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Queen pays tribute to Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery with maple leaf brooch

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The Queen was the epitome of elegance today as she stepped outside to meet members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery during her first performance at Windsor Castle after her return to Balmoral.

Her Majesty shone in blue as she chatted with members of the Canadian Forces, who had been invited to serve as the Queen’s Guard in honor of the regiment’s 150th anniversary.

She wore the Canadian Maple Leaf Royal Brooch, which was initially gifted by her King George VI to his wife, Queen Elizabeth, for their 1939 state visit to Canada.

The Queen, who spoke publicly for the first time last week about the death of her late husband Prince Philip, appeared cheerful as she spoke to soldiers at Windsor Castle.

It is the first time she has been photographed at her home in Berkshire, arriving on Saturday after an extended stay at her Scottish estate following the death of Prince Philip.

The Queen was the epitome of elegance today as she stepped outside to meet members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery

Her Majesty shone in blue as she chatted with members of the Canadian Forces at Windsor Castle

Her Majesty shone in blue as she chatted with members of the Canadian Forces at Windsor Castle

The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery fought in both World War I and World War II and in 1970 the Duke of Edinburgh accompanied Her Majesty to their base in Manitoba with Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

In honor of their anniversary, 90 troops traveled across the Atlantic to keep watch at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, Windsor Castle and The Tower of London.

Canadian troops will serve between October 4 and October 22 and will also participate in the Changing of the Guard memorial service.

The formal ceremony marks the transfer between regiments and sees the group of soldiers currently protecting Buckingham Palace being replaced by a new group.

The Queen, who spoke about Prince Philip publicly for the first time last week since the Duke's death, appeared cheerful as she spoke to soldiers at Windsor Castle.

The Queen, who spoke about Prince Philip publicly for the first time last week since the Duke’s death, appeared cheerful as she spoke to soldiers at Windsor Castle.

Her Majesty paid tribute to the Canadian soldiers by choosing an Asprey & Company brooch in the shape of the country's national symbol

Her Majesty paid tribute to the Canadian soldiers by choosing an Asprey & Company brooch in the shape of the country’s national symbol

The Queen opted for a blue cotton vest paired with a white shirt, gray skirt and a pair of black loafers when she met the soldiers this afternoon

The Queen opted for a blue cotton vest paired with a white shirt, gray skirt and a pair of black loafers when she met the soldiers this afternoon

Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery fought in both World War I and World War II.  Her Majesty is pictured today meeting soldiers at Windsor Castle

Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery fought in both World War I and World War II. Her Majesty is pictured today meeting soldiers at Windsor Castle

In honor of their anniversary, 90 troops - some of whom are pictured meeting Her Majesty - traveled across the Atlantic to keep watch at Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Windsor Castle and The Tower of London

In honor of their anniversary, 90 troops – some of whom are pictured meeting Her Majesty – traveled across the Atlantic to keep watch at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, Windsor Castle and The Tower of London

The Queen opted for a blue cotton vest paired with a white shirt, gray skirt and a pair of black loafers when she met the soldiers this afternoon.

Her Majesty paid tribute to the Canadian soldiers by choosing an Asprey & Company brooch in the shape of the country’s national symbol.

The piece originally belonged to the Queen Mother, who often wore the brooch during World War II and pinned it to her hat as she toured bombed areas of Britain.

She kept the brooch in her personal collection until her death in 2002, when it was inherited by her daughter – who wore it on her first trip to Canada in 1951.

The Canadian troops, pictured with the Queen, will be on duty between October 4 and October 22 and will also participate in the Changing of the Guard memorial service.

The Canadian troops, pictured with the Queen, will be on duty between October 4 and October 22 and will also participate in the Changing of the Guard memorial service.

The Queen appeared in good spirits today as she met members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery at Windsor Castle

The Queen appeared in good spirits today as she met members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery at Windsor Castle

The Queen wore the Canadian Maple Leaf Royal Brooch, initially gifted by her King George VI to his wife, Queen Elizabeth, for their 1939 state visit to Canada during her visit

The Queen wore the Canadian Maple Leaf Royal Brooch, initially gifted by her King George VI to his wife, Queen Elizabeth, for their 1939 state visit to Canada during her visit

The monarch has made 22 official visits to Canada and seven to Toronto. Her first was in 1951 as Princess Elizabeth, where she visited her father who was ill, and the most recent was in 2010.

On her most recent trip, the monarch The Duke of Edinburgh took part in events across the country – from Halifax to Nova Scotia Winnipeg and Manitoba.

Her Majesty’s appearance comes after she reminisced about the ‘many happy memories’ with the Duke of Edinburgh in ‘this beautiful country’ during her speech in Holyrood’s debating chamber on Saturday.

The Queen smiled today as she met soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery at Windsor Castle

The Queen smiled today as she met soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery at Windsor Castle

Her Majesty is seen meeting members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery at Windsor Castle

Her Majesty is seen meeting members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery at Windsor Castle

Soldiers of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery were pictured saluting Her Majesty at Windsor Castle

Soldiers of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery were pictured saluting Her Majesty at Windsor Castle

Her Majesty is pictured examining a sword as she meets members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery at Windsor Castle today

Her Majesty is pictured examining a sword as she meets members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery at Windsor Castle today

The Duke died in April at the age of 99 and his wife has given a number of written tributes on social media and through official channels, but over the weekend was the first time she addressed his passing in person.

Speaking to Holyrood, she said: “Today is also a day when we can celebrate those who have made an extraordinary contribution to the lives of other people in Scotland, locally or nationally during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I have previously spoken of my deep and abiding affection for this beautiful country and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I have always had of our time here.

‘It is often said that it is the people who make a place. And there are few places where this is more true than in Scotland. As we have seen lately.

“We all know the difficult circumstances many people have faced over the past 18 months. But beyond that, there are countless examples of resilience and goodwill.

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