Upcoming TV Interviews about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada

Prince George of Cambridge, with his parents The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, receives a gift from the Governor-General of Australia at Admiralty House, Sydney in 2014. The 2016 royal tour of Canada will be second overseas tour for Prince George.

Prince George of Cambridge, with his parents The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, receives a gift from the Governor-General of Australia at Admiralty House, Sydney in 2014. The 2016 royal tour of Canada will be second overseas tour for Prince George.

I will be giving TV interviews this weekend about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2016 tour of British Columbia and the Yukon. In the interviews, I will also be discussing my forthcoming book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting. The tour will be the second visit to Canada for William and Kate as a married couple and the first Canadian itinerary for their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Here is the current schedule of interviews:

Friday September 23, 2016: 9:40am ET – CBC News Network

Saturday September 24, 2016: 9pm ET – CTV News Channel

The schedule is subject to change.

I am also quoted in the BBC News article “Royal couple will ‘help tell Canada’s story'” 

Click here to pre-order my book Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting

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Canadian Press Interview: Prince William’s visit to B.C. draws memories of frenzied 1998 trip

(VCR 112) VANCOUVER, Mar.24--Prince William (Left) and his father Prince Charles and brother Prince Harry (Right) try on jackets and hats from the Canadian Olympic Team Uniform after being presented with them at a environmental heritage event in Vancouver Tuesday. (CP PHOTO) 1998 (stf-Chuck Stoody)fng

Prince William and his father Prince Charles and brother Prince Harry try on jackets and hats from the Canadian Olympic Team Uniform after being presented with them at a environmental heritage event in Vancouver during their 1998 tour. (Photo Credit: Canadian Press)

In a recent interview with The Canadian Press, I discussed Prince William’s 1998 visit to British Columbia with his father, Prince Charles and younger brother, Prince Harry. The tour attracted both teenage fans of the young princes and older people who had mourned the passing of Diana, Princess of Wales, the previous year and wanted to see her sons.

Click here to read Prince William’s visit to B.C. draws memories of frenzied 1998 trip

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My column in the Globe and Mail: Why William and Kate are bringing their children on royal visit to Canada

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arrive in Sydney. Photo credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arrive in Sydney. Photo credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

My column in today’s Globe and Mail discusses royal children and royal tours.

“Royal children on tour influence popular perceptions of the monarchy in two ways. First, they create a personal bond between royal parents and the public – parenting provides common ground between royalty and people of all backgrounds.

Second, royal children personify the future of the monarchy. Like Queen Victoria during the last years of her reign, Elizabeth now has three generations of direct heirs. At various points over the course of her long reign, there has been debate about the future of the monarchy. The presence of George and Charlotte in the coming royal visit demonstrates the potential for the monarchy to enjoy public support in Canada and the wider Commonwealth for generations to come.”

Click here to read the full column in the Globe and Mail

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CBC News Interview: Is Will and Kate’s Canadian tour a celebrity appearance like any other?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at The 2011 Sun Military Awards at Imperial War Museum in London.  (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at The 2011 Sun Military Awards at Imperial War Museum in London. (Photo by Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images

My latest interview with CBC.ca compares royal tours to celebrity appearances. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are often compared to celebrities because of their public profile but there are key differences between royal visits and celebrity travel including the connections between members of the royal family and Canadian institutions. I also discuss the role of royal parenting in shaping William and Kate’s public image.

Click here to read “Is Will and Kate’s Canadian tour a celebrity appearance like any other?”

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Royalty at Rideau Hall cited in The Making of Women Artists in Victorian England

My chapter in Canada and the Crown: Essays in Constitutional Monarchy entitled “Royalty at Rideau Hall: Lord Lorne, Princess Louise and the Emergence of the Canadian Crown” has been cited prominently in a new book, The Making of Women Artists in Victorian England: The Education and Careers of Six Professionals by Professor Jo Devereux at the University of Western Ontario.

Princess Louise in Canada, dressed for an Ottawa winter.

Princess Louise in Canada, dressed for an Ottawa winter.

