The design of the medal to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year has been unveiled by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
He confirmed that the official medal, which has been designed by professional calligrapher and illuminator Timothy Noad, will be awarded to personnel in the Armed Forces, emergency services and prison service, among others.
“It is right that we reward those people who, like The Queen, also dedicate their lives to public good and who represent the very best of the British spirit,” Mr Hunt said. “I hope the official medal will serve as a mark of thanks to all those who give so much in the name of society and public service and I extend my congratulations to all the recipients.”
Those who will be eligible to receive the medal include living holders of the Victoria Cross and George Cross and members of the Royal Household, as well as people who have been working in a number of front line public service jobs for five full calendar years on 6 February 2012. These are:
- members of the Armed Forces;
- emergency services personnel in paid service, retained or in a voluntary capacity who face the prospect of dealing with emergencies as part of their conditions of service;
- operational prison services personnel who are regularly exposed to difficult and sometimes emergency situations;
- Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) still in service on 6 February 2012.
Detailed qualifying criteria are expected to be announced later in the summer.