Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada

Queen Elizabeth II

Captain-General

The Captain-General is the ceremonial head of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

 The reigning Sovereign holds the Royal Appointment of Captain-General. The appointment was first accepted by His Majesty King George V in 1929 (Gazetted 19 February 1930). In the Canadian Forces, the appointment of Captain-General is unique to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. It is similar to the Colonel-in-Chief appointment held by other Regiments, and in fact, from acceptance of the appointment by King George V in 1929 to King George VI in 1952 the appointment title was Colonel-in-Chief.  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, was graciously pleased on coronation in 1953 to assume the appointment of Captain-General of The Royal Canadian Artillery. (Extra issue Canada Gazette Number 7, dated 1 June 1953.)  

Origins of the Title  During a guest night at Woolwich in December 1950, His Majesty King George VI expressed a desire to change his title from Colonel-in-Chief to Captain-General. This change in title was effected on 26 January 1951, thus reviving an old rank which dates from the fifteenth century. The rank of Captain-General had been replaced by that of Field Marshal in 1736 although it did not actually disappear from common usage until about 1799.  The Royal Canadian Artillery requested that His Majesty change his Canadian title as he had done for the Royal Artillery, and on 10 January 1952, His Majesty became the Captain-General of The Royal Canadian Artillery.

Past Colonel-in-Chiefs

  • His Majesty King George V, 1930 – 1936;
  • His Majesty King Edward VIII, 1936;

Past Captain-Generals

  • His Majesty King George VI, 1936 – 1952;
  • Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1953 –

Message from the Captain General 26 May 2014.

 

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