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Niagara Falls to be lit purple for Queen Elizabeth’s birthday

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Niagara Falls will be illuminated with the royal color – purple – Thursday in celebration of the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, according to the Niagara Falls Illumination Board.

The 15-minute illumination will take place at 10 p.m., in honor of the reigning monarch, who has served as queen of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and Canada since 1953.

She first toured Canada as Princess Elizabeth, with Prince Philip, as part of a royal tour of Canada. She has since returned more than 20 times, according to the official website of the British mnarchy. The website said Canada is “the country most visited by the queen over her reign of 60 years” and noted that she felt as if it were a “second home.”

The Illumination Board, established in 1925, is made up of representatives from both Canada and the United States to finance and maintain the nightly illumination of both the Horseshoe and American Falls.