My article about Prince Rupert of the Rhine, cousin of King Charles II and 1st Governor of the Hudson’s Bay company appeared in the October-November 2015 issue of Canada’s History Magazine. The article is now available to read online. Here’s an excerpt:
“Prince Rupert of the Rhine, first governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, had a profound effect on Canada’s history. Following his flight from Prague as an infant, he spent his life constantly on the move, undertaking military service in continental Europe and Great Britain and leading the royalist navy to the west coast of Africa and the Caribbean.
Map of Prince Rupert’s travels as Commander of the Royalist Fleet
Rupert’s travels enabled him to recognize the significance of Radisson’s and Des Groseilliers’ discoveries and to envision an enterprise with the vast scope of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Moreover, the grant of Rupert’s Land to the company discouraged the Americans from expanding northward after the Thirteen Colonies declared their independence in the late eighteenth century.
Prince Rupert not only left his mark on the map of Canada, he helped to forge the modern nation.”
More than 200 years after her execution, Queen Marie Antoinette is still one of the most famous and controversial figures in European history. In late 18th-century France, her reputation influenced debates about the role of women in politics, their families and the arts. Austrian-born, her position at the top of French society informed criticism of the monarchy and contributed to the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789. Her influence on popular culture continues today.
Claire Foy and Matt Smith as the Queen and Prince Philip in the Netflix series, The Crown
I have been enjoying watching The Crown series on Netflix, which dramatizes the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. I have been posting comments about the major themes and historical events in each episode on twitter @royalhistorian .
I also discussed the first four episodes of The Crown with Rachel Thompson for her article on Mashable.com, How accurate is Netflix’s ‘The Crown’? My interview covered portrayals of King George VI’s temperment, Prince Philip’s adjustment to life as the Queen’s consort and the Duke of Windsor’s place in the royal family.
Princess Charlotte, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge in Victoria, British Columbia (Photo Credit: The Canadian Press)
The royal tour of British Columbia and the Yukon by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte ended today with a series of engagements devoted to young people and mental health advocacy and a departure from Victoria harbour where both royal children waved to the crowds.
My interview with CTV News Channel today discussed the first royal tour of British Columbia: the visit by Princess Louise and her husband, Governor General Lord Lorne in 1882. I also talked about yesterday’s children’s party at Government House, which George and Charlotte attended along with their parents, William and Kate.
Prince William and Kate arrive in Vancouver by float plane on Sunday morning. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spending Day 3 of their tour of British Columbia and the Yukon in Bella Bella and the Great Bear Rainforest before returning to Victoria for a reception at Government House.
I will be talking about the ongoing royal visit on TV later this week. Here is my current interview schedule.
Tuesday September 27: CBC News Network at 4pm ET
Thursday September 29: CTV News Channel at 6:40pm ET
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive in Canada
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spending the day in Vancouver, British Columbia with a busy schedule of public engagements. The itinerary includes a civic welcome at Jack Poole plaza, a visit to the Sheway charity for mothers struggling with addiction on the Downtown Eastside, an opportunity to meet with Syrian refugees at the Immigrant Services Society of B.C., a reception for young leaders in arts, sports, business, charity and film, and a tour of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station. The royal couple will return to Victoria in the evening and stay overnight at Government House, where their children are residing for the duration of the tour.
Tomorrow, the royal couple will visit the Great Bear Rainforest, part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Intiative for conserving forest lands. In my most recent interview with CBC news, I discuss the relationship between royalty and environmental conservation efforts, including Prince William’s efforts to bring together wildlife organizations to preserve endangered species.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives in Canada today with Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. My recent interview with the Toronto Star discussed recent polling data that indicates Prince William is far more popular with Canadians than his father, Prince Charles. Although nearly half of respondents stated that Charles should not succeed the Queen to become the next monarch, popular opinion will not have an impact on the line of succession. According to the terms of the 1701 Act of Settlement, which determines the royal succession, Charles will automatically succeed his mother as monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada and fourteen other Commonwealth realms. In the interview, I explain why the royal succession should remain independent from the popularity of any individual member of the royal family to ensure the political impartiality of the constitutional monarchy.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son, Prince George at Kensington Palace in 2014
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive in Canada on September 24. I will be interviewed about the royal visit on the CTV News Channel on September 24 and September 25. Here is my current schedule of interviews:
September 24: 7-8pm and 9pm ET
September 25: 9am-10am
All times are subject to change. There will be more interviews with CBC Morning News and the CTV News Channel next week. Times and Dates to be announced!