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New look for the Queen

- May 14th, 2012
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Madame Tussauds unveils the 23rd waxwork of Queen Elizabeth in London on Monday. (Photo: WENN.com)

Madame Tussauds has unveiled a new sculpture of the Queen in time for her Diamond Jubilee.

Sculptor Steve Swales told Reuters he was nervous when he met the monarch at her Windsor and Balmoral homes.

Charles and Camilla are no Will and Kate

- May 14th, 2012
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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, attend an event at the Royal British Legion in Edinburgh, Scotland, on May 9. (Photo: David Moir/REUTERS)

Is it just me, or is it really hard to get excited about the upcoming royal tour?

I highly doubt we’ll see the crowds we did last summer when Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, came to Canada for a good week of touring the country.

And Charles and Camilla won’t draw the crowds the Queen does, either.

They’re coming to help celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but there are many in Canada who’d rather they not bother. Some will argue that in rough economic times, Canada shouldn’t have to shoulder the financial burden of hosting the royals — costs that will include security for events.

But there will be some crowds as Charles and Camilla tour through New Brunswick, Toronto and Regina, just not huge crowds. In their November 2009 tour, Charles and Camilla failed to get crowds out for events, including at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.

It’s a short trip — just three cities in four days. Much of the focus will be on military and charities. They’ll also take in fireworks in Toronto to celebrate Victoria Day.

It’s not an overly exciting itinerary. And, if I’m being honest, it’s one that’s hard to get too excited about. While I’m sure it will be a delight for those who get to meet the royal couple, it won’t really affect anyone else in Canada (except for the royal watchers, who will soak in every bit of the tour, no doubt).

It’s different when the Queen comes and she attends the same sorts of events, because it’s the Queen – everyone’s favourite grandmother!

But unlike the Queen and Will and Kate (and Harry – Harry, when are you coming to Canada?), it’s really hard for the majority of people to get excited about Charles and Camilla. While I think Camilla is an interesting lady, and she’ll be good for a few photoshoots because she does fun things like hold guns on TV sets, Canadians just aren’t as connected to Charles as they are his mother and his children.

Charles is seen as the stereotypical Brit — stiff upper lip, little emotion, not very loving, and very professional about everything. And, after polling some colleagues around me, they all determined the same thing: He’s dull.

Yes, he has his causes he’s passionate about. He is an environmentalist. He is one of the biggest supporters of the “buy local” movement. He has a number of charities. But when it comes to who would you rather shoot shit with over a beer in a bar, most would say one of his sons before they’d consider Charles.

We know very little about Charles and it does not seem like most Canadians care to know more.

Let me know what you think about Charles.