The Empire State Building in New York City is the latest to honor the queen, and the landmark will light up in both colors Saturday night. A lighting ceremony was held Friday, when Mark Ronson, a DJ who is British by birth, and British Consul General to New York Emma Wade-Smith lit up a model of the building.
“It’s a beacon, much in the same way that the queen is a beacon. Someone who embodies so much of what we and the world love about the U.K.,” Ronson said of the building, according to CBS.
Australia, which is part of the British Commonwealth, lit up 80 monuments for the Platinum Jubilee, including the New South Wales Parliament House, Perth’s Optus Stadium, the Wheel of Brisbane, Adelaide Town Hall, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sydney Harbor Bridge, and Luna Park. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will also rename Canberra’s Aspen Island after the monarch Saturday.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, visited Canada earlier this year to commemorate the Commonwealth country as part of their royal tour. Canada lit up its capital building in Ottawa to celebrate the queen’s 70 years as Canada’s sovereign.
There are over 54 countries in the Commonwealth. However, only 14 outside of the United Kingdom recognize Elizabeth as the head of state, according to the magazine Foreign Policy. Barbados became the most recent to remove the queen as its head of state last November.
Prince Charles is set to become the king after his mother’s death, and he has taken a more prominent role in royal affairs since the queen, 96, was hospitalized last November.