May 18, 2015 Residents of New Westminster celebrated Victoria Day in a special manner. We are the “Royal City”, because Queen Victoria personally gave us our name. We continue to honour all our sovereigns on that day, with a 21-gun salute. Since we have not had a functional cannon for a long time, we use two anvils. Unique to New Westminster is the Ancient and Honourable Hyack Anvil Battery. With great ceremony, they make the same celebratory salute. Therefore, on Victoria Day, we again made some big noise in honour of the sovereign. See pictures.
On the same day, the federal government issued the following on the occasion of Victoria Day:
Today, Canadians from across the country pause to officially celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.
This year marks an historic moment of tremendous significance for both our Queen and country. On September 9, Her Majesty’s reign will officially surpass that of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, making her the longest reigning Sovereign in the modern era.
For over 63 years, Her Majesty has served Canada and Canadians with wisdom, dignity and dedication. It is for this reason that later this year, Canada will commemorate her historic reign in a variety of visible ways,
*-including the awarding of the first Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship to students for international exchanges across the Commonwealth
*-the issuing of commemorative coins by the Royal Canadian Mint
*-a stamp from Canada Post
*-a new $20 bank note from the Bank of Canada.
Canada will also broadly distribute a special edition of its educational booklet on the Canadian Crown entitled “A Crown of Maples”, to new Canadians at citizenship court ceremonies.
As we move closer to celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, we are reminded of the many proud chapters of our history in which the Queen plays a pivotal role, thus emphasizing the central aspect of the Crown in both the daily life and the identity of our country.
On this Victoria Day, let us reflect on Her Majesty’s enduring service based on a deep affection for and unwavering dedication to this country. We wish Her Majesty continued health and happiness in the years to come.