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Royal tours are not always successful. Since restarting their global travels in the wake of the pandemic, some royals have experienced awkward encounters when interacting with leaders or protesters.
So there will be a sense of relief Prince Charles‘ The visit to Canada received rave reviews.
Charles was greeted by flag-waving Canadians on arrival and during his stay in Ottawa. He mingled with politicians, deftly tackling complex issues about royal history while making the most of some photo opportunities.
It is important to do this tour correctly. Canada is one of the five founding members of the Commonwealth, and its relationship with the royal family is generally friendly and reciprocal. On Monday, the country will celebrate Victoria Day, which marks the birthday of the 19th-century monarch.
her great-great-granddaughter queen elizabeth A staggering 22 trips have been made to the country, more than any other Commonwealth country. In 2002, she visited during her Golden Jubilee celebration and dropped a ceremonial puck before a hockey game between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks.
Charles also made frequent trips – he appeared alone, with Princess Diana and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. In 1998 he was memorable on the slopes of Whistler with William and Harry.
But this latest visit is his first in five years – and at a time when his profile is growing, as the mobility-impaired queen is streamlining her diary.
Charles has been heir to the throne from the moment he was born, but in recent months he has been increasingly forced to take on the role of reminding people that he is the future king.
Travelling to the country where they are head of state is an important part of any monarch’s rule.
With that in mind, Charles’ travels in Canada could offer clues about what kind of king he wants to be.
The environment has been on his mind for decades, and it’s a big theme on his tour. He held a roundtable discussion on the climate emergency with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and discussed the impact of climate change on communities with locals in Yellowknife, northwest Canada.
After welcoming the Prince of Wales, Trudeau took to Twitter to praise Charles’ “commitment to Canada, to Canadians and building a cleaner future.”
There are also melancholy moments. Charles paid tribute to Canada’s war dead at a flower-laying ceremony and attended a service at a Ukrainian church in Ottawa before speaking with members of the local Ukrainian community.
He also provided many lighthearted moments for royal fans. He tested a snowmobile, rocked with tribal members in a Dene drum and enthusiastically watched the RCMP parade on Thursday.
At one point during his busy schedule, Charles praised the virtues of Canadian staple maple syrup, calling it a “good thing,” according to PA Media.
But the legacy of historical error has increasingly lingered on royal travel in recent months, and perhaps the most important factor in Charles’s travels is how deftly he addresses them.
With Canada mired in a national scandal over the deaths and abuse of Aboriginal children in boarding schools, the national president of the Aboriginal Parliament said she urged the Queen to apologise to her given Charles’ role as head of the Church of England, which runs some of the schools.
“I also demand an apology for Crown’s failure in our relationship with them,” RoseAnne Archibald said, according to the PA.
Charles didn’t apologize, but “acknowledged that those responsible for the relationship had failed,” which “really means something,” Archibald said.
Earlier in the trip, the PA reported that Charles told dignitaries: “We have to find new ways to deal with the darker and more difficult aspects of the past: to acknowledge, reconcile and try to do better. It’s a process that starts with listening. .”
Charles has taken part in many royal tours over the decades, so it’s perhaps no surprise that he can successfully tick off visits to Commonwealth countries.
But with the changing role of the royal family in the world, and the transition that is taking shape, Charles can expect to pay more attention to where, how often and how he travels.
Elizabeth opened a railway line named after her.
The Queen has made her first public appearance outside Windsor in weeks, officially making time for the opening of London’s new Elizabeth Line. Dressed in sunny yellow, Elizabeth was beaming with her son Edward and Prime Minister Boris Johnson inspecting the new public transport rail line named after her at Paddington Station on Tuesday. The 96-year-old monarch, who is usually accustomed to more luxurious ways of travelling, was even shown how to use a top-up Oyster card that would allow millions to hop on the London Underground network – deeming the device “awesome”.
Diana Ross will attend the Jubilee Concert.
Motown legend Diana Ross has been announced as one of the headliners for next month’s Platinum Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace. Duran Duran, opera singers Andrea Bocelli and Rod Stewart will sing for the monarch, while the queen will also – aptly – sing as their current frontman Adam Lambert. The headliners will entertain thousands of spectators on an elaborate stage outside the palace, but it is unclear whether the Queen will be watching live performances, as in previous jubilee concerts. George Ezra, Lin-Manuel Miranda and UK-based Eurovision star Sam Ryder are also on the list.
Willian booed in the FA Cup final.
It has been a busy week for Prince William as EFA president.
The football fan presented the FA Cup to champions Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, but a crowd of supporters appeared to boo and jeer at him as he entered the field before kick-off. Some fans also booed the national anthem played before the Liverpool-Chelsea game.
“It’s always best to ask the question, ‘Why did it happen?'” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told a news conference on Monday.
“I know our staff very well and they wouldn’t do it without a reason. I haven’t been here long enough to understand the reason for it – it must be historic,” Klopp said.
Days later, William was ecstatic to hear some more upbeat news from football – a tribute to Blackpool striker Jack Daniels, 17, who became the first professional man to come out as gay in decades player.
“Football should be everyone’s game,” William tweeted. “What Jack does takes courage and hopefully helps break down barriers that have no place in our society.”
The Queen got up close and personal with a hockey game in Vancouver in October 2002. After being greeted by Canadian hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky, the Queen strode onto the ice, dropping the first puck of the ceremony in a showdown between the Vancouver Canucks and the Canucks. San Jose Sharks.
Her golden jubilee trip to Canada with her late husband Prince Philip lasted nearly two weeks.
Maverick and Iceman’s Flesh: Tom Cruise and his new wingman Prince William joined forces at the London premiere of the ‘Top Gun’ sequel on Thursday. William, who flew for the RAF, even wore shoes embroidered with the fighter jet’s logo to the event, with the Hollywood superstar speaking about his unlikely friendship with the royal family. “We have a lot in common,” Cruise told PA Media on the red carpet. “We all love England, we are all pilots, we all love flying.”