Saturday, the Prime Minister announced the dates for next month's visit of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The Royal Couple will be visiting 12 cities and communities in 4 provinces, including a stop in my hometown of Hamilton where a no doubt a tour of Dundurn Castle will be on the itinerary. The Duchess is the great-great-great granddaughter of Sir Allan Macnab, the man who built Dundurn - and who, in 1860, hosted Prince Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) at the castle.
Needless to say, there will be an incredible amount of interest in this event. There already is, judging by what I have seen and heard over the weekend. Thus, there is a wonderful opportunity for us monarchists to tell our story. More specifically, to promote the Prince of Wales as Canada's future king.
In a way, Prince Charles is a product of "extreme makeover." A team of public relations experts have transformed the way the public and the media see him - at least in Britain. Let's face it, folks, not many would've bet that the public would accept his marrying Camilla Parker-Bowes even 2-3 years before he actually did in 2005, right? The fact that the marriage happened and was accepted - even celebrated - shows how far the future king has come since the gloomy days of the 1990s.
But, I get a sense that here in Canada we can do more to enhance Charles' image. No doubt, the unfortunate fact that it has been some 8 years since he was last in Canada, has not helped. But, there is no point in dwelling on the past or on the negative.
Instead, let us take this opportunity to focus our energies on the positive. The reality is that Charles is an untold story, really. So, let's tell that story.
Let's tell the story of how Charles has raised millions of dollars through the Prince's Charities; of how he has been an environmental leader long before it was chic to be "green"; of how he strives to reconcile the world's religions; and of how he has successfully drawn attention to Canada's First Nations, the disabled, and the elderly.
The reality is that Charles' interests very much resonate with Canadians. I believe this Royal Homecoming provides us with the opportunity to make Canadians aware of that fact.
In the coming days and weeks, the League will undertake a number of initiatives to help tell the story - the untold story - of the Prince of Wales, Canada's Future King!
P.S. As always, I welcome any ideas and suggestions you may have.