3 February 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today participated in the unveiling of the Diamond Jubilee Medal design and the Diamond Jubilee emblem, to mark the 60th anniversary in 2012 of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.
The planned Diamond Jubilee Medal will be awarded to Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to their communities and country. The Prime Minister was joined by Governor General David Johnston in the unveiling of the medal design and emblem.
"Her Majesty has consistently earned the admiration of all who have witnessed her deep commitment to public service," said Prime Minister Harper. "To commemorate, the Diamond Jubilee, a national moment, we will recognize and celebrate Canadians who also demonstrate a dedication to service."
The Diamond Jubilee emblem, the official symbol to commemorate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, represents The Queen’s service to Canada. The design places the Royal Cypher (The Queen’s monogram) in a garland of maple leaves.
Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee – the only Diamond Jubilee since Queen Victoria’s in 1897 – will establish a historical legacy for Canadians for generations to come.