Niagara Falls has been lit up purple – seemingly a spectacular tribute to Prince, aka ‘The Purple One’, who passed away earlier in the day. The only problem was that the illumination was actually supposed to be in honour of a different royal.
The Niagara Falls Illumination Board announced last week that they would be lighting up the famous falls purple on April 21, “in recognition and celebration of the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II”.
“A 15-minute purple illumination will take place at 10 p.m., in honour of the reigning Monarch, who has served as Queen of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and Canada since 1953,” the press release read.
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Apparently purple is “the royal colour”. Which, it’s fair to assume, is news to pretty much everyone.
They’re the British Royal Family. They own, like, everything. But their claim to the colour purple can certainly be brought into question today.
Regardless of the Illumination Board’s intention, the news of a music legend – who was far more associated with the colour than the Queen – dying the day the falls turned purple means most people surely looked up at the water pouring down and thought, “Purple Rain”, rather than, “Purple-haired reign”.
To be fair, Queen Elizabeth’s a class act, reckon she’d be happy to share the tribute.