybach impounded after ‘L’ driver caught excessively speeding in Vancouver

Meanwhile, the supervisor sat in the passenger seat, police said

Yukon ready to lift COVID travel restrictions with B.C. in July: premier

Premier Sandy Silver says the territory’s health-care system can cope with the virus.

‘It is dire:’ Study finds B.C. logging continues on critical caribou habitat

The federal Species At Risk Act requires provinces to identify critical habitat for caribou herds

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Most Read