London landmarks to be illuminated to mark Prince George’s first birthday

Tue, 22/07/2014

Two London landmarks are set to be illuminated in blue lights to mark Prince George’s first birthday.

The Golden Jubilee Bridge and fountains at Marble Arch will be illuminated in blue lights between 8pm and midnight on Tuesday 22 July.

The illumination comes one year to the day that Westminster City Council alternated the illumination of the landmarks between blue and pink lights every minute, until the official announcement was made that the Duchess of Cambridge had given birth to a baby boy - and the landmarks stayed blue.

Cllr Robert Davis, Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council, said: “Turning these iconic landmarks blue once again is a fitting way to recapture some of the excitement of last July and a great way to mark the Prince’s first birthday.

“My congratulations go to all the Royal Family on this day and on behalf of everyone at Westminster City Council, I would like to wish His Royal Highness Prince George a very happy first birthday.”

The Golden Jubilee bridges over the Thames were a focal point for the 2012 Olympics when they provided a light show for the millions of visitors in the capital and the lights were retained as a result of positive feedback from the public.

The bridges are illuminated by 1,800 coloured LED energy-efficient bulbs and 16,500 feet of cabling that connects each one.

The jubilee bridges have been a part of a £7milion upgrade to infrastructure, roads and pavements undertaken by the council in recent years and won a coveted Street Design award in 2011.

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