On Monday, a crew from Total Co-ordination and Construction unloaded and installed the Diamond Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which is on a cross-country tour while Rideau Hall in Ottawa, where it is normally on display, undergoes construction.
The painting will be in the Manitoba legislative building room 200 for a year, until May 2022.
The portrait, which is part of the NCC’s Crown Collection, was painted on the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee by Phil Richards. It was officially unveiled in London, U.K., in 2012, in the presence of The Queen, the Right Honourable David Johnston, then-Governor General of Canada, and the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, then-Prime Minister of Canada.
The painting was installed at Rideau Hall on June 28, 2012. That same year, it was the subject of a documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada to show the various steps involved in creating the portrait and interviews with the artist.
Since leaving Rideau Hall in September 2018, the portrait has been on display in St. John’s, Nfld., as well as Fredericton, N.B.
The portrait will not be on public display in Manitoba until COVID restrictions are lifted, allowing for tours of the building to resume.