How could I arrange for a Royal Visit? What is the difference, if any, between an "official" visit and a "working" visit? Why does the Monarchist League refer to these visits as "homecomings"?
As they are constitutional figures, precedent usually requires that The Queen—,The Prince of Wales and, the Duke of Cambridge—travel to Canada only "on advice" that is, on the responsibility of the Government of Canada, with arrangements and engagements cleared through and organized by Ottawa. When planning takes place on these occasions, the Royal concerned does express preferences and specific interests for their Canadian program; so it is never a waste of time to draw to the attention both of their private secretaries and The Canadian Secretary to The Queen (who almost invariably organizes such "official" homecomings) the interest of your organization or community in hosting a Royal, and the particular significance of what is being proposed.
The vast majority of Royal visits to Canada, however, are "working visits", the impetus for which comes from a province, community, regiment or an organization having Royal Patronage These may receive unofficial federal support such as visa and immigration courtesies, but the responsibility and costs are solely those of the hosts. Appropriate security is always determined by the RCMP, which bears all related expenses.
Onto such visits—and quite frankly, to share the significant costs associated with them—the principal host organization frequently grafts a variety of other engagements for worthy organizations not necessarily previously associated with the Royal Family member concerned. Corresponding well in advance with both the private secretary involved and principal host organizations is the most efficient way of arranging for your own organization’s consideration to form part of the itinerary. Specific requests, a clear timeline and evident experience/ability in executing events are always a plus when plans are considered.
—otherwise it is best to write to the United Kingdom contact, as detailed above.
The Monarchist League refers to all Royal Visits to Canada as "homecomings" because Royals return to Canada not as British or Commonwealth figures, but as members of the Canadian Royal Family, equally at home here as they are in Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Barbados or any other of the 16 Realms of which The Queen is Sovereign. As The Queen remarked to President Reagan in 1983 as she prepared to leave California for British Columbia: "I am going home to Canada tomorrow". Additionally, when The Queen concluded her 2010 homecoming with a journey to New York City to address the United Nations, she pointed out that "I shall be traveling from this Northern Realm as Queen of Canada".
What is the correct procedure for toasting The Queen? Is it appropriate to toast The Queen only on formal occasions? Do we have to use alcohol for the Loyal Toast?
It is customary to toast The Queen at public luncheons and dinners as well as at other occasions such as mess dinners and club functions. The Loyal Toast, as it is most correctly called, is always the first (or only) toast proposed, usually after dessert has been served, although modern custom also permits it to follow the main course.
In a formal setting, the person offering the Toast invites the guests to charge their glasses and be upstanding, and then proposes the Toast in the following terms, in either or both of the Official Languages, "Ladies and Gentleman, The Queen," or "Ladies and Gentleman, The Queen of Canada". Those present raise their glasses and then consume a small portion of their contents—the use of alcohol is optional. Many loyal subjects then choose to utter the loving phrase "God Bless Her" before they resume their seats.
It is also perfectly correct to toast The Queen at informal gatherings and family meals, especially on Royal anniversaries and Royal events, and national holidays. At these sorts of occasions, especially when young people or new Canadians are present, it is often customary for the proposer to say a few words about the special nature of the event and why it is appropriate to toast The Queen, and only then ask everyone at the table to stand. Children brought up to be able to propose such a toast learn not only a good lesson in Canadian civics but also a valuable social skill.
Is the League a charitable organization? Are my donations tax-deductible?
Unfortunately, donations made to the Monarchist League of Canada are not considered tax-deductible by Canada Revenue Agency. As the League does not accept any public subsidies, it relies entirely on the generosity of its members across Canada in order to accomplish its programs.
How do I arrange for a League speaker to address my club or organization?
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