Kate's maple leaf brooch connects long history of royal visits to Canada
Platinum and diamond brooch shared between 4 generations of Royal Family
By Lien Yeung, CBC News Posted: Sep 27, 2016 7:42 PM PT Last Updated: Sep 27, 2016 7:42 PM PT
It's been the Duchess of Cambridge's go-to accessory throughout her Western Canadian tour — a maple leaf brooch adorning her colourful dresses.
While every royal jewel usually comes with a storied history, this diamond and platinum jewel has direct ties to Canada beyond its emblematic symbol.
Gift from the King
According to the Royal Collection Trust, the brooch was given to the late Queen Mother, Elizabeth, from her husband King George VI, to commemorate her state visit to Canada in 1939.
She wore it throughout her tour and frequently after, including when she crossed the Atlantic aboard the ship, the Empress of Australia.
Brooch on loan
In 1951, when Queen Elizabeth II made her first trip to Canada, then a princess, her mother loaned her the brooch. Since then, she's worn it on multiple occasions when she's visited the country. As her family has grown, the Queen continued that tradition and shared the bauble with other royal family women when they've made their Canadian visits.
- Princess Elizabeth's 1951 royal visit to Canada
2011 Canadian Tour
It appears the brooch is a preferred piece for Kate. Much like this recent trip, the Duchess wore the brooch several times during her first tour of Canada with Prince William, five years ago.
Recently, Buckingham Palace added a replica of the brooch to its official gift shop. Now, you can own a piece of royal sparkle for about $150 Cdn — diamonds and platinum excluded.
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