In addition to the creation of the Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Government of Canada has invested in the following initiatives to celebrate this historic anniversary: a funding initiative that will enable community groups and organizations to develop their own unique, grassroots celebrations; a website and social media program; promotional products such as Diamond Jubilee paper flags, pins, and posters to promote the Diamond Jubilee and strengthen Canadians’ awareness of our institutions; and educational tools, including an update of A Crown of Maples, a publication that explains the role of the Crown in Canada and our constitutional monarchy.
This is only the second time in Canadian history that a Diamond Jubilee has been celebrated; the first was the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.
The Diamond Jubilee Medal
On February 6, 2011, Governor General David Johnston and Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled the design of the Diamond Jubilee Medal. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II personally approved the medal initiative and the design prior to the unveiling.
This new commemorative medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. The Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty’s dedicated service to our country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. The medal program is part of the Diamond Jubilee Year celebrations, organized by the Government of Canada.
Commemorative medals, such as the Diamond Jubilee Medal, are established from time to time within the Canadian Honours System to mark special anniversaries or occasions. Since 1967, several Canadian commemorative medals have been created, including two Jubilee medals marking key anniversaries in Her Majesty’s reign as Queen of Canada (the Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002). Other commemorative medals include the Canadian Centennial Medal (1967) and the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal (1992).
On February 6, 2012, the inaugural 60 Diamond Jubilee Medals were presented to the following Canadians who made significant contributions to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or whose achievements abroad have brought credit to Canada:
The Nomination Process and Medals Ceremonies
The nomination process for the Diamond Jubilee Medal was launched in fall 2011.
To ensure that a wide range of endeavour is recognized, partners to the medal program have been invited to nominate candidates from their communities or organizations for this national honour.
Members of the general public are welcome to contact partners to the medal program to suggest names of candidates as well. Recommendations can also be made for individuals affiliated with non governmental organizations participating in this program. The deadline for partners to present nominations is December 31, 2012.
To be eligible for this medal, a person must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. They must have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.
The medal program is administered by The Chancellery of Honours, which is part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.
The medal, which is composed of nickel silver and features a proof finish was designed and produced by the Royal Canadian Mint and developed by the Canadian Heraldic Authority at the Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall.
The obverse depicts a crowned image of the The Queen, in whose name the medal is bestowed. The reverse marks the 60th (diamond) anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne. The Diamond Jubilee is depicted by the large central diamond, by the background diamond pattern, and by the dates 1952 and 2012. The imagery includes the Royal Cypher (the Royal Crown and the letters EIIR for Elizabeth II Regina), Canadian maple leaves, and the motto VIVAT REGINA (“Long live The Queen!”).
The ribbon reflects a new arrangement of the blue, red and white colours of the 1953 Coronation Medal, the 1977 Silver Jubilee Medal, and the 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal.
Further information on the recipients and the Diamond Jubilee Medal is available on the website of the Governor General of Canada: www.gg.ca