On the heels of a tremendously joyous Diamond Jubilee Year, the New Brunswick Branch of the Monarchist League of Canada is now preparing to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of HM The Queen.
Four events are planned for the week of the actual anniversary, June 2nd. These will begin tomorrow, June 1st, with an afternoon of children’s activities at the Fredericton Region Museum. Children and their families are invited to drop by the Museum between 1 and 4 pm to take part in a variety of activities, including paper crown-making, a colouring contest, writing letters to the Queen, a scavenger hunt and dress up stations.
The next day, June 2nd, will include two events. At noon, churches across New Brunswick have been asked to ring their bells for six minutes (one for each decade of the Queen’s reign) in honour of the anniversary of the Coronation.
Later that afternoon, the League invites members of the public to attend a Choral Evensong with Thanksgiving for the 60thanniversary of the Queen’s Coronation at 4pm at Christ Church Cathedral. A reception will follow the service in the Cathedral.
The fourth and final event being organised in honour of this special and rare anniversary will take place on June 6th at 7pm at the Fredericton Public Library, where the public is invited to a special showing of the 1953 documentary “Canada at the Coronation.” Filmed in beautiful 1950s technicolour, this documentary is a beautiful record of the last century’s most spectacular public celebration, and has a special focus on Canada’s (and Canadians’) participation in it.
The League hopes that members of the public will feel most welcome to attend these events, which have been specially organised to engage New Brunswickers with this important royal milestone. We were incredibly gratified last year when so many people attended our various Diamond Jubilee events, and we have therefore tried to organise such celebrations which we think will interest the largest proportion of the people of the province.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the League at firstname.lastname@example.org or 454-9589.