Prince Charles’ high-stakes trip to Canada

Charles was greeted by throngs of flag-waving Canadians upon his arrival in Ottawa and throughout his stay. He rubbed shoulders with politicians and deftly handled complicated questions about royal family history, while making the most of some photo opportunities.

It was important to make this trip a success. Canada was one of the five founding members of the Commonwealth, and its relationship with the royal family has generally been warm and reciprocal. On Monday, the country will celebrate Victoria Day, which marks the birthday of the 19th-century monarch.

And Charles has made the trip often too – he has appeared alone, with Princess Diana and with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. In 1998, he memorably hit the slopes in Whistler with William and Harry.

Charles skis with his sons in Whistler, Canada in 1998.

But this latest visit was her first in five years – and it came at a time when her visibility is rising as the Queen, who has suffered from mobility issues, refines her schedule.

Charles has been the heir to the throne since birth, but in recent months he has been increasingly forced to take on duties that remind people he is the future king.

And travel to the countries where they are the head of state is an important part of any monarch’s reign.

With that in mind, Charles’s itinerary in Canada might provide clues as to what kind of king he wants to be.

The environment has been close to his heart for decades, and it was a big theme on his tour. He led a climate emergency roundtable with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and spoke with residents of Yellowknife, in northwestern Canada, about the impact of climate change on the community.

Trudeau hailed Charles’ “commitment to Canada, Canadians and building a cleaner future” on Twitter after hosting the Prince of Wales.

There were also dark times. Charles paid tribute to Canadian war dead at a wreath-laying ceremony and attended a service at a Ukrainian church in Ottawa, before speaking with members of the local Ukrainian community.

Charles meets with the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, RoseAnne Archibald.

He also gave royal fans plenty of lighthearted moments. He tested a snowmobile, was swayed by tribal members in a Dene drum dance and watched with excitement a Royal Canadian Mounted Police parade on Thursday.

At one point during his eventful journey, Charles extolled the virtues of a Canadian staple – maple syrup – calling it a “good thing”, according to news agency PA Media.

But the legacy of historical wrongs has increasingly lingered on royal travels in recent months, and perhaps the most important element of Charles’ journey has been the ability with which he addressed those concerns.

Canada is in the throes of a national scandal over the death and abuse of Indigenous children in residential schools, and the Assembly of First Nations national chief says she pressed Charles for an apology from the Queen , given his role as head of the Anglican church, which ran some of the schools.

“I have also asked for an apology for the failures of the Crown in this relationship we have with them,” RoseAnne Archibald said, according to PA.

Charles didn’t apologize but “acknowledged that there have been failures by those responsible for this relationship,” which “really meant something,” Archibald said.

Earlier in the trip, PA reported that Charles told dignitaries: “We must find new ways to come to terms with the darker and more difficult aspects of the past: acknowledge, reconcile and strive to do better. C It’s a process that starts with listening.”

Charles has been on many royal tours over the decades, so it should come as no surprise that he can tick off a visit to a Commonwealth country as a success.

But as the royal family navigates its changing role in the world and the gradual process of transition begins to take shape, Charles can expect to focus more on where he travels, how often and how it goes. pass.

WHAT ELSE HAPPENS?

Elizabeth opens a railway line that bears her name.

The Queen took the time to officially open London’s new Elizabeth Line, in her first public appearance outside Windsor for several weeks. Beaming and dressed in sunshine yellow, Elizabeth inspected the new public transport rail line, which bears her name, alongside her son Edward and Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Paddington Station on Tuesday. The 96-year-old monarch, who is usually accustomed to more luxurious forms of travel, has even learned to use the top-up Oyster card which enables millions of people to hop on London’s Underground network – judging the device” gorgeous”.

Queen Elizabeth II unveils a plaque to mark the official opening of the Elizabeth Line.

Diana Ross headlining the jubilee concert.

Motown legend Diana Ross has been announced as one of the headliners for the Platinum Jubilee concert which will take place outside Buckingham Palace next month. Duran Duran, opera singer Andrea Bocelli and Rod Stewart will sing for the monarch, as will – fittingly – Queen, in their current guise with frontman Adam Lambert. The headliners will entertain thousands of spectators on an elaborate stage outside the palace, although it is not yet clear whether the Queen will watch the performances live as she has previously given Jubilee concerts. George Ezra, Lin-Manuel Miranda and British Eurovision star Sam Ryder also star.

DID YOU KNOW?

William booed during the FA Cup final.

It’s been a busy week for Prince William in his role as chairman of the English Football Association.

The football fan presented the FA Cup to winners Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, but before kick-off a group of supporters appeared to boo and jeer at him as he entered the arena. Some fans also booed the national anthem, which was played before the start of the match between Liverpool and Chelsea.

“It’s always better to ask the question: ‘Why is this happening?'” Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp told a press conference on Monday.

“I know our people so well that they wouldn’t do it if there wasn’t a reason. I haven’t been here long enough to understand the reason – it’s something historic for sure “, Klopp said.

Days later, William reveled in more upbeat news from the world of football – paying tribute to Jake Daniels, the 17-year-old Blackpool striker who became the first male professional player in decades to come out as gay.

“Football should be a game for everyone,” William wrote on Twitter. “What Jake has done takes courage and will hopefully help break down barriers that have no place in our society.”

OF THE ROYAL VAULT

The Queen met hockey great Wayne Gretzky (second from right) in Vancouver on October 6, 2002, during a 12-day Golden Jubilee tour of Canada.

The Queen got close to the action when she attended a hockey game in Vancouver in October 2002. After being greeted by Canadian hockey great Wayne Gretzky, the monarch stepped onto the ice and dropped the first ceremonial puck during the confrontation between the Vancouver Canucks and the San José Sharks.

Her tour of Canada during her Golden Jubilee year, which she undertook with her late husband, Prince Philip, lasted almost two weeks.

PICTURE OF THE WEEK

Maverick and Iceman in the flesh: Tom Cruise and his new winger, Prince William, teamed up at the London premiere of the ‘Top Gun’ sequel on Thursday. William, who flew for the Royal Air Force, even wore shoes embroidered with the logo of a fighter jet for the event, and the Hollywood superstar opened up about his unlikely friendship with the royal. “We have a lot in common,” Cruise told PA Media on the red carpet. “We both love England, and we’re both airmen, we both love to fly.”

Royal correspondent Max Foster is absent this week. CNN’s Hafsa Khalil contributed to this newsletter.

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