Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was a commemorative medal commissioned to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II which took place 2 June 1953.
There are three versions of the medal: one issued by the United Kingdom, another by Canada, and the third for the Caribbean realms of Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The different iterations of the medal were presented to tens of thousands of recipients throughout the Commonwealth of Nations in the jubilee year.
In the United Kingdom and its overseas territories, 450,000 medals were awarded only to members of HM Armed Forces (regular and reserves) that had served longer than five years, operational members of HM Prison Service, and emergency services personnel (including Police Community Support Officers) who have been in paid service, retained or in a voluntary capacity, and who had completed five full calendar years of service on 6 February 2012.
Holders of the Victoria Cross and George Cross and members of the Royal Household were also eligible. The medals cost the Department for Culture, Media and Sport £8m to produce.
The medal can be awarded posthumously if the recipient was alive on 6th February 2012. The medals are allocated either automatically to individuals within certain prescribed categories - such as those in the Canadian order of precedence, the Order of Canada, or recipients of the Cross of Valour - or by selection by specific officials, such as the Governor General, senators, the Chief of the Defence Staff, or presidents of various non-governmental organizations. The Governor General was also permitted to make ‘exceptional awards’ of the medal.
The medal is circular, 32mm in diameter and was struck in nickel-silver. The obverse of the British medal depicts an effigy of the Queen crowned with a tiara with the inscription; ‘ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID DEF’ (meaning ‘Elizabeth II by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith’).
The reverse depicts a faceted hexagon with a crowned Royal Cypher, inscribed with the years; ‘1952 and 2012’.
On the Canadian version the obverse depicts a crowned effigy of the Queen circumscribed by the words; ‘ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA • CANADA’ (Latin meaning ‘Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, Queen • Canada’).
The reverse features Elizabeth's Royal Cypher crowned and superimposed upon a diamond shield, behind which is a bed of four maple leaves and a ribbon with the dates; ‘1952’ and; ‘2012’ to the left and right of the shield and the inscription; ‘VIVAT REGINA’ (meaning ‘long live the Queen’) below, all on a field of diamonds.
Eight Commonwealth realms in the Caribbean - Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have each issued a Diamond Jubilee medal. In this instance the obverse bears the same effigy of the Queen as does the British medal circumscribed by the words; ‘DIAMOND JUBILEE HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II’.
The reverse shows the Royal Cypher of Elizabeth II with; ‘CARIBBEAN REALMS’ above and the years ‘1952-2012’ below.
The ribbon suspender is a plain ring attached by a fastening that surmounts the medal.
The medal was issued un-named.
British & Canadian Issue
The ribbon is 32mm wide and is red in colour with two narrow white stripes towards the centre and a narrow blue stripe along either edge.
The ribbon is 32mm wide and is red in colour with a white stripe with a black central stripe at the centre and a narrow blue stripe along either edge.
Ladies awarded the medal can wear it on their left shoulder with the ribbon tied in the form of a bow.
None were authorised for this medal.
Further relevant historical context can be found at the foot of this entry.
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Diamond Jubilee Medal
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Further Historical Context
This section contains information on the following:-
- The Diamond Jubilee Of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Diamond Jubilee Of Queen Elizabeth II - The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was a multinational celebration throughout 2012 marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952.
She is today queen regnant of 16 sovereign states, known as Commonwealth realms, including the United Kingdom. Queen Victoria, Elizabeth's great-great-grandmother, is the only other modern monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee (in 1897).
Commemorative events were held throughout the Commonwealth of Nations. Unlike the Golden Jubilee, when the Queen toured most of her realms around the world, for the Diamond Jubilee, Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, toured the United Kingdom only.