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Ottawa beacon, pipe bands, town criers to mark Queen's Platinum Jubilee

The Queen has made no secret of her affection for Canada, which she has visited 22 times during almost seven decades on the throne Now Canada is preparing to honour the 95-year-old royal -- Canada's head of state and the world's longest serving monarch -- with a series of tributes to mark her 70 years on the throne.