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Queen ‘appeals to the best in Canadians,’ GG says

- June 28th, 2012
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Governor General David Johnston unveiled a painting of the Queen at Rideau Hall on Thursday. (Photo: Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency)

Canadians recognized the Queen’s dedication to serving her people is “rare and precious,” Governor General David Johnston says.

“Here in Canada, this ideal of service, of giving oneself over to a greater cause, lies at the core of the country we love. By representing all Canadians and striving to unite us in common cause, Her Majesty appeals to the best in Canadians,” he said in a speech Thursday, unveiling a new painting in Rideau Hall.

“That is why The Queen, who is the human face of the Canadian Crown and thus the guarantor of our rights and freedoms, inspires our loyalty.”

Johnston recalled travelling to London for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and said he was struck by the “incredible outpouring of affection” for the Queen.

“People were lined up along the river bank 15 deep, not necessarily to catch a glimpse of the Queen, but to support and thank her for such unfaltering devotion and enduring commitment.”

The new painting, by Phil Richards, is in the ballroom and is the third official portrait of the Queen. It was presented to her in England during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, then brought back to Canada.

The painting has many small details including:

- there are six direct light sources in the painting—one for each decade of the Queen’s reign.

- you can see a portrait of a young Queen Victoria through an archway behind the Queen.

- the desk the Queen rests her left hand on was a gift to Rideau Hall from the Duke of Connaught

- the Queen wears two Canadian medals – her insignia as Sovereign of the Order of Canada, and the Order of Military Merit

- there are corgis hidden in the painting as well