Introduction

A Celebration of the Crown in Canada

Above the Senate entrance to the Centre Block of Canada's Parliament Buildings is a glowing stained-glass window. It depicts the two reigning queens in Canada's history: the Sovereign at Canada's Confederation in 1867, Queen Victoria; and the current Queen of Canada, Elizabeth II. A ribbon in the glass declares "Diamond Jubilee," linking these two queens in another way: both have achieved the rare milestone of their 60th year as sovereign.

The Diamond Jubilee Window, in fact, is a gift to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth from the Senate of Canada to celebrate the 60th year of her reign in 2012. By connecting these two queens, great-great-grandmother and great-great-granddaughter, the window casts a light on the important history of Canada and its Crown.