The design of the medal to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has been unveiled.
Designed by professional calligrapher and illuminator Timothy Noad, the Diamond Jubilee medal is being launched to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne.
The Diamond Jubilee medal is made of nickel silver, resembles a 10p piece and bears the dates 1952-2012.
The Diamond Jubilee Medal will be awarded to personnel selected from the Armed Forces, emergency services, the prison service and police community support officers. Living holders of the Victoria Cross and George Cross and members of the Royal Household will also be eligible to receive the medal.
Exact details about who has been chosen to receive this great honour are yet to be revealed.
The Diamond Jubilee official celebrations will be held over an extended weekend, 2 and 5 June 2012.
A programme of Diamond Jubilee events is being co-ordinated by Buckingham Palace. Events include a Big Jubilee Lunch, a pageant on the River Thames, a concert at the palace and the lighting of 2,012 beacons.