26 September 2023

Queen’s links with Perth remembered

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The City of Perth Lord Mayor, Councillors and officers have paid tribute to the recently passed away Queen Elizabeth II after her 70 years of service as monarch and leader of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Lord Mayor of Perth, Basil Zempilas said the Queen had a long association with Perth, having visited seven times during her reign, with the most recent visit in 2011 for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

“The Queen’s dedication to service and to the people of the Commonwealth was an inspiration,” Mr Zempilas said.

“For 70 years, Queen Elizabeth led stoically through good times and in more challenging times and has been a constant throughout our lives,” he said.

“Council House, which houses the City of Perth Administration, was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 25 March 1963 and Elizabeth Quay was named in her honour.”

He said her last days in Australia were in Perth attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

“During that visit she was the special guest of the Great Aussie Barbecue, which saw 120,000 West Australians descend on the foreshore to catch a glimpse of her,” Mr Zempilas said.

“Flags at all City of Perth sites are flying at half-mast during the period of mourning and Council House and other City sites are lighting up in the royal purple to honour Her Majesty.”

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