Queen Elizabeth II honoured by Commonwealth Canada with official portrait

QUEEN ELIZABETH II has been honoured by the Canadian government, who will display the monarch's official portrait in public buildings.

PUBLISHED: 05:45, Sat, Oct 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 05:45, Sat, Oct 17, 2020

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The Queen had a photo taken by photographer Chris Jackson in 2019, which is now Canada’s official portrait of the monarch. The country’s government will display her image in government buildings, schools and embassies in tribute to Canada’s ties to the Queen through the Commonwealth. The Royal Family has special ties to the country, with the monarch making more official trips to Canada than any other country.

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The portrait was officially unveiled yesterday on Twitter by Mr Jackson.

It sees the Queen wearing the Sovereign of the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit as she strikes a regal pose.

Mr Jackson said: “It was an incredible honour to have the opportunity to photograph HM Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of the Canadian Government for her official Canadian Portrait that has been released today.” 

Despite being revealed yesterday, the image dates back to March 2019.

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The Order of Military Merit was created in 1972 to honour Canadian soldiers for exceptional service.

The Queen is its highest ranking member, and serves as its fount of honour as the sovereign, meaning only she can create an order, decoration or medal for a Canadian citizen.

She also received the Sovereign of the Order of Canada in 1970 from then-Governor General Roland Michener.

The monarch is also pictured with the Belgian Sapphire Tiara and George VI sapphire necklace which she got as a gift from her father, King George VI.

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