Sapphire brooch for Queen as she marks Canada anniversary
The Royal Family were said at the event to be ‘integral to Canada’s journey’.
The Queen has been given a sapphire brooch from the Canadian people to mark her sapphire jubilee during an event in London celebrating 150 years of the Canadian Confederation.
She and the Duke of Edinburgh were at Canada House in Trafalgar Square in honour of the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, when Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia first united in 1867.
The Queen wore a Stewart Parvin white silk floral dress with a blue flower print, a white summer jacket, and matching hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan. She also wore a platinum maple leaf brooch for the occasion.
The children of High Commission staff waved Canadian flags from the staircase of the building as the royal visitors were greeted by the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, and High Commissioner to the UK Janice Charette.
The Queen and Philip were then shown around a small exhibition of Canadian artefacts from the Royal Collection, including a hockey puck she had dropped to start a match in Vancouver in 2002.
The Governor presented the Queen with a brooch on behalf of the Canadian people to mark her sapphire jubilee, celebrated earlier this year as she marked 65 years on the throne.
The Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch is adorned with 48 sapphires, which were part of the only sapphire deposit ever found in Canada in 2002.
In return, the royal couple gave Mr Johnston a leather-bound commemorative book marking his country’s anniversary.
Brianna Price, a Canadian DJ known as B Traits, met the Queen at the event, and said the monarch smiled at the distinct smiley face tattoo she has on the palm of her hand.
“She saw my tattoo and I think she had a little giggle,” said the DJ.
After telling the Queen she played electronic dance music on BBC Radio 1, the Queen asked what time the show was on.
“I said 1am and I was like ‘You should tune in!'”
The Queen also met Canadians Dean and Dan Caten, the identical twin fashion designers behind the brand Dsquared2, and Cambridge University engineer turned astronaut Jenni Sidey.
After both the British and Canadian national anthems were played, the High Commissioner credited the royals with having been “integral to Canada’s journey”.
As she left Canada House, the Queen opened a new jubilee walkway panel outside the building, to cheers from a crowd of tourists in Trafalgar Square.