Pop Goes The News – A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth, wearing the maple leaf brooch passed down from her mother, was unveiled Friday – the eve of Canada’s 150th birthday.
The photograph, by Toronto’s Ian Leslie Macdonald, was released as the 91-year-old monarch’s son Charles, The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, prepare to spend Canada Day in the national capital region.
The Canadian Maple Leaf Brooch, made of platinum and set with diamonds, was given to the Queen’s mother by King George VI on the occasion of the couple’s visit to Canada in 1939. Princess Elizabeth wore it on her visit to Canada in 1951.
The Queen loaned the brooch to the Duchess of Cornwall for her visit to Canada in 2009 and to Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge for her inaugural visit to Canada in 2011. Kate wore the brooch while attending Canada Day ceremonies on Parliament Hill.