The Antigua And Barbuda Scout Association And The Rotary Clubs Of Antigua To Host Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting Ceremony


Under the Distinguished Patronage of Their Excellencies, Governor General Sir Rodney Williams and the Governor General’s Goodwill Emissary, Lady Williams, The Antigua Barbuda Scout Association, in collaboration with the Rotary Clubs of Antigua Barbuda, will host the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting Ceremony at Government House on June 2, 2022 from 9 – 10 pm.

The Governor General’s Deputy Sir Clare Roberts KCN, QC will officiate and the British Resident Commissioner as well as representatives from several other Commonwealth related entities will celebrate with the Scouts and the Rotary Clubs at the event.

The lighting of a bonfire and candles will be the main feature of the event.

About the Beacon Lighting Ceremony

There is a long and unbroken tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons – on top of mountains, church and cathedral towers, castle battlements, on town and village greens, country estates, parks and farms, along beaches and on cliff tops. In 1897, beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1977, 2002 and 2012, beacons commemorated the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees of The Queen, and in 2016 Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

On 2nd June 2022, the Commonwealth will celebrate another unique milestone in our history, Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth – her Platinum Jubilee.

It is a milestone no previous monarch has achieved. More than 2,022 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, and one in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries in recognition of The Queen’s long and selfless service.

The beacons will enable local communities, individuals and organisations to pay tribute to her as part of the official Platinum Jubilee Weekend of celebrations from 2nd to 5th June 2022.

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