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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were in Iqaluit, Canada, last week.
The city is the capital of Canada's Northernmost territory and is known for a large Inuit population (around 59 per cent at the 2016 census).
While they were there, they observed some Inuit throat singing.
CBC News explained the tradition as follows:
A performance and type of contest where two women [or] girls face each other and make sounds to imitate animals or their surroundings.Whoever laughs first, loses.
A performance and type of contest where two women [or] girls face each other and make sounds to imitate animals or their surroundings.
Whoever laughs first, loses.
Camilla and Charles certainly lost.
Disgusted to see how Charles and Camilla laughing hysterically at our Inuit throat singers..should have more respect. I am Canadian. — Alexandra Merzanis (@Alexandra Merzanis)
Why did only news outlets outside of Canada note prince Charles & wife laughing at throat singers in Iqaluit? — John Mutford (@John Mutford)
Article about Charles & Camilla laughing during Inuit throat singing makes no mention of how insulting that would be https://t.co/pSjBfiQDPI — Thomas Daigle (@Thomas Daigle)
People slating Charles & Camilla for laughing.. like you wouldn't have 🙄 any excuse to have a pop right? #charlesandcamilla #throatsingers — MJB 🤍 (@MJB 🤍)
@itvnews I love seeing Prince Charles happy/laughing with the woman he loves!💗This is a wonderful clip. 😂 — Lucy (@Lucy)
A commenter wrote:
Look it up. It's a competition, whoever laughs or runs out of breath loses.It's common for a performance to be done for visiting dignitaries and special occasions and people always laugh, if it wasn't okay to laugh they wouldn't keep doing it.
Look it up. It's a competition, whoever laughs or runs out of breath loses.
It's common for a performance to be done for visiting dignitaries and special occasions and people always laugh, if it wasn't okay to laugh they wouldn't keep doing it.
Indeed, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau smiled through songs performed for his swearing-in ceremony.
However, he did not openly laugh.
The royal visit coincides with Canada's 150th birthday as a nation.
It began on 21 June with National Aboriginal Day, through Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (24 June) and Canadian Multiculturalism Day (27June), concluding on Canada Day (1 July).
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