18 September 2013

Flashback: Visit to Canada and the United States, 2010

In the summer of 2010, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh headed to North America for a multiple day tour of Canada and a quick stop in the United States. The Canadian visit included Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Waterloo, and Toronto, and included a few memorable jewel moments.

Video: Canada Day
Naturally, the Queen of Canada scheduled her visit with Canada Day right in the middle. Her patriotic red and white outfit was memorable all on its own, but of course she added a patriotic jewel: the Maple Leaf Brooch, which we've seen on several family members. That might have been the easiest maple leaf tribute to predict, but it wasn't the only one the trip would bring.

She arrived under a raincoat, but soon enough the brooch parade got under way:
2. The Enamel Maple Leaves Brooch. This suit is interesting, too - it features beading done by members of the Mi'kmaq community in advance of the trip.
5. The Kent Amethyst Brooch, worn in combination with the Royal 22nd Regiment Badge.
8. Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Brooch, worn without the pendant chain and interesting on the opposite side from her usual brooch spot.

There was also a glitzy dinner involved, because every visit needs at least one tiara.
Video: Day 8. The dinner begins around 4:05.
She wore some standard gems (the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, Queen Mary's Chain-Link Bracelet, and her Diamond Evening Watch), but she made some unusual choices too. Instead of the Coronation Necklace, she opted for Queen Alexandra's Collet Necklace; she brought out the Greville Chandelier Earrings, which are not nearly as popular with her now as they were when they were first received as a wedding gift; and she wore Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Brooch with the chain attached, a rare sighting. The Queen also wore a gown with detachable crystal maple leaf appliqu├ęs. All together? An incredibly sparkly ensemble.

After finishing up in Canada, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh headed to the U.S. for a quick but important visit, where she addressed the United Nations and paid her respects at Ground Zero in New York City.
Video: At the United Nations
She chose her trusty Aquamarine Clip Brooches for the job - and then in a flash was on her way again, headed home to tuck away her maple leaf swag for another day.

Photos: Getty Images/Nova Scotia/Reuters/Canada Press/PA