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Her Majesty The Queen’s New Painting

June 25, 2012

Her Majesty The Queen’s New Painting Arrives at Rideau Hall

OTTAWATheir Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will host an event in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at Rideau Hall, on Thursday, June 28, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. It will be the occasion to highlight the installation of the new painting of Her Majesty in the Ballroom and of new Diamond Jubilee handrails, in the Front Foyer, commemorating her 60 years of reign.

“Rideau Hall is the home of the people of Canada, but it is also a testament to the Crown in Canada, of the great tradition and history that we all share as Canadians,” said His Excellency.  “Sharon and I invite all Canadians and visitors from abroad to the official residence of the governor general in Ottawa to view these wonderful and tangible tributes to the devotion and steadfast service of Her Majesty as Queen of Canada.”  

The event will be attended by lieutenant governors, territorial commissioners, parliamentarians, representatives from the National Capital Commission and National Film Board, artists and other invited guests.

About the new painting of Her Majesty The Queen
This original painting of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Canadian artist Phil Richards was created to mark the historic occasion of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. The painting was unveiled by The Queen during a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee week, on June 6, 2012. Following the unveiling, the Diamond Jubilee painting was displayed at the Canadian High Commission in London from June 8 to 14, 2012. It will now be installed permanently at Rideau Hall. It is the third portrait of Her Majesty commissioned by the Government of Canada during her reign. Its making was documented by Academy Award-nominated director Hubert Davis from the National Film Board. The Portrait which follows the Toronto painter as he creates Canada’s official portrait for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be released this fall.

About the Diamond Jubilee handrails
Bearing decorative and commemorative elements to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty, the new handrails have been crafted using noble materials -- bronze and architectural glass -- to highlight the symbolic and historic importance of Rideau Hall. They properly stress the decorum attached to entering the Front Foyer, a space that, completed in 1913, has retained important architectural elements and details from the Edwardian period. The new handrails improve safety and universal accessibility of the Front Foyer; they replace aluminum railings installed in 1964.

New Aboriginal artworks also exhibited in the Ballroom
The dialogue between First Nations and the Crown will endure at Rideau Hall as Aboriginal art will be featured with important paintings by Carl Beam, George Clutesi, Alex Janvier and Daphne Odjig. Grouped together in the Ballroom, these artworks will continue to highlight the diversity and richness of Canada’s Aboriginal art. For more information about these artworks, see the following news release that was issued on June 19, 2012: http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=14585&lan=eng

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Media wishing to cover this event must confirm their presence in advance with Rideau Hall Press Office and arrive no later than 10:15 a.m. on the day of the event.

Media information:
Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-7280
julie.rocheleau@gg.ca

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