According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation the Canadian tour of Charles and Camilla Windsor was a shadow of previous family visits, which had been known to "bring out thousands of adoring subjects". According to the broadcaster, many Canadians say the future hereditary head of state will not be able to fill the shoes of his mother.
The New York Times called the tour "sleepy". At one stop there were only 10 Canadians to meet the British couple, it said. Three Canadian government jets flew into the town of Petawaw but only airport staff greeted the son of the feudal head of state. Sixty citizens, many school children, waved goodbye when they left.
The people of French-speaking Quebec, some of whom have rioted in protest at previous visits, were said to be as bored as their English-speaking fellow citizens.
A professor at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, told the NYT that "monarchists are rare and far between, relatively aged and feeble".
The American newspaper wondered whether the Windsors had a limited future in Britain's former colony. It concluded that their best hope lay in the constitutional difficulty of dumping the feudal institution.