Long May She Reign – Celebrating The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

Official Portrait of Queen Elizabeth IISixty years ago today, on February 6, 1952, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became Queen of Canada. Today we celebrate her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee—60 years of dedicated service to the people of all Commonwealth nations. This is only the second time in Canadian history that a Diamond Jubilee has been celebrated; the first was the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.

Throughout this year, the Government of Canada will be marking the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne with a number of events. We are also honouring her commitment to service by recognizing Canadians who—like her—have devoted themselves to the well-being of family, community and country.

Today at Rideau Hall, Governor General David Johnston together with Prime Minister Stephen Harper held the inaugural presentation ceremony of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to 60 recipients from across the country. Throughout 2012, 60 000 deserving Canadians from a wide range of fields and backgrounds will receive this honour.

Nominations for residents of Ajax-Pickering are currently being accepted at my office and the quality and breadth of nominations already received speaks to the strength and character of our riding and the people who make our community such a vibrant place in which to live, work and raise our families. If you know of a deserving local resident I hope that you will take the time to submit a nomination for the Diamond Jubilee Medal.

In addition to the creation of the Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Government of Canada has invested in the following initiatives to celebrate this historic anniversary: a funding initiative that will enable community groups and organizations to develop their own unique, grassroots celebrations; a website and social media program; promotional products such as Diamond Jubilee paper flags, pins, and posters to promote the Diamond Jubilee and strengthen Canadians’ awareness of our institutions; and educational tools, including an update of A Crown of Maples, a publication that explains the role of the Crown in Canada and our constitutional monarchy.

In a statement issued today from Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II said:

“In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope that we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness.

“I hope also that this jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart as we join together in our celebrations.”

For more information on the Crown in Canada: http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/ceem-cced/symbl/101/102-eng.cfm

“My admiration and affection for Canada and for Canadians everywhere is, and will always remain – clear, strong and sure. This too, ladies and gentlemen, is for me a constant, an enduring point of reference in these times of change,”

Queen Elizabeth II,
Visit to Gatineau, Quebec
During her Golden Jubilee,
October 2002