Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal

Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal

To mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne, Prince Edward Island is honouring Her Majesty’s service to Canada through the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal Program.

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee is an international celebration marking the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries, including Canada, on February 6, 1952.  Queen Elizabeth II is the first monarch in Canada's modern era to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. 

The Prince Edward Island Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal Program will complement various PEI celebrations which will run through to the end of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year, February 5, 2023.

Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medals will be distributed to individual Island residents who have:

  • provided volunteer service at the local level;
  • contributed to the Province’s reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples;
  • contributed to the Province’s diversity and inclusion goals, including the promotion of the Acadian and Francophone community;
  • served, or are serving, in the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, and emergency services; or
  • made a positive impact on the preservation of the environment.

The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal program will run through to the end of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year, February 5, 2023.  Further details on the program, including partner organizations, will become available in the coming weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Prince Edward Island Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal being created?

This new commemorative medal will be awarded to mark the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada and to honour Her Majesty’s service to Canada.

The medal program is part of the Platinum Jubilee year celebrations, which will take place Island-wide through to the end of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year, February 5, 2023. Permission is being requested from the Government of Canada to have this medal included in the Order of Precedence, along with the other commemorative medals of the Canadian Honours System.

Why are commemorative medals established?

Commemorative medals are established to mark special anniversaries or occasions. They are typically awarded to recognize contributions made by Canadians from a broad spectrum of society.

Other commemorative medals include the Canadian Centennial Medal (1967); the Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee Medal (1977); the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal (1992); the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002); and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

Who will administer the program?

The Prince Edward Island Office of Protocol will administer the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee (Prince Edward Island) medal program. in partnership with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

What is the design of the medal?

The design of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Prince Edward Island), follows the same pattern as other Commonwealth and Canadian commemorative medals; 32 mm in diameter, silver in colour (struck in cupro-nickel), with a crowned effigy of the       Queen on the obverse (front), and the reverse bearing the date of the reign along with a heraldic element, in this case, the Provincial Coat of Arms, the Queen’s Cypher and a pair of ladies slippers  (the provincial flowers) on each side of the coat of arms. The ribbon is based on a set pattern of alternating colours which have been used for the ribbons of the coronation and jubilee medals issued throughout Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

Is Prince Edward Island the only jurisdiction that will have a Platinum Jubilee Medal Program?

No. The United Kingdom has already begun to roll out their Platinum Jubilee Medal Program and The Queen's Caribbean Realms have also instituted a medal program for 2022.  Several Canadian provinces are also establishing Jubilee Medals Programs.

How many Platinum Jubilee Medal will be awarded in PEI?

Prince Edward Island will be awarding 584 medals. This is similar to the number of medals PEI awarded in previous program, including 750 medals in 2012 and 600 medals in 2002.  

Who can submit nominations?

  • Nominations for the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medals will be accepted from a list of identified partners, which will be released shortly.
  • Medals will be awarded to individual Island residents (not couples or groups).
  • Some individuals on the provincial Table of Precedence, as well as all living members of the Order of Canada and the Order of Prince Edward Island, are designated recipients of the medal and do not have to be nominated by the partners.

Will other provincial medals be established?

This is a one-time program that will conclude on February 5, 2023, at the end of the Platinum Jubilee year.

There are no plans to create other provincial medals for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

Where will this medal fit with my other medals?

Permission is being requested from the Government of Canada to have the medal listed in the Order of Precedence with the other commemorative medals of the Canadian Honours System. It is expected that the medal will be worn after The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and before the RCMP Long Service Medal, the Canadian Forces’ Decoration (C.D.) and the Exemplary Service Medals. Other provincial commemorative medals, such as the 2005 Alberta Centennial Medal and the 2005 Saskatchewan Centennial, have been included in the Order of Precedence so there is a precedent.

The complete list of precedence for orders, decorations and medals is available online at www.gg.ca/en/order-precedence

Will people from outside Prince Edward Island be able to receive the medal?

There is no residency or citizenship requirement to receive the medal, however those being nominated for the medal must have a direct connection to the province and must have made a significant contribution to Prince Edward Island.

What are the criteria for the selection of recipients?

To be eligible for the medal, recipients must:

  • reside in the province or have a tangible link to Prince Edward Island; and
  • have made a significant contribution to Prince Edward Island, a region, community or a field; and
  • are alive on February 6, 2022, the seventieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne.

Her Majesty has devoted her life to serving the commonwealth and its people so, to honour her commitment, medals will be awarded to those who also have also devoted themselves to making our province a better place and have made a significant contribution, which may include having:

  • provided volunteer service at the local level;
  • contributed to Province’s reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples;
  • contributed to the Province’s diversity and inclusion goals, including the promotion of the Acadian and Francophone community;
  • served, or are serving, in the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, and emergency services; or
  • made a positive impact on the preservation of the environment.

Can the medal be awarded posthumously?

To be eligible, the recipient must have been alive on February 6, 2022, the date of the 70th anniversary of The Queen’s accession to the Throne.

Who will be selecting the recipients?

Each partner in the program will have the opportunity to select the most deserving recipients from their riding, organization or field of activity. This is a special occasion for organizations to recognize, in a tangible way, those who they depend upon to fulfil their mission.

Partner organizations will be trusted to conduct a fair and transparent nomination process that can withstand public scrutiny.

How is fairness in the selection process ensured?

The respect and credibility of the program will depend on the standard, quality and representativeness of those selected. All criteria, the list of partners and the list of recipients will be publicly available. The partners will be provided with guidelines to assist them in the selection process and to promote transparency, fairness and equitable representation. Guidance will be provided to assist partners in this aspect of the program.  

Will some people receive the medal automatically?

Prince Edward Islanders who have already demonstrated their contribution to the province, such as some members on the provincial Table of Precedence, as well as recipients of the Order of Canada and Order of Prince Edward Island, will receive the medal.

Once selected, when will recipients be announced and how will they receive their medals?

Most medals will be officially awarded at presentation ceremonies, which will be organized by program partners. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor in partnership with the Office of Protocol will also be holding medal presentation ceremonies throughout the year.
A list of final recipients will be published on the Government of Prince Edward Island website at the close of the program.

When is the deadline for nominations?

Program partners must submit all nominations no later than September 30, 2022. However, most will set deadlines and make submissions well before this date to ensure that medals can be presented during the Platinum Jubilee year.

Where can the public ask questions or get more information about Platinum Jubilee Medal Program be answered?

Questions regarding the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Prince Edward Island) may be addressed to jubileemedals@gov.pe.ca or by calling 902-368-6889.

Read the June 2, 2022 press release announcing this program.
Published date: 
June 2, 2022
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