Heritage Structure | Annex A – Table of Honours and Salutes Accorded to Important Personnages

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  • Annex A – Table of honours and salutes accorded to important personnages (13A-1)
Serial Personage Title of Salute Strength of Guard Musical Salute (See Note 1) Gun Salute Colours, Flags, Ensigns
(a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) (g)
1. HM The Queen; HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh Royal 100 Initial Salute – God Save the Queen (in full). Final Salute – O Canada (in full) 21 Serials 1 to 6 inclusive. Colours shall be carried by Colour - bearing formations and units and shall be dipped during the Royal or State Salute. Units and elements possessing a stand of Colours (Queen's and Command/College/Regimental) shall carry both Colours. If the guard is mounted by a formation or unit which does not possess Colours, the National Flag of Canada and the CAF Ensign shall be carried. The latter two shall not take post forward in review order; they shall be let fly during the Royal or State Salute and not be dipped or lowered.
2. Other Members of the Royal Family Royal 100 Initial Salute – God Save the Queen (1st six bars). Final Salute – O Canada (in full) 21
3. Foreign Sovereigns and Members of Reigning Foreign Families; Presidents and Heads of State of Commonwealth and Foreign Countries Royal (or State) 100 Initial Salute – appropriate national anthem (in full). Final Salute – O Canada (in full) 21
4. Governor General of Canada Royal 100 Initial and Final Salutes – Vice Regal Salute (1st six bars of God Save the Queen and 1st and last four bars of O Canada) 21
5. Governors General of Commonwealth Countries Royal 100 Initial Salute – God Save the Queen (1st six bars). Final Salute – O Canada (in full) 21
6. Lieutenant Governor of a Canadian Province within sphere of jurisdiction Royal 100 As per Serial 4 15
7. The Prime Minister of Canada; Prime Ministers (Heads of Government) of Commonwealth and Foreign Countries, the Vice President of the United States; Ambassadors and High Commissioners General 50 Initial Salute – appropriate national anthem (in full). Final Salute – O Canada (in full) 19 Serials 7 to 10 inclusive. Formations and units possessing a stand of Colours, or units possessing only a single Colour, shall carry only the Command/ College/ Regimental (or "second") Colour. (Royal Canadian Navy, which possesses only a Queen's Colour, shall not carry it for these serials.) If Colours are not available, the National Flag of Canada and the CAF Ensign or a command flag shall be carried for Serials 7 to 9, and may be carried for Serial 10. The Colour or flags shall be let fly during the General Salute; they shall not be dipped or lowered. Flags shall not take post forward in review order.
8. The Minister and the Associate Minister of National Defence, and the equivalent of Commonwealth and Foreign Countries General 50 As per Serial 7 17
9. Defence Council, Naval Board, Army Council, or Air Council of Common-wealth countries when acting as a corporate body (two or more members to constitute a quorum) General 50 “"The General Salute"” 15
10. Field Marshal or equivalent General 50 “The General Salutel” 19
General or equivalent General 50 “The General Salute”rdquo; 17
Lieutenant-General or equivalent General 50 “The General Salute” 15
Major-General or equivalent General 50 “The General Salute” 13
Brigadier-General or equivalent General 50 “The General Salute” 11
11 Colonel to Major inclusive General Nil Nota 2) See Nota 2 Nil Nil
12 Foreign distinguished personages not included in previous serials Honours as directed by NDHQ. Such honours shall normally be those accorded the distinguished personages when officially visiting an establishment of their own nation except that a gun salute, if prescribed, shall not exceed 19 guns. Colours or flags shall be carried as directed by NDHQ.

NOTES

  1. The musical salutes for a pipe band are listed hereunder and the detail of the music to be played can be found in the CF Pipe Band Manual and Chapter 7:.
    1. for a Royal (or State) Salute: "Mallorca";
    2. for a Vice-Regal Salute: the second four bars of "Mallorca" with a dotted eighth note and sixteenth note anacrusis, and the first two bars of "O Canada"; and
    3. for a General Salute:
      1. CAF bands – the first eight bars of "Loch Leven Castle", and
      2. cadet bands – the first two and last two bars of "The Maple Leaf Forever".
  2. Officers of the rank of colonel and below are not entitled to a personal guard of honour, but may receive compliments from a ceremonial quarter guard; see A-PD-201-000/PT-001, CF Manual of Drill and Ceremonial.(soon to be replaced by A-DH-201-000/PT-001, Canadian Armed Forces Manual of Drill and Ceremonial) The music to be played, at the discretion of the commander/commanding officer is as follows:
    1. "The General Salute"; or
    2. an appropriate excerpt from the official march of the formation or unit being inspected; or
    3. an appropriate excerpt from the official march of the military formation or unit of which the dignitary is a member.
  3. Once a guard of honour has been mounted, it will normally salute only the dignitary on whom it is mounted. A guard of honour is mounted at the moment of its initial salute to the honoured dignitary and dismounted at the moment of the final salute. When mounted, it is addressed as "guard of honour." When dismounted, it is addressed simply as "guard" and will render normal salutes like other armed bodies of troops.
  4. Full military honours involve mounting a guard of honour, playing a musical salute and firing a gun salute. Each may also be provided independently depending on the circumstances; however, full military honours are normally rendered on official occasions, when practicable, to dignitaries entitled to a Royal (State) Salute (serials 1 to 6 inclusive).
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