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New Military Coins from The Royal Mint
ENGRAVED IN HISTORY
New Military Coins from The Royal Mint
ENGRAVED IN HISTORY

A Family of Nations

A Family of Nations

Even before the beginning of her reign, the Commonwealth has been close to Her Majesty The Queen’s heart. On her 21st birthday, she made a promise to dedicate her life to the service of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth – a promise she has kept ever since.

“I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

Princess Elizabeth

Fountain of Honour

Princess Elizabeth became queen at the beginning of a tour of Commonwealth countries on behalf of her father George VI. She received the news of her father’s death and her ascension whilst she was in Kenya, inheriting his role as head of an evolving alliance of countries, bound not by colonial ties but by mutual interests and a shared history.

Today, the Commonwealth is a family of more than 50 countries who work together for the benefit of all members, each with an equal say, no matter their size or population. Just as she inherited her role as Head of the Commonwealth from her father, The Queen is considering the future, with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales confirmed as the next Head of the Commonwealth, and Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having toured Commonwealth countries on Her Majesty’s behalf.

For The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, every one of the Commonwealth’s 54 countries will join the celebrations: each capital city will light beacons and join the United Kingdom in the traditional method of marking a jubilee.

In honour of Her Majesty’s 70 years of service, The Queen’s Green Canopy is a UK-wide initiative inviting people to ‘plant a tree for the jubilee’. The UK project follows a Commonwealth initiative begun in 2015: The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. The Commonwealth Canopy is a network of forest conservation projects that unites all 54 Commonwealth countries, from the Botanic Gardens of Singapore and the Great Bear rainforest in Canada to the Neykurendhoo Mangrove in the Maldives and the Mangochi Forest Reserve in Malawi. It is a project close to Her Majesty’s heart and at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta in 2015, she declared herself ‘especially touched’ at the prospect of this physical and lasting legacy of her leadership.

We added to The Queen’s Green Canopy on 26 November this year, planting a Rowan tree at our headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales. Often planted for protection and said to bring good fortune, The Royal Mint Gardening Club will be taking care of this very special tree.

We celebrate Her Majesty’s role as Head of the Commonwealth on the third and final coin in The Queen’s Reign Collection. Created by the artist and illustrator P. J. Lynch, the coin’s reverse design represents the Commonwealth community with a selection of flags symbolising its 54 nations and population comprising 2.5 billion people.

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HONOURS AND INVESTITURES

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The ‘Fountain of Honour’

A Life of Dedicated Service

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A Life of Dedicated Service

Meet the Maker

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Meet the Maker: P. J. Lynch
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