What is the Secret behind Queen Elizabeth’s Brand-New Portrait Features a Stunning Brooch?

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On Friday, Buckingham Palace released a new portrait of the 91-year-old monarch to mark Canada’s 150th “birthday” on July 1. In the portrait, taken by Toronto-based photographer Ian Leslie Macdonald, the Queen wears the platinum-and-diamond maple leaf brooch she inherited from her mother Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

The portrait of the Queen released by Buckingham Palace to mark Canada Day
The portrait of the Queen released by Buckingham Palace to mark Canada Day

The symbolic jewelry came into the royal family when Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, gave it to his wife in 1939 for their visit to Canada – the first by a reigning monarch.

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Since inheriting it upon the death of her mother in 2002, Elizabeth has loaned it to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, for her first visit to Canada in 2009, and to Princess Kate for her Canada royal tour in July 2011, alongside Prince William. The Queen followed tradition in lending it to family members, as her own mother (who sometimes wore it as a hat accessory) loaned it to her to wear on her inaugural visit to Canada in 1951.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: HM Queen Elizabeth II leaves after unveiling a new statue of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on the Mall on February 24, 2009 in London, England. The tribute, which had been kept secret until now, stands in front of a statue of her late husband King George VI off the Mall in central London. It is just a short way from the Queen Mother’s former homes Buckingham Palace and Clarence House and includes a 9.5ft statue of the Royal matriarch. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 24: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives to unveil a memorial to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on the Mall on February 24, 2009 in London, England. The tribute, which had been kept secret until now, stands in front of a statue of her late husband King George VI off the Mall in central London. It is just a short way from the Queen Mother's former homes Buckingham Palace and Clarence House and includes a 9.5ft statue of the Royal matriarch. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/WPA/Getty Images)
LONDON – FEBRUARY 24: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrives to unveil a memorial to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on the Mall on February 24, 2009 in London, England. The tribute, which had been kept secret until now, stands in front of a statue of her late husband King George VI off the Mall in central London. It is just a short way from the Queen Mother’s former homes Buckingham Palace and Clarence House and includes a 9.5ft statue of the Royal matriarch. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/WPA/Getty Images)

Elizabeth’s eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla are currently spending a few days in Canada as the annual celebrations take place.

File photo dated 11/12/54 of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.  New light will today Wednesday March 1 2000, be shed on the abdication of Edward VIII (the Duke of Windsor), with the release of letters from the archive of Walter Monckton, King Edward's lawyer and confidant. The correspondence is expected to reveal the role played by the present day Queen Mother, in the abdication crisis that brought her husband, King George VI, to the throne in 1936. Edward quit the throne after he decided to marry the divorced Wallis Simpson.  See PA story ROYAL Monckton. PA Photos.
File photo dated 11/12/54 of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
New light will today Wednesday March 1 2000, be shed on the abdication of Edward VIII (the Duke of Windsor), with the release of letters from the archive of Walter Monckton, King Edward’s lawyer and confidant. The correspondence is expected to reveal the role played by the present day Queen Mother, in the abdication crisis that brought her husband, King George VI, to the throne in 1936. Edward quit the throne after he decided to marry the divorced Wallis Simpson. See PA story ROYAL Monckton. PA Photos.

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