Charles ‘biggest tour ever’ questioned as King isn’t ‘exciting’

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A Royal tour is reportedly being planned in Australia to coincide with celebrations for the country’s first parliament. The claim was made in a programme of events released by New South Wales Legislative Council, which said a “much-anticipated Royal visit in 2024” promises to be “a highlight”. It has been reported that King Charles III is planning a huge royal tour to usher in his reign, visiting Australia, New Zealand and several Caribbean Commonwealth countries. Whilst the late Queen Elizabeth II went to Australia many times as Sovereign, none of her male predecessors managed to get to the country during their reign. 

Her father King George VI visited in 1926 when he was the Duke of York, and her uncle, Edward VIII, visited Australia in 1920 when he was the Prince of Wales. Prior to this, her grandfather toured the country in 1901 when he was heir to the throne, after his father had to cancel following the death of Queen Victoria.

According to The Mirror, King Charles wants to embark on a solo tour, leaving Queen Camilla “to attend to her personal projects at home”. A two-year-long tour of the globe will introduce Charles to the world and “extend a hand of friendship and support,” royal sources told the publication. 

However, while the monarch is reportedly planning the biggest royal world tour in history, some royal commentators have 

Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito, hosts of Royally Obsessed, discussed the future tour on the latest episode of their podcast. 

Ms Fiorito said: “Charles and Palace sources have announced that they’re planning a huge world tour — the biggest one yet — to Australia, New Zealand and maybe even Canada.”

She referenced The Daily Beast’s coverage of the tour, which described the King’s trip as a “very solo kind of rockstar thing,” which will see him going “all Mariah Carey”. 

Ms Fiorito continued: “Really, the biggest real tour ever? Do people not know who Charles is by now because he’s the longest-serving Prince of Wales? It’s just kind of weird to introduce yourself when everyone knows who you already are. 

“Rachel and I have talked about this so much that a lot of this doesn’t feel as exciting as when the Queen was around — there’s not that fashion rainbow Queen hook. But supposedly Kate and William will also be involved in this big world tour.”

Buckingham Palace are reportedly still in the process of working out which senior royals will go where in the coming months and years. The itinerary is having to be redrawn following the death of Elizabeth II. 

It is known that Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales are conducting high-profile trips in the future, including a visit to the US for the Earthshot Prize later this year. 

A royal source told The Mirror: “The King and his family are keen to hit the ground running in these crucial first few months and years of his reign.

“He certainly wants to carry on the long-held mantra from his late mother of being seen to be believed, and is very keen to get out and meet as many people as possible.”

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But Ms Bowie claims the King is lacking excitement in comparison to his mother and predecessor, she said: “I need more like royal razzle dazzle from Charles and Camilla. 

“It was the fashion with the Queen — the choice of pastel colours. I need something that feels a little more exciting about all of these moments.”

Ms Fiorito added: “Charles needs to really step up the panache,” before Ms Bowie said: “I think he can pull it off. If anyone can pull it off. It’s him.” 

Sources have suggested that the Firm could undertake as many trips as the Queen did during the whole of the Seventies when the late monarch visited 52 Commonwealth countries and 21 other countries in order to mark her Silver Jubilee.

The King has reportedly started discussions with his advisers about visits to Australia and Canada “as soon as possible”.

But many are hoping the new Prince and Princess of Wales will make it to Australia before the King and Queen. Ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, it was thought William and Kate were planning to visit, following a series of devastating wildfires across Australia in 2019.

Asked by ITV News recently about a possible royal visit, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said there had been “some preliminary discussions about the now Prince and Princess of Wales visiting Australia” .

Mr Albanese, who wants to replace the King as head of state and transition to a republic, said the Prince and Princess were welcome to bring their children. 

Despite wanting to become a republic, Mr Albanese is unlikely to call a referendum on the issue before Australia’s next general election. Following the Queen’s death, the Prime Minister was asked about the issue and said it was “a discussion for another time”.

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