Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee
Though Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, dominated royal discourse with their wedding and first official visit to Canada the previous year, Queen Elizabeth II owned 2012. In her 86th year, the Queen became only the second British monarch to celebrate 60 years on the throne – the other being her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. The Royal Family fanned out across the globe to lead celebrations while, at home, the Queen opened the Olympic Summer Games in London by seeming to parachute from a helicopter alongside Bond, James Bond. No wonder Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, who ensured Canada’s economy was shaken but not stirred during the Great Recession, chose that year to enter into Her Majesty’s service by hopping across the pond to assume the role of governor of the Bank of England.
Queen Elizabeth II wears a recreation of her coronation diadem featuring 1,000 diamonds to celebrate her 2012 Diamond Jubilee in a portrait by Chris Levine.