The group Artcirq had a first-hand role in the celebrations with a performance before the Queen herself in mid-May at Windsor Castle. Artcirq, based in Igloolik, performed at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant along with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s (RCMP) act Musical Ride, reported the Nunatsiaq News.
This weekend marks the official bank holiday in the UK, with celebrations happening from June 2 through 5. On June 2, 1,000 barges will float down the Thames River, the lead one carrying the Queen and the Royal Family. The Queen acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952 upon the death of her father, King George VI. Her coronation took place the following year, on June 2, 1953. The only other monarch in British history to celebrate this Jubilee milestone was Queen Victoria, who did so in 1897.
The show, officially titled Around the World in 60 Years and 90 Minutes, featured acts from places the Queen has visited during her decades-long reign. More than 550 horses and 1,000 performers participated in the seven-act show. Artcirq and the RCMP were part of the “Americas” section of the show in all four performances on May 10, 11 and 13, the Inuit advocacy group Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) said in a statement.
Below: "Artcirq performed in the Diamond Jubilee Pageant celebrating the 60th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who attended one of the four performances at Windsor Castle." (Peter Nixon/DJP)