The Culture Secretary has praised the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medal, calling it “fitting” with regards to everything that the UK has been through during the pandemic.
The medal is made from nickel silver and features a portrait of the Queen on it by Ian Rank-Broadley alongside the Latin inscription “Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fid Def”, which translates to Elizabeth II, By the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.
One the other side of the medal is the heraldic image of the royal crest and the years signifying the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: 1952-2022.
In addition to stamping a few of the medals herself, Dorries spoke about its importance and how it will be an apt tribute to the emergency service workers and members of the Armed Forces that will receive it.
“This medal is to be awarded to those people who’ve worked for our emergency frontline services, our soldiers, and others who served us throughout the years,” she said,
“So it’s actually a fitting medal, it’s beautiful, and I think everybody who is going to be awarded one of these can feel very privileged and honoured.
“We’ve been through such a lot as a nation, it’s been a really torrid time everyone’s been through over the past 20 months.
“I think looking forward, 2022 is going to be a year when everyone can put that behind us and we can celebrate the Commonwealth Games, Festival UK, the Queen’s Jubilee and the extended Bank Holiday Weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.”
Phil McDermott, chief executive officer of the Worcestershire Medal Service, which is the company that is manufacturing the medals, said the order for 400,000 medals was welcomed following the pandemic.
“It means a lot of job security for people, we’re actually creating jobs as well, which is a terrific story having come through the pandemic,” he said.