King Charles’ scheduled visit to Canada has been delayed after he was diagnosed with cancer
Plans for King Charles III’s first tour of Canada as head of state have been put on hold after he was diagnosed with cancer, CBC News has learned.
Although Buckingham Palace has not officially confirmed the visit, Canadian government sources told CBC News that King Charles III and Queen Camilla are scheduled to visit the country in May 2024. aThe British media also reported this.
Earlier this month, Buckingham Palace said medical staff discovered a type of cancer when the 75-year-old king underwent surgery in hospital for benign prostatic hyperplasia, and said he had begun a schedule of regular treatments.
The palace did not specify in the statement the type of cancer discovered or the treatment the king is receiving. She added that the king “remains completely positive about the treatment he has received and looks forward to returning to full public service as soon as possible.”
In response to an access to information request made by CBC News, a Canadian official wrote that “following the announcement of His Majesty’s cancer diagnosis, there are no further tours planned in Canada for 2024, and no tours with other countries are planned.” Members of the royal family.”
Sources not authorized to speak publicly told CBC News that planning for the royal visit has been postponed.
Buckingham Palace did not respond to a request for comment.
Royal commentator and author Victoria Murphy said that since no public tours have been announced, the royal family will not have to cancel anything publicly.
“There’s no doubt there are things in the planning discussions behind the scenes that have now been paused because of this diagnosis,” she said in an interview with CBC News on Monday.
The king, who was crowned last May, has not traveled to many Commonwealth countries since his coronation.
As king, he has traveled to Germany, Romania, France, Kenya, and most recently to the United Arab Emirates to attend the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
“I would expect the King this year, under normal circumstances, to make a large number of foreign trips,” Murphy said. “Everything has changed now because of this diagnosis.”
His last trip to Canada was in May 2022, when he visited Newfoundland, Ottawa and the Northwest Territories. During that visit, Rose Anne Archibald, then national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, called on the Queen to apologize for the Crown’s “continued failure to honor treaty agreements” with Indigenous peoples.
Archibald told reporters that Charles heard the request and was “Very sympathetic“.
Canada is divided over severing ties with the Crown
A poll conducted shortly before the king’s coronation shows Canadians are divided on whether the country should remain tied to the crown.
A Léger poll of 1,544 Canadians found that 56 per cent of respondents agreed that the country should “reconsider its relations” with the monarchy now that there is a new ruler.
It also found that 67% of participants felt “indifferent” to Charles’ new role. Only 12% said it was “good news.”
About 80% of participants said they were not “personally connected” to the monarchy.
Any changes to Canada’s relations with the monarchy would require a unanimous decision from the provinces, the House of Commons and the Senate – and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said There is no appetite for discussion about abolishing the monarchy.
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