Charles and Camilla have a date with Canada

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Prince Charles and Camilla will be the senior royals assigned for a tour of Canada in 2012.

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.

Can-Diamond-Jubilee-logoThe dates and specific stops are still being finalized, but Charles and Camilla will be here in May, making stops in New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan. (Canada's Jubilee year logo is at right.)

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)

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Prince Charles and Camilla arrive in a horse-drawn carriage for the opening ceremony of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto during their last tour of Canada in November 2009. (CP)



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total waste of time and money. It is high time for Canada to stand up on it's own feet and renounce british monarchy which serves no purpose in the world anymore. Can someone tell me what exactly is their contribution to the world in the last 20-30 years ? Why should we waste hard earned tax payer dollars on them ? at a time when millions of people are struggling to make ends meet and feed their families, such blatant display of waste is a matter of shame for any self respecting nation.

i speak for many canadians when i say that no members of an incest bred monarchy are welcome in canada...
it's an embarrassment to be associated with such stupidity

I do not feel we should be going to all the expense a royal visit entails for Camilla and Charles. We just spent a lot welcoming William and Kate and Canadians were happy to do so. I don't think Canadians wish to spend money for Camilla so maybe if they are coming it should be at their expense.

It is time to abolish the monarchy in this country, we are a grown up country and there is no need to stay attached to the apron strings of this family who have no purpose or use. We really do not want them here and why will we have o pay huge amounts of money from our paycheques to fly them about, protect them and provide big parties for the social few.

Don't bother, Charles. I'm sure you're a nice man, but not many of use care about seeing you, and very, very few of us want to foot the bill for your luxurious tour around our country. In fact, apart from young Will, who carries the aura of his beloved mother, and Kate, who is movie-star beautiful, we really don't want to see and pay for any of you foreign royals.

How about OUR next King.

The next king is Charles, Sunday's Child

Charles will likely be the next King of Canada. Our future King will be touring Canada.

My opinion is that the Monarchy has played a huge part and Canadian History and therefore the Monarch should stay a part of Canada if we got rid of the Monarch we would be like the americans if you look at all the countries who have a monarch they all have Prime Ministers thopse who use to have a monarch like France have Presidents. Therefore if we got rid of the Monarch we would have to change our Political system to that like the Americans and as long as I am living and like minded people like me who look up to the monarch . I will continue to stand up for the Monarch because I believe it is the best for Canadians.

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