The celebrations took place 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.
“We are delighted to be part of this Platinum Jubilee celebrations but more importantly to have done it here in Kigali which gives our people an opportunity to know about it and be part of the celebration,” he noted.
“We are so pleased to be celebrating this Platinum Jubilee, while we are closer to host the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in a few days to come,” added Rubingisa.
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.
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.