The Queen has worn a tiara for the first time since lockdown

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  • Forget royals not being allowed to wear their diamonds before 6pm, because with a global pandemic and no social gatherings, they simply haven’t been able to dress up in the evening at all.

    So it was rather lovely to see Her Majesty The Queen in all her glitzy up glory in her new official Canadian portrait on behalf of the Canadian Government.

    The shot, taken by Chris Jackson, showed the Queen smiling demurely while decked in gorgeous sapphire and diamond jewellery, from her tiara to her bracelet.

    As with many of her historical pieces, her matching set, which includes the tiara, chandelier earrings, a necklace and bracelet, is of sentimental value.

    Known as the ‘King George VI Victorian Suite’, the earrings and necklace were given to HRH Queen Elizabeth II by her father King George VI as a wedding present in 1947.

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    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. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited Canada many times now with members of the Royal Family and have the fondest memories of the people I’ve met and the incredible, vast and beauty country that I’ve been privileged to get to know a small part of over the years. In the photograph The #Queen is wearing her Canadian insignia as Sovereign of the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit. She is also wearing “The King George VI Victorian Suite,” a diamond and blue sapphire necklace and earrings that were given to her by her father King George VI as a wedding present in 1947. The jewels date back to circa 1850; the matching tiara and bracelet were added to the suite in 1963. The Queen wore the sapphire suite in Canada during the 1990 Royal Tour. Shout out to the team Guy Isherwood, Matt Wash and Jerome Hunt as well as everyone at @o_canadiana and @royalfamily and, as ever, everyone at @gettyimages – For my Canadian followers click on the link in stories to download a portrait 🇨🇦

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    They date back to around 1850, while the matching tiara and bracelet were added to the collection in 1963. The suite aslo has a special tie to Canada, as the Queen wore it during the 1990 Royal Tour of Canada.

    On her dress, she has also pinned her Canadian insignia as Sovereign of the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit, symbolising her close ties to the country.

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