Diamond Jubilee comes to a close

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HALIFAX – For only the second time in history, Nova Scotians were fortunate to have the opportunity to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch.   This month marks the end of a historic and unique anniversary, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 year's of service to the Commonwealth. The previous Diamond Jubilee celebrated in Canada was Queen Victoria's in 1897.   "This past year has been an incredible milestone in our province's history, it has been an opportunity to reflect on the personal ties we have as Nova Scotians with the monarchy," said Premier Darrell Dexter. "I want to extend a genuine and heartfelt thank you to Nova Scotians for celebrating and participating in such an exciting and rare opportunity."   Many activities over the past year have celebrated the Diamond Jubilee.   Renaming a section of Highway 106 in Pictou County as Jubilee Highway was one of the important legacy events to honour Her Majesty's many years of service and commitment to Canada.   An open house at Province House featured royal portraits and many special items from the Province House collection. A photo exhibit of previous Royal tours was on display, and a film of the 1951 Royal Visit, by then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, was showcased. There were also a concerts, featuring music from the coronation and selections of music that had been popular during Her Majesty's reign.   A new commemorative medal was created to celebrate Her Majesty's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The premier traveled around the province to present Diamond Jubilee Medals to deserving Nova Scotians in recognition of their outstanding citizenship, volunteerism and service to community.   Sixty scholarships, celebrating each year of Her Majesty's reign, were awarded to Grade 12 students across the province who demonstrated leadership and service to their communities.   An interactive educational online tool was created to teach students the importance of active citizenship and the role of the Queen in the Canadian Government. It allowed teachers to integrate learning about the Diamond Jubilee celebration and government in a significant way.   "Young Nova Scotians are the leaders of tomorrow and the future of our province," said Premier Dexter. "These educational initiatives have helped them achieve their goals and recognize the important role they play in their communities and province."   Commemorative message books traveled across the province so Nova Scotians could send congratulatory messages to Her Majesty. The books, made by a Nova Scotian artisan, will be sent to Her Majesty later this month.   "The Queen's 60 years of service to Canada and the Commonwealth are a source of pride for Canadians," said Premier Dexter. "I'm happy to see that so many young people have been inspired by Her Majesty's commitment and dedication."   For more information on Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, visit novascotia.ca/diamondjubilee  .  

Organizations: Province House, Royal Visit, Queen's

Geographic location: Canada, Pictou County

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