My Canadian Encyclopedia article on Prince Philip, (HRH The Duke of Edinburgh) was published today. The article focuses on Philip’s activities in Canada including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program, military patronages, philanthropy and discussion of the future of the Canadian monarchy.by
William, Kate and George arrived in Sydney today for the Australian half of their royal tour. Upcoming highlights include a visit to Taronga Zoo, where the bilby enclosure is being named after Prince George, a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra and an ANZAC Day March for the centenary of World War One.
I participated in a Canada.com live chat today about the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand.by
I will be participating in a Canada.com Royal Chat about the current visit to New Zealand and Australia by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge & Prince George on April 9 at 1pm.by
I am quoted in Janet Davison’s article “Baby Prince George off on first royal tour to Australia, N.Z.” at CBC.ca. I discuss the colourful history of royal tours of Australia, which includes an assassination attempt and a train crash, as well as the significance of the upcoming royal tour. William, Kate and George arrive in Wellington, New Zealand on April 7.by
My article in the Canadian Encyclopedia about the Prince of Wales was published today. The piece focuses on the Prince’s time in Canada as well his philanthropy and philosophy on the natural world.by
My latest article for the Canadian Encyclopedia is a biography of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (1900-2002) with a focus on her impact in Canada. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth toured Canada in 1939, the first Canadian visit by a reigning monarch. During her fifty year widowhood, the Queen Mother visited Canada on numerous occasions and there were rumors that she would be appointed Governor General during the 1950s. During her long lifetime, the Queen Mother became honourary Colonel-in-Chief of Canadian military regiments and a patron of Canadian charities.by
On Tuesday March 11 at 1pm, I will be participating in a Canada.com online chat about 2014 royal events including the upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George.by
My column in this weekend’s edition of the Kingston Whig Standard looks at the role of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Louise in founding of the National Gallery and Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Louise’s husband, Lord Lorne was Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883 and the Princess resided at Rideau Hall, Ottawa for long periods during that time. Louise was a trained painter and sculptor and she was eager to develop national institutions where Canadian artists could share their work with the public and attract patrons.
Interested in learning more about Princess Louise in Canada. See Carolyn Harris, “Royalty at Rideau Hall: Lord Lorne, Princess Louise and the Emergence of the Canadian Crown” in eds. D. Michael Jackson and Philippe Lagassé, Canada and the Crown: Essays on Constitutional Monarchy (2014)by
My article in Smithsonian Magazine, “When Catherine the Great Invaded The Crimea And Put The Rest of the World On Edge” looks at the original annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Empire during the reign of Empress Catherine II in the late eighteenth century. Catherine presented herself to the world as an “enlightened” despot who ruled according to the law, and considered the welfare of her subjects. Her foreign policy and treatment of internal dissent, however, demonstrated that she saw did not observe any constraints on her power. For centuries the Crimean peninsula and other regions of the modern day Ukraine have been one of Europe’s battlegrounds. Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin is following in a long tradition of Russian leaders expanding their political influence at the expense of Ukrainian autonomy.
Interested in learning more about Catherine the Great and The History of the Ukraine?
Books about Catherine the Great
Simon Dixon, Catherine The Great (2010).
Isabel de Madariaga, Catherine the Great: A Short History; Second Edition (2002).
Robert K. Massie, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (2011).
Books about the Ukraine
Anna Reid, Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine (2000).
Paul Robert Magocsi, Ukraine: An Illustrated History, (2013).by