February 1, 2023

This is expected to be the new British king’s first overseas trip to Canada instead of attending the Cop 27 climate change conference that Egypt will host next month.

And according to the British newspaper The Times, on Monday the British Cabinet is going to approve a proposal to send King Charles III to Canada.

The British cabinet wanted Charles’ first visit abroad to be in line with the government’s diplomatic priorities and felt that his presence as a participant in a climate change conference was “inappropriate” after his ordination as king of the country.

The decision not to allow Charles to attend the climate change conference (Cop27) alarmed John Kerry, the administration’s climate spokesman.

Kerry said he “absolutely” hoped that Charles would continue to be allowed to participate in ongoing discussions and climate change efforts “without prejudice to British constitutional procedures”, adding in a statement to the BBC: “The King is a very important organizer and someone someone who has the ability to raise the level of work that we now need on a global level.”

King Charles has made it clear that, as President of the Commonwealth Union, he is committed to making his first overseas visit to a Union country, including Canada, which is at the top of the list of potential visits.

The British government is keen to strengthen relations with Ottawa following Britain’s exit from the European Union, and the cabinet announced the start of negotiations on a new trade deal between the two countries in March last year.

The UK is Canada’s third largest trading partner and Canada’s demand for imports from the UK will grow by 45% by 2035.

King Charles III’s trip to Canada could be part of a wider royal tour, as the tour includes visits to Washington and other Commonwealth nations in the Caribbean, according to media reports citing a source at the British Foreign Office.

That said, France is among the countries being considered for Charles’s visit, especially after the rapprochement that took place last week between British Prime Minister Liz Terrace and French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron invited the king to visit France “at whatever time suits him” and the two countries plan to meet next year.

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