Published 19 October 2016

The Queen receives a maquette of a statue of Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae, best known for writing the famous war memorial poem "In Flanders Fields".

The Queen receives a maquette of a statue of Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae, best known for writing the famous war memorial poem "In Flanders Fields".

The Queen, Captain General, Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, received Brigadier General James Selbie (Colonel Commandant, Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery) at Buckingham Palace. The Brigadier presented Her Majesty with a maquette of a statue of Lt. Col. John McCrae (1872-1918): Canadian Gunner, Physician & Poet, and author of "In Flanders Fields".

In May 2015, a statue of Lt. Col. McCrae by Ruth Abernathy was erected in Ottawa.  McCrae is dressed as an artillery officer, with his medical bag nearby, as he writes. The statue shows the destruction of the battlefield and, at his feet, the poppies which are a symbol of Remembrance of World War I and all armed conflict since.

The Queen retains a special relationship with The Canadian Armed Forces, acting as Colonel-in-Chief of various regiments: the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery; the King's Own Calgary Regiment; Le Royal 22e Régiment; the Governor-General's Foot Guards; the Governor-General's Horse Guards; The Canadian Grenadier Guards; Le Régiment de la Chaudière; the Calgary Highlanders; The Royal New Brunswick Regiment; 48thHighlanders of Canada; The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada; Canadian Forces Military Engineers Branch; the Air Reserve and the Canadian Armed Forces Legal Services Branch .