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Jubilee celebrations

Jubilees have their origins in ancient Hebrew times. In the modern United Kingdom and in some other countries, it is the name given to collective series of events celebrating significant periods of the anniversary of the monarch's reign. Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom on 06 February 1952 and has celebrated a Silver Jubilee (twenty-five years) in 1977 and a Golden Jubilee (fifty years) in 2002. Queen Victoria, the then longest serving British monarch, celebrated a Diamond Jubilee in 1897, marking sixty years of her reign.
Source: Source: Official website of the British Monarchy,, consulted 09 April 2006
Colin Dobson, 8 May 2006

Silver Jubilee Flag

[Queen's jubilee flag] image located by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 13 April 2019

Photograph of example of flag from National Maritime Museum in Greenwich (London): 
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 13 April 2019

Description of the Golden Jubilee Flag

The flags below are the two designs being used for celebratory flags. The garland of flowers comprises roses, thistles, daffodils and shamrocks for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The flag is golden yellow with the centred garland, within it the crowned royal cypher (EIIR) all in blue, and the dates 1952 and 2002 on the hoist and fly, also in blue.
Francisco Manuel García
, 12 June 2002

[Queen's jubilee flag] image by Graham Bartram

[Queen's jubilee flag] image by Colin Dobson, 19 July 2005

I took this photograph in Victoria Street, London, of the other flag referred to above.
Colin Dobson, 19 July 2005

Regional Variants

[Queen's jubilee flag] image by Graham Bartram

[Queen's jubilee flag] image by Graham Bartram

The basic flag (without Cardiff text) was designed by Graham and - I think - approved by the Palace during a meeting there with him and Robin Ashburner. NOTE: 'approved' in this case means 'accepted', and not 'official'.
Charles Ashburner
, 12 June 2002

Platinum Jubilee

[Queen's jubilee flag] image located by John Moody, 6 August 2021

Queen's Platinum Jubilee emblem design competition won by Leeds student
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee will be defined by an "elegant" emblem created by a Leeds student who is "over the moon" after winning a design competition.
By Georgina Morris, Tuesday, 3rd August 2021, 4:45 am
The Yorkshire Post

The 19-year-old's winning purple and white entry features a stylised crown, incorporating the number 70, on a round background similar to a royal seal, and will publicise the Queen's Platinum Jubilee which will be marked next June by a special, four-day, bank holiday weekend.
Edward Roberts with his winning design for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Emblem Competition. Picture: Jacob King/PA Wire
Celebrations will range from a live concert staged outside Buckingham Palace with some of the world's biggest stars, to a day at the races for the royal family.
The teenager, who is studying for a degree in graphic and communication design at the University of Leeds, said: "It's just an amazing feeling to win it, I couldn't believe I'd won it really. I thought I had achieved something by getting to the top 100 so to even win it - I was over the moon."
The competition was run by the Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum in conjunction with Buckingham Palace and the Lord Chamberlain, Baron Parker, the most senior official in the Queen's royal household, contacted the student on Thursday to tell him he had won.
Edward, from Southwell, Nottinghamshire, has a passion for art and design and worked on the emblem in his spare time and made continual improvements.
The 19-year-old's winning purple and white entry features a stylised crown, incorporating the number 70, on a round background similar to a royal seal. Picture: Jacob King/PA Wire
The 19-year-old described his design as "elegant" and, speaking about his inspiration, added: "I was thinking of ways I could re-create the continuity of the Queen's reign in the design and I had a eureka moment.
"I thought if I could create a continuous line that incorporates the key features of St Edward's crown that would be a really good way of representing the continuing reign of the Queen."
He said: "I wanted the design to also symbolise a royal seal and put it within a circle to give the impression of a royal wax seal and I think that's come across really effectively in the design."
The winning design was chosen by a judging panel of graphic designers, visual artists and design professionals, experts from the V&A, the Royal College of Art, the Design Museum, and a representative from the royal household, chaired by V&A director Tristram Hunt.
Paul Thompson, vice-chancellor of the Royal College of Art and a member of the judging panel, said: "This clean graphic design takes us on a simple line journey to create the crown and the number 70, beautifully capturing the continuous thread of Her Majesty The Queen's 70-year reign.
"Drawn on a computer, the ingenious emblem works across all scales and the flow of the line gives us a sense of a human touch behind the digital design process."
The 19-year-old winner will be invited to attend next year's Jubilee celebrations, including the live concert.
John Moody, 6 August 2021