Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

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The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal ( French: Médaille du jubilé de diamant de la reine Elizabeth II ) is an honorary award of the United Kingdom and several Commonwealth Realms , which was awarded in 2012 as a commemoration of the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II . There are three versions: British, Canadian, and Caribbean. The Jubilee Medal was awarded to several thousand recipients in the Commonwealth of Nations during the anniversary year .

Appearance and wearing style

The Canadian version was designed by Cathy Bursey-Sabourin of the Canadian Heraldic Authority and manufactured by the Royal Canadian Mint . A crowned image of the queen can be seen on the front of the disc-shaped decoration, surrounded by the words ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA • CANADA ( Latin for "Elizabeth II. Queen by God's grace • Canada"). On the back Elisabeth's crowned royal monogram E II R is depicted on a diamond-shaped shield, surrounded by four maple leaves and a ribbon with the years 1952 and 2012 on the left and right and the words VIVAT REGINA ("Long live the Queen") on the lower Edge.

The British version is the work of artist Timothy Noad. On the obverse it shows the portrait of Elizabeth with a diadem created by Ian Rank-Broadley , surrounded by the inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID DEF ("Elizabeth II Queen by the grace of God, defender of the faith"). The back consists of a hexagon with a crowned royal monogram and the years 1952 and 2012.

The Caribbean version is a joint edition of the eight states of Antigua and Barbuda , Bahamas , Barbados , Grenada , Jamaica , St. Kitts and Nevis , St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines . The obverse shows the same portrait of the Queen as on the British medal, surrounded by the words DIAMOND JUBILEE HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II ("Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Elizabeth II"). On the reverse is the royal monogram, with the name CARIBBEAN REALMS above and the years 1952–2012 below. The medal itself is rhodium-coated .

The award is carried on the upper left side of the chest of the entrant on a red ribbon with narrow blue sides, in the middle of which a wide white vertical central bar is woven, which in turn is traversed by a narrow red stripe (Caribbean version: black stripe).

Eligibility and award

In Great Britain and the British Overseas Territories, 450,000 medals have been awarded to members of the British Armed Forces who have served more than five years, the operational staff of Her Majesty's Prison Service and to paid and volunteer emergency services personnel who have served at least five years. Carriers of the Victoria Cross and the George Cross and members of the royal household were also eligible. The production cost of the medals were 8 million pounds .

The 60,000 Canadian Medals were awarded to residents of Canada who have made a significant contribution to their compatriots, community, or country over the past six decades. They could also be awarded posthumously if the person entitled was still alive on February 6, 2012 (anniversary of the accession to the throne).


  • Dirk Hubrich: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012. A commemorative medal for the Diamond Jubilee . In: Orders and Medals. The magazine for friends of phaleristics, publisher: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ordenskunde , issue 83, 15th year, Hof / Saale 2013. ISSN 1438-3772.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Fact Sheet: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. (PDF; 123 kB) In: Queen's Printer for Canada. 2012, accessed November 27, 2013 .
  2. ^ Members of the Armed Forces to receive new medal. In: Queen's Printer. June 28, 2011, accessed November 27, 2013 .
  3. a b Christopher McCreery: Commemorative Medals of The Queen's Reign in Canada, 1952–2012 . Dundurn Press, Toronto 2012, ISBN 978-1-4597-0756-6 , pp. 124-125 .
  4. The Queen'S Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012. Home Office , September 15, 2011, accessed November 27, 2013 .
  5. ^ Murray Wardrop: Recipients of Queen's Diamond Jubilee medals criticized for selling awards on eBay. In: The Daily Telegraph . April 27, 2012, accessed November 27, 2013 .
  6. Governor General Announces the Eligibility Criteria for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In: Queen's Printer for Canada. May 22, 2011, accessed November 27, 2013 .