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!
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
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)
“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.”
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.
“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.