Aides-de-Camp accompany the Lieutenant Governor to and from functions, assist in performing duties, and ensuring proper protocol is followed during events. Aides-de-Camp are appointed to serve at the pleasure of the Lieutenant Governor during a term of office – the appointment is honourary.
An Aide-de-Camp is a serving (or former) member of the Canadian Forces (Navy, Army, or Air Force), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or a municipal police force, and is easily recognizable by the ‘aiguillette’ (gold braid) worn on the right shoulder. An Aide-de-Camp must follow detailed protocol about how they perform their duties and how they dress.
Protocol: Though an Aide-de-Camp may accompany the Lieutenant Governor to events, it is not necessary for the Aide-de-Camp to be seated on the platform or at the head table at an event. In most instances, it is more appropriate for the Aide-de-Camp to be seated at a front table with an unobstructed view of the Lieutenant Governor.
Duties of the Aide-de-Camp
When arriving at Government House for duty, the Aide-de-Camp reports immediately to the Lieutenant Governor and, when in uniform, greets the Lieutenant Governor by saluting. Normal military procedure regarding removal of headdress indoors applies.
The Aide-de-Camp precedes the Lieutenant Governor out of Government House to the awaiting vehicle, opens the rear passenger-side door (as the chauffeur will be at the wheel), stands at attention and salutes while the Lieutenant Governor sits down. The Aide-de-Camp closes the door and rides in the front passenger seat, unless otherwise directed by the Lieutenant Governor. When applicable, the chauffeur will attend to the door for the spouse of the Lieutenant Governor, if applicable.
Protocol: When the Lieutenant Governor and spouse are attending a function outside of the metro area, and the spouse of the Aide-de-Camp is also attending, it is appropriate for the Aide-de-Camp and spouse to proceed in their own vehicle and meet the Lieutenant Governor upon their arrival.
The standard of the Lieutenant Governor is to be flown on the vehicle for all official functions. However, it should only be in place when the Lieutenant Governor is actually in the vehicle or when the vehicle is approaching the designated position where the Lieutenant Governor will enter the vehicle. The standard may be left on the vehicle while awaiting the return of the Lieutenant Governor from a function.
Protocol: If attending a funeral, the standard should be mounted on the vehicle, but covered with a black sleeve. The sleeve is removed upon completion of the funeral.
Upon arriving at a function, the Aide-de-Camp exits the vehicle first, opens the door for the Lieutenant Governor, stands at attention and salutes while the Lieutenant Governor exits the vehicle. The Aide-de-Camp should always precede the Lieutenant Governor through doorways. This may be awkward at times, however with a little effort and ingenuity, it can be accomplished with grace.
Aide-de-Camp Post-Nominal Designation
Honourary Aides-de-Camp are entitled to the post-nominal letters ‘AdeC.’ This designation was created by Canada’s 20th Governor General, Roland Michener, in 1973 for all honourary Aides-de-Camp who serve the Governor General or Lieutenant Governor.