Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)

Era: 2012

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal or The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal is a commemorative medal created in 2012 to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the thrones of the commonwealth. The medal was a tangible way to honour Her Majesty for her service to the commonwealth and served to honour significant contributions and achievements made by HM Armed Forces (regular and reserves) who had served longer than five years. It was also awarded to members of HM Prison Service,  emergency services personnel and Police Community Support Officers who have been in paid service, retained or in a voluntary capacity, and who had completed five full calendar years of service on 6th  February 2012. Holders of the Victoria Cross and George Cross and members of the Royal Household were also eligible.

There are three versions of the medal: one issued by the United Kingdom, another by Canada, and the third for the Caribbean realms of the Bahamas, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis


Materials:   The majority of the British medals and clasps are made of solid silver, though some were issue in bronze versions, mainly to Indian non-combatants.  The majority of the British campaign awards are circular, usually 36mm in diameter.

Ribbons:    Medals are worn suspended from their own specific ribbons. These were first made of silk but cotton was increasingly used as the nineteenth century developed.  Their own colours often have a symbolic significance: the equal stripes of the ‘1939 to 1945 Star,’ for example, are dark blue to represent the service of the Royal and Merchant Navies, red, to represent that of the Armies and light blue to represent that of Air Forces.

Ribbon width can vary slightly though it is generally 32mm wide.

Ribbon – (UK VERSION) Red with two narrow white stripes in the centre and narrow blue edges

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) ribbon
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) ribbon

Suspender - Ring

Type – Commemoration medal

Eligibility – Commonwealth citizens

Awarded for – Community contribution

Established – 2012

Designer – Timothy Noad (UK) version

Total Awarded – 450,000 (UK)

Clasps – None issued

Description (UK Version) – A circular medal, silver in colour and 32 mm in diameter. The obverse shows a crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the legend “ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID. DEF.” The reverse shows a faceted hexagon with a crowned royal cipher “EIIR”, inscribed with the years “1952” and “2012”.


This guide will help you through all the parts and descriptions of military medals


Home Office (15 Sept 2011). "The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012". UK Government. Retrieved 7 June 2012.

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