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Australia celebrates Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Commonwealth countries including Australia and New Zealand are set to honour Queen Elizabeth II's 70-year reign during Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Thursday night.

Canberra will be one of the first capital cities in the Commonwealth to participate in the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacon event.

Each city will light a beacon in royal purple to honour Her Majesty.

READ MORE: Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations begin across the UK

Australia

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will light a beacon in Canberra on Thursday night to honour the Queen.

"Today I have the great privilege of lighting a beacon as part of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons and to commence Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Australia," Albanese said in a statement.

Landmarks across Australia will also bask in purple light over the weekend to celebrate the Queen's reign.

Sydney's Government House lit up in royal purple for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The Sydney Harbour will bask in purple light at 9pm on Thursday during a "seven minutes for seven decades" celebration of the Queen's reign.

The government also plans to rename Aspen Island in Canberra after the Queen as a show of "appreciation and respect".

"I look forward to officially renaming Aspen Island to Queen Elizabeth II Island later this week as a mark of Australia's appreciation and respect for Her Majesty," Albanese added.

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Other key parts of Australia's involvement in the celebration include a Sydney mum who composed the official anthem for the jubilee which will be sung as beacons are lit across the world.

Lucy Kiely from Haberfield beat hundreds of entries in the international competition, Song for the Commonwealth, for her lyrics to be sung by choirs around the world during the official event.

New Zealand

New Zealand will have a beacon shining in Wellington.

The Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery, using four 25-pounder guns, react during their 21-gun salute at Point Jerningham, to mark the 70th anniversary of the coronation of the Queen, Elizabeth II, in Wellington, New Zealand, Thursday, June 2, 2022. (Mark Mitchell/NZME via AP)

Other celebrations include the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery using four 25-pounder guns to react during their 21-gun salute at Point Jerningham.

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