VCT would like to offer condolences to the Royal Family for the sad loss of Queen Elizabeth II, and to all her many friends around the world.
Her dedication over 70 years to the people of the United Kingdom and the arts communities around the world will not be forgotten.
On July 15 1959, the Queen stopped in Vancouver for a one-day visit. She was then 33 years old, and just six years into her reign. Earlier that month, Vancouver’s newest performing arts civic theatre had just opened following a $9-million construction; the Queen attended to officially christen the building the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
During the grand opening the Queen bestowed her blessing upon the theatre’s new name and later gifted the city and the theatre with a pair of signed photographs to mark the occasion.
In a letter following the visit, the Queen’s secretary wrote that the Queen and Prince Philip had been “deeply impressed” by the new building and the brief musical program that had been put on. “They only wish that it had been possible to stay longer and to hear more of the program,” the letter reads.
To mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, flags at all City of Vancouver and Park Board sites will be lowered to half-mast until sunset on the day of the memorial service. The City of Vancouver will take direction from the BC Protocol Office and Canadian Heritage for all other forms of mourning and honouring.
Link to message from the PM - https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/statements/2022/09/08/statement-prime-minister-passing-her-majesty-queen-elizabeth-ii