The Queen celebrates Canada Day with maple brooch

The Queen has celebrated the 150th anniversary of Confederation of Canada Day with a new portrait – complete with dazzling maple brooch.

In a special photograph, taken by Ian Leslie Macdonald, who is a photographer based in Toronto, Her Majest proudly wears the diamond-set brooch on her lapel.

The Queen on Canada DayThe new portrait of the Queen (photo: Royal Family, Instagram)

The brooch belonged to the Queen Mother, and was given to her by King George VI to celebrate their first official visit to Canada in 1939.

It was the first tour of the country by a reigning monarch, and the Queen herself wore the piece when she first visited Canada in 1951. She has visited the country 24 times in total, and Prince Charles is currently drawing a three-day visit there to a close.

Canada Day, on July 1, marks the day in 1867 when the dominion of Canada was created as the British North America Act united the British colonies of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick with the province of Canada to form a new nation.