The Jubilee tours, in honor of Her Majesty’s 70 yeas on the throne, continues, as Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, goes on a tour of Australia and Papua New Guinea and Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, announce that they will be touring Canada. Despite their rough tour of the Caribbean, will the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children go on some sort of summer tour? It’s possible.
But first to Princess Anne and her tour of Oceania.
Known for her no-nonsense approach to royal life and duties, the Princess Royal, Her Majesty’s only daughter, arrived in Australia on April 9 with her husband Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and opened the 200th Sydney Royal Easter Show.
She first participated in the event with her mother, brother and father in 1970, and it was rather fitting that she opened it again for the third time on the first anniversary of her father’s death.
“The Show draws whole communities together and serves as a forum for the agricultural industry to share its stories, support each other, to remind themselves of the impact of geography and weather and unusual things like pandemics,” Anne said in a speech at the event.
The next day, the Princess Royal met with family members of firefighters who had died battling the Black Summer bushfires, specifically Geoff Keaton and Andrew O’Dwyer. The men were killed when a tree fell in their path and they ran off the road while battling a blaze, and now there is a fire-truck themed memorial playground that has been built in their honor.
To finish up her tour, Anne saw the refurbishment of the MV Cape Don for the Sea Heritage Foundation, attended a Garden Party at the Government House in Sydney and met with Royal Australian Corps of Signals and Royal Australian Corps of Transport before jetting off to Papua New Guinea.
On arrival Anne was met by the Prime Minister and attended a reception in Port Moresby, where she was told that the country is not following in the path of the Caribbean in terms of republican considerations. This puts Anne on much better footing than her nephew Prince William, who faced opposition with his wife Catherine during their recent tour.
In addition to Princess Anne being on tour, it has been announced that Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are going on a tour of Canada, visiting Newfoundland, Labrador, Ottawa and the Northwestern Territories.
In a statement about the tour, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “They will have a wonderful opportunity of seeing first-hand the diversity and kindness of Canadians and the beauty of our abundant natural landscapes that make us proud to call our country home.
This latest announcement raises the possibility that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their three children, may also undertake a larger tour of Australia and New Zealand, which are two of the three most prominent members of the Commonwealth, with Canada being the other.
Obviously, the couple just completed a rather grueling and controversial tour of the Caribbean in March and are probably hesitant to undergo such a tour again, especially with their children in tow. But with Australia and perhaps New Zealand considering republic referendums that would remove the monarchy, a tour with the Cambridges and their young children would help bolster ties.
If they do go on a tour, it will be a first for youngest Prince Louis, who was conceived after the couple took Prince George and Princess Charlotte to Canada in 2016 and Germany and Poland in 2017. A tour with the entire Cambridge clan is surely warranted.
Overall, the royal family continues to do its best to represent Her Majesty abroad, despite some of the challenges they’ve faced along the way.