The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have just visited Southern California and of course the media covered every moment. But I noticed something that could be very telling of the royal relationship.
Given the star power William and Kate have demonstrated in North America, the attractions of rebranding themselves in a global manner will loom large. Will tension appear between their traditional state-connected activities and a more diverse humanitarian agenda?
For years, royalty was untouchable. But in the space of just 66 days since they were married, William and Kate have overturned the stuffy and stuck-up royal image. PDA has played a big part in doing it and here's why.
Our "First Lady" needs to find a balance to ensure her image isn't one of a luxurious princess, but does she need to tell the world that Canadians are mundane or boring? Just because you support the Conservative party, it doesn't mean you can't be a little more "liberal" in your sense of style, non?
While those tried and true stereotypes of Canada still hold true, we have developed some new, not so nice traits since Will's last visit. These days, Canada is much more likely to be a shipper of oil, and with that has developed a petro-state approach to foreign relations.
While you're here, can you guys chat up our King Harpernicus regarding environmental issues? Between the tar sands, our positions at international forums, and cuts at Environment Canada, I don't think he's too familiar with the idea.
Why would anyone want to get up early on a hot Saturday morning to watch a relatively horsey-looking, vaguely famous young man and his looks-good-in-a-cocktail-dress wife walk from a landau to a stage and sit down while the throat singers do their stuff? I think Canadians are somehow past this stuff.