In her analysis of Princess Louise, an accomplished painter and sculptor, Devereux states:

“On July 24, 1878, British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli invited the Marquess of Lorne to become Canada’s fourth Governor General, an appointment which, as Carolyn Harris points out, ‘reflected the long-standing personal relationship between Queen Victoria’s family and the newly self governing Dominion.’…Louise and Lorne could be said to embody for Canadians their continuing connection with the British monarchy, a connection that continues today in the style of the numerous royal visits to Canada, in the many regiments in the Canadian military named for Princess Louise, and in the fact that both the province of Alberta and Lake Louise, in Alberta are named for her.”

“The presence of Princess Louise and the Marquess of Lorne, their travels across this large country and their response to Canadian regionalism in the years just after Confederation in many ways helped define the future ceremonial visits to Canada by members of the British royal family that continue to this day. Carolyn Harris suggests that the ‘practice of royal visits encompassing the full range of Canadian geography was another precedent set in the nineteenth century that continues to shape the structure of royal tours of Canada.'”

Princess Louise was the first member of the royal family to visit the province of British Columbia, which will be toured by William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the end of this month.

Click here to purchase The Making of Women Artists in Victorian England: The Education and Careers of Six Professionals

Click here to purchase Canada and the Crown: Essays in Constitutional Monarchy, which contains my chapter “Royalty at Rideau Hall: Lord Lorne, Princess Louise and the Emergence of the Canadian Crown.”

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Upcoming Guest Lecture: The Future of the Monarchy and the Global Commonwealth, September 16, Kingston Later Life Learning

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in Canada in 2010

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in Canada in 2010

I will be giving a talk about The Future of the Monarchy and the Global Commonwealth for Later Life Learning in Kingston, Ontario on September 16, 2016 at 10am.

The talk will be followed by a sale and signing of my book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Click here to purchase my book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada

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CBC Radio Yukon Interview: Royal Visits and Local Politics

Princess Alexandra opens the MacBride Museum of Yukon History in Whitehorse during her 1967 Canadian centennial tour

Princess Alexandra opens the MacBride Museum of Yukon History in Whitehorse in 1967

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Yukon as part of their Canadian tour in September-October, 2016. (Click here to see their itinerary). I discussed the royal tour with Dave White at CBC Radio Yukon this afternoon, including parallels to Princess Alexandra’s 1967 Yukon tour, royal visits to Canada delayed because of election campaigns and the forthcoming publication of my 3rd book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting.

Click here to listen to my interview with CBC Radio Yukon

Click here to pre-order my latest book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting

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The Weekend Bookshelf: The Tudor Brandons, Ivan’s War and Water for Elephants

 Royal History: The Tudor Brandons: Mary And Charles – Henry VIII’s Nearest & Dearest by Sarah-Beth Watkins by Sarah-Beth Watkins.

When Michael Hirst wrote the screenplay for the Showtimes series, The Tudors, he was fascinated by King Henry VIII’s lifelong friend and brother-in-law, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Hirst wrote in The Tudors: Its’ Good to Be King, “Charles Brandon, was, perhaps, the only man in all of England to successfully retain Henry’s affection over a span of forty years.” Over the course of his reign, Henry remained close to Charles even though his friend committed the transgression of marrying the King’s widowed sister Mary without permission. Charles remained in favour even as Henry ordered the executions of formerly trusted advisers, Thomas More then Thomas Cromwell and queens, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Hirst made Charles a prominent character in The Tudors, giving the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk their most notable appearance in popular culture since the 1950s Walt Disney film, The Sword and the Rose.

Watkins, author of Lady Katherine Knollys, The Unacknowledged Daughter of Henry VIII, provides a short, readable biography of Charles and Mary in The Tudor Brandons. At the centre of the couple’s story is their elopement in 1515. Mary was the widow of King Louis XII of France and she married Charles Brandon to avoid being compelled to make another dynastic marriage. There would not be another instance of an English princess marrying a subject until Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Louise married John Campbell, Lord Lorne in 1871. Watkins provides a thoughtful analysis of the circumstances surrounding the controversial royal wedding including reasons why Henry VIII was inclined to forgive the match and the implicit challenge to his authority.

