Details of who will receive one have also been announced.
The official medal designed to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s sixty years on the throne will be awarded to those in the Armed Forces, emergency services and prison service personnel among others. The following will be eligible to receive the medal:
Members of the Armed Forces (Regular and Reserves) who have completed five full calendar years of service on 6 February 2012;
Emergency services personnel who have been in paid service, retained or in a voluntary capacity, who have to face the prospect of dealing with emergencies as part of their conditions of service, and have completed five full calendar years of service on 6 February 2012;
Operational prison services personnel who are regularly exposed to difficult and sometimes emergency situations and have completed five full calendar years of service on 6 February 2012;
All Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) who are in service on 6 February 2012 and have completed five full calendar years of service;
Living holders of the Victoria Cross and George Cross; and
Members of the Royal Household.
Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt said: “The Queen has dedicated her life to the service of this country and the Diamond Jubilee will offer us all the opportunity to celebrate the commitment, loyalty and faithfulness with which she has led the country across the last sixty years. 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.
“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.”
The medal will be made of nickel silver and has been designed by Timothy Noad, a professional calligrapher and illuminator. He is a Fellow of both the Society of Scribes and Illuminators, and the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society.
Individual Government Departments (and the Devolved Administrations where appropriate) will issue detailed qualifying criteria applying to their personnel e.g. by the Ministry of Defence for the Armed Forces and the Home Office for the Police. These are expected to be announced later in the summer.
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