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Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

February 6, 2012

Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston,
Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's
Diamond Jubilee

OTTAWA—Today is a very rare occasion seldom witnessed in the history of nations. Sixty years ago, on February 6, 1952, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became Queen of Canada.

As the representative of the Queen in Canada, I am deeply honoured, on behalf of all Canadians, to congratulate Her Majesty on her Diamond Jubilee—60 years of dedicated service to the people of all Commonwealth nations.

As we mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne, we also honour her commitment to service by recognizing Canadians who—like her—have devoted themselves to the well-being of family, community and country.

Today’s inaugural presentation ceremony of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to recipients from across the country marks the beginning of our year-long celebration.

Throughout 2012, 60 000 deserving Canadians from a wide range of fields and backgrounds will receive this honour.

Six decades ago, a young Queen began her reign, one focused on duty and service to others. It is my hope that we will use this milestone as an opportunity to strengthen the ties we have with each other and with the Crown, which helps to define our country and what it means to be Canadian.

David Johnston


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Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office

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