Monday, August 15, 2011


UPDATE:  Here's an interesting response to this news.

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Canada to restore 'Royal' to navy, air force

After 43 years! Is this symbolic of something? Are we trying to recover the spirit of a dead or dying generation? Are we going back to where, IMHO, we took the wrong path in the fork in the road?

I wonder what my uncle would think, the one who was a 'Royal' Canadian Air Force pilot during WWII?

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Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

Con grat ulations! A Trudeaupian diminution of Canada eliminated!

August 15, 2011 10:39 pm  
Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

Oh, I forgot to mention some interesting historical trivia. Do you know why it's the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force but not Royal Army?

Well ... during the English Civil War, some units of the (formerly) Royal Army mutinied and joined the Parliamentary Armed Forces, led by Cromwell, and fought the remaining Royal Army under King Charles. However, no units of the Royal Navy or Royal Marines ever mutinied or went over to the "Roundheads".

So, after the "Glorious Revolution" of 1689 and the Restoration of the Monarchy, King William decreed the removal of "Royal" from the Army's name.

So when the respective Dominions Armed Forces were much later created by Royal Decree, they followed the British name structure. Hence Royal Canadian Navy, RCAF, but simply Canadian Army.

(King William also had Cromwell's body exhumed and the skeleton beheaded, for his "treason" in life. Speaking as a wannabe historian, I agree with the Roundheads that it was in fact King Charles III who committed treason against England, in his scheming to import Irish and French mercenary armies to ravage England, defeat the Parliamentary Armed Forces, to restore his absolute monarchy. The movie "Oliver", with Richard Harris playing Oliver Cromwell and Alec Guiness playing Charles III was a great movie, a real piece of cinematic art that did a pretty decent job of encapsulating this complex time in British history.)

August 15, 2011 11:00 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

Nope. I did not know that.

August 16, 2011 6:56 am  

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