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It was a northern odyssey that left a lasting mark on Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik — a three-month dogsled expedition through the unforgiving yet beautiful climes of Greenland nearly two decades ago.And it was this odyssey that in ways laid the groundwork for the heir to the Danish throne to come to Toronto a few days ago. Frederik remembered the frigid trek fondly as he did some modern-day royal business — trying to help convince the world's mining companies that Greenland is a place to go for rare earth minerals, rubies, diamonds and gold."My affair with Greenland started many years ago," Frederik said in an interview after he offered official words to open Greenland Day at a major mining convention that drew representatives from around the globe.Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. Frederik, who's been known as something of an adventurer-seeker, was "sold forever" on the place in 2000 when he went on that 2,800-kilometre dogsled expedition. The trek meant travelling mostly on sea ice right next to the coast, as the group circumvented the northern and eastern parts of the world's largest island.
It was a "gruelling expedition that honoured the way the Greenlandic people have always travelled and survived," he told the mining crowd. He also recounted how the country's "magnificent scenery and kind-hearted people" have given him unforgettable memories.
While mining was a focus of Frederik's business trip to Toronto, he also attended events centred on Danish architecture, which is at play in new developments in the city. His promotional efforts will also stretch to tourism, particularly the potential of Greenland. "There is so much beauty up there," he said. "You know a lot of it from further north in Canada, but Greenland is also something special in that sense."
Frederik, his wife, Crown Princess Mary, and their children have visited Greenland. His mother loves Greenlandic culture, Frederik said. But he's the first Danish royal to have travelled there so extensively — or, as he said, to put "more feet on the ground"He sees appearances such as the one at the mining conference as par for the royal course. "In this case, it's about promoting, putting a focus on a part of the world that is very special and dear to me, but that also has a great potential future, [an] economic future which will also benefit the society on Greenland, which only counts around 55,000 souls."
Why buzz for this royal baby may not last
The buzz around the baby Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting can seem a bit relentless. The pending arrival of the child who will be seventh in line to the throne has spawned everything from bets on potential names to tabloid speculation about how the child will be raised.There have been suggestions — or unsubstantiated rumours — the happy couple know they're having a boy. Or a girl. Or they don't know, and don't want to know, until the child is born. And on and on.But the buzz that surrounds Baby Sussex now and in his/her early years may fade over time."More junior members of the Royal Family often have attracted a lot of attention at the time of their birth, only for that attention to dissipate as they grow older [or] go down the line of succession," said Toronto-based royal author and historian Carolyn Harris.Witness Lady Sarah Chatto. Sarah who? some might ask. When she was born as seventh in line to throne in 1964, there was a definite buzz around the daughter of Queen Elizabeth's glamorous younger sister, Margaret, and her husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones.
Social media, the royal way
Social media has been on royal minds in recent days — for the worse, and for the better.
In the wake of significant online nastiness cropping up particularly from rival fans of Meghan and Kate, the Royal Family issued social media guidelines and warned it would block trolls posting offensive content on its social media channels.
And it was a clever post from the 92-year-old monarch (maybe with a little help from some tech-savvy aides), harkening to an earlier era of technological innovation: she uploaded a picture of an 1843 letter from computer pioneer Charles Babbage to the Queen's great-great grandfather, Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria.
Royals in Canada — Canada House, that is
While there is still no official word of any royal visit to Canada this year, there's an upcoming royal visit where Canada is top of mind. Prince Harry and Meghan are expected at Canada House in central London on Monday as part of events to mark Commonwealth Day.
- Watch the event live on CBCNews.ca starting at 7 a.m. ET Monday
"The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the U.K.," Kensington Palace said as it announced the event on Twitter.
Harry and Meghan will also be out and about Monday with other senior members of the Royal Family at a high-profile Commonwealth Day event: a service at Westminster Abbey.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend a Commonwealth Day event at Canada House <a href="https://twitter.com/CanadianUK?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CanadianUK</a> on Monday 11th March. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. <a href="https://t.co/mmy6EQLGHf">pic.twitter.com/mmy6EQLGHf</a>—@KensingtonRoyal
That event will offer another relatively rare opportunity to see Harry and Meghan alongside William and Kate, an occurrence that has taken on extra interest for those trying to suss out signs of discord — or bonhomie — among the couples in the wake of reports over the past few months of tension between them.
"This Prince of Wales has guarded the sacred duty of service and kept the fire, not only alight but burning more brightly, with the passing years."
— Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in a speech at a reception to mark the 50th anniversary of Prince Charles's investiture as Prince of Wales, which took place in July 1969.
- A century-old royal wedding dress has gone on display in Calgary — and it's a rare chance to see the garment with its elaborate silver wire embroidery and cloth-of-silver train. [CBC]
- Russian money has a way of making headlines, and it's doing that again in connection with a stately Scottish home where Prince Charles led the restoration. [The Guardian]
- Does Kate want a fourth child? She admitted to feeling broody but acknowledged William might get a bit worried at the prospect. [The Daily Mail]
- Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has been a longtime proponent of gender equality. Now, she's taking on a new initiative and joining forces with an Oscar-winning actress to do it. [The Telegraph]
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