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The Achives of Ontario Celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II: Royal Symbols

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Traditional symbols and artifacts associated with the Crown convey stability and remind us that the monarchy is based on tradition that is centuries old. Symbols and the meanings they convey have been perpetuated by both government and private individuals. A good example is a souvenir booklet published by the City of Fort William to commemorate the Queen's coronation.

Image of souvenir booklet published by the city of Fort William

Image of the inside of the souvenir booklet published by the city of Fort William
The booklet, Souvenir Programme Commemorating the Coronation
of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
, is in the collection of the Archives
of Ontario Library. Pamphlet 1953/no. 26.

There are also records from private sources, such as the children's painting book published by the St. Lawrence Starch Company Limited.

Although printed for children, adults will find trivia about Royal symbols interesting. According to this publication by St. Lawrence Starch, St. Edward's Crown was made in 1662 to replace the Confessor's Crown destroyed in 1649.

To see more pages from the colouring book visit our Just For Kids page.

Front cover of 1953 The Bee Hive Coronation Painting Book
1953 The Bee Hive Coronation Painting Book
St. Lawrence Starch Company Limited fonds
Beehive Diamond Corn Syrup is a registered trademark
that is now owned by ACH Food Companies, Inc.
Reference Code: F 4392-3-2
Archives of Ontario

Page 1 of 1953 The Bee Hive Coronation Painting Book

Page 2 of 1953 The Bee Hive Coronation Painting Book

The Union Jack is actually comprised of three flags designed for three patron saints - St. George of England, St. Andrew of Scotland and St. Patrick of Ireland.

For more information on the St. Lawrence Starch fonds, click here.

Picture of Union Jack broken into symbolic components

Another rich source of official interpretation of symbolic meaning can be found in the Empire Day pamphlets published by the Ministry of Education.

The 1955 issue details the dos and don'ts of flag waving etiquette and the 1956 issue explains the significance of the provincial coats of arms.

Ontario Coat of Arms
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Ontario Coat of Arms

Cover of 1955 Empire Day Pamphlet
Cover of the 1955 Empire Day Pamphlet
Pamphlet 1955/no.26
Archives of Ontario

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The Monarchy in Ontario | Behind the Scenes | Royalty in the Archives | Just For Kids