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Lighting of The Beacon

Her Majesty The Queen will be celebrating her 90th official birthday on April 21st and her public birthday in June. On April 21st people from across the country will be invited to burn a beacon in honour of The Queen’s birthday. A beacon is a device used to attract attention to a specific location and in some cases it is used as an indicator to provide important information such as a weather beacon. Beacons can be considered as a form of optical telegraphy.

In honour of The Queen, beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. There are three types of beacons that can be used; these include the traditional bonfire beacon, a beacon brazier on top of a tall wooden post and a gas-fuelled beacon, formally used for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and VE Day in May 2015.

If however you can not get to a beacon or it is not something you would like to do, there is another way to honour Her Majesty The Queen on her birthday. The Queen’s Birthday Book is a unique opportunity for you to send Her Majesty your good wishes, relay personal reminiscences and perhaps include any treasured photos and videos. To leave your message, simply go to and follow the instructions.


Polly BolithoLighting of The Beacon
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