November 14, 2018 will be a day of celebration throughout the Commonwealth as we mark the 70th birthday of the Prince of Wales, Heir to the Throne, and recently selected by a world-wide assembly of leaders as the eventual successor to The Queen in her role as Head of the Commonwealth.

Canadians have known Charles for the seven decades of his life, at first through the media, and then through his many Canadian homecomings through every corner of Canada - during which

* he affirmed our sovereignty over the Canadian North including a memorable dive under the Arctic ice cap at Frobisher Bay

* he developed close relationships with Canada’s First Peoples and the Canadian Forces

* he extended his worldwide charities to include The Prince’s Trust Canada - promoting core programs ranging from entrepreneurship training for veterans and transitioning Canadian Armed Forces members and helping young people build confidence through employability programs, to supporting Indigenous communities as they revitalize and protect their languages

and most recently

* With Camilla, he was hailed on Parliament Hill as we celebrated 150 years of Confederation in July, 2017.

The Queen has often expressed her admiration for Charles. During a Commonwealth gathering in Malta, in November of 2015, HM remarked that she could not “wish to have been better supported and represented in the Commonwealth than by the Prince of Wales who continues to give so much to it with great distinction." In Her Majesty’s 2008 Christmas Broadcast, she said that “Through his charities, the Prince of Wales has worked to support young people and other causes for the benefit of the wider community,” a reaffirmation of her speech on the 40th Anniversary of the Prince’s Trust – one of the largest charities in Europe – when The Queen said that “For Prince Philip and me, there can be no greater pleasure or comfort that into [Charles’] care are safely entrusted the guiding principles of public service and duty to others.”

In April, 2018, speaking in an unusually personal way, The Queen asked the heads of government gathered for the Commonwealth Summit in London that they “decide that one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949” and choose him as her successor as Head of the worldwide friendly family numbering some 2.3 billion people. The leaders’ response was an enthusiastic endorsement of Canada’s future King in the role so deeply cherished by his Mother our Sovereign.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, spoke about his father’s dedication to good works in a January, 2018 address to the UK’s Charity Commission annual meeting. Reminding his audience that “Charity is not an optional extra in society,” Charles’ elder son said of the Prince of Wales, who in the last decade alone has helped a number of charities raise more than £1 billion, that “From [him], I learned how central charity was to his life his sense of purpose... The Prince’s Trust is not an arms-length organisation for my father. He cares deeply about it because it is a living projection of his values.”

Charles has had the longest apprenticeship of any Heir to prepare him to reign as our King. Unlike his predecessors, he has performed his role as Prince of Wales under the unfiltered glare of both traditional and social media. We have seem him champion many important issues well before they became mainstays of policy and political debate, including the threat of climate change, the benefits of organic farming, and promotion of social enterprise, support for the arts and preservation of historic buildings within the context of urban planning. Likewise, and without any of the deference given earlier Heirs, we have also come to know his flaws, some real, some concocted, many others blown out of proportion, during difficult times – such imperfections are not different from many other people’s faults so much in type as in the attention paid to them. 

  Reasonable people’s balanced perspective will probably credit his record over many decades of service as overwhelmingly admirable: how he has persevered; given unyielding support to The Queen; encouraged tolerance, good will and innovation; with Diana,  raised two admirable sons who are deeply loved throughout the Commonwealth and indeed the world; and ultimately, has found happiness in a life of service he now shares with Camilla.

  Ich dien - I serve - is the Motto on the ribbon of the Prince of Wales’ heraldic Badge. It is wholly fitting for this Prince who will one day be King of Canada. On his 70th birthday, we send our deep respects and very best wishes to him for continuing energy and fulfillment in his busy life.

 

The Prince of Wales
From the point of view of a Canadian who has worked closely with him

The Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday on November 14th presents an opportunity to reflect on his many years of service to Canada and in particular to his growing body of charitable work here. Starting with his first visit in 1970, The Prince has visited Canada more than any other realm, declaring in 1996 that “every time I come to Canada, and I’ve been here many times since 1970, a little more of Canada seeps into my bloodstream and, from there, straight into my heart.”

I have had the unique vantage point of working for The Prince’s Canadian charitable office for nearly 7 years. It’s been an amazing journey and Prince’s Trust Canada as we are now known, remains focused on realizing The Prince’s charitable vision from coast to coast to coast. I’ve been given the privilege of participating in three of HRH’s Royal Tours (2012, 2014 and 2017) of Canada and what always impresses me about The Prince is the boundless energy and enthusiasm he devotes to his work. It’s fascinating watching him converse with groups as diverse as veterans looking to start a business, young people facing barriers to employment and Indigenous communities working to revitalize their languages. He has this ability to make each feel special and ask insightful and thoughtful questions. He’s never rushed and takes his time with each person he’s supposed to meet (much to the frustration of those who want to move him more swiftly!).

In particular, The Prince has a real connection with young people and defies expectations by making meaningful connections with those whom his charities has helped regardless of the environment. I’ll never forget for example, helping to arrange a chat for the Prince with young people and community leaders from Toronto's Yonge Street Mission on a TTC bus as it toured around St. James Town. The TTC even made the Prince a special bus pass for the occasion which was pretty amazing.

Another incredible opportunity was taking a group of Inuit community leaders and language experts around Wales to learn from the Welsh example of language revitalization. The trip was full of interesting learnings (like sounds shared by Inuktitut and Welsh but not English) but the most incredible part was the end where The Prince had our entire group over for tea at his Welsh Home Llwynywermod (most of the Prince’s staff just call it the Welsh house!).

