As Jubilee Week is celebrated in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth, the Honourable Janice C. Filmon, C.M., O.M., lieutenant-governor of Manitoba, announced the design of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Manitoba) today.
The commemorative medal celebrates the 70th anniversary year of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne.
“As the Queen’s representative in Manitoba, I am overjoyed that this provincial commemorative medal will honour the 70th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty as our Queen,” said Lt.-Gov. Janice C. Filmon. “The anniversary of her seven decades of service to Canada is most certainly an occasion to be celebrated, and with this medal, we are afforded the opportunity to thank and recognize our citizens who have similarly devoted their time and energy in service to others for the betterment of their community, province or country.”
The medal, which is struck in copper and plated with nickel, features the crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with her Canadian style and title on the front. The back of the medal includes the Manitoba Shield of Arms with the Queen’s Royal Cypher and dates of the reign at the top, separated by a pair of Prairie Crocuses (the provincial flower) and the phrase VIVAT REGINA (long live the Queen) at the base. The medal is suspended from a new arrangement of the blue, red and white ribbon used for coronation and jubilee medals issued throughout the Queen’s reign.
One thousand medals will be presented through the Platinum Jubilee year. The province has enlisted a select group of trusted partners to select worthy recipients. These trusted partners include members of the legislative assembly, Indigenous leadership organizations, the lieutenant-governor of Manitoba, the premier of Manitoba and leader of the Opposition.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is the international celebration marking the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries, including Canada, on Feb. 6, 1952. She is the first monarch in Canada’s modern era to have celebrated a Platinum Jubilee. The Queen has visited Manitoba six times, first as a princess in 1951 and most recently in 2010.
To view the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal, visit Manitoba.ca/queensjubilee.
For more information, contact:
Manitoba Protocol Office