A Queen and Her Country

July 1, 2012 to January 6, 2013

Revisit some of Queen Elizabeth II’s most memorable moments in Canada as the Museum of Civilization commemorates Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee with the exhibition A Queen and Her Country.

Presented from a uniquely Canadian perspective, A Queen and Her Country invites visitors to reflect on Her Majesty’s remarkable journey from young princess to long-serving monarch. The exhibition recalls the Queen’s 60 years as Canada’s Head of State, her 23 official visits to Canada and her personal connection to major events in our recent history.

Produced by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, A Queen and Her Country features 60 artifacts and a rich assortment of historical images gathered from across the country. The most striking artifact is the Maple Leaf of Canada Dress, a gown Her Majesty wore at a state banquet in Ottawa in October 1957.

The largest artifacts are the imposing “Queen’s Beasts.” The 10 heraldic figures, each of them standing up to two metres high, represent the Queen’s genealogy. Other artifacts include commemorative items such as decorated plates, spoons and tins, and an impressive collection of medals and Canada Post stamps from the Museum of Civilization’s collection associated with Her Majesty’s reign.

The presentation of the Queen’s Beasts has been made possible through the generous support of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada.

During your visit you can share your memories of the Queen’s many tours of Canada, test your knowledge of royal protocol and design your own coat of arms.

Activities and Events


Canadian Heritage created a gallery of 60 images highlighting key moments spanning The Queen’s reign.Visit their selection

Will travel across Canada

Interested host venues should contract the Travelling Exhibitions Service.For more information