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Canada's air force, navy become 'royal' again


Queen’s University PhD history student and teaching fellow Carolyn Harris is available to talk about today’s announcement by Defence Minister Peter MacKay that the government will restore the ‘royal’ monikers for the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Ms Harris, an expert on the British royalty, says there is a strong connection between the British royal family and Canada’s military.

“The restoration of the names of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy reflects the long history and close relationships between the monarchy and the various branches of the Canadian Forces. Throughout Canada's history, individual members of the royal family have been embraced as ‘Canadian’ because of their engagement with the Canadian Forces. During both the First and Second World Wars, the residents of Rideau Hall were close relatives of the King and Queen, providing unique opportunities for military patronage in Canada by the monarchy," says Ms Harris, a PhD candidate who is studying British and French royalty.

Please note that Ms. Harris is currently in Toronto.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Christina Archibald at 613-533-2877 or Christina.Archibald@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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