Diamond Jubilee and Coronation

Diamond Jubilee Emblem

The Diamond Jubilee: A Canadian Celebration

Canadians celebrated Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee with flags, festivals, and fun. Children learned about Her Majesty’s role in Canadian society; museums held exhibitions about her life of service and dedication to Canada; commemorative coins and stamps were issued; and The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall marked the anniversary with a Royal Tour in May.

Her Majesty's Coronation Portrait

The Coronation of a Canadian Queen

Canadians celebrated with military tattoos, horse races, parades, and fireworks. Canada’s first Canadian-born Governor General, Vincent Massey, declared the day a national holiday and presided over a celebration on Parliament Hill. He decided to revive the use of state carriage or landeau for special occasions. Amid much pageantry, the carriage brought Vincent Massey to Parliament Hill under escort by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Mr. Massey introduced Her Majesty's Coronation speech, which was broadcast from London around the world. To commemorate the coronation, Mr. Massey issued silver spoons to all Canadian children born on that day, June 2, 1953.

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