Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II

Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II

The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is the forthcoming international celebration in 2012 marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries, upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. Queen Victoria in 1897 is thus far the only monarch in the histories of Britain,[1] Canada,[2][3][4] and a few other Commonwealth realms to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee.

Following the tradition of jubilees past, a Diamond Jubilee medal is to be issued in various countries;[1] Canada's was revealed just prior to Accession Day, 2011.[5] A holiday to mark the event is planned in the United Kingdom. Further plans were discussed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2011.



Quentin Bryce, the Governor-General of Australia, announced that the Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated "with a host of national and community events throughout the Commonwealth."[6] In that vein, it was said in late 2011 that the government of Queensland was planning to declare a holiday in June 2012 to mark the jubilee.[7]

The Royal Australian Mint announced in August 2011 that it will be releasing a silver proof 50 cent coin to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.[8]


The official emblem of the Queen of Canada's Diamond Jubilee

In Canada, the Secretary to the Queen, Kevin S. MacLeod, has been charged by the Governor General-in-Council to head the Diamond Jubilee Committee, which is overseeing the organisation of that country's fêtes for the Queen.[9] As with other royal events, the Department of Canadian Heritage will play a large role in organisation and planning; in 2007, then-Secretary of State for Canadian Heritage Jason Kenney requested that the various lieutenant governors begin preparations for the anniversary.[10]

In early 2010, the question of a national holiday to mark the jubilee was raised in the media and it was in June announced by the Minister of Canadian Heritage,[11] James Moore, that a new painted portrait of the Queen, the first since 1976, would be completed by an Ontario artist by 2012.[2] Also, a commemorative stained glass window, showing Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria with their respective royal cyphers and renditions of the Centre Block of the Canadian parliament during the reign of each monarch, was on 30 June 2010 unveiled by the Queen at Rideau Hall; it will be installed in the Senate chamber by the time of the Diamond Jubilee.[12][13] A corbel within the Sovereigns' Arches of the parliament's Senate foyer was also sculpted into a rendition of the Queen to mark the Diamond Jubilee and unveiled on 9 December 2010 by the country's governor general, David Johnston.[14] Further, in the newly dedicated Queen Elizabeth II Gardens outside the monarch's official residence in Manitoba, the Queen planted on 3 July 2010 an Amber Jubilee Ninebark shrub, the species having been created specifically for the Diamond Jubilee.[15]

On 3 February 2011, Governor General David Johnston announced that the Queen had approved the creation of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Governor General and Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled the medal, along with the official emblem of Canada's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, at Rideau Hall.[5] The Royal Canadian Mint will issue an "extensive set" of coins to mark the anniversary.[16]

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, national and regional events to mark the Diamond Jubilee are being co-ordinated by the Queen-in-Council and her Royal Household at Buckingham Palace.[17] As for the Golden Jubilee in 2002, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is responsible for co-ordinating the Cabinet-led aspects of the celebrations.[18]

On 5 January 2010, the Lord President of the Council and Business Secretary Lord Mandelson announced that an extra bank holiday would take place on Tuesday, 5 June 2012.[17][1][19] By moving the Spring Bank Holiday (the last Monday in May) to 4 June, this will result in a four-day holiday in honour of the Diamond Jubilee, coinciding with the Queen's Official Birthday in the United Kingdom, also on 4 June.[1][20] As national holidays are a devolved matter, Scotland's first minister confirmed separately that the bank holiday would be held on 5 June in that country as well.[21] A large event will be staged in London on that weekend,[20] which is to include a diamond jubilee concert,[22] reportedly to be produced by singer-songwriter Gary Barlow,[23] and a maritime parade of boats and events along the River Thames on 3 June, in which 1,000 boats are expected to take part (the largest flotilla to be seen on the river in 350 years) and some one million people are expected to watch from the banks.[24][25][26] Street parties are also to take place across the country.[27] Special community lottery grants, called The Jubilee People's Millions, are being offered by the Big Lottery Fund and ITV.[28] There was a contest held by the BBC children's programme Blue Peter to design the official emblem for the Diamond Jubilee; the winning design, announced in February 2011, was created by ten-year-old Katherine Dewar.[29]

To mark the jubilee, the Queen will bestow Royal Borough status on Greenwich, in south-east London.[1][30] In addition, a competition will grant in 2012 city status to one town and either a lord mayoralty or lord provostship to one city.[n 1][32] The Olympic park in East London, created for the 2012 London Olympics, will be named the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park following the Olympics.[33]

In March 2011, the Royal Commonwealth Society launched the Jubilee Time Capsule to mark the jubilee.[34] In the United Kingdom, 60 Jubilee woodlands are planned to be established by the Woodland Trust in 2011-12, one of which is to be 500 acres and the remainder 60 acres each.[35]

See also


  1. ^ The towns bidding for city status are:[31] Bolton, Bournemouth, Chelmsford, Colchester, Coleraine, Corby, Craigavon, Croydon, Doncaster, Dorchester, Dudley, Dumfries, Gateshead, Goole, Luton, Medway, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Perth, Reading, Southend, St Asaph, St Austell, Stockport, Tower Hamlets, and Wrexham. The cities bidding for a Lord Mayoralty or Lord Provostship are:[31] Armagh, Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Lancaster, Newport, Peterborough, Salford, Southampton, St Albans, Sunderland, and Wakefield.


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