Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s upcoming royal tour of Canada won’t be as “controversial” as Prince William and Kate Middleton’s trip to the Caribbean newsweek have heard.
The announcement of Charles and Camilla’s visit was triggered by a wave of criticism during and after William and Kate’s visit to the Caribbean countries of Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Critics felt the visit had colonial undertones and said the Duke and Duchess should have commented more on the royal family’s historical ties to slavery.
Clarence House announced this week that Charles and Camilla will embark on a three-stage tour of Canada, visiting Newfoundland and Labrador, Ottawa and the Northwest Territories. The couple had earlier visited the country together in 2014 and 2017.
author of Prince Philip Revealed: A Man of His Century Ingrid Seward told newsweek that he would be “very surprised if there were any echoes” of criticism launched in the wake of William and Kate’s recent tour. “I know they are both Commonwealth countries” she continued, “but it is quite different.”
“I don’t think for a moment that they won’t be highly welcomed,” Seward said. “Canadians are very excited.”
The Royal Family has a longstanding relationship with Canada. Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told newsweek That the royals are closer to the Canadian people.
“Charles and Camilla are deputizing for the Queen who has been to Canada more than 20 times,” he said. “It has been visited more than any other Commonwealth country.”
The country may also hold sentimental value to the queen.
“Canada has always been very important to the royals because the Queen was there when she was the Duchess of Edinburgh and it has always been a staple,” Seward said.
Why Charles and Camilla were chosen for the tour and not William and Kate, Fitzwilliams reveals newsweek,
“Perhaps it is the fact that Camilla, as we know it, is going to be Queen consort, and Canada is one of the most important territories of the Queen and it has been decided that this would be appropriate in the pattern of the Jubilee Years.
“Charles and Camilla were in Ireland on an official visit during William and Catherine’s visit to the Caribbean, but because that visit was so controversial, the Irish visit was not so well publicized.
“It’s not like traveling in the Caribbean,” he said. “It’s not likely to be a problem because Canada is most likely not going to be a republic. Jamaica may be at the forefront of becoming a republic and so may some other Caribbean countries – but anything like that.” No. In Canada”
However, this does not mean that there is no rapidly growing republican movement within the country. A survey conducted by Canada’s Angus Reed Institute in November 2021 found that 52 percent of respondents said they do not think Canada should continue as a constitutional monarchy – this compared to just 38 percent in 2016.
Mario Canseco, president of Research Company, a Canadian public opinion research group, posted the results of the latest survey on the monarchy on Twitter last month, writing:
“Less than half of Canadians (48% since 2021) believe that the country will “definitely” or “probably” become a monarchy two decades from now, while 30% (-1) of Canada will be elected as an elected state. Hoping to be dominant. At that time.”
Despite these numbers, the queen remains popular in Canada. Although she no longer travels long distances, she remains in close contact with the Prime Minister and Governor General of the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was honored by the Queen in her first personal meeting with a world leader since being infected with the coronavirus earlier this year.
Trudeau said after the meeting, “I have had the special privilege of knowing Her Majesty for almost 45 years,” and I can tell you that in my conversation with her this morning she was as practical and forthright as ever, very interested. . In what is happening, ask me all kinds of questions about Canada.”
Following his royal tour of the Caribbean last month, it is reported that Prince William may re-evaluate the way these trips are run. For the Fitzwilliams, however, they remain a powerful diplomatic tool that should not be underestimated.
“The Royal Tours are complete gold dust,” Fitzwilliams told newsweek, “They are the most important launch of soft power the UK has and this is absolutely the case despite the problems with the Caribbean tour.”
Furthermore, many royal visitors forget that “it is the host country that wants the tours, asks for them and organizes them,” Seward said. “It is not imposed on them in a way that appears colonial. It is not imposed at all.”
Charles and Camilla’s tour of Canada will take place in May this year, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility that William and Kate, who have visited the country twice in 2011 and 2016, were asked to travel west as well. can go.
“The fact that Charles and Camilla are moving to Canada doesn’t mean that William and Kate can’t go again later in the year,” Seward said. “This journey is only taking a few days, so further travel by a member of the royal family will not be ruled out.”