Hello! Canada/Chatelaine Magazine Interview: Just How Many Royal Wedding Rules Are Meghan And Harry Actually Breaking?

Prince Harry

I discussed the preparations for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Mishal Cazmi, in an interview at the Fairmont Royal York hotel, which has been published online by Hello! Canada and Chatelaine Magazine. The interview includes the wedding cake, the guest list, the bride’s family and the venue.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“To set the record straight about Megan and Harry’s break with tradition, we tapped royal historian Carolyn Harris, who is well-versed in all things related to the crown. We caught up with Harris in Toronto, where she helped curate the window displays honouring the most iconic royal moments in the history of the Fairmont Royal York (everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Charles has passed through the hotel’s grand hallways) to celebrate the biggest wedding of the year.”

Click here to read “Just How Many Royal Wedding Rules Are Meghan And Harry Actually Breaking? We asked royal historian Carolyn Harris to weigh in on traditions the soon-to-be-wed couple will honour and the ones they’ll flush straight down the loo.” in Chatelaine Magazine

Click here to read Which traditions are Prince Harry and Meghan actually breaking at their royal wedding? in Hello! Canada

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New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone

Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone

My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Her Royal Highness Princess Alice Mary Victoria Augusta Pauline of Albany, Countess of Athlone, viceregal consort of Canada from 1940 to 1946 (born 25 February 1883 in Berkshire, United Kingdom; died 3 January 1981 in London, United Kingdom).

Princess Alice promoted Canadian culture and women’s contributions to the Second World War. She was the last surviving grandchild of Queen Victoria and the last member of the royal family to serve as viceregal consort of Canada.

Click here to read Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone in the Canadian Encyclopedia

 

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CNN Interview: America’s second ‘princess’: Why Meghan Markle is a modern Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly in the wedding dress she wore to the religious wedding ceremony on April 19, 1956

I discussed the parallels between Grace Kelly, who married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco in 1956, and Meghan Markle, with Judith Vonberg at CNN. Like Grace Kelly, Meghan Markle is leaving an established career as an actress and entering into a world of established palace traditions. As Americans embarking on married lives in Europe, Grace Kelly and Meghan Markle also faced cultural differences.

Click here to read America’s second ‘princess’: Why Meghan Markle is a modern Grace Kelly

 

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CBC News Interview: All about the dress

Charles and Diana, The Prince and Princess of Wales, on their wedding day in 1981

I was interviewed by Janet Davison at CBC News for The Royal Fascinator newsletter concerning the history of royal wedding dresses including the voluminous dress and train worn by Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

Click here to read “All About the Dress” at CBC News.

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New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Princess Patricia of Connaught

Princess Patricia

My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is a biography of Princess Patricia of Connaught.

Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth of Connaught (born 17 March 1886 in London, United Kingdom; died 12 January 1974 in Windlesham, Surrey, United Kingdom). Patricia resided in Canada from 1911 to 1916 and acted as hostess for her father, the Duke of Connaught, during his term as governor general. She gave her name to Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and became honorary colonel-in-chief in 1918. A talented artist inspired by Canadian landscapes, she exhibited her paintings in Canadian art exhibitions, and examples of her work remain part of Canadian collections.

Click here to read my article on Princess Patricia of Connaught in the Canadian Encyclopedia

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Global National Interview: Charles in charge: can Prince Charles unite the Commonwealth?

The Prince of Wales

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 92nd birthday on April 21. The recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting celebrated her decades of service to her role as Head of the Commonwealth and affirmed that Prince Charles, Prince of Wales will inherit this role at the end of the Queen’s reign. Although monarchs in Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain have abdicated in recent years, the Queen views her position as monarch as a lifetime commitment and she will continue to reign with her children and grandchildren assuming a greater number of engagements and Commonwealth tours. I discussed the Queen’s reign with Global National.

Click here to watch Charles in charge: can Prince Charles unite the Commonwealth? on Global National for Friday April 20, 2018

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Global News Interview: Preparing for a Royal Wedding

Windsor Castle

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is one month away and the preparations include both centuries of royal tradition and new innovations introduced by the royal couple. I discussed the preparations for the royal wedding as well as the history of royal weddings at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle with Global News. Here is the interview:

 

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New Book Chapter about Royalty and The Arts in Canada

The Canadian Kingdom: 150 Years of Constitutional Monarchy, edited by D. Michael Jackson was published  by Dundurn Press today. The book contains a chapter I wrote about the history of Royalty and the Arts in Canada from the eighteenth century to the present day. Click here to purchase The Canadian Kingdom: 150 Years of Constitutional Monarchy

From the introduction of The Canadian Kingdom:

“In “Royalty and the Arts in Canada,” Carolyn Harris examines royal interest in Canadian culture over the three centuries since Queen Anne. The royal family have paid particular attention to the artistic heritage of the Indigenous Peoples, paralleling the intimate link between the Crown and the Indigenous Peoples in Canada. A daughter of Queen Victoria, the accomplished artist Princess Louise gave a big boost to Canadian culture when she was chatelaine of Rideau Hall with her husband Lord Lorne, governor general from 1878 to 1883. Vigorous royal support resumed when the artistic Princess Patricia, daughter of Louise’s brother the Duke of Connaught, accompanied her father during his term as governor general from 1911 to 1916. Harris points out that the present Queen and her family are very much involved as patrons and collectors of the arts in contemporary Canada. Indeed, she refers to Elizabeth II as the “curator monarch” and believes that “the continued close ties between the royal family, the creation of fine art, and the Royal Collection suggest a dynamic future for royal involvement in the arts in Canada.”

Click here to purchase The Canadian Kingdom: 150 Years of Constitutional Monarchy

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New Book Chapter: Royalty and the Arts in Canada in The Canadian Kingdom edited by D. Michael Jackson

I contributed a chapter about Royalty and the Arts in Canada to The Canadian Kingdom edited by D. Michael Jackson and published by Dundurn Press. The book will be published next month.

Queen Elizabeth II’s role as a curator monarch over the course of her long reign has exerted a profound impact on Canadian art and culture, building upon centuries of patronage of Canadian artists, architects, and cultural institutions by past generations of royalty, most notably members of the royal family who resided in Canada for years at a time. A number of Canada’s past royal residents, including Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Louise and granddaughter Princess Patricia, were accomplished artists in their own right who raised the profile of Canadian galleries by founding new cultural institutions, attending events, submitting their pieces for judgement in Canadian exhibitions, and donating their work. Over the course of her reign, Queen Elizabeth II has loaned or donated art to Canadian cultural institutions and acquired works by Canadian artists for the Royal Collection, expanding the scope of royal involvement in the arts in Canada and setting precedents for artistic patronage by future generations in the royal family.

Click here to view The Canadian Kingdom – Table of Contents

Click here to pre-order The Canadian Kingdom 

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Imperial Spain: My March-April course at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile

I will be teaching an eight week course about the history of Imperial Spain at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies on Tuesdays from March 6 until April 24 at 11am. Click here for more details and to register.

Course Description:

Ferdinand and Isabella transformed Spain into a world power. They sponsored Columbus’s voyages to the Americas and formed alliances with other European kingdoms. This new imperial Spain had a dark side in the rise of the Inquisition, the expulsion of Spain’s Jews and the exploitation of the colonies’ native peoples. Gold and silver from the Americas made Spain’s rulers the richest in Europe until the Golden Age came to an end with the wars of the 18th century. Join Carolyn Harris for illustrated lectures and lively discussion about the rise, fall and enduring influence of imperial Spain.

What You’ll Learn:

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