A big thank-you to Mr McKechnie for an excellent summary of media coverage of the royal homecoming. I am delighted to report that RDI, the continuous news channel of Radio-Canada (CBC), had considerable coverage of the tour, including francophone specialists who were obviously favourable to the monarchy.
I will disagree with Mr McKechnie on his point regarding CPAC's use of the Royal Union Flag. This issue has been raised and debated on this board ad nauseam, but CPAC was perfectly right in using the flag: it is, after all, the royal flag of Canada. Indeed, it is only in Canada that it is termed the Royal Union Flag. It is this association with the Crown -- not the United Kingdom -- that justifies its continued presence in the provincial flags of Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia. I, for one, see no reason to pervert Canadian practice and tradition to meet the narrow, even xenophobic, critiques of republicans.
Fredericton Airport got it right by flying the national, provincial and royal flags, as well as the Prince of Wales' personal standard. However, given the presence of both the Governor-General and the Lieutenant-Governor, who take precedence over the Prince of Wales, I should have thought that their standards should have been flying as well.
But monarchist fans of the national flag, take heart! I note that the Prince wore, almost continuously, three pins on his lapel, two of which I've not been able to make out, but one of which was clearly the national flag. I wonder if it is the very same pin that the PM foisted on Prince William.