King Charles and Queen Camilla could face 'fears of protests' during historic royal tour next year

King Charles and Queen Camilla

King Charles and Queen Camilla will visit Canada next year

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 12/12/2023

- 22:33

The King and Queen are due to visit a British realm for the first time since the Coronation

King Charles and Queen Camilla could face "fears of protests" during a historic royal tour next year, sources have claimed.

The King is expecting to face opposition when he travels to Canada in the spring of 2024, which will be his first visit to a British realm since his Coronation.

Polls indicate that the Canadian public is becoming less supportive of the monarchy.

Queen Camilla will travel with Charles on the tour in May, which is scheduled to last a week.

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The King's advisers and Foreign Office officials have been collaborating to create a schedule that will hopefully minimise republican hostility.

Royal insiders have reportedly "raised concerns" about the reception the King and Queen will receive in North America.

Officials in charge of the trip are said to be "acutely aware" that it will likely be "a huge test of [the King's] popularity".

This is especially because it will be King Charles's first visit to a British realm as the monarch.

Queen Camilla and King CharlesQueen Camilla and King Charles visited Kenya last monthPA

More than 81 percent of Canadians, according to recent surveys, admitted they didn't feel attached to the monarchy. Meanwhile, only 14 percent of Canadians said they do.

Polls conducted by CBC before the Coronation revealed that 60 percent of people were opposed to Charles becoming King of Canada.

According to data from the Angus Reid Institute, only 28 percent of Canadians admitted to having a positive opinion of Charles, while 48 percent did not.

The Leger Survey published data in September suggesting that 81 percent of Canadians do not feel a connection to the monarchy, while only 14 percent do.

King Charles and Queen Camilla

King Charles and Queen Camilla arriving in France for their royal tour in September

King Charles III and Camilla

King Charles III and Camilla arriving in Germany earlier this year


Additionally, according to the survey, 63 percent of Canadians said the nation should "rethink ties to King Charles III".

A source said the upcoming Canadian tour would “reflect the feeling in the country”, adding that there were “very real fears of protests affecting future visits” across the realms.

However, a palace source told The Mirror: “The King has always been very open that he will continue in his role as head of state across the British realms for as long as he is wanted.”

One insider said Canada was chosen as a “safe space” for the King and Queen.

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