On Friday, the government of Canada published a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on their website. What's more, royal photographer Chris Jackson shared it on Instagram, after himself photographing the Queen for the portrait in March 2019.
The Queen's jewelry was a gift from her father, King George VI
In his caption, Jackson described the special jewelry that Queen Elizabeth wears in the portrait. The sparkling set, whose jewels date to around 1850, bears the name of the Queen's father, called the "King George VI Victorian Suite."
The name is explained by the fact that the Queen received the diamond and blue sapphire necklace and earrings from her father as a wedding present in 1947. It's also dated to the Victorian era.
"The Queen wore the sapphire suite in Canada during the 1990 Royal Tour," the photographer explained. The matching tiara and bracelet were added to the set in 1963, according to Jackson.
On her shoulder, Queen Elizabeth also wears Canadian insignia and the mark of the Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Current portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
The storied portrait isn't the first to be published by the Queen this year. In January, Queen Elizabeth posed with the heirs to the throne, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George. Then, in July, she made history in a video call where she virtually watched the unveiling of a new painting.
The historic photograph of the Queen and the heirs as well as her majestic new portrait are seen below.
The Queen is currently living at Windsor Castle, after travelling there from the Sandringham Estate earlier this month.