On February 6, 1952, King George VI died following a lengthy illness. Princess Elizabeth, who was in Kenya representing her father the King on a Commonwealth tour, immediately acceded to the throne, becoming Queen Elizabeth II.
This year, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II began her Platinum Jubilee year, marking seventy years of service. Her Majesty is the longest reigning monarch in British and Canadian history.
Specific events for Alberta and details about the upcoming Platinum Jubilee Medal for Albertans will be included here as details become available. While main Platinum Jubilee events will be held in early June, there will be ways for people to celebrate throughout the year.
Update (Sept. 19, 2022) - Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8, 2022. Alberta will continue the Platinum Jubilee Medal program until February 2023 in recognition of Her Majesty's long devotion to service.