On this week more than others I also remember the time he spent meeting some of our Veteran Entrepreneurs and their families at CFB Trenton during his last visit. His charitable work began when he left the Forces himself; and as the father of two servicemen as well, he knows the challenges faced by their comrades.

Each of HRH’s initiatives appeals to a different piece of our mission to transform lives and build sustainable communities. We are still relatively small but our impact continues to grow. I encourage all Canadians to learn more about HRH’s work here in Canada and to support the initiatives that resonate with you.

Just like the Prince, we are just getting started.

– Matthew J. Rowe is the Head of External Affairs for Prince’s Trust Canada

How to Send Birthday Greetings to the Prince

You may send a letter or greeting card (for security reasons, please do not send a parcel/gift) with an appropriately informal salutation

(“Dear Charles” or “Dear Prince Charles”)

HRH The Prince of Wales
Clarence House
London SW1A 1BA, United Kingdom

A tax-deductible donation to the Prince’s Trust Canada would be a fitting way to honour His Royal Highness’ 70th birthday donate here.

Canada 150 Speech by the Prince of Wales

Parliament Hill, July 1, 2017

Monsieur le gouverneur général, Monsieur le premier ministre, Mesdames et Messieurs,

Le premier juillet 1867 était, parait-il, une journée chaude et calme, qui augurait fort bien pour une nouvelle génération de Canadiens. La toile de fond de ces célébrations était la conviction que le Canada pouvait représenter un exemple unique pour le monde entier, fondé sur un idéal de paix, d’ordre et de bon gouvernement.

Aujourd’hui, 150 ans plus tard, nous avons à nouveau cette possibilité d’imaginer le chemin à emprunter dans les prochaines années, ainsi que les actions à prendre pour forger l’avenir.

We should be clear and proud that we are celebrating a country that others look to for example. An example of fairness and inclusion; of always striving to be better. Around the world, Canada is recognized as a champion of human rights; as a peace-keeper; a responsible steward of the environment and natural resources; and as a powerful and consistent example of diversity and the power of inclusion with, if I may say so, Canada’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples demonstrating a remarkable determination to forge an ever better society.

In April this year, I joined the Governor General and the Prime Minister at Vimy Ridge in France for the commemoration of that terrible battle of the First World War. It was a victory led by Canadians, driven by commitment to the power of freedom and democracy. Thousands gave of themselves on those fields, far from their homes. That was a gift to all our futures, and one we must never forget.

Many of those brave soldiers were descended from the waves of people who came to Canada from across the globe, inspired by hope for a better future and the promise of new opportunities. Alongside Indigenous peoples, they developed new ways of life, established a diverse economy and built a country that spans an entire continent. Today of all days, we recognize their contributions to our own way of life.

Ladies and Gentlemen, if I may, I would like to say a special thank you on your behalf to the Governor General for his seven years of impeccable service as Her Majesty’s representative. He has earned great respect and gratitude as a modern nation-builder, whose commitment to the youth of Canada, and to reconciliation, is exemplary.

One hundred years ago this weekend my great-grandfather, King George V, sent a telegram to the then Governor General of Canada on the occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Confederation, in which he said: “I rejoice with the Dominion of Canada in celebrating its strong, ever-growing, prosperous life.”

Few in 1917 could have imagined the extraordinary changes that would shape Canada over the ensuing century, and yet, my great-grandfather’s message to this remarkable country – that continues to thrive and to set its sights ever higher – is one that holds true to this day and which I am so very proud to reiterate to you all.

Mon épouse et moi sommes tout à fait ravis d’être ici pour vivre avec vous cette journée toute spéciale. Ce pays occupe, pour nous deux, une place unique dans nos cœurs, et l’avenir du Canada nous inspire la plus grande confiance. Permettez moi de conclure en vous souhaitant tout simplement du fond du cœur, « Bonne fête Canada »! Happy Birthday Canada!

Media: List of League Spokesmen

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NATIONAL

Robert Finch, Dominion Chairman/Président nationale, Oakville, ON
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Cian Horrobin, Toronto
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CANADIAN STUDYING IN ENGLAND
ÉTUDIANT CANADIEN EN ANGLETERRE
(former National Young Monarchist Chairman)
+Neil Macalasdair, Cambridge University
(also speaks Mandarin)
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011.4477.6130.7072

ATLANTIC CANADA/LES MARITIMES

John Yogis, Halifax
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Barry MacKenzie, Antigonish, NS/NÉ
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James Wilson, Albert Mines, NB
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Mary Mills Dunea PEI/IPE
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QUÉBEC

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(b) François Marquette, Montréal
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(b) Karim Al-Dahdah, Montréal
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ONTARIO

+Davis Whittington-Heeney, Ottawa
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(b) Philippe Chartrand, Ottawa (Kanata)
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Jamie Burton, Kingston
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+Kyle Mastarciyan, Toronto
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Derwin Mak, Toronto
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Chris Lucki, Toronto & Windsor
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+Victoria Occhipinti, Toronto
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Tony Keene, Oro Station/Barrie
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Brendon Bedford, Kitchener
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Bradley Barbour, Kitchener/London
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Sandra Barker, London
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Gordon Maitland, Windsor
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MANITOBA

Darcie von Axelstierna, Winnipeg
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SASKATCHEWAN

Tom Richards, Saskatoon
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Monique Goffinet Miller, Regina
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ALBERTA

Robert Falconer, Calgary
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Kenneth Munro, Edmonton
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BRITISH COLUMBIA/C-B

Douglas Knopp, Vancouver
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Bruce Hallsor, Victoria
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YUKON

+Rhys Watson, Whitehorse
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