Welcoming Will and Kate

It’s official. Canada is first on the list for a visit from Prince William and Kate Middleton this summer.

Of course, she will be a member of the English Royal Family by then as the couple is set to wed April 29 in London’s magnificent Westminster Abbey.

After celebrating Canada Day in Ottawa, the couple will makes stops in Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Alberta and the Northwest Territories as well.

Now there are a whole lot of naysayers out there who continually decry even the presence of a ‘royal family’. Many point out that in their opinion it’s ridiculous to have kings, queens, princes and princesses in modern times. Especially when they hold virtually no power and are ultimately nothing more than figureheads, or a quaint reminder of past centuries.

Others are committed Royalists to the end.

After all, there is a rich history behind England’s Royal Family. The stories may not all be flattering, particularly those that have surfaced about certain goings-on in the past 20 years or so, but all in all it can be described as a fascinating dynasty with all kinds of colourful characters and events.

As to William and Katherine, there is already a non-stop flood of media attention being stirred up. There have been a flurry of TV specials outlining every detail about their romance. There are even books that have been hastily published about the attractive young couple in anticipation of their wedding day.

Commentators and many ‘commoners’ in England have expressed delight at the prospect of the marriage, saying that it’s a much-needed bright spot in the midst of tough economic times in Britain.

Whatever one’s feeling about the relevance of the royals, Canadians should feel pleased that our nation is the first the couple will visit in their official capacity.

It speaks to a solid relationship between England and Canada – one that goes back decades. Our nation has consistently been at the top of the list for such visits, and there is no doubt the public for the most part relishes every moment of it.

People are also hopeful that this marriage will work, unlike so many others amongst the Royals. William clearly knows firsthand the fallout of the disastrous union between his own parents, Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Hopefully this time around, things will turn out positively. William and Katherine have that rare opportunity to shine up the image of the Royal Family internationally.

And we in Canada will be among the first to witness how they are settling into the demands and duties of the ‘royal routine’.

Just Posted

WATCH: Mellisa Hollingsworth highlights Special Olympics Celebrity Breakfast

Olympic Bronze Medalist from Central Alberta shared her journey with a packed house

Court full as schools, parents dispute Alberta gay-straight alliance law

Justice Centre argues keeping parents out of the loop violates freedom of religion and expression

Marijuana to be legal in Canada Oct. 17: Trudeau

Prime Minister made the announcement during question period in the House of Commons

WATCH: Over 10,000 lbs of pet food given out to help Red Deer’s vulnerable

Alberta Animal Services and Red Deer Food Bank’s Kitchen Kibble will feed hundreds

Local coalition seeks to bolster youngsters’ development

‘Strengthening Positive Assets Resiliency in Communities’ supports local families

In reversal, Trump signs executive order to stop family separation

President had been wrongly insisting he had no choice but to separate families apprehended at border

Humboldt survivors to attend NHL Awards

Players say it’s a blessing to be back together again

Justice minister: marijuana still illegal for now

Driving under the influence of drugs has always been — and will remain — against the law

Crown recommends 150 years for Quebec mosque shooter

Crown lawyers say Alexandre Bissonnette deserves to receive the longest sentence in Canadian history

192 missing after ferry sinks in Indonesia

Divers are searching an Indonesian lake after a ferry sank earlier this week

No clear plan yet on how to reunite parents with children

A lawyer has documented more than 300 cases of adults who have been separated from a child

Senate officially passes Canada’s marijuana legalization bill

Bill C-45 now moves to royal assent, which is the final step in the legislative process

New GOP plan: Hold kids longer at border – but with parents

Move would ease rules that limit how much time minors can be held with their parents

Without a big data strategy, Canadians at risk of being ‘data cows’

Presentation said artificial intelligence could give Facebook and Amazon even more power

Most Read