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Queen Elizabeth II was not revered just for her title or fame, but for her exemplary leadership – for 70 years of dedicated service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth – as the longest serving monarch in British history. Her passing on September 8, 2022 marked the end of an era.

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet has a special connection to the Queen and the Royal Family. Not only do we continue to hold the double distinction of being Canada’s premier ballet company and the longest continuously operating ballet company in North America, the RWB received its “Royal” designation from Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, the first Royal Charter granted during her reign. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has left a powerful leadership legacy. And we at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet are proud to be part of this legacy.

We are also proud to share this distinction with five other organizations in Manitoba that subsequently received the Royal prefix from the Queen – and grateful for the opportunity to support the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee initiatives in 2022 through the grant funding provided by the Province of Manitoba. The RWB is excited to help celebrate this occasion by focusing on projects that advance reconciliation and enhance Manitoba’s efforts in creating a more equitable and inclusive society.

People around the world mourn the passing of the beloved Queen Elizabeth II – the remarkable woman who lived a life of service and duty to her country and well beyond.

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