Australia has begun its celebrations to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, as part of her Platinum Jubilee weekend.

On Thursday night, a beacon lighting ceremony was held on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin.

Prime Minister Anthony Alabanese said the long running Monarch has been a good freind to Australia over the past seven decades.

“Even as the bond between our two nations between is no longer what it was at the dawn of her reign – No longer parent and young upstart, we stand as equals, more importantly we stand as friends.”

That comes ahead of a ceremony at the National Carillon on Saturday, where the Island it’s located (Aspen Island) will be renamed ‘Queen Elizabeth II Island’.

At 11:30am on Saturday and 21 Gun Salute and RAAF Flypast will also be conducted.

A new free exhibition ‘The Queen & Me’ has now opened at Regatta point, looking back on the time her majesty has spent in the Nation’s Capital across 14 separate visits during her reign.


National institutions across the city will also be lit up in the royal colour of purple each night until Sunday 5 June.

Find out more about what’s happening in Canberra to mark the Queen’s Jubilee here.

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