Stephen Harper restored the “Royal” in Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy. He had no need to in the case of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or the Royal Mint. In the case of the military changes, who can say if it’s a good or a bad idea? It draws attention to Canada’s heritage. It will cost millions in terms of simple things like changes in stationery.
However, constitutionally ill-informed critics have had a field day. “Harper is re-colonializing Canada.” “Canadians are becoming subordinate to the Queen of England.”
The glamorous young couple are sure to receive a warm welcome, despite the grumbling of anti-monarchists that accompanies every royal tour.
The visit of Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, continues a long tradition of royal tours of Canada. That Canada was chosen as the destination for their first official visit as a couple reflects the country’s importance within the Commonwealth. In fact, this importance has made Canada a frequent destination for British royalty.