Prince Andrew and Prince Harry will not be awarded the Queen’s Jubilee medals, according to reports.
Because both have lost their honorary titles they are no longer eligible to receive the commemorative medals.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medals will be awarded on 6 February to mark the monarch’s 70th anniversary on the throne.
What is the Jubilee medal?
Marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the special commemorative medal will be awarded to serving front-line members of the police, fire, emergency services, prison services and the Armed Forces as a token of the nation’s thanks.
There is a long history of awarding medals to mark Royal Jubilees – the first one was awarded to mark the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1887.
The Platinum Jubilee Medal is part of the year-long celebrations taking place in the UK, the Commonwealth and across the world in 2022, as the Queen becomes the first British Monarch to celebrate this milestone.
Who else can receive the medal?
The list includes:
- Serving members of the Armed Forces who have completed five full calendar years of service on 6 February 2022
- Front-line emergency services personnel that have been in paid service, retained or in a voluntary capacity and have completed five full calendar years of service on 6 February 2022
- Prison services personnel who are publicly employed and have completed five full calendar years of service on 6 February 2022
- Members of the Royal Household with one year of qualifying service
- Living individual recipients of the George Cross
- Living individual recipients of the Victoria Cross
What does the Jubilee medal look like?
The Platinum Jubilee medal has been designed by Timothy Noad of the College of Arms – the official heraldic authority for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and much of the Commonwealth including Australia and New Zealand.
It features an image of the Queen with the Latin inscription “Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fid Def” which stands for “Elizabeth II, By the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith”.
The reverse has the years of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – 1952-2022.
Made of nickel silver it has been produced at Worcestershire Medal Service in Birmingham.
Around 400,000 medals are expected to be produced.
How many Jubilee medals have there been during the Queen’s reign?
It is the fourth Jubilee medal created for the Queen and the seventh official Jubilee medal to be awarded by a monarch.
Previous medals were awarded to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, Golden Jubilee in 2002 and Diamond Jubilee in 2012 – where around 450,000 medals were given out.
Why will Prince Harry and Prince Andrew not receive a Jubilee medal?
Both have lost their honorary titles and will be treated like other veterans, the report says.
Last week Prince Andrew was stripped of his military affiliations and royal patronages amid his legal case with Virginia Giuffre. Ms Giuffre accuses him of sexual assault. Prince Andrew denies the claims.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry gave up his honorary titles – Captain General of the Royal Marines; Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington; and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command – after he decided to step back from royal duties in 2020.