September 28, 2022
Global landmarks are glowing purple and gold in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates her Platinum Jubilee.

Global landmarks are glowing purple and gold in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates her Platinum Jubilee.

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.

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British Consul General to New York Emma Wade-Smith participates in the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building in honor of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II on Friday in New York.
British Consul General to New York Emma Wade-Smith participates in the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building in honor of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II on Friday in New York.
(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

“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.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is illuminated in " Royal Purple" to mark the 70th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, in Sydney, Australia, on Thursday.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is illuminated in ” Royal Purple” to mark the 70th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, in Sydney, Australia, on Thursday.
(AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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.

People stand around the Centennial Flame as images of Queen Elizabeth II are projected onto Parliament Hill's Centre Block to mark the queen's Platinum Jubilee in Ottawa, Ontario, Thursday.
People stand around the Centennial Flame as images of Queen Elizabeth II are projected onto Parliament Hill’s Centre Block to mark the queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Ottawa, Ontario, Thursday.
(Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

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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.

Purple light and images of Queen Elizabeth II are projected onto Parliament Hill's Centre Block to mark the queen's Platinum Jubilee in Ottawa, Ontario, on Thursday.
Purple light and images of Queen Elizabeth II are projected onto Parliament Hill’s Centre Block to mark the queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Ottawa, Ontario, on Thursday.
(Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

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.

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