The Queen's Medal for Champion Shot was originally created under the British Honours System. In June 1968, after the unification of the Canadian Forces, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gave her approval for the granting in Canada of the British Queen's Medal for Champion Shot. However, it wasn't until 1991 that the Privy Council for Canada advised that there be created and instituted in Canada the Queen's Medal for Champion Shot. On August 28, 1991, Her Majesty approved the creation of the Queen's Medal for Champion Shot in Canada.
Two medals are awarded annually to the member of the Canadian Armed Forces (Regular) and to the member of the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserve) or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who obtain the highest aggregate score in stages one and two of the Queen's Medal Competition.
Description of the medal
The Queen's Medal for Champion Shot consists of a circular medal of silver:
- on the obverse of which appears the crowned effigy of Her Majesty circumscribed with the legend ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA and incorporating the word CANADA at the bottom, and
- on the reverse of which appears the figure of Fame rising from her throne, a horn in her left hand, facing left, and crowning with a laurel wreath in her right hand a warrior facing right; the warrior is standing on his right foot with his left foot raised and resting on the dais, supporting on his left knee a target having three arrows in the centre and holding in his right hand a bow and quiver full of arrows
- the ribbon from which the Medal is suspended is 32 mm in width and dark crimson in colour, bordered on each side with a black stripe 9 mm in width, with a white stripe 3 mm in width centred on each black stripe
- the Medal is awarded with a plain Bar, affixed to the ribbon, with the year of the competition inscribed thereon; any subsequent award of the Medal is indicated by such Bar only