11/09/2015 01:26 EST | Updated 11/09/2016 05:12 EST

Queen's Portrait Pulled Down, Quebec Paintings By Alfred Pellan Back Up In Foreign Affairs Building

The Queen Elizabeth portrait is out and twin paintings by Quebec modern master Alfred Pellan are back in.

Today, the paintings Canada West and Canada East are on back display on the wall in the front reception area at the Foreign Affairs building in Ottawa, four years after they were taken down and replaced by a giant portrait of the Queen.

The switch had employees at Foreign Affairs turning their heads as as they arrived at work. 

Here's one tweet:

In 2011, then foreign affairs minister John Baird instructed that the pair of historic paintings by celebrated Quebec modern master Alfred Pellan be replaced by a 2002 portrait of the Queen. 

The change was ordered before the visit of Prince William and Kate in June 2011. 

In addition to the Foreign Affairs Lester B. Pearson Building on Sussex Drive, embassies and missions abroad were also instructed to display portraits of the Queen.

Government documents later revealed the Conservative government had quietly planned to sell the Pellan paintings, but the plan was spiked after a public outcry in Quebec.

At the time, the paintings were valued at $90,000 each.

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