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In 2012, Canada celebrates the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. The Diamond Jubilee is an opportunity to celebrate our traditions, history, symbols, values and institutions, particularly about the role of the Crown in Canada. The Jubilee highlights how Canada has evolved over the past 60 years under Her Majesty’s reign, and looks to the future of our nation and how our young people will contribute to our democracy.

The Teachers’ corner aims to support youth participation, attract their interest and their comprehension of the role of the Crown in Canada, our political regime and our sense of collective identity.

A Crown of Maples

In honour of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, an updated edition of A Crown of Maples was issued in the spring of 2012. A Crown of Maples is a publication available in French or English on the history of the Crown, its current role, and its symbolic importance in Canada.

You can order a printed version of this publication, available at no charge from CeremonialetSymboles-CeremonialandSymbols@pch.gc.ca.

Please visit the Historica-Dominion Institute’s Diamond Jubilee website where you can find an educational guide as a complement to A Crown of Maples and explore Canada’s constitutional monarchy and the role it plays in Canada’s history, culture and identity. The Historica-Dominion also offers a Canadian timeline, an essay contest and an amusing street party contest!

A Crown of MaplesEducation guide by the Historica-Dominion Institute as a complement to A Crown of Maples

National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada has created a DVD set of three special documentaries in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen. Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee – Collector's Edition comprises the newly released The Portrait, plus Royal Journey, and Canada at the Coronation. The Portrait, directed by Academy-Award nominated director Hubert Davis, documents the efforts of Toronto artist Phil Richards--who was commissioned by the Government of Canada to create a special Diamond Jubilee portrait – to paint Her Majesty The Queen II. This DVD set will be distributed to schools and public libraries across the country. You can order the DVD set at www.NFB.ca and www.canadapost.ca/nfb.


His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, invites you to discover Eduzone, a new online tool designed for teachers, educators and students across Canada. Eduzone provides educational and multimedia resources which will help in learning more about the governor general’s role and the history of this position.

For more information about Eduzone, visit www.gg.ca/eduzone.

Promotional Material

Diamond Jubilee promotional material is available in limited quantities to organizations and individuals that will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee.

Celebrate with style! You can download and print the Government of Canada's double-sided poster for the Diamond Jubilee, and join in celebrating this important milestone. Check out each image used in the new Diamond Jubilee commemorative poster and relive each moment of history!

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee - a Canadian Celebration: Celebrate, honour, explore. Join us! To launch the Diamond Jubilee year, a two-sided Government of Canada poster commemorates The Queen's Diamond Jubilee with 60 images highlighting key moments spanning The Queen's reign and the Diamond Jubilee emblem. The theme of the poster is “60 Years, 60 Images.”

The Official Portrait

The official Canadian portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II wearing her Canadian insignia as sovereign of the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit

In honour of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, a new Canadian photographic portrait is now available.

You can either download or order a copy of the new official portrait of Her Majesty Elizabeth II wearing her Canadian insignias as Sovereign of the Order of Canada and of the Order of Military Merit. Please note that there are legal and etiquette limitations to the reproduction and use of Her Majesty's image, especially as it relates to any possible commercial uses. Should you have any questions, please consult our royal portraits and use of images page.


Print the picture of the Diamond Jubilee Emblem and colour it with your favourite crayons or coloured pencils!

You can also download print the picture of the Diamond Jubilee Emblem for your students to colour!

The Diamond Jubilee emblem design was inspired by the 2002 Golden Jubilee emblem. It is a symbolic statement of the enduring relationship between Canada and The Crown, as personified by Her Majesty The Queen, Canada's Head of State.

The Royal Cypher is The Queen's monogram below St. Edward's crown. It is used in the insignia of orders, decorations and medals, and on various badges. Beneath the Royal Cypher, a red maple leaf is positioned on one stem and disposed on a diamond. The numeral "60" denotes the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty's reign as Queen of Canada.

Rising up on either side in a wreath formation are a series of maple leaves in graduated tones-from crimson red to brilliant gold to forest green-representing our provinces and territories, as well as the seasonal beauty of Canada.

Calendar of Events

Join in the celebrations of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee! Consult the list of events to find an activity in your community.

Note: Event information is posted in English and/or French, as submitted by the host organization.