ST. Johns, Newfoundland – The Duchess of Cornwall Prince Charles and Camilla arrived in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on Friday to begin a three-day Canadian tour marking the 70th anniversary of her mother’s accession to the throne.
Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State of Canada, a member of the former British Commonwealth.
“In an age where global institutions of democracy are unfortunately fragile, Canada is a model of determination and humanity,” Charles said. “Today we Canadians need initiative, empathy and a humane attitude.”
Earlier Tuesday, Trudeau said reunions with Indigenous Canadians would be part of discussions that Charles and Camilla would discuss during their visit. However, when asked if he thought the queen should apologize for inheriting the boarding school, the prime minister avoided answering.
From the 19th century to the 1970s, more than 150,000 First Nations children had to attend state-funded Christian schools as part of a program to assimilate them into Canadian society. They were forced to convert to Christianity and were not allowed to speak their local language. Many have been beaten and verbally abused and up to 6,000 have been reported dead.
Charles and Camilla will take part in a reunion prayer with tribal leaders. Cassidy Caron, president of the Metis National Council, said he would like to apologize to the Prince and Duchess during a reception in Ottawa on Wednesday.
Britain’s longest reigning monarch, 96-year-old Elizabeth, has stopped traveling internationally and dramatically reduced her public duty, even though she went to see a recently completed subway line at a train station in central London on Tuesday. His honor
Last week, he asked his son and heir to the throne to preside over the state inauguration of the UK Parliament and address the Queen, highlighting the government’s legislative program.
The royal couple’s visit to Canada comes as some Caribbean countries are considering removing the queen from the presidency. Barbados severed ties with the Queen in November, transitioning from a constitutional monarchy to a republic. Jamaica also promised to be a republic but took no action.
Trudeau says Canadians do not want constitutional change and have other priorities.
Overall, the anti-monarchy movement in Canada is small, which means Charles will almost certainly become King of Canada one day. One reason is that abolishing the monarchy means changing the constitution. It is an inherently risky venture, how subtly engineered it has been to unite a nation of 34 million that embraces the endless stream of English-speaking, French-speaking, indigenous tribes and new immigrants.
Most Canadians are indifferent to the monarchy, although the queen is depicted on their heads of state and their coins and stamps, and has visited them 22 times as head of state.
“The Queen has asked me to wish her all the best for this special year and to express her deep affection for Canada and all Canadians. Throughout his life since his first visit to Canada in 1951, his majesty has become closely associated with Canada, “said Charles.