Talking History Interview: Queen Victoria: A Life

I discussed the life, reign and legacy of Queen Victoria with Patrick Geoghegan on Talking History, Newstalk FM, Ireland.

The panel of historians and biographers on the program include A.N. Wilson, author of Victoria: A Life, Jane Ridley, author of Bertie: A Life of Edward VII and Queen Victoria: Queen, Matriarch, Empress, Jules Stewart, author of Albert: A Life and Christine Kinealy, author of A New History of Ireland.

Click here to listen to Queen Victoria: A Life

CBC News Interview: How Queen Victoria made her mark in Canada — without ever visiting

I discussed Queen Victoria’s legacy in Canada with Janet Davison at CBC News. While Queen Victoria never visited Canada in person, all four of her sons and her daughter Princess Louise spent time in Canada and set precedents for future royal tours. Queen Victoria also exerted political and cultural influence over the development of 19th century Canada and her birthday remains a Canadian holiday to the present day.

Click here to read How Queen Victoria made her mark in Canada — without ever visiting in the CBC News The Royal Fascinator Newsletter

CBC News Interview: What Should a Prince of Wales Do?

I discussed the 50th anniversary of the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales with Janet Davison at CBC News.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“What stands out to me about the investiture is how it resembled a medieval ceremony,” said Toronto-based royal historian and author Carolyn Harris. “But in fact, the investiture ceremony for the Prince of Wales was a 20th century invention.”

It was considerably more elaborate than previous investitures, and the first such ceremony to be broadcast via the increasingly popular medium of television. 

Click here to read “What Should A Prince of Wales Do?” in The Royal Fascinator Newsletter at CBC News

New BBC History Magazine Article: From pageantry to controversy: a brief history of state visits

My latest article on the BBC History Magazine’s History Extra website is about the history of State Visits to the United Kingdom.

Here is the introduction: “US President Donald Trump is expected to make an official state visit to the UK in June 2019, which will include a state banquet and ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. But who was the first American leader to make a state visit to Britain? Which two monarchs wrestled one another during a state visit? And how has Queen Elizabeth II welcomed world leaders in the past? Dr Carolyn Harris takes a closer look at the pomp and history of the state visit to Britain, and those of British monarchs abroad… “

Click here to read “From pageantry to controversy: a brief history of state visits” in the BBC History Magazine

CBC News Interview: Another royal wedding — but not so much pomp

On May 18, 2019, Lady Gabriella Windsor (the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent) married Thomas Kingston at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. Lady Gabriella is the third member of the royal family to be married at St. George’s Chapel in the past year. Senior members of the royal family attended the wedding including the Queen and Prince Harry. In an interview with Janet Davison at CBC News, I discussed Lady Gabriella, her branch of the royal family, and her wedding.

Click here to read “Another royal wedding — but not so much pomp” at CBC News

New BBC History Magazine article: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor: the history behind the royal baby name

I wrote a short history of the name Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor for the BBC History Magazine. I discussed the long history of the name Archibald or Archie among the Scottish nobility including an ancestor of the new royal baby, how Harrison mirrors Norse and Anglo-Saxon patronymics from before the Norman Conquest and the emergence of the surname Mountbatten-Windsor for junior members of the royal family from 1960 to the present.

Click here to read Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor: the history behind the royal baby name

New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Lady Lansdowne

My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Lady Lansdowne,
viceregal consort of Canada from 1883 to 1888 and Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Alexandra. Lady Lansdowne was an active and popular viceregal consort who became an accomplished figure skater during her time in Canada. Her eldest brother was an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales and Lady Lansdowne was therefore a great-great-great-great grand-aunt of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the newborn son of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Click here to read my article about Lady Lansdowne in the Canadian Encyclopedia

CBC News Interview: Archie has arrived

I discussed The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor with Janet Davison for the CBC royal newsletter, The Royal Fascinator. The interview includes the birth announcement, first photographs and the name that was announced today.

Click here to read “Archie has arrived: From the baby’s name to the big reveal, Meghan and Harry defy royal convention” in The Royal Fascinator at CBC News

CBC News Channel Interview: Royal Historian Talks About The Latest Addition to the Royal Family

I discussed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn son in a series of interviews on the CBC News Channel and CBC Radio on the day of the royal baby’s arrival, May 6, 2019.

Click here to watch my afternoon CBC News Channel Interview, “Royal historian talks about the latest addition to the Royal Family” on the CBC News Channel