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Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

2012 marks 60 years of the Queen’s reign. Queen Elizabeth II became New Zealand’s monarch on 6 February 1952.

The Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated at various events around New Zealand. In November 2011, the Governor-General, and Patron of the Heraldry Society of New Zealand, His Excellency Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO, released a Diamond Jubilee emblem.

The emblem was designed by Phillip O’Shea CNZM, LVO, New Zealand Herald of Arms Extraordinary, for use at Jubliee events in New Zealand.

The following information was sourced from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage website (http://www.mch.govt.nz/nz-identity-heritage/diamond-jubilee-2012):

Symbolism of the Emblem

The shape of the emblem refers to the diamond (or 60th) anniversary, and the colour alludes to New Zealand’s highly prized pounamu (or jade).

The emblem contains the Royal Cypher (the letters and Roman numeral, E II R), which is the personal emblem of The Queen.

Also featured is the Royal Crown (St Edward’s Crown) which is part of the New Zealand Coat of Arms and represents the fact that The Queen is our Head of State.

The koru (which often features in Māori art) is used in the form of those on the chain of The New Zealand Order of Merit. The chain (or collar) is only worn by The Queen and the Governor-General.

The gold of the emblem represents value and achievement.

The chain links represents the role of the Sovereign as a part or link in the New Zealand constitution and the historic links between the Crown and Maori.

The manuka flowers relate to the Badge of The Queen’s Service Order (QSO) which is based on stylised representation of this flower. The QSO was named to commemorate the fact that The Queen is the first ‘Queen of New Zealand’. Manuka and manuka honey are well-known for their health enhancing properties.

More information:

For more information on the Diamond Jubilee, and for events being held around New Zealand, visit: http://gg.govt.nz/content/diamond-jubilee-emblem.