07/01/2011

Encore royal show too much for Twitter world

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William and Kate take in the show on Parliament Hill on Friday night as Canada Day celebrations wrapped up. Kate, as she did all day, sported a maple leaf-shaped brooch that had been worn by Queen Elizabeth on previous visits dating back to 1951. (Reuters)

When Will and Kate watched the Canada Day evening show, it was eerily similar to the day show, save for the increased booziness of the crowd.

After being introduced several  times by the hosts, the duke waved his arms to dismiss the attention. Kate laughed.

Great Big Sea started off the night and Will and Kate clapped along, standing up with the crowd.  
On Twitter, people groaned with embarassment.

"Why are they showing the same show on the hill? This was played at noon no?" Goforit1983 tweeted.

Some were even willing to concede that the same bands were fine, but maybe some new songs? Poor William and Kate, they chorused online.

"Prince William looking very bored. Embarassing!" JayzieTO tweeted.

"Are we that lame?!" hollyalicia tweeted.

"I feel sorry for Will and Kate forced to see the same show twice. Heck, I feel sorry for me..." Stillbaking tweeted.

The Duke and Duchess left before the fireworks, as they were scheduled to.

-Katie Daubs

Visit shows strength of the Commonwealth

The British press continued to be almost as overwhelmed by the Canadian reception to the royal tour as the guests of honour themselves.

In dispatches to their publications back home, the superlatives continued through Day 2 of William and Kate’s great Canadian adventure, as did some words of comfort that, yes, indeed, the monarchy does matter.

Peter Oborne of the Daily Telegraph drew some interesting parallels between this visit and the value of the Commonwealth, plus gave some gentle criticism to the royals:

There is no mistaking the overwhelming affection with which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been greeted on their inaugural royal visit to Canada. That is, in part, because everything they are doing resonates with a shared history.

Take their first engagement: a visit to Canada's National War Memorial was a poignant reminder that Canadian troops had served alongside the British in the two great world wars of the last century. Government House, where the couple stayed in Ottawa, was visited by King Edward VII when he was Prince of Wales, in 1860. In 1951, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were entertained there, secretly bringing with them a draft proclamation in case George VI, already very ill, should die while they were away.

The crowds who have flocked to see William and Catherine are surely sensing this profound link between our two nations. Alexandra Anghel, who waited five hours, articulated it very clearly after meeting them: "William's lineage is amazing, he's walking history – I can't believe I saw walking history."

She was absolutely right. When the second in line to the throne travels to Canada, it is like visiting family rather than some foreign country – not least because his grandmother, the Queen, is head of state in Canada. Such is the invisible strength of the Commonwealth, the association of independent countries that emerged out of the wreckage of the British Empire at the end of the Second World War.

The column wraps up with a mild slap on the wrist:

It is important that other members of her family understand this. For while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first choice of a foreign country to visit is welcome, their second is regrettable. They are travelling from Canada to the United States. They are guaranteed a warm reception, but for the wrong reasons. They will be fêted as celebrities, not welcomed as members of a family of nations with which we have common values. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the most glamorous young couple in the world. They have the capacity to do great things, not just for the monarchy but also for Britain on their foreign trips and it is the Commonwealth countries that should be their priority in the years to come.

Here are some more observations from a few other UK media outlets. From the BBC's Peter Hunt:

For a second day the duke and duchess have been wrapped in a warm Canadian embrace in a country celebrating its 144th birthday and which has the British/Canadian crown at its heart.

The large crowd on Ottawa's Parliament Hill has cheered and chanted: "Will and Kate". But are they excited because their future king and queen are in their midst or because they view the couple as celebrities at the top of the celebrity tree? Possibly a mix of the two.

From the Daily Mail:

They always knew the welcome would be warm.

But as they arrived for an official Canada Day show in an open-topped landau, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked simply overwhelmed by the adulation – and the heat.

More than half a million flag waving people crammed the streets of the city – many having travelled hundreds, if not thousands of miles - just to catch a glimpse of the glamorous newly-weds in temperatures of more than 90F.

While many were keen to see the prince, there is little doubt that it is Kate, 29, who is winning their hearts in what is widely considered to be a dress rehearsal for the rest of her public life.

From the London Sun:

And the huge welcome served as the strongest proof yet that the arrival of Kate into the Royal family has sparked the kind of mania not seen since the days of Princess Diana.

Kate looked overwhelmed when she and Wills stepped out of their motorcade at Ottawa's Parliament Hill.

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Greet couple All the Best !

Although I'm desperately trying to be charitable, some acts that were chosen to entertain (if I can call it that) on Canada Day had some talent, theirs were wasted when put together with all the 'trying to look cool' talentless groups on the same stage. I have never been so embarrassed to showcase these unknowns to such a large crowd (in person or televised).

Whoever put together the acts that appeared should be made to pay them all from their own pockets or refund the agency that paid them, then fired. Their excuse of 'we had limited funding' or 'the popular acts were busy that day' is totally inexcusable. You can't tell me that with all the talents in Canada, there was no one else 'known' that could have showcased Canadian talents. How about Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Paul Brandt, Lonestar, Anne Murray or even the well known Stompin Tom Connors as well as others. Come on!

As for the fantastic newlyweds, thank God, that they had a sense of humour and diplomacy to sit and put up with the same terrible acts that they had seen that very afternoon. How they must have laughed their heads off once they were out of the public eye. I know I would have.

I am glad that the people made up for that fiasco by warmly welcoming them to Canada. What a terrific down-to-earth fun-loving couple they seem to be. Wishing them a very happy and loving life together.

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