President Kagame congratulates Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates 70 years on throne

On 6 June 2022 at 09:04

President Paul Kagame has congratulated Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (UK) as she celebrated 70 years on throne. The Head of State also commended her for dedication to service for the past 70 years.

“Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee and her dedication to service over the last 70 years. As Rwanda gets ready to host CHOGM2022, we look forward to strengthening the friendship and cooperation within the Commonwealth family,” he tweeted on Sunday.

The four-day celebrations marking the Platinum Jubilee were wound up on Sunday 5th June 2022 in the UK.

The celebrations attracted thousands of people from the UK and other Commonwealth country members across the world.

Rwanda celebrated the Platinum Jubilee on Thursday 2nd June 2022. Globally, the event was marked by the lighting of beacons in all capital cities of the Commonwealth.

Officials from Kigali City organized the event in collaboration with Rotary Club which was taking place for the first time in all 54 cities of the Commonwealth.

The beacon was lit at 21:15 p.m. at Imbuga City Walk commonly known as Car Free Zone.

The Mayor of Kigali City, Pudence Rubingisa said that joining other cities in celebrating the Platinum Jubilee and lighting the beacon is recognition of the contribution and efforts of Queen Elizabeth II in different sectors while improving the welfare of the citizens in Commonwealth countries.

The ceremony was also attended by UK High Commissioner to Rwanda, Omar Daair who said that it is a memorable day for UK nationals and Commonwealth members.

During the ceremony marking end of Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Queen Elizabeth II ,96, thanked all people who celebrated the historic milestone.

"When it comes to how to mark seventy years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee," she said.

"While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family," added Queen Elizabeth.

Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor) was born on 21st April 1926.

She ascended throne on 6th February 1952 following the death of her father King George VI. She is the sixth women to lead UK and its longest reigning monarch.

Queen Elizabeth II who is also the Head of Commonwealth has designated Charles, the Prince Charles as her successor.

President Paul Kagame with Queen Elizabeth II in 2018.