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Goulburn on the lookout for the next member of its royal family

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April Hélène-Horton as Lilac Queen

April Hélène-Horton will hang up her crown as Lilac Queen in 2021. Photo: Supplied.

Once a year, women in Goulburn have a chance to rise to become a member of local royalty.

The crowning of the Lilac Queen is central to the regional city’s Lilac Festival and this year, its committee is hoping for a majestic display of interest to mark the 70th anniversary.

The ambassador-like role was introduced to Australia’s longest-running community festival in 1952 – its second year – to help raise funds for a community hall.

The role is the very essence of community spirit with each prospective queen tasked with raising funds in the months leading up to the festival with the entrant who raises the most money being crowned.


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