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Attempts to render title ‘Head of the Commonwealth’ Hereditary? July 28, 2013

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Her Majesty is apparently launching  a discreet attempt to render the title Head of the Commonwealth hereditary, certainly many already believed it to be so and it is not like there are any other people who would be obvious contenders for the title so it may succeed. The Queen is clearly hoping to avoid a struggle over the title following her death.

According to the article: “The Palace believes Commonwealth joy over the  birth of George provides the ideal opportunity to guarantee the British Monarchy  does not lose its most prominent international platform when the Queen  dies.” Which I don’t really think is true, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain Northern Ireland, Canada, and her other realms and territories carries more weight than head of the Commonwealth of Nations in my view, but certainly it would be better for the Commonwealth if the royal family retained the title.

Only British sovereigns have served as Head of the Commonwealth, with the Queen’s father, George VI, holding the title first. The London Declaration of 1949 ensured that the Queen would inherit the title, but her successor will still be decided by all the Commonwealth members (I have not been able to determine whether it is via majority vote, or unanimous consensus though).
And just for fun here is a list of the official translations for Head of the Commonwealth in the different languages of Her Majesty’s subjects:

Consortionis Populorum Princeps – Latin

Upoko o Nga Herenga ki Ingarangi (lit. ‘Leader of the links with England’) – Maori

英聯邦元首 (lit. ‘Head of the English Federation’) – Hong Kong Chinese, apparently in Singapore her title is “Head of the Republic Federation, which does not make a whole lot sense).

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Revelation of the Royal Baby’s Name July 24, 2013

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The Duke of Cambridge has announced the name of his son, and His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis shall, providence willing, in the fullness of time ascend the throne as George VII.

I shall refrain from tooting my own horn but it was just the name I predicted. George is a name that first came into royal use with the Hanoverian dynasty in the early 18th century, and has been the name of such great sovereigns as George III whose loyal subjects built Canada in the aftermath of the American Rebellion, and of whom the Prince of Wales has said “that he is the king he most respects, describing him as a good man who was
simply misunderstood.” More recently in the 20th century we had King George V who served nobly under the pressures of such calamities as the Great War and the Great Depression, and George VI who was the first reigning king to visit Canada and who reigned during the Second World War. Prince George shall doubtless live up to his namesakes.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/kate-middleton/10200744/Prince-George-Alexander-Louis-Royal-babys-name-unveiled.html

P.S. I must note that the article did annoy me in referring to the Duchess of Cambridge as “Kate Middleton” did they somehow miss the Royal Wedding a couple of years ago?

Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a boy! July 22, 2013

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The Duchess of Cambridge has just given birth to a boy! He is the first grandchild of the Prince of Wales and is third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/10155483/Kate-Middleton-birth-pregnancy-baby.html

PM congratulates the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their first child
22 July 2013
Ottawa, Ontario
… Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement after Buckingham Palace announced the birth of Their Royal Highnesses

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child:
“Canadians are delighted to learn of the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, and we offer our heartfelt congratulations to the Royal Couple and the entire Royal Family.

“The arrival of the newest member of the Royal Family, a future Sovereign of Canada, is a highly anticipated moment for Canadians given the special and warm relationship that we share with our Royal Family.

“This new beginning reminds us of the remarkable and enduring relationship our country has enjoyed with generations of the Royal Family.  We recall with fondness the years of unfailing service by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and their deep affection for and loyalty to this country.  We also recall the Royal Tour by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who were so warmly received in Canada only two years ago. We look forward to their return to Canada  and to being able to introduce their child to Canada and all Canadians.

“Laureen and I send our best wishes of health and happiness to the new parents as they embark on this exciting chapter in their lives.”

http://pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?category=3&featureId=6&pageId=49&id=5573

Restoration of RCAF Traditions July 20, 2013

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As I noted in a previous post the Canadian Army is reviving various traditions including the Pips and Crown which are integral to our military heritage. It seems that there is a possibility of doing so for the Royal Canadian Air Force as well…

According to Peter MacKay: “We’re looking at a number of ways in which we can continue to restore historic symbols, ranks, insignia that respect the history of the Canadian Forces,” he said. “So specific to the Air Force ranks, we’ll look at it. this is consistent in keeping with what was stripped away and taken from the Canadian Forces in 1968 by a previous government”.

I definitely was not expecting this! I shall add further detail on this issue when I become aware of it.

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Tree said to have inspired The Maple Leaf Forever felled by storm July 20, 2013

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The tree that is said to have inspired Alexander Muir to write “The Maple Leaf Forever” which was long Canada’s unofficial anthem and is also the regimental march of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and The Royal Westminster Regiment. Muir had served in the Queen’s Own Rifles to defend Canada from the Fenian raids and fought in the Battle of Ridgeway.

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Here is the song for those unfamiliar with it:

In days of yore, from Britain’s shore,

Wolfe, the dauntless hero, came And planted firm Britannia’s flag On Canada’s fair domain. Here may it wave, our boast our pride And, joined in love together, The lily, thistle, shamrock, rose entwine The Maple Leaf forever!

Chorus: The Maple Leaf, our emblem dear, The Maple Leaf forever! God save our Queen and Heaven bless The Maple Leaf forever!

At Queenston Heights and Lundy’s Lane, Our brave fathers, side by side, For freedom, homes and loved ones dear, Firmly stood and nobly died; And those dear rights which they maintained, We swear to yield them never! Our watchword evermore shall be “The Maple Leaf forever!”

Chorus

Our fair Dominion now extends From Cape Race to Nootka Sound; May peace forever be our lot, And plenteous store abound: And may those ties of love be ours Which discord cannot sever, And flourish green o’er freedom’s home The Maple Leaf forever!

Chorus

On merry England’s far famed land May kind heaven sweetly smile, God bless old Scotland evermore and Ireland’s Em’rald Isle! And swell the song both loud and long Till rocks and forest quiver! God save our Queen and Heaven bless The Maple Leaf forever!

Chorus

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