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The Queen paid subtle homage to Canada with her choice of diamond brooch yesterday (6 October), for a special official visit.
Her Majesty arrived at the Guardroom of Windsor Castle, to meet with the Canadian soldiers of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.
In subtle tribute to the solider's home nation, the Queen wore a diamond brooch in the shape of a maple leaf, the country’s emblem.
The brooch is a family heirloom which belonged to the late Queen Mother. Her husband (and the Queen’s father) King George VI, gifted it to his wife before it was later passed down to the Queen.
Her Majesty last wore the maple brooch in public in July to welcome the new Canadian governor. Yesterday, she wore the brooch on a navy coat featuring statement silver buttons.
The Queen attended the regiment at Windsor to present a special annual sword in honour of an exemplary solider, known as the Captain General’s sword. The Queen became the Captain General of the Regiment following her coronation in 1953.
Photos of the Queen’s visit were shared to the official Royal Family Instagram page.
The post explained that it yesterday’s event was especially appointment because, “the sword has been presented to commemorate 150 years since the formation of A and B Batteries, which were the first permanent forces of what is now the Canadian Army.”
During her visit, Her Majesty also spoke with families and was given a tour of, “the guards’ accommodation, and heard about the soldiers’ visit to the UK, and their homes and families in Canada.”
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