Honours system outdated?Watch
I think of the monarchy as a commonwealth affair, if the monarchy was abolished in Britian, us canadians would be confused and disorginized. Queen Elizabeth II, god bless her, is the head of state in canada. She and our govenour general are status symbols that are very important.
There are a few countries that were former colonies but aren't part of the Commonwealth, like the USA, Ireland etc..., and I think there's only Mozambique that is in the Commonwealth but was never a colony (?).
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10610a.htm I guess it was because they were more of a Portugese conlony than a British one, so they may have opted to join the Commonwealth.
Ireland left the Commonwealth but were a member, no idea if they are one now, shame in a way. Then again, it's a bit obvious why they left. http://www.reform.org/TheReformMovem...les/leavcw.htm
I know Fiji got kicked out of the Commonwealth some time ago but no idea why. I know about Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
As for the USA I sometimes see them in books as once our territory, but not always.