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Graham J. Sproule

Will and Kate are family

“We haven’t seen a love-in like that since the first visit of the Beatles,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the couple’s Canada Day appearance on Parliament Hill.For anyone who joined the crowds to catch a glimpse of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge—more affectionately known as Will and Kate—there’s no question that the couple received a rock star welcome everywhere they appeared publicly on their Royal Tour of Canada. Any couple that has hundreds of media reporters from around the world following their every move rightly deserves to be called celebrities.Yet, for most Canadians, it’s probably not the cheering crowds or the “first visit of the Beatles” atmosphere that they’ll remember best—it’s those personal moments with the Royals, the ones not always captured by the flashes of the cameras or the ears of news reporters. The small anecdotes of “I shook the Prince’s hand” that will be recalled and passed down from parents to children, grandparents to grandchildren.Canadahas a relationship with the royals that goes beyond celebrity, and the people understand this, even if the pundits and ideologues don’t.Sure, the power of celebrity should not be understated. Even into old age, people remember the celebrities of their childhood—the singers and television stars. But what people really remember—and love—is something that goes beyond the roar of a crowd.The incidents that make the strongest impact on people are intimate moments alone with siblings, parents, and grandparents. As memorable as the Beatles’ Ed Sullivan appearance was, could it compare to the memory of your dad taking you fishing for the first time? Or the memory of your mum taking you by the hand on your first day of school? Although we live in a media-driven world—in what some even refer to as the age of celebrity—it seems that these… Read More