Insignia

Encouraging excellence is one of the governor general’s responsibilities. The governor general presents honours and awards to recognize people who have demonstrated valour, bravery, excellence or exceptional dedication to service that brings credit to the country. Upon taking office, the governor general is presented with specific honours. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette may wear the following insignia in this order of precedence:

The Order of Canada

Companion of the Order of Canada

The Order of Canada was created on July 1, 1967, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Order’s Sovereign, and the governor general is its Chancellor and Principal Companion.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette was appointed to the Order as an Officer in 2010, and became an Extraordinary Companion, as well as the Order’s Chancellor and Principal Companion, upon taking office. The collar of Chancellor of the Order was presented to her at the time of her installation. As an Extraordinary Companion, she is entitled to place the post-nominal letters “C.C.” after her name.

The Order of Military Merit

Commander of the Order of Military Merit

The Order of Military Merit was created on July 1, 1972, to recognize distinctive merit and exceptional service displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, both Regular and Reserve. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Order’s Sovereign, the governor general is its Chancellor, and the chief of the Defence Staff is its Principal Commander.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette became an Extraordinary Commander of the Order, as well as its Chancellor, upon taking office. The collar of Chancellor of the Order was presented to her at the time of her installation. As an Extraordinary Commander, she is entitled to place the post-nominal letters “C.M.M.” after her name.

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces

Order of Merit of the Police Forces - Commander

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces was created on October 3, 2000, to recognize the leadership and exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Police Services, and to recognize their commitment to this country. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Order’s Sovereign, the governor general is its Chancellor, and the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is its Principal Commander.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette became a Commander of the Order, as well as its Chancellor, upon taking office. The collar of Chancellor of the Order was presented to her at the time of her installation. As a Commander, she is entitled to place the post-nominal letters “C.O.M.” after her name.

Ordre national du Québec (Order of Quebec)

Order of Québec

The Ordre national du Québec was created on June 20, 1984, to honour the merits of individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to building and revitalizing Québec society. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette was appointed to the Order as a Knight in 2000. As a Knight, she is entitled to place the post-nominal letters “C.Q.” after her name.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Created in 2012 to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, this commemorative medal served to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette received the medal in 2012.

The Canadian Forces Decoration

Canadian Forces Decoration

The Canadian Forces Decoration was created in 1949 to recognize 12 years of service and good conduct in the Canadian Armed Forces. As commander-in-chief of Canada, the governor general is entitled to receive the medal. It was presented to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette by the Chief of the Defence Staff upon taking office. As a recipient of the medal, she is entitled to place the post-nominal letters “C.D.” after her name.

At official ceremonies, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette may wear the following insignia: Companion of the Order of Canada, Knight of the Ordre national du Québec, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Canadian Forces Decoration (these last three being mounted together and worn on the left side of the chest). For military or police events, she may wear the insignia of Commander of the Order of Military Merit or Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in place of that of the Order of Canada. For investitures, she may also wear the collar of office as Chancellor of the appropriate Order.