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Should Montreal’s Mount Royal cross be lit purple to honour Queen Elizabeth II? – Montreal
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Should Montreal’s Mount Royal cross be lit purple to honour Queen Elizabeth II? – Montreal

Every night the Mount Royal cross illuminates the sky and can be seen kilometers away. The lights are a white hue, but historically they haven’t always been the same colour. According to historian Donovan King, the lights changed colour to mark moments in history. King says traditionally it was purple for the death of a pope, and the same hue for the death of Queen Elizabeth II‘s father King George.“There have been some exceptions. It was turned red for a world AIDS conference in the ’80s. It also changed blue for a Jean Baptiste celebration, for example,” said Donovan.However, he believes the nearly century-old cross has not changed colour since the City of Montreal took possession in 2004. In 2016, it did go dark for Earth Hour. Read more: ‘Symbol of the atrocitie...