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New Canadian patronages for Prince Charles

- May 16th, 2012
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Prince Charles has announced two new patronages for Canadian organizations. (Photo: Zak Hussein/WENN.com)

Some people might say, “Why should we care about the royals? All they ever do is sit in Buckingham Palace, wasting taxpayer money and petting corgis.”

What have they done for us lately? What do they do for Canadians?

Well …

Prince Charles has just announced two Canadian organizations — the Royal Conservatory of Music and Earth Rangers — have been granted a royal patronage.

Prince Charles is currently the patron of six charities, as well as acting colonel-in-chief of seven Canadian regiments.

“The Prince of Wales has been involved in Canadian public life for 40 years,” president and CEO of Prince’s Charities Canada Amanda Sherrington said in a release Wednesday.  “These patronages represent a further deepening of that relationship and honour the good work of these organizations in the prince’s areas of interest.”

A patronage means Prince Charles supports these charities, through encouragement, financial aid or privilege. It often also brings attention to the causes — something charities desperately need in order to garner donations and volunteers.

Dr. Peter Simon, president of the Royal Conservatory, said his group is “extremely proud and grateful to join a select group of organizations reflecting the values and goals” of Prince Charles.

Peter Kendall, executive director and co-CEO of Earth Rangers, said Prince Charles, “shares our passion for wildlife and the environment.”

The announcement comes just days before the royal couple’s Canadian tour, which kicks off Sunday.

When they are in Toronto during their royal tour, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will tour the Yonge Street Mission and UforChange. Both are part of the prince’s Seeing is Believing program, which brings corporate leaders face-to-face with social and economic issues, and demonstrates the impact that responsible business can have by closing the gap between the boardroom and the community.

“These visits provide the opportunity for the prince to see the great work of these charitable partners and to encourage our visiting CEOs in their efforts to make a difference,” Sherrington said in a release May 11.

Prince Charles ‘is the Leafs fan of royalty’

- May 16th, 2012
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watches as her husband, Prince Charles, does the weather on a recent trip to a Scotland BBC studio. (Photo: Andrew Milligan/REUTERS)

Toronto Sun columnist Mike Strobel has written about the upcoming royal tour.

Read his column: Charles shoots for the throne on this royal visit

Will Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, woo Canadians in their upcoming tour? Do they even need to?

If you haven’t seen the video of Prince Charles and Camilla doing the weather, check it out here: