Here are the poll results from our Canada Tour 2016 polls. Thank you to everyone who voted! According to the KMR readers, it seems Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s 2016 Canada Tour was not the rousing success that KP wanted it to be, and paled in comparison to the 2011 Canada Tour. Also in this post, Prince Harry in a new video for Heads Together, and my thoughts on that organization.
The 2016 Canada Tour “Success or Failure” ended up in a draw, with 34.84% of those voting thinking the tour wasn’t a success or a failure. I would agree with you guys, the good moments balanced out the bad moments in the tour and overall I was left with a feeling of “Meh” – but Canada was pretty and the kids were cute.
The overall sentiment was meh-bad, with 30.22% of voters thinking the tour was mostly a failure and 23.76% thinking it was a complete failure. 6.34% of voters thought the tour was a complete success and 4.84% thought it was mostly a success.
As far as which Cambridge tour people preferred, well, that title went to the 2011 Canada Tour with 41.13% of the vote, and the New Zealand/Australia tour coming in second with 29.96% of the vote. The 2016 Canada Tour only received 5.21%.
The favorite and second favorite outfits from the tour were easily predictable: the Jenny Packham bespoke blue arrival dress, and the Preen red “Finella” dress worn on day 3 (with 36.24% and 24.37% of the vote, respectively). Third place and below got so few votes it’s not even worth mentioning.
The red and white Alexander McQueen dress worn on day 2 ran away with the Least Favorite poll with 32.61% of the vote. A distant second and third were the Really Wild red cashmere sweater worn to go fishing with 13.13%, and Holland and Holland “safari jacket” worn at Great Bear Rainforest with 12.31%.
The G. Collins & Sons Tanzanite & Diamond Drop Earrings worn on arrival had no competition in the Favorite Earring category, winning with 42.71% of the vote. The Soru Jewellery “Baroque Pearl Double Sided Earrings” worn on day 3 came in second with 11.11%, while Kate’s favorite Kiki McDonough Lauren Leaf earrings worn to the children’s party came in dead last with only 2.43%.
Favorite shoe was a closer race, with the Tod’s burgundy leather fringe pumps worn on day 5 winning by a slim margin with 24.78% of the vote. A close second with 23.02% of the vote were the J. Crew avery tweed heels worn on the last day of the tour. Only 0.88% of those polled liked the Monsoon wedges worn to the children’s party.
At least Kate got rewarded in the polls for branching out with her shoe selection. That’s good to see. Kate needs as much positive reinforcement when it comes to wearing anything that’s not a nude, black, or navy pump.
Heads Together released a new video congratulating the people who learned this week that they have a ballot place to run the London Marathon. The video features some new footage of Prince Harry talking in the grounds of Kensington Palace, as well as A LOT of old footage reused from the first Heads Together video released back in April.
Here’s what Harry says in the video:
“Congratulations if you’ve got a place in the Virgin Money London Marathon. I hope the first timers amongst you are more excited than scared. Everyone runs the marathon for a different reason, and for fantastic causes. If you already have a place and are undecided who to run for William, Catherine, and I would like to invite you to run with Heads Together. As charity of the year for 2017 London Marathon, our runners will be raising money for some of the nation’s leading mental health charities, and will be starting conversations with their friends, families, and colleagues about the importance of talking openly about mental health. If you are already running or planning to run for another great cause there will be lots of other ways to show your support and help make it the marathon for mental health. Together we can start the biggest ever national movement to end stigma on mental health and change the conversation for everyone. The three of us can’t wait to cheer you on. See you at the finish line.”
The end bit with the headband… Harry is adorable.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2016
There’s been something Heads Together related sticking in the back of my mind for a couple days now, though, which I thought I’d bring up.
To the question, “Where will my money go?”, on the Heads Together website FAQ page, the answer is: “If you are successful in getting one of our Heads Together charity places in the London Marathon 2017, all the money you raise will go directly to the charity you chose on your application form.” Which is all well and good, but what happens with the money raised by sales of The GCHQ Puzzle Book? Where does that money go?
While searching the Heads Together site for the answer – which I did not find – something else occurred to me: Heads Together doesn’t say what their goal is other than promoting the London Marathon and that they want to “change the conversation around mental health”. Their About Us section mentions that they want to “build on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting help they need”, but no where on the site does it say how they plan on achieving this or any sort of specific goal (aside from the London Marathon stuff).
We get on William, Kate, and Harry all the time for not having a clear goal with their involvement with mental health, but Heads Together doesn’t either. How can the royals be expected to state their goals with Heads Together if Heads Together itself doesn’t even state their goals? Is their goal just to raise money for their charity partners via the London Marathon? Okay, but that goal ends in April 2017. Does Heads Together have any long term goals?
To make a really terrible pun, Heads Together needs to get their heads together and make some long term, tangible goals and state them clearly so that they know what they are working toward and William, Kate, and Harry know what they are working toward. If they don’t, and the only thing they care about is “changing the conversation”, then don’t take money from people because it’s just going to… what, pay the people who make the website and promo videos? It’s not going to actually help anyone in any tangible way.