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.). In the case of an event not relating to a person (e.g. the founding of an organization), a diamond jubilee is observed at the 75th anniversary.[not in citation given]
Originally celebrated on a 75th Anniversary, this changed in Britain, with the 60-year reign of Queen Victoria, which was commemorated 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. George III of the United Kingdom died a few months before his diamond jubilee was due in 1820.[clarification needed]
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.
List of diamond jubilees
|Monarch||Realm||Accession Day||Commemoration||More information|
|Queen Victoria||United Kingdom and the rest of the British Empire||20 June 1837||22 June 1897||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|
|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|
|Aga Khan III||Shia Ismaili||1885||11 July 1957|
|His Highness the Aga Khan||Shia Ismaili||11 July 1957||11 July 2017|
- Silver jubilee
- Ruby jubilee
- Golden jubilee
- Sapphire jubilee
- Platinum jubilee
- Wedding anniversary#Celebration and gifts
- Hierarchy of precious substances
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- "Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee"
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