On this Victoria Day, I would like to extend warm wishes to all. In 1901, this day became an official holiday for Canadians to mark the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. It is a reminder of her enduring legacy of unity and progress, and our connection to the Crown in Canada. Our province in particular has many connections with Queen Victoria: the Victoria Glacier in Banff National Park is named after the late Queen, and Lake Louise and our province are named after her fourth daughter, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta.

Most notably, this long weekend also serves as the unofficial start of summer for Albertans and the benchmark for when the gardening season begins. I wish everyone a relaxing and safe holiday, filled with community, family, and enjoyment of Alberta’s beautiful landscapes!

Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, AOE, BSc, LLD (hon)

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

May 20, 2024