Her Majesty’s brooches: Maple Leaf represents Canada and belonged to the Queen Mother
The Queen’s Canadian Maple Leaf brooch depicts the national emblem of Canada, and therefore symbolises the Commonwealth country. Her Majesty has worn the brooch on many past occasions, including on visits to Canada.
The Canadian Maple Leaf brooch is a silver brooch in the shape of a maple leaf and studded with diamonds.
Made by Asprey, the brooch originally belonged to the Queen Mother but it is now often worn by Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family.
The brooch was given to the Queen Mother by her husband, King George VI, when the royal couple made a state visit to Canada just before the outbreak of the Second World War.
The Queen’s mother wore the brooch in public for the first time while crossing the Atlantic in 1939, and it became a staple jewel in her wardrobe.
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However, Queen Elizabeth is not the only member of the Royal Family to have worn the brooch over the years.
In November 2009, the Duchess of Cornwall borrowed the brooch to wear for her first Royal visit to Canada.
Later, in 2011, the brooch was also loaned to the Duchess of Cambridge, who wore the brooch on Canada Day in Ottawa during her first tour of the country.
Kate Middleton paired the brooch with a white dress and a red hat with a maple leaves on its top.
In 2017, Queen Elizabeth wore the Canadian Maple Leaf brooch to meet Canada’s Governor-General at the time, David Johnston, at Canada House in London.
The visit was part of the celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation.
During the engagement, Mr Johnston presented the Queen with a new brooch to commemorate Her Majesty’s Sapphire Jubilee.
The brooch was named the Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake and is covered with diamonds and sapphire gems.
According to the Court Jeweller, the sapphires on the brooch are originally from Canada and were found in 2002 on Baffin Island, Canada’s largest island that lies in the territory of Nunavut.
The jewel was designed as a companion to the Maple Leaf Brooch and is part of a growing collection of Canadian royal brooches.
Other brooches in the collection include the Queen’s Saskatchewan Tourmaline Brooch and the Duchess of Cambridge’s Polar Bear Brooch.
The Saskatchewan brooch is made of rose-coloured tourmaline stones and was given to Her Majesty by the Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan is a Canadian province that borders the US to the south.