CORNWALL — Cornwall jeweller André Pommier crafted a special and exquisite brooch that South Stormont resident Jim Brownell helped hand over to the Queen yesterday.
Brownell, former MPP for the district, was among a trio of officers with the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders who had an audience with Canada’s Sovereign at Buckingham Palace. Brownell serves as Honorary Colonel of the regiment, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.
The Queen is Colonel-in-Chief to the Highlanders, aka ‘the Glens.’
In a Facebook post yesterday afternoon, Brownell describes the delivery of the custom Pommier Jewellers’ brooch — enclosed in box made by a member of the Glens — and a regimental history book to the monarch:
During today’s audience at Buckingham Palace, an incredible piece of jewelry, a brooch, was presented to Her Majesty. This exquisite gift was crafted by Andre Pommier and we are grateful to Andre and his family for designing and crafting this one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery. When next in Pommier’s, do ask to see a photo of this truly unique Canadian piece. The gold, silver, diamonds, and precious stones are ALL CANADIAN! As well, the presentation box was crafted from Canadian wood, by our very own Perry Coughlan, Drum Major with the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders! A truly precious moment happened when Her Majesty opened the presentation box and picked up the brooch, for a careful examination of the front and back. That was special!
Another special moment happened when the Regimental history book, “Up the Glens”, was presented to Her Majesty. This history is the work of Brigadier-General William (Bill) Patterson, retired, and its publication recognizes the 150th Anniversary of The Glens, this year. These books may be purchased in the Kit Shop at the Cornwall Armoury.
Brownell reports that the Highlanders’ Commanding Officer and Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel also took part in the royal meeting, which lasted 17 minutes. Photographs of the event were not permitted.