The Diamond Jubilee: A Canadian Celebration
February 6, 2012 to February 28, 2013
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.
The year was kicked off by a national flag raising on February 6. Her Majesty’s Canadian Flag was flown on Parliament Hill, provincial legislatures or at civic buildings to mark the actual day of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne.
The theme of service was especially evident in the Diamond Jubilee Medal program, where some 60,000 medals were issued to worthy Canadians.
A new painting of Her Majesty The Queen, commissioned by the Government of Canada was unveiled by Her Majesty at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 6, 2012. The portrait now hangs in Rideau Hall in Ottawa, where Canadians can view it. And of course, Canada participated in a number of activities held in London during the anniversary.
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