Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal

Summary

The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (French: Médaille du jubilé de platine de la reine Elizabeth II[1]) or The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal is a commemorative medal created to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession in 1952.

Queen Elizabeth II
Platinum Jubilee Medal
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Obverse and reverse: United Kingdom version
TypeMedal
Presented byThe monarch of Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United Kingdom
Insigne Antiquae et Barbudae.svg Insigne Bahamarum.svg Coat of arms of Grenada (shield).svg Insigne Iamaicae.svg Insigne Sancti Christophori et Nivium.svg Insigne Sanctae Luciae.svg Insigne Sancti Vincenti et Granatinae.svg Arms of the United Kingdom.svg

The monarch of Canada via the lieutenant governors of Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan
Coat of Arms of the Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta.svg Badge of the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.svg Badge of the Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick.svg Badge of the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia.svg Badge of the Lieutenant-Governor of Prince Edward Island.svg Badge of the Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan.svg
StatusAwarded
Total7,000 (Alberta)
1,000 (Manitoba)
3,000 (New Brunswick)
5,000 (Nova Scotia)
584 (Prince Edward Island)
7,000 (Saskatchewan)
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Ribbons of the medal (top: British and Caribbean version; bottom: Canadian version)
Precedence
Next (higher)Dependent on state
EquivalentDependent on state
Next (lower)Dependent on state

The medal is being awarded in the United Kingdom to people who work in public service, including the Armed Forces, the emergency services, and the prison services. In Canada, six of the country's 10 provinces are issuing their own medals; the first time in Canadian history that a royal occasion has been commemorated on provincial medals. Outstanding volunteers, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and emergency services, and other people who have made a positive impact on society have been deemed eligible to receive the medals, with particular focus in some provinces on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, reconciliation with First Nations and Inuit, and protection of the environment. The Queen's Caribbean realms have also instituted a medal programme for the Platinum Jubilee.[2] Examples of those eligible there are members of the emergency services who responded during hurricanes and the COVID-19 pandemic and of the defence and police forces.

United KingdomEdit

DesignEdit

The medal, made of nickel silver,[3] has the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty on the obverse. The reverse shows the helm, crest, and mantling of the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom used outside Scotland. The ribbon has silver edges, representing the Silver Jubilee; the blue from the ribbon of the Golden Jubilee medal; and the red from the Diamond Jubilee ribbon.[4] Worcestershire Medal Service is manufacturing the medal.[5]

EligibilityEdit

Those who will receive the medal for Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee are:[3]

  • Serving members of the Armed Forces that have completed five full calendar years of service on 6 February 2022.
  • Volunteer Reserve and Ex Regular Reservists of the Armed Forces who are currently serving and who have received 5 Certificates of Efficiency.[6]
  • Uniformed cadet force adult volunteers in MOD sponsored cadet forces with 1826 days membership (not necessarily continuous) and five effective training years of which 2021/2022 must be one. Effective training year is 15 days service between 1 April and 31 March (7 in 2020/21 and 10 in 2021/22 to account for covid) with a parade evening counting as a quarter day.[6]
  • Frontline emergency services personnel that have been in paid service, retained or in a voluntary capacity, dealing with emergencies as part of their conditions of service, and have completed five full calendar years of service on 6 February 2022.
  • Prison services personnel who are publicly employed and are regularly exposed to difficult and sometimes emergency situations that have completed five full calendar years of service on 6 February 2022.
  • Members of the Royal Household with one year of qualifying service.
  • Living individual recipients of the Victoria Cross and George Cross.[7][8]

CanadaEdit

The government of Canada opted not to produce a platinum jubilee medal, despite having issued medals for royal jubilees since at least Queen Victoria's in 1897.[9] The decision was criticized by the Royal Canadian Legion and the Monarchist League of Canada.[10][11] In response, the provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan instituted a provincial platinum jubilee medal to mark the Queen's seventy years on the Canadian throne.

It has been requested that the Governor General-in-Council add the platinum jubilee medals to the order of precedence for wear of orders, decorations, and medals, after the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and before the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Long Service Medal.[12][13] This would be unique, as all other provincial medals have been placed last in precedence.

DesignEdit

The designs of the medals are similar in all the provinces that produced one, differing only in each depicting the shield of the particular province's coat of arms, as well as the province's official flower (the wild rose for Alberta, prairie crocus for Manitoba, purple violet for New Brunswick, mayflower for Nova Scotia, pink lady's slipper for Prince Edward Island, and western red lily for Saskatchewan). All are silver in colour, 32mm in diameter, and with a ring suspension. The obverse depicts the same crowned effigy of the Queen that was previously used for the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, while the reverse displays the Queen's royal cypher with the dates of the Queen's reign, 1952 and 2022, on either side at the top. The provincial shield of arms is in the centre, on both sides of which are renderings of the official flower of the province, and, appearing at the base, is the motto VIVAT REGINA ("long live the Queen!").[12][13][2][14][15][16]

The ribbon uses a new arrangement of the blue, red, and white colours found in the ribbons of the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal, Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

