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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Service, 22 June 1897
Diamond Jubilee window at the College of Engineering, Pune, India

A diamond jubilee is a celebration held to mark a 60th anniversary of an event related to a person (e.g. accession to the throne, wedding, etc.).

Western monarchiesEdit

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.

The 60-year reign of Queen Victoria, which was commemorated as the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria was celebrated on 22 June 1897. The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated across the Commonwealth of Nations throughout 2012.[1] George III of the United Kingdom died a few months before his diamond jubilee was due in 1820.

Asian monarchiesEdit

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."

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.

African monarchiesEdit

The longest reigning monarch in history, Sobhuza II of Swaziland, celebrated his diamond jubilee in 1981, dating from when he gained direct rule.

List of diamond jubileesEdit

Monarch Realm Accession Day Commemoration More information
Queen Victoria United Kingdom and the rest of the British Empire 20 June 1837 22 June 1897[2] Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria
Franz Joseph I Austrian Empire, Austro-Hungary 2 December 1848 12 June 1908
Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar Johor 7 September 1895 17 September 1955
Aga Khan III Shia Ismaili 1885 August 1945
King Sobhuza II Swaziland 10 December 1899 December 1959
Emperor Hirohito Japan 25 December 1926 1986
King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand 9 June 1946 10 June 2006 60th Anniversary Celebrations of Bhumibol Adulyadej's Accession
Queen Elizabeth II United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and 12 other Commonwealth realms 6 February 1952 2–5 June 2012 Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II
His Highness the Aga Khan IV Shia Ismaili 11 July 1957 11 July 2017

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Extra bank holiday to mark Jubilee". Press Association. 5 January 2010. Archived from the original on 8 January 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee"

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