Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Get your selfie sticks ready, William and Catherine are coming to Canada

Have you heard the news? William and Catherine are coming to Canada again, in Fall 2016 (or Autumn as the Brits would call it).

Yes, once again we will welcome members of the royal family to our fine country. So far it has been officially announced that the Cambridges are visiting British Columbia and the Yukon territory, locales they missed during their last visit. No doubt to the chagrin of the other provinces and territories who are wondering what on earth they did wrong during their last visit in 2011. Is it something we said?  Don't worry, Stephen Harper is gone now. In his place is Justin Trudeau, a telegenic politician only too happy to take selfies and make a good impression. 

Many many royal watchers are hoping George and Charlotte come along. No doubt Trudeau is too. With three children of his own, it could possibly become the most expensive playdate in Canadian history. But just think about how wonderful the photos will be!

Forgive me if I am cynical about this. Looking at their recent tour of India and Bhutan, which appeared to be nothing more than a fashion show and photo opportunity. If this particular tour is meant to serve any purpose it will be overshadowed by coverage of Catherine's clothes and accessories. Whatever cause or small town it is meant to highlight and booster will be quickly forgotten. I fear that this visit will become nothing more than a fashion show we will have to pay for. William and Catherine will watch as we smile and wave, acting like we are grateful for the privilege of doing so.

© Marilyn Braun 2016

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Cheryl Ciucevich said...

I agree with you. I'm really getting a bit irritated by the constant attention on fashion. There should be more focus on the programs and causes they are supporting.

Marilyn Braun said...

I agree, there should be more focus on their causes. It really frustrates me to see the fashion aspect overshadow everything. Although it is fun, not everything needs to be about fashion!

Anonymous said...

Great post!

I strongly dislike all the media attention on what she is wearing and how her hair is done. Who cares?! They come here to highlight causes that need support. It is not a fashion show! It is not a playdate, either, so Trudeau and his wife and kids can just stay home. He should be brushing up on bettering his public speaking skills anyway...uh, uh, shouldn't he?

I also think that Saskatchewan, especially, and Manitoba get left out far too often. It would be nice if the Royal Family could actually spend some time touring Saskatchewan and bringing some attention to that province. Even the Canadian media don't know about it, as they always refer to it as "the Prairies"? Say it with me...Saskatchewan! Heart of the prairies, but very distinct!

I look forward to reading your blog during this upcoming tour. I know your posts will be unbiased and accurate. Thanks Marilyn!


Marilyn Braun said...

Hi Donna,

Thanks for your comment, I will try my best! :)

You're right, the royals do not seem to visit Saskatchewan as often as other provinces. Let's hope it gets added to the tour as more information becomes available!