In the form of a leaf of the Canadian Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), the national emblem of Canada,
transparent-set with brilliants and baguettes; the box stamped: Asprey.
THE BROOCH was given to Queen Elizabeth by King George VI, to mark the State Visit to Canada in 1939. 1 It was first seen on the Queen’s lapel during the Atlantic crossing in the liner Empress of Australia, and appeared on many occasions throughout the tour. 2 The Queen wore it frequently thereafter, sometimes as a
hat-badge, and loaned it to Princess Elizabeth for her first visit to Canada in
1951. It was inherited by The Queen in 2002. Her Majesty loaned the brooch to
The Duchess of Cambridge for her first visit to Canada with the Duke in July 2011.
1 Probably to be identified with a payment to Asprey in the King’s Privy Purse accounts
(RA PPTO/PP/GVI/GVIACC/BPB, fol. 152, 29 April 1939, £300 5s).
The King and Queen departed from England on 6 May and returned on 22 June 1939.
The tour in Canada and the USA lasted from 17 May to 17 June (Shawcross 2009, pp. 451–84).
QUEEN ELIZABETH’S CANADIAN MAPLE-LEAF BROOCH
HM The Queen wearing the brooch in Ottawa in 2010 (left), and The Duchess of Cambridge on her first visit to Canada in 2011 (far left),
wearing the brooch loaned to her by Her Majesty.
Queen Elizabeth wearing the brooch when visiting a military hospital in Winnipeg on 4 June 1939, during her State Visit to Canada with King Ge
This brooch, in the form of the national emblem of Canada, was worn by Princess Elizabeth on her first visit to Canada in 1951.
Queen Elizabeth's Canadian Maple-Leaf Brooch 1939
The Queen often wears brooches that represent the emblems of Commonwealth countries while visiting or meeting their representatives. These include: the Canadian Maple-Leaf Brooch, worn by Her Majesty (then Princess Elizabeth) on her first visit to Canada in 1951; the Flame-Lily Brooch, the emblem of Zimbabwe, which was pinned to The Queen's mourning clothes when she returned to Britain from Kenya after the death of her father in 1952; the New Zealand Silver-Fern Brooch, presented by the Women of Auckland on Christmas Day, 1953; the Australian Wattle Brooch, presented on Her Majesty's first visit to Australia in 1954; and the Sri Lanka Brooch, presented to The Queen during a State Visit to Sri Lanka in 1981.
Asprey & Co., 1939 Diamonds, platin 5.5 × 5 cm
Sources: Sydney Morning Herald; Royal Collection;