A quick summary of my views on the return of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, and Canadian Army:
From a legal and constitutional point of view, the Canadian Armed Forces serve, and have always served, the Crown as the formal executive and the monarch as the head of state. This did not change with the unification of the armed forces or the removal of the Royal names in 1968. The current reversion to the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy merely reestablishes a nominal link between the military and the Crown that has always existed in law. In that sense, it is a symbolic shift, one that serves both to restore older, traditional names, and remind Canadians of the military’s service and loyalty to the formal executive and head of state.