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Diamond Jubilee – 60 Glorious Years on the Throne

UK Diamond Jubilee Logo

Today is the 60th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the throne of the United Kingdom and many other realms and territories around the World.
Sadly too many people do not realise that as well as the UK, the Queen is the Head of State of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Antigua & Barbuda, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, Barbados, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu. In addition there are 14 overseas territories of the United Kingdom which include the Falkland Islands, Bermuda, Gibraltar, Turks & Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands. Each of these has plans to celebrate the achievement of 60 years of continuous service by their Queen.

Canadian Diamond Jubilee Logo

Many countries will be issuing a Diamond Jubilee medal to citizens who have made a significant contribution to their realm or members of the armed forces and emergency services. There will be special commemorative coins in many nations and a series of beacons will be lit across the Commonwealth. Members of the Royal Family will embark on an ambitious tour of the World to include many Commonwealth nations where the Queen was once Head of State but have now adopted a republican constitution.

Different nations have developed logos for the Diamond Jubilee. The UK’s (shown above) was designed by 10 year old Katherine Dewar. I think I prefer the Canadian one (shown right) which is rather more traditional! The UK will be having an extended Bank Holiday weekend from 2-5 June with a 1,000 boat river pageant along the Thames on 3 June. There will also be street parties across the nation and I hope that Reading Borough Council will waive some of the bureacracy as we did during last year’s Royal Wedding, so that street parties can be easily organised without Council obstacles.

Queen Elizabeth is only the second UK monarch to have achieved 60 years on the throne. The only other was her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. May she have many more glorious years as our Sovereign!


February 6, 2012 - Posted by | International, National


  1. Firstly, a big thank you to HMThe Queen for 60 years of service to this Nation.

    Secondly why do we have Logos such as that for this Jubilee and the Olympic one which look as if they were made by a drunk on the back of a menu after a very good lunch? The Canadian one also shown is so much more worthy. Britian does itself no favours by continually Dumbing Down.

    Anyway, whatever the logo let us celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee!

    Comment by Steve Foley | February 6, 2012 | Reply

  2. And after she’s dead and buried, let’s bury the whole feudal system with her.

    Comment by Jonny | February 7, 2012 | Reply

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