Queen Elizabeth Wears a Tiara and Necklace Given to Her by Her Father in Her New Canadian Portrait

Chloe Foussianes
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Photo credit: CHRIS JACKSON/CANADA GOVERNMENT
Photo credit: CHRIS JACKSON/CANADA GOVERNMENT

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Even after resuming socially-distanced in-person engagements, and reopening Buckingham Palace for audiences, the royals haven't had occasion to flaunt their stunning jewelry collection in some time—and may not for a while yet. This makes the reveal of Queen Elizabeth's new official Canadian portrait, which features the monarch bedecked in precious stones from the King George VI Victorian Suite, all the more special.

Photographer Chris Jackson unveiled the portrait on Instagram, saying, "It was an incredible honour [sic] to have the opportunity to photograph HM Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of the Canadian Government."

He then went on to explain the significance of the jewelry and royal honors the Queen wears in the portrait, starting with the two badges affixed to her dress. These are the Canadian insignia as Sovereign of the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit (per Canadian Heritage's Instagram, the Order of Canada is the country’s highest civilian honor, instituted by the Queen herself in 1967). More interesting, perhaps, to those interested in royal history are the jewels: a tiara, necklace, earrings, and bracelet, all from the diamond and sapphire King George VI Victorian Suite.

The suite—then composed only of the necklace and earrings, made circa 1850—was given to the Queen by her father, King George VI, as a wedding present in 1947. A matching tiara and bracelet were fashioned in 1963, and in 1990, the Queen took the whole suite with her for a royal tour of Canada—making it a particularly meaningful choice for this portrait.

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