As you probably heard Canada is getting a new Governor General in September.

So this week the retiring Governor General was in London to tender his official resignation from the Office to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. At the same time H.E. the Right Honourable David Johnston presented Canada’s gift to our Sovereign on the occasion of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation (1867-2017).

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The Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch was presented to Her Majesty The Queen on July 19, 2017, at Canada House, in London, England. The brooch celebrates the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee, marking 65 years as Canada’s Sovereign. No Sovereign has ever celebrated a Sapphire Jubilee.

The brooch is adorned with 48 Canadian sapphires of various colours and sizes. The sapphires were discovered by Innuit brothers Seemeega and Nowdluk Aqpik in 2002, on Baffin Island. It is currently the only known sapphire deposit in Canada. The design takes inspiration from the Canadian Arctic and, more specifically, from the hamlet of Kimmirut, on Baffin Island, where the sapphires were discovered. The brooch’s centre is elevated and set with diamonds to represent the rocky hill located across the water from Kimmirut. The shape of the brooch is also emblematic, celebrating the snowy landscape of the Canadian Arctic and the unique nature of the snowflake.

Presented in a momentous year that marks both The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee and Canada’s 150thanniversary of Confederation, this brooch celebrates the historic and profound relationship between Her Majesty and Canada. It serves as a companion to the maple leaf brooch given to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother by her husband King George VI, to mark their visit to Canada in 1939; it was inherited by Her Majesty in 2002.

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Here is the Governor General, H.E. the Right Honourable David Johnston presenting the brooch to Her Majesty, with Prince Philip looking on at Canada House on Trafalgar Square in London.

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Earlier in the day at Buckingham Palace.

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From the rooftop of Canada House on Trafalgar Square, with Saint-Martin in the Fields in the background.

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Canada House is the Embassy of Canada or has we call it our High Commission in London.

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