Medal spotting at the Diamond Jubilee
Monday 11 June 2012
The festivities at the beginning of June were a glorious way to celebrate HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It was wonderful to watch the country come together to recognize her long years of service.
For those of us at Toye & Co, there was another aspect to our celebrations; almost unknowingly we found ourselves playing spot the medal. With our heritage it is no surprise that many of the medals and ribbons on show were manufactured in our Birmingham and Bedworth factories.
Those with sharp eyes will have seen the Diamond Jubilee Medals being worn proudly by the officers of the City of London Police Service outside St Paul’s Cathedral. We also saw a range of uniform accouterments, headdresses and ceremonial items, including state trumpet banners, made with pride by our craftspeople. For one fleeting second we saw a broach worn by the Lady Mayoress of the City of London and the badge of office worn by one of the two sheriffs, Wendy Mead. Both were designed by Pei Nap-Mok and manufactured in our Birmingham factory.