The Queen’s Medal (for Champion Shots of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines) is a Naval counterpart of the Queen's Medal for Champion Shots in the Military Forces and the Queen's Medal for Champion Shots of the Air Forces and is identical to the Queen's Medal for Champion Shots of the New Zealand Naval Forces that had been instituted in 1958. One medal can be awarded annually to the champion shot of a small-arms marksmanship competition.
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 – Dark blue with a broad red central stripe flanked by white stripes. It is identical to the ribbons of the Naval Good Shooting Medal and Queen's Medal for Champion Shots of the New Zealand Naval Forces
Suspender - Straight
Type – Military marksmanship medal
Eligibility – All ranks
Awarded for – Champion shot of a small-arms marksmanship competition
Established – 1966
Designer – Design was submitted by Miss Margaret Winser, while the original die was engraved by George de Saulles
Bars / Clasps - The medal can be won multiple times, each subsequent award is indicated by the award of another clasp, which displays the year of the subsequent award.
Description – Silver medal, 36mm diameter. The obverse shows the Crown Effigy of the Sovereign and on the reverse a representation of Neptune, grasping thunderbolts in each hand, and in the background the prow of a Roman trireme drawn by three sea horses; the whole surrounded by the inscription ‘AMAT VICTORIA CVRAM.’ (Victory delights in care). The reverse is identical to that of the Naval Good Shooting Medal and Queen's Medal for Champion Shots of the New Zealand Naval Forces.
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