Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.

Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal

Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal


The Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal commemorates the 50th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second to the throne. This commemorative medal program is now closed. This medal is administered by the Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall.

Eligibility and criteria

Canadian Forces members must be recommended by the Chief of Defence Staff to the Government of Canada. Selection is computer generated and distributed proportionally to Regular and Reserve members (including Cadet Instructors, Canadian Rangers, and Honorary Positions) by component, rank, Military Occupation, and years of service. CANFORGEN 024/02 CDS 017 refers.


A circular gold-plated bronze medal, 1.25 inches (32 mm) in diameter, with a thin raised edge.

On the obverse, Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the King George IV State Diadem, facing right, circumscribed with the inscriptions "QUEEN OF CANADA" , "REINE DU CANADA".

On the reverse, the design of a stylised maple leaf with “CANADA” at the bottom and the years “1952” and “2002” on the left and right of the Royal Cypher and Crown. 

A 0.5 inch (4 mm) gold ring, which holds the ribbon, passes through smaller ring attached to the top of the medal.

The colour of the ribbon is royal blue, with red outer stripes, double white stripe, and a red central stripe. This ribbon is identical to its British counterpart and is a variation of the 1953 Coronation Medal and the 1977 Silver Jubilee Medal ribbons.


There is no bar to this medal.


The medal shall be worn in sequence prescribed in the Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, and in the following manner: on the left breast, suspended from the ribbon described above, after the 125 Anniversary medal and before the RCMP Long service and Good conduct medal.


The use of a post-nominal is not authorized for this medal.

Historical notes

An estimated 46,000 medals were issued, of which approximately 9,600 were awarded to members of the Canadian Forces.

The inaugural ceremony took place at Rideau Hall on 29 June 2002. Eighteen individuals were presented the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal by Her Excellency the Governor General. Thirteen recipients represented each of the ten provinces and three territories; four recipients represented the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Reserve components of the Canadian Forces; and one recipient represented the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The medal was designed by the Government Honours Policy Sub-Committee.

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