Sixty years to the day of King George V’s death, Queen Elizabeth is marking the start of her seventh decade on the British throne. It has been a remarkable journey by any standard.
The Queen marked the start of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Monday 6th February 2012 with a message to her subjects, the release of two official portraits and a visit to a nursery school in Norfolk.
The 85-year-old Elizabeth is the second longest-serving monarch behind Queen Victoria, who had 63 years on the throne.
Canada began its own celebration by awarding Diamond Jubilee medals for community service to 60 people at Rideau Hall.
The Archives Ontario is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth with an online exhibit showcasing selections from their extensive historical collections about the monarchy. These range from Empire Day pamphlets, photographs from the Queen’s many visits to Canada, materials designed for children, film clips from royal speeches, government documents regarding her travels, paintings and items regarding other members of the royal family.
The nine sections to the e-display are as follows:
A Brief Biographical Sketch
Pomp and Ceremony, Decorations and Decorum
Celebrating Celebrity: Unoffical Royal Watchers
The Monarchy in Ontario
Behind the Scenes
Royalty in the Archives
Just For Kids
It will run until the end of 2012.
Hope you can enjoy this virtual exhibit by then!
Peter Duerr, Domestic Government Documents Librarian