The Diamond Jubilee: A Canadian Celebration

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.

Please note that some information on the web pages about the Crown in Canada will be updated.

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.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police participated in The Mounting of The Queen’s Life Guard at Horse Guards

The RCMP in London, 2012.

Cadets and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police prepare to raise The Queen's Personal Canadian Flag on Parliament Hill

Her Majesty’s Canadian flag was raised across the country during on February 6, 2012 to commemorate her accession to the throne 60 years ago.

Diamond Jubilee emblem carved into an ice sculpture on display

Ice sculpture of the Diamond Jubilee Emblem in Winnipeg.

James B. Love, David Johnston, and Minister Moore, holding the first Diamond Jubilee medal

Royal Canadian Mint Board of Directors Chair James B. Love, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages at the special striking of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at the Royal Canadian Mint's Ottawa facility on December 6, 2011. The Medal program ran February 6, 2012 to February 28, 2013.

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