Painting of Her Majesty

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; His Excellency David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; and Canadian artist Phil Richards, unveils the original painting of The Queen by Canadian artist Phil Richards (Photo by Deborah Ransom, © Prime Minister’s Office, 2012).

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; His Excellency David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; and Canadian artist Phil Richards, unveils the original painting of The Queen by Canadian artist Phil Richards (Photo by Deborah Ransom, © Prime Minister’s Office, 2012).

Original painting of Queen Elizabeth II to mark the historic occasion of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee

This original painting of Queen Elizabeth II by Canadian artist Phil Richards was created to mark the historic occasion of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. The painting was unveiled by The Queen at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee week. It is the third portrait of The Queen commissioned by the Government of Canada during Her Majesty’s reign.

The painting includes a number of symbolic elements that represent aspects of Her Majesty’s 60 years of service to Canada.  For example, Her Majesty is depicted wearing her Canadian honours. Resting against two Victorian ink pots is a copy of the British North America Act of 1867 that was signed by Queen Victoria and repatriated in 1982 during Her Majesty’s reign.  The vase is embossed with The Queen’s Canadian Diamond Jubilee Emblem.

Following the official unveiling on June 6, the Diamond Jubilee painting will be displayed at the Canadian High Commission in London from June 7-14, 2012.  Afterwards it will return to Canada and be installed permanently at Rideau Hall.

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