Jubilees and coronation

Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, we invite you to visit our commemorative page to relive key moments of her visits to Canada and find information on the commemorative events held in her honour.

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The Sapphire Jubilee – 2017

Queen Elizabeth II receives a Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch from former Governor General David Johnston.

Credit: Sgt. Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall. © OSGG 2017.

On the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty’s reign, Canada was celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Governor General David Johnston presented a Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch to Her Majesty at Canada House in London, United Kingdom, as a gift of thanks from the people of Canada. The brooch was made from diamonds found on Baffin Island by brothers Seemeega and Nowdluk Aqpik. At the same event, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh opened a Jubilee Walkway panel at Canada House and met with Canadians. During the Jubilee year, a grove of 65 maple trees was planted in Rockcliffe Park in Ottawa and activities were hosted by Lieutenant Governors across the provinces.

The Diamond Jubilee – 2012

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Emblem

Credit: Government of Canada.

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 history of service and dedication to Canada, and various commemorative items were issued. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall marked the anniversary with a Royal Tour in May.

The Golden Jubilee – 2002

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Emblem

Credit: Government of Canada.

The 50th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne was celebrated in Canada with a twelve-day Royal Tour by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in October. A notable aspect of the tour was the first visit of the Sovereign to Nunavut since its creation as a Territory in 1999. A new official portrait was unveiled, as well as commemorative items, educational exhibits and displays.

The Ruby Jubilee – 1992

Queen Elizabeth II walks around a statue that depicts her riding her horse Centennial shortly after she unveiled it on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, June 30, 1992.

Credit: Ron Poling, Canadian Press.

To commemorate the Ruby Jubilee and the 125th anniversary of Confederation in 1992, an equestrian statue was unveiled on June 30, 1992, during The Queen’s 1992 Royal Tour of Canada. The statue was unveiled on the grounds of Parliament Hill, situated across a statue of Queen Victoria. The Queen undertook the Royal Tour to preside over several commemorations relating to the 125th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and her Ruby Jubilee.

The Silver Jubilee – 1977

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reads the Speech from the Throne while presiding over the opening of Parliament, October 18, 1977.

Credit: Canadian Press

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Canada on a Royal Tour to mark Her Majesty’s 25th anniversary as Monarch. In addition to commemorative and educational materials and events, this anniversary was notable for the participation of Her Majesty, who attended the opening of the Parliamentary session and delivered the Speech from the Throne, the second time in Canadian history Her Majesty had done so.

The Coronation of a Canadian Queen

Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Day, Ottawa, June 2, 1953.

Credit: Department of National Defence, Library and Archives Canada. e010750963-v8.

Canadians celebrated Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation 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 the State Landeau, or carriage, 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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