Canadian monarch to visit Canada.
The Queen and possibly Prince Charles will come to Canada within the next year and a half, the Prime Minister's Office confirmed yesterday.
Although details are still being worked out by Ottawa and Buckingham Palace, speculation is that the Queen, who turns 83 on April 21, will come next year to open the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and perhaps mark the centenary of the navy, and Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, will come earlier.
The Globe and Mail reported in February that the Prince was keen to deepen his relationship with Canada, but was thwarted by not having been invited to the country for eight years.
By convention, the Queen and Charles, respectively head of state and next-in-line, can set foot in the country only officially and by invitation.
A convention which should be ditched. Surely the head of state should be able to visit the state she is the head of, without asking the permission of her own ministers.