Mayor Maja Tait

Queen reigns supreme in Sooke

The District of Sooke marked the Queen becoming the longest-reigning monarch in British history

The District of Sooke marked the Queen becoming the longest-reigning monarch in British history Wednesday with a special ceremony at Municipal Hall.

Queen Elizabeth II passed Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother who was on the throne for 63 years and seven months. Born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, Elizabeth II became head of the Commonwealth on Feb. 6, 1952.

The Sooke event was one of only a few ceremonies marking the milestone. Other events were held in Victoria, Oak Bay, Royal B.C. Museum and Government House.

“[Today] we honour a monarch who embodies the Canadian state and a woman of faith in principle of whom we all deeply admire,” Mayor Maja Tait told a full city council chamber of invited guests.

[The Queen] has been with us in Canada from sea to sea, in large cities and rural hamlets, meeting us, encouraging us, spreading happiness and a sense of common values in shared purpose for wherever she journeys.

“She has been and forever remains a central part of every significant occasion in our national life.”

Among the dignitaries at the Sooke ceremony were MP Randall Garrison, T’Sou-ke First Nation cultural advisors Linda Bristol and Shirley Alphonse, Coun. Brenda Parkinson, Janice McTavish and Jacqueline Davenport.

 

 

Just Posted

Victoria’s Belfry Theatre hosts its first ‘relaxed performance’ for a diverse audience

Performance of Every Brilliant Thing is first to pilot the option

VicPD catches impaired driver near elementary school

Citizens alerted police to driver near James Bay Community School

Car crash at Quadra and Finalyson Streets affects Saturday traffic

VicPD and the Victoria Fire Department responded

VIDEO: B.C. couple creates three-storey ‘doggie mansion’ for their five pups

Group of seven, who Kylee Ryan has dubbed as the ‘wandering paws,’ have a neat setup in Jade City

12 Sooke events to get you into the holiday spirit

From a Santa parade to classicial music, Sooke has it all

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Family of B.C. man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

Princeton couple pays for dream vacation with 840,000 grocery store points

It’s easy if you know what you are doing, they say

Chilliwack family’s dog missing after using online pet-sitting service

Frankie the pit bull bolted and hit by a car shortly after drop off through Rover.com

B.C. wildlife experts urge hunters to switch ammo to stop lead poisoning in birds

OWL, in Delta, is currently treating two eagles for lead poisoning

Most Read