AlbertaEdit

The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Recognition Act was introduced in the Legislature of Alberta on 22 February 2022 and received royal assent on 24 March of the same year. The act included the creation of a medal to be awarded to 7,000 Albertans who have made significant contributions to society.[17] Three minimum criteria were set for the medal recipients; the nominee must: be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with a tangible link to Alberta at the time the medal is granted; have made a significant contribution to Canada, Alberta, or to a particular Alberta region or community;and have been alive on 6 February 2022.[13]

ManitobaEdit

On 28 April 2022, Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon and Premier Heather Stefanson announced the creation of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal for Manitoba,[18][19] the design of which was unveiled on 2 June in the same year.[20][21]

A total of 1,000 medals will be awarded at ceremonies held throughout the province during the Platinum Jubilee year. There are three minimum criteria for the medal recipients: be a resident of Manitoba or have a link to Manitoba at the time of the grant of the medal; have made a contribution to Canada, Manitoba, or to a particular region or community; and be alive on 6 February 2022.[12]

New BrunswickEdit

The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (New Brunswick) will be awarded to 3,000 deserving individuals; one third of the total medals are specifically intended for those who have made outstanding contributions to the province's COVID-19 pandemic response.[2] The program was launched on 2 June 2022 and will be administered by the Office of Protocol of New Brunswick.[2][22]

Nominees must reside in the province or have a tangible link to New Brunswick; have been alive as of 6 February 2022; and must have made a significant contribution to New Brunswick or to a particular region, community, or field.[2] A specific focus is placed on those individuals who have played a significant role in New Brunswick's COVID-19 pandemic response at the local level over an extended period of time; made a tangible contribution to New Brunswick's reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples; made a contribution to New Brunswick's diversity and inclusion goals; provided volunteer service at the local level; served or are serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and other emergency services; and/or made a positive impact on the preservation of the environment.[2]

Nova ScotiaEdit

On 30 March 2022, Lieutenant Governor Arthur J LeBlanc announced the establishment of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal for Nova Scotia. Five thousand medals will be awarded across the province until 5 February 2023.[23][24] LeBlanc announced on 2 June that the Queen had approved the design of the medal. On the same day, the names of the first 70 recipients were released and the inaugural investiture ceremony took place at the Westin Nova Scotian hotel in Halifax on 4 August.[25][26]

To be eligible for the medal, a person must be a resident of Nova Scotia or have a strong direct connection with the province; have made a significant contribution to Canada, Nova Scotia, or to a particular region or community; and have been alive on 6 February 2022.[14]

Prince Edward IslandEdit

The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal programme in Prince Edward Island will see a total of 584 medals being distributed to Islanders. The programme will run to the end of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Year, 5 February 2023.[27][28]

Eligible recipients must reside in the province or have a tangible link to Prince Edward Island; have made a significant contribution to Prince Edward Island, a region, community, or a field; and been alive on 6 February 2022.[15] Medals will be awarded to those who also have devoted themselves to making the province a better place and have made a significant contribution, which may include having provided volunteer service at the local level; contributed to the province's reconciliation efforts with indigenous peoples; contributed to the province's diversity and inclusion goals, including the promotion of the Acadian and Francophone community; served, or are serving, in the Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and/or emergency services; and/or made a positive impact on the preservation of the environment.

SaskatchewanEdit

Lieutenant Governor Russell Mirasty announced on 30 March 2022 the creation of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Saskatchewan), which will honour significant contributions and achievements throughout Saskatchewan.[29] 7,000 medals will be awarded throughout the province during the jubilee year.[30]

The three minimum criteria for the medal recipients are be a resident of Saskatchewan or have a link to Saskatchewan at the time of the grant of the medal; have made a contribution to Canada, Saskatchewan, or to a particular region or community; and be alive on 6 February 2022.[16]

CaribbeanEdit

The Queen's Caribbean realms have also instituted a medal programme for the Platinum Jubilee.

The obverse bears the same effigy of the Queen as does the British medal circumscribed by the words PLATINUM JUBILEE HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II. The ribbon of the Caribbean medal is similar to the British version, with silver edges, representing the Silver Jubilee; the blue from the ribbon of the Golden Jubilee medal; and the red from the Diamond Jubilee medal ribbon.

Antigua and BarbudaEdit

During their visit to Antigua and Barbuda on 25 April, the Earl and Countess of Wessex presented Platinum Jubilee medals to three people at Government House to recognise their service to national security.[31]

BelizeEdit

Serving frontline members for their service during Hurricanes Eta and Iota, and more recently, to those who served during the COVID-19 pandemic.[32]

JamaicaEdit

In Jamaica, Platinum Jubilee medals will be awarded to members of the Jamaica Defence Force, the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Department of Correctional Services, the Jamaica Fire Brigade and the Emergency Medical Services.[33]

On 29 July 2022, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, presented Jubilee medals during the Armed Forces Day Parade at Up Park Camp in Kingston. A total of 1056 members of the Jamaica Defence Force, including one woman, were acknowledged with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal. This was awarded to service members of the Regular and Reserve Force, who completed 18 years of service on 6 February 2022.[34]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  31. ^ Edward and Sophie set for full day of engagements on next leg of Caribbean tour
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  34. ^ "2118 JDF Soldiers Get Medals of Honour – Jamaica Information Service".

External linksEdit

  • In Pictures: The UK’s history of Jubilee Medals at platinumjubilee.gov.uk