Diamond jubilee

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Diamond Jubilee window at the College of Engineering, Pune, India

A diamond jubilee is a celebration held to mark a 60th or 75th anniversary.[1]

Western monarchies

Originally celebrated on a 75th Anniversary, this changed in Britain, with the 60-year reign of Queen Victoria, which was commemarated as The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria and was celebrated on 22 June 1897, The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated across the Commonwealth of Nations throughout 2012.[2]

Asian monarchies

In East Asia, the diamond jubilee coincides with the traditional sixty-year sexagenary cycle, which is held in special importance despite not being called a "diamond jubilee."

The Tolsey clock commemorates the Diamond Jubilee (60 years) of Queen Victoria's reign. The clock says "1837 - 1897". It lies between Market Street and High Street in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England.

Monarchs such as the Kangxi and Qianlong emperors of China, and Hirohito of emperor of Japan held celebrations for their sixtieth year of reign, as did King Bhumibol Adulyadej the King of Thailand on 10 June 2006.

National governments also mark their sixtieth anniversary as diamond jubilees, as did the Republic of Korea in 2005 and the People's Republic of China in 2009.

In South Asia, the term is also used for certain 100-week anniversaries. For instance, in both India and Pakistan, a diamond jubilee film is one shown in cinemas for 100 weeks or more.

List of diamond jubilees

Monarch Realm Accession Day Commemoration More information
Queen Victoria British Empire 20 June 1837 22 June 1897[3] Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria
Franz Joseph I Austrian Empire, Austro-Hungary 2 December 1848 12 June 1908
King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand 9 June 1946 10 June 2006 60th Anniversary Celebrations of Bhumibol Adulyadej's Accession
Queen Elizabeth II Commonwealth realms 6 February 1952 2–5 June 2012 Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II
Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar Johor 7 September 1895 17 September 1955

See also


  1. "diamond anniversary". CollinsDictionary.com. Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 11th Edition. Retrieved October 17, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Extra bank holiday to mark Jubilee". Press Association. 5 January 2010. Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee"

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