The monarch of Canada, King Charles III of England, suspended the official visit he had planned to make to the North American country, this after being diagnosed with cancer, Canadian public radio and television, CBC, reported this Monday.
Although the visit had not been officially announced, Canadian government sources told CBC that the king and Queen Camilla planned to visit Canada in May.
A Canadian official told CBC that “following the announcement of His Majesty the King's cancer diagnosis, there are no further tours planned in Canada for 2024 nor are there any other tours planned by other members of the royal family.”
The British monarch is also sovereign of Canada, and delegates the functions as Head of State to the governor general, a person who is chosen by the Canadian Prime Minister.
In early February, Buckingham Palace announced that the monarch was diagnosed with cancer while undergoing surgery for a benign enlarged prostate.
Charles III was crowned King of the United Kingdom in May 2023 and automatically became the Canadian monarch.
Although his mother, Queen Elizabeth II of England, enjoyed great popularity in Canada, a poll released in April 2023 indicated that 60% of Canadians did not want Charles III as king.
The same survey indicated that 62% do not want the effigy of Charles III to be on the Canadian dollar, which currently includes the image of Elizabeth II, or for “God save the king” to be sung in official ceremonies.
In the past, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated that his Government has no interest in changing the Constitution to eliminate the figure of the British monarch.
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