Canada’s monar­chy fa­tigue

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About half of Cana­di­ans have monar­chy fa­tigue, which will rise with Prince Charles as king (Un­happy and in­glo­ri­ous? 30 March). It’s not just his years of mis­treat­ment of Diana, but more his pompous­ness and priv­i­leges, such as hav­ing his shoelaces ironed and tooth­paste squeezed on to his tooth­brush. Can the man not do any­thing for him­self?

A Bri­tish monarch who lives in a for­eign coun­try was never pop­u­lar with many French-Cana­di­ans. Canada has be­come a rain­bow na­tion of im­mi­grants and refugees who have no con­nec­tion to Britain.

Skip­ping suc­ces­sion one gen­er­a­tion and mak­ing Wil­liam king and Kate queen con­sort would give the monar­chy in Canada a huge boost. But Charles has been un­em­ployed for too long wait­ing for his job, and he will get it. With the Queen gone, Cana­di­ans may de­cide to scrap the monar­chy. But for now, the Queen re­mains loved by many, tol­er­ated by oth­ers, and we will miss her. Reiner Jaak­son

Oakville, On­tario, Canada

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