Why, then, did Governors General stop wearing fancy uniforms and/or decorations at official events in the latter part of the twentieth century? Granted, the Canada Day noon show is a relatively recent phenomenon, but I have seen pictures of Governors General wearing a business suit sans decorations on even more formal occasions. To me, the significance of the Governor General's position is symbolically enhanced (however slightly) at official events by way of such things as the wearing of decorations. To cast aside official uniforms or decorations in the name of being "up to date," or "relevant," or "truly Canadian," or, yes, "democratic" is silly. I doubt, of course, that His Excellency is of this opinion, but I still think he (and his provincial colleagues) should wear something besides the inevitable and barely-visible lapel pins that have become fashionable for the Queen's Vice-Regal representatives to wear at official functions.