Prince Charles has never sugar-coated his dark forebodings about our earthly future. In 2009, he said we have "less than 100 months to act" to save the planet. Last November, he added that we are "on a deeply depressing trajectory to witness the sixth global mass extinction." He blames humanity, of course. But in contrast with, say, his father Prince Philip, he does not wish to be “reincarnated as a deadly virus, to contribute something to solving overpopulation." How delightful, then, that Charles should be named an extraordinary companion of the Order of Canada, for "his global philanthropic work" among other things.