“It was an incredible honor 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,” he wrote alongside the photo. “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 beautiful country that I’ve been privileged to get to know a small part of over the years.”
According to Jackson, the queen is wearing her Canadian insignia as Sovereign of the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit. She is also sporting “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,” he continued. “The queen wore the sapphire suite in Canada during the 1990 Royal Tour.”
Two official portraits in one week? Although it seems out of the ordinary, it’s likely just a coincidence that the portraits were released so close to one another.
Either way, we’re happy to have them.