Charles and Camilla have a date with Canada
Okay, so Canada won't be seeing William and Kate next year. Or Harry for that matter.
But the next King of England isn't a bad choice.
Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will be touring Canada as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations marking her 60 years on the British throne.
They will also be hitting Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea for their part in the grand royal touring show for 2012.
Kate and William -- who were spoiled with their summer tour of Canada -- have an daunting schedule, slated to make stops in Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. Prince Harry, making his first solo tour, keeps to sunny side of the Commonwealth, visiting Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
As for the Queen herself, she and Prince Philip won't be straying from the United Kingdom. Who can blame them? The Queen turns 86 in April and the Duke of Edinburgh 91 in June.
Charles has made 15 visits to Canada, the last being in 2009 when he brought Camilla for her maiden voyage to the colonies with stops in B.C., Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Quebec. His first was in 1970 as a 21-year-old.
William and Kate should have an interesting time. The tiny Pacific nation of Tuvalu has not had a royal visit since 1982. At that time, the Queen and Prince Philip sat in canoes as they were carried on the shoulders of islanders into the capital Funafuti.
The royals will hit all 15 countries, besides the UK, which recognize the Queen as head of state. Prince Andrew will travel to India and Princess Anne will be in Mozambique and Zambia.
Prince Edward and Sophie -- the Earl and Countess of Wessex -- will tour the Caribbean islands as well as Gibraltar.
The Duke of Gloucester -- Prince Richard, the Queen's cousin -- will be in the British Virgin Islands and Malta, while another cousin, the Duke of Kent, has stops in the Falkland Islands and Uganda.
Britain officially marks the Diamond Jubilee in London during the week June 2-5. Canada has pledged $7.5 million to to help Canadians celebrate, including events for a Diamond Jubilee Week, Feb. 6-12. The Queen officially ascended to the throne on Feb. 6, 1952.
Prince Charles smiles for the royal fans in the Northwest Territories during his inaugural visit to Canada in 1970. That's Queen Elizabeth in the background, far left. (Toronto Star)