PNG to join in Queen’s celebration

Papua New Guinea will join nations in the Commonwealth in celebrating her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee.

The Diamond Jubilee celebrations would be held from 2 – 5 June 2012. The Committee is currently organizing activities to mark 60 years since the Queen’s Accession in 1952.

Princess Elizabeth Acceded to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II on 6th February 1952 and was crowned on 2nd June 1953. The 86 year old Queen Elizabeth II is also the Head of State of Papua New Guinea and is currently represented by Governor-General Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio.

Meanwhile the highlight of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the country will feature canoe racing at Era Kone, Lighting of the beacon in Port Moresby, fireworks along the old sea park, school sports day (NCD & Central) at the Sir John Guise stadium and Gaire village respectively, and a thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Port Moresby.

The celebration’s spectacle will be the Lighting of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons and fireworks. It will be lit by communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, British Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth.

The Queen will light the National Beacon on Monday 4th June 2012 in London while National Beacons will be lit simultaneously (10:00pm local) on Monday evening in the various time zones around the world.

In addition Papua New Guinea has also opted to build a huge Bonfire to be lit by the Scouts and Girl Guides at Era Kone on Monday evening.

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