Canadian Orders, Decorations & Medals

Posted on December 16, 2013


(Office of the Secretary to the Governor General)

(Office of the Secretary to the Governor General)

A reader from Nova Scotia has informed me that there is a new guide to the wearing of Canadian honours insignia.  Compared to the previous 2005 edition it is a very slickly designed publication with more comprehensive information on the honours system including a practical introduction to the difference between orders, decorations and medals.

The actual regulations as posted in the Guide haven’t changed, nor has the notable inclusion of morning dress as a distinct category of civilian attire.  As before, I was intrigued by the fact that this attire is featured so prominently in Canadian versus American regulations despite the fact that it is rarely ever worn in either country.  Then I realized that the occasions requiring the wearing of honours are typically governmental and ceremonial and that means they are by nature associated with the monarchy that our nation shares with Britain.  Suddenly it all made sense.

(Office of the Secretary to the Governor General)

Canadian protocol for honours insignia worn on a director’s coat (aka stroller) or morning tailcoat (aka cutaway). (Office of the Secretary to the Governor General)

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