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World War I – 1914 – 1918) Canadians cheering the British King George V, at Salisbury Plain, England. These troops likely felt a real sense of pride and joy to be reviewed by their monarch.

King George V, on horseback, reviews Canadian troops at Salisbury Plain, England.

Although Canada had attained semi independent Dominion status by the time World War 1 came about, the country was very much still tied to Britain, and many anglophones felt a strong connection to Britain culturally and through family ties. Today the king or queen of England remains the head of the Canadian government, but this is a constitutional fiction only; all decisions are made by the Canadian government which has since matured into a fully independent and vibrant country of its own. But when these men had the privilege of saluting their king, they were not just saluting a figure head. For them King George tuly represented the unbreakable bond between England and her colony and they were glad to fight for him and for the mother country.