News release

Provincial Launch of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc held a flag-raising ceremony today, February 6, to mark the commencement of the Platinum Jubilee Year, marking the Queen’s 70 years of service to Canadians and people throughout the Commonwealth.

This is an unprecedented historic event; the Queen is Canada’s longest reigning head of state and the first to celebrate a platinum jubilee.

The ceremony, outside of Government House in Halifax, included members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who hoisted the Queen’s personal Canadian flag.

Due to COVID-19, the flag raising was closed to the public. The ceremony, with remarks from Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc, is available on the Lieutenant-Governor’s Facebook page at:

Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc notes that the Platinum Jubilee Year is a time to honour Nova Scotians who have served their communities and the province.

“As Her Majesty’s reign embodies the importance of service to one’s country and community, the Platinum Jubilee will provide opportunities for Nova Scotians to come together and recognize fellow citizens who have demonstrated an unwavering sense of commitment throughout the pandemic,” he said.

The Lieutenant-Governor will host events at Government House and across the province throughout 2022, including garden parties, musical performances, presentations, unveilings and films. This summer, Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc will dedicate a garden at Government House to the Queen as a living tribute to her service, and in tribute to the special Crown-Indigenous relationship that is a foundational aspect of modern Canada.

Quick Facts:

  • King George VI died on the morning of February 6, 1952, while Princess Elizabeth was in Kenya
  • the Queen has visited Nova Scotia five times, in 1951, 1959, 1976, 1994 and 2010
  • during the Queen’s most recent visit to Nova Scotia in 2010 she attended events commemorating Grand Chief Henri Membertou, celebrated the centennial of the Royal Canadian Navy and rededicated Government House