Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal

The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (French: Médaille du jubilé de la Reine Elizabeth II) or the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal was a commemorative medal created in 2002 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Elizabeth II's accession. The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal was awarded in Canada to nominees who contributed to public life. The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal was awarded to active personnel in the British Armed Forces and Emergency Personnel who had completed 5 years of qualifying service.

Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
(Australia and Canada)
Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal
(United Kingdom)

Obverse and reverse: Canadian version
Obverse and reverse: United Kingdom version
Awarded by the

Monarch of Australia, monarch of Canada, and monarch of the United Kingdom
EligibilityBritish and Canadian citizens alive on 6 February 2002
Awarded forHaving made an honourable service in military, police, prison, and emergency forces, or for outstanding achievement or public service in Canada or for five years or more qualifying service in the British Armed Forces in the United Kingdom
StatusNo longer awarded
Total awarded6 (Australia)[1]
46, 000 (Canada)[2]
400, 000 (United Kingdom)[3]
Next (higher)Dependent on state
EquivalentDependent on state

Ribbon of the Golden Jubilee Medal


The Canadian and British medals were of different designs.

Canada: The medal is gold-plated, bronze medal with a thin raised edge and, on the obverse, an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, crowned with the George IV State Diadem and circumscribed by the words QUEEN OF CANADA • REINE DU CANADA.[4] The reverse features a stylised maple leaf with CANADA at the bottom and the years 1952 and 2002 on the left and right of the Royal cypher and crown. Although similar in appearance, it should not be confused with the Queen's Gallantry Medal.[4]

United Kingdom: The medal is of cupronickel with a gilt finish and shows the Queen wearing St. Edward's Crown, circumscribed by the inscription ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REGINA • FID • DEF; on the reverse is the shield of Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom flanked by the years 1952 and 2002.[5]

Both medals are suspended from the same broad royal blue ribbon with red outer stripes and, at the centre, double white stripes with a red stripe between.[5][4]

Eligibility and allocation

In Canada, the medal was administered by the Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall and was awarded to Canadians who made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, their community, or to Canada over the previous fifty years.[6] Various organisations were invited to propose the names of candidates for the medal; this included all levels of Canadian government, educational and cultural organisations, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, veterans' groups, sports associations, and philanthropic and charitable bodies.[4] Of the 46,000 medals issued, approximately 9,600 medals were awarded to members of the Canadian Forces according to a system that distributed them proportionately by service (navy, army, air force), rank, and years of service, occupations, and regular force and reservists, including Rangers and honorary appointees.

Members of the British Armed Forces regular, reserve, and cadet branches, serving prison officers and members of the emergency services who were enrolled as of Accession Day and had been so for five years were given the medal in the United Kingdom. 94,222 members of the Army received the medal, as did 32,273 in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and 38,889 in the Royal Air Force.[7] Longer serving members of the Royal Household and living holders of the Victoria Cross and the George Cross also received the medal.[8]


Some orders of precedence are as follows:

Order of precedence
125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada MedalQueen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
New Zealand
Order of precedence
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee MedalQueen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
United Kingdom
Order of precedence[9]
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee MedalQueen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

The medal was not awarded by New Zealand. However, it was accorded a place in the country's order of wear to accommodate British citizens who had received the medal in the UK and subsequently joined the New Zealand Defence Force.[10]

See also


  1. Medal Yearbook 2014. Honiton, Devon: Token. 2014. p. 384. ISBN 978-1-908828-10-1.
  2. Medal Yearbook 2014. Honiton, Devon: Token. 2014. p. 441. ISBN 978-1-908828-10-1.
  3. Medal Yearbook 2014. Honiton, Devon: Token. 2014. p. 293. ISBN 978-1-908828-10-1.
  4. Governor General of Canada. "It's an Honour > Canadian Honours System > Medals > Commemorative Medals > Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)". Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  5. Ministry of Defence. "The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal". UK Government. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  6. Department of Canadian Heritage. "Golden Jubilee: A Canadian Celebration > Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee". Queen's Printer for Canada. Archived from the original on 12 December 2007. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  7. Coney, R.T. (21 January 2009), D/SP., Ministry of Defence
  8. John W. Mussell, editor. Medal Yearbook 2015. p. 289. Published Token Publishing Limited, Honiton, Devon. 2015.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  9. Directgov, Orders of Wear, UK Government
  10. New Zealand Defence Force. "General Medals Information > FAQ > The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal 2003". Retrieved 7 June 2012.
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