In Pictures: The UK’s history of Jubilee Medals

The design for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal has been unveiled.

Platinum Jubilee medal

It is the fourth Jubilee medal created for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the seventh official Jubilee medal for wear to be awarded by a monarch.

To celebrate this occasion, we take a look back at the United Kingdom’s long tradition of Jubilee medals stretching back over many years.

The first Jubilee celebrated was the Golden Jubilee of King George III, in 1809. A number of coins were created to mark the monarch’s 50 years reign. It is sometimes debated if these should be classed as official medals and they are generally referred to as coins, as there were various versions that weren’t attached to a ribbon or made to be worn.

Golden Jubilee of George III coin

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The Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 was the first time that an official Jubilee medal was awarded by the monarch.

Medal of Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria

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The 1935 medal for King George V’s Silver Jubilee, featured effigies of the King and Queen Mary, crowned and wearing robes.

George V and Queen Mary jubilee medal

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Previous medals were officially awarded to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, Golden Jubilee in 2002 and Diamond Jubilee in 2012. For The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, around 450,000 official medals were awarded to people in the Armed Forces, emergency services and prison service, among others.

Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal

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Read more on the history of Jubilees on The Royal Family’s website