The Lieutenant Governor has several official symbols.
Salutes & Guards of Honour
The Vice-Regal Salute accorded to the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba is a musical greeting and mark of respect performed in the presence of The Queen’s representative. It consists of the first six bars of the Royal Anthem, “God Save The Queen”, followed by a short version (the first four bars and the last four bars) of the National Anthem, “O Canada”.
It is played at the opening of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, military march-pasts and other events attended by the Lieutenant Governor. Because it is a salute to the Lieutenant Governor, the audience does not sing either of the abbreviated anthems when the Vice-Regal Salute is played. It is played when Her Honour reaches the dias in the case of ceremonial functions and when she reaches her seat in the case of other events.
The Vice-Regal Salute was approved by Her Majesty The Queen in 1968. The same salute is used for the Governor General and for the Lieutenant Governors of the other nine provinces.
The Lieutenant Governor is entitled to a 15-gun Royal Salute on the occasion of the opening of the Legislative Assembly and when making an official visit to a military saluting base within Manitoba.
A Guard of Honour is accorded to the Lieutenant Governor on the occasion of the opening of the Legislative Assembly and may also be mounted on other occasions of provincial significance.
Vice Regal Salute
The Lieutenant Governor’s Standard is a blue flag with the Shield of the Arms of Manitoba at its centre, circled with 10 gold maple leaves and surmounted by a Crown which symbolizes the role of the Lieutenant Governor as The Queen’s representative in Manitoba. The symbol at the centre is also used by the Office of Lieutenant Governor on Her Honour’s stationery and other material.
The Vice-Regal Standard of the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba was approved by the Governor General of Canada, acting in the name of The Queen, in 1981. A standard was adopted for all Lieutenant Governors and all are similar, except that the Shield in the centre is different in each case to portray the Arms of the respective province.
It is customary for the Standard to fly at all times at Government House, the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. It is flown on the car in which Her Honour travels, and from flagpoles outside of buildings in which official visits and duties take place. It is also flown in the Lieutenant Governor’s office in the Legislative Building, as well as in the Blue Room where official ceremonies occur.
The Standard takes precedence over all other flags in Manitoba, including the Canadian flag. The Standards of The Queen and of the Governor General take precedence over the Lieutenant Governor’s Standard. The Lieutenant Governor’s Standard is never lowered to half-mast but, on the death of a Vice-Regal representative, it is taken down until a successor is installed.
From the time of Confederation, Lieutenant Governors have been granted the courtesy title “His Honour” or “Her Honour” while in office. The courtesy title was extended to the spouses of vice-regal representatives in 1985.
Additionally, since 1927, the title “The Honourable” has been given for life to Lieutenant Governors. Some earlier Lieutenant Governors had the title, but it was because of their membership in the Privy Council or as a former Senator.