Canada readies for queen's diamond jubilee
Canada announced Tuesday CAN$7.5 million (US$7.36 million) for grassroots celebrations across the country for Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee next year.
"The only other time Canada celebrated the diamond jubilee of a reigning sovereign was for Queen Victoria in 1897," said Heritage Minister James Moore.
"By supporting this most historic and significant anniversary, our government is delivering on its commitment to reinforce our heritage through active celebration of our institutions that define who we are as Canadians."
Community events are expected to be held on key dates throughout the year, including the anniversary of the 1952 accession on February 6, Commonwealth Day on March 12, Victoria Day on May 21, Canada Day on July 1, Thanksgiving and Remembrance Day.
As a member of the Commonwealth, Canada's official head of state and commander in chief is the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who is represented by a governor general.
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