The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012

05 June 2012

The sixtieth anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne fell on 6 February 2012, and this summer sees a wide variety of events to mark Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. The main public celebrations took place on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of June, and the Heralds or officers of arms participated in two of these events.


On the afternoon of Sunday 3 June the English, Scottish and Canadian officers of arms took part in the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on the Thames. Her Majesty the Queen was greeted on the landing stage at Chelsea Harbour by Garter, Clarenceux, Norroy and Ulster and Lord Lyon Kings of Arms and the Chief Herald of Canada, the other heralds being formed up on the landing stage. Her Majesty then embarked in a launch from the Royal Yacht Britannia to transfer to the Spirit of Chartwell, in which she was then conveyed to Tower Bridge The officers of arms all embarked in the Motor Vessel Connaught, which was decorated with banners bearing the badges of office of all officers present, and had the honour of immediately preceding Her Majesty for the entire route of the Pageant. 

On Tuesday 5 June, a national service of thanksgiving was held at St Paul's Cathedral in London, near the College of Arms. Lord Lyon King of Arms again joined the English officers of arms who lined the top of the steps at the west end of the Cathedral for the arrival and departure of the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, and preceded Her Majesty in procession on both entering and leaving the body of the church.

In addition, one of the Herald Painters at the College of Arms, Timothy Noad, had the honour of being chosen to design the medal that has been awarded in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee. The medal, illustrated above, was awarded to eligible personnel of the armed forces, emergency services, prison service and Royal Household. For further information about the design and award of the medal, see here and here.

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