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The Stained Glass Windows at Rideau Hall

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveiled two commemorative stained glass windows at Rideau Hall on June 30, 1992, during her visit to Ottawa for the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of Confederation. Designed and produced by Christopher Wallis, an artist from London, Ontario, the windows were a gift to Canada by private donors: Their Excellencies Ramon John Hnatyshyn and Gerda Hnatyshyn, as well as G. Hamilton Southam and Marion Southam. The windows are located in the Entrance Hall of the residence.

The Royal Window

The Royal Window commemorates the 40th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada, and celebrates the 125th anniversary of Confederation.

Central symbol: the Royal Arms of Canada (proclaimed by King George V in 1921). It is surrounded by the shields of arms of the 10 provinces and two territories (granted between 1625 and 1956) and it is placed on a wreath of maple leaves, Canada's national symbol.

Top: Her Majesty's personal Canadian flag, adopted in 1962

Bottom: Great Seal of Canada showing Her Majesty seated, in robes of State

Upper corners: Royal Cypher with the Royal Crown

Lower corners: Sovereign's insignia of the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit

Border: national colours of red and white predominate, with symbolic accents of the Royal Crown and maple leaves

The Viceregal Window

The viceregal window commemorates the 40th anniversary of the appointment of Canadian governors general and the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Honours System.

Centre: viceregal lion anchors the composition and is surrounded by the coats of arms and privy seals of the Canadian governors general. Above it is the flag of the governor general as it was in 1952. Over it, the Royal Cypher symbolizes the role of the governor general as Her Majesty's representative in Canada.

Top centre: national flag, flanked by the insignia of a Companion of the Order of Canada, and also of the Commander of the Order of Military Merit

Bottom: below the lion is the governor general's flag as used since 1981. Beneath it are line drawings of Rideau Hall and La Citadelle, the two official viceregal residences. Separating these is a representation of the official symbol of the 40th anniversary of the appointment of Canadian governors general and the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Honours System.

Lower corners: Cross of Valour and the Governor General's Academic Medal

Border: includes line drawings of the floral emblems of the provinces and territories

Updated: 2018-03-26
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