People waving flags outside Buckingham Palace during Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee celebrations in June 2002.
People waving flags outside Buckingham Palace during Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee celebrations in June 2002.

The formal jubilees of British monarchs started with George III. At the start of the 50th year of his reign, his jubilee was celebrated throughout the British Isles and his colonial possessions. Later monarchs added other jubilee years.[1]

George III

Year Jubilee Notes Medal(s)
1809 Golden Jubilee of George III The first British monarch to mark a jubilee in a significant way was King George III. The Golden Jubilee of George III on 25 October 1809 marked the forty-ninth anniversary of his accession and his entrance into the 50th year of his reign. King George III Jubilee Medal

King George III and Queen Charlotte Jubilee Medal[2]

Victoria

Year Jubilee Notes Medal(s)
1887 Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria The Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria was celebrated on 20 June 1887 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria's accession on 20 June 1837.
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Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee Medal

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Police Golden Jubilee Medal

1897 Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria began on Sunday, 20 June 1897, the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. Celebrations to honour the grand occasion — the first Diamond Jubilee of any British monarch — showcased the Queen's role as 'mother' of the British Empire and its Dominions.
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Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Medal

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Police Diamond Jubilee Medal

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Diamond Jubilee Mayors and Provosts Medal

George V

Year Jubilee Notes Medal(s)
1935 Silver Jubilee of George V[3] The Silver Jubilee of George V was celebrated on 6 May 1935 to mark 25 years of King George V as the King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India. It was the first ever Silver Jubilee celebration of any British monarch in history.[4]
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King George V Silver Jubilee Medal

Elizabeth II

The first Jubilee-like celebration for Queen Elizabeth II was in 1962, as it marked her 10th anniversary on the throne.[5] The Royal Mint also released a number of sovereigns, bearing the ‘Young Head’ portrait of The Queen by Mary Gillick in 1962, to mark the milestone.[6]

Queen Elizabeth II's jubilees are listed below:

Year Jubilee Notes Medal(s)
1977 Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II The Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 1977 marked the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms.
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Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
1992 Ruby Jubilee of Elizabeth II The Ruby Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 1992 marked the 40th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms. Contrary to her Silver Jubilee in 1977, the Ruby Jubilee was a low-profile event. None
2002 Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II The Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II was held in 2002 marking the 50th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. Despite the deaths of her sister, Princess Margaret, and mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, in February and March 2002 respectively, the jubilee was marked with large-scale and popular events throughout London and the Commonwealth realms.
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Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
2012 Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II The year 2012 marked the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II being the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. The only Diamond Jubilee celebration for any of her predecessors was in 1897, for Queen Victoria.
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Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
2017 Sapphire Jubilee of Elizabeth II The Sapphire Jubilee of Elizabeth II on 6 February 2017, marked 65 years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. She was the first British monarch to have a Sapphire Jubilee. None
2022 Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II was celebrated in 2022 in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II. This was the first time any British monarch had celebrated a Platinum Jubilee.
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Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal

Gallery

References

  1. ^ "A history of Jubilees | The Royal Family". Royal.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  2. ^ "The Jubilee of George III". JaneAusten.co.uk. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  3. ^ Harold Nicolson, King George V (1953) pp 510–532. online
  4. ^ "No silver jubilee for Queen Victoria". The Guardian. 14 September 2015.
  5. ^ Ball, Sarah (8 March 2017). "Crowning Glory: The Hats of Queen Elizabeth". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  6. ^ "1962 Queen Elizabeth II Sovereign". The Royal Mint. Retrieved 6 January 2021.