BRAESHORE – More than 100 people gathered last Friday for dinner at Pictou Lodge in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
Lt.-Gov. Brigadier-General (retired) Jim Grant was guest speaker during the dinner hosted by the Northumberland Branch of the Monarchist League of Canada. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the British throne.
Grant has participated in several events to celebrate the Queen’s diamond Jubilee since becoming lieutenant governor in April.
“Since assuming office as The Queen’s representative in Nova Scotia six months ago, I have hosted, attended and participated in numerous events marking the Diamond Jubilee of The Queen’s accession to the throne,” he said. “At every one of these events I have been struck by the loyalty and dedication that citizens from all walks of life and all ages have shown towards our Queen and the institution that she has served with such grace and dignity for the past six decades.”
Grant is Nova Scotia’s 32nd lieutenant governor. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his appointment in February.
He recalled the more than 200 Nova Scotians he has invested with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and lauded the commitment for more than 40 years by Monarchist League branches, such as Northumberland, in promoting the monarchy and informing citizens of its worth in Canada.
Grant expressed the hope that groups find more ways to mark the Queen’s 60th anniversary as sovereign during the four months left in the Jubilee year.
“It is rare that we are afforded such an occasion as this, and I like to think it builds us into a better society when we are joined together to celebrate such an achievement as the Queen’s Jubilee. For it is a very personal achievement for Her Majesty to have reigned now for more than 60 years – to follow in the footsteps of her great ancestor Queen Victoria, the mother of Confederation, and to leave an indelible mark upon not only Canadian history, but the history of the modern world.”