The Tudor Brandons also includes Brandon’s family history (he descended from a long line of opportunists who were often on the wrong side of the law) and Mary’s continued role in Anglo-French relations including her presence at the Field of the Cloth of Gold summit between Henry VIII and Francis I. Mary also exerted a cultural influence at court, shaping trends in fashion and country house gardens in addition to popularizing picnic suppers for the elite. Charles and Mary’s granddaughter Lady Jane Grey, the nine days queen, became a significant figure in later Tudor history and the family remains a part of popular culture today (For another biography of Henry VIII’s younger sister, see Mary Rose by David Loades). ***

History: Ivan’s War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945

There have been numerous books written about the experiences of the British “Tommy” or German “Fritz” fighting on the front lines of the Second World War. In Ivan’s War, Catherine Merridale, author of Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin, examines the daily life of “Ivan,” the Soviet soldier in what became known in Russia as The Great Patriotic War. Merridale provides the details of daily life at the front. In the early days of the war, adequate training (not to mention regular rations) were in short supply. Unless soldiers brought their own socks, they spent the war marching in one size fits all foot wrappers. There was no standardized system of leave and military service therefore meant long separations from families who also suffered hardships during the war.

In addition to reconstructing the daily lives of soviet soldiers during the Second World War, Merridale examines broader questions about the motives and worldviews prevalent within the Red Army. What motivated individual soldiers to keep fighting under such harsh conditions? What were the differences in perspective between older people, who might have had military experience from the First World War and the reign of Nicholas II and younger people, who had never known any other political system than the Soviet regime? How were women and religious majorities perceived? What were the factors that contributed to the atrocities committed by the Red Army in Romania, Hungary and East Prussia? Merridale concludes with a thoughtful analysis of the lasting impact of the wartime experience and includes the perceptions of the surviving veterans. ****

 Historical Fiction: Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen.

When veterinary student Jacob Jankowski loses his parents in a car accident, he leaves Cornell university and runs away with a 2nd tier traveling circus during the depression. The book was adapted into an Academy Award Winning film, Water for Elephants, starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.  In the novel, Jacob is ninety – or perhaps ninety-three, he can’t quite remember – looking back on his youth at the circus from his retirement residence. There’s a realism to his old age but his past unfolds like a fairy tale where the heroine is a elephant named Rosie.

Gruen based the novel on a series of true events that took place in Depression era American circuses and the setting is compelling, filled with intrigues on trains between small towns and tensions between performers and roustabouts. The characters have rather one dimensional personalities, however, and the ending is unconvincing. For circus themed historical fiction with more compelling characters, I recommend The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin or Chang and Eng by Darin Strauss. ***

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Canadian Itinerary for Fall 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Ottawa for Canada Day in 2011

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Ottawa for Canada Day in 2011

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s itinerary for their fall 2016 visit to Canada was announced today. They will tour British Columbia and the Yukon from September 24 until October 1. Here is the itinerary:

  • September 24: Victoria
  • September 25: Vancouver
  • September 26: Bella Bella and Great Bear Rainforest, B.C.
  • September 27: Kelowna, B.C. and then to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon
  • September 28: Whitehorse and Carcross, Yukon
  • September 29: Victoria
  • September 30: Haida Gwaii, B.C.
  • October 1: Victoria

I discussed the possibility of Prince George and Princess Charlotte accompanying their parents on the tour for CBC News Toronto this evening. Here’s the interview (around 26 minutes into the hour). The interview also appeared on The National.

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CBC News Interview: Will Prince George and Princess Charlotte come to Canada? The pressures of taking the royal children on a trip

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arrive in Sydney. Photo credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arrive in Sydney. Photo credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

While I was on vacation this past week, CBC news published my interview about royal children and royal tours. Since the article was posted on Sunday, there have been reports that William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will bring their two children Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their official tour of Canada next month. My interview discusses the history of royal children on Commonwealth tours and the impact of the presence of royal children on popular attitudes toward the monarchy.

Click here to read: Will Prince George and Princess Charlotte come to Canada? The pressures of taking the royal children on a trip

My book on royal parenting, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting will be published by Dundurn Press in 2017. 

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