Winter 2022 Online Course: Behind the Crown: The Monarchy from Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II

My new eight week online course at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies starts Wednesday January 12, 2022. Click here for more information and to register.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

The year 2022 marks Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne. It’s an opportunity to look back on the social, political and cultural changes during her long reign.  The personal lives of royalty are a popular subject for fiction in novels, films and TV series but the real history is more interesting. Each generation of royalty must respond to the challenges of their times to keep the monarchy relevant and engaged with public opinion. Join Carolyn Harris, historian, commentator and author of Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting for a lively discussion of the history, politics and cultural significance of the monarchy in the UK and Canada.

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People Magazine Interview: Inside The Secret Life of Royal Nannies

I discussed royal nannies during the lifetime of Queen Elizabeth II with Philip Boucher at People Magazine, including their roles and responsibilities in the royal household and how they are recommended to royal parents.

Click here to read The Secret Life of Royal Nannies in People Magazine

CBC News Interview: Royal pregnancy and privacy: How Harry and Meghan and other royals are setting their own terms for parenthood

I discussed royal parenting and pregnancy announcements with Janet Davison at CBC News for this week’s The Royal Fascinator newsletter. In the youngest generation of the royal family, only the children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to undertake full time royal duties when they grow up. The arrival or forthcoming arrival of the Queen’s other great-grandchildren such as Princess Eugenie’s son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank and the expected second child of Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has been announced in a variety of different ways on social media rather than official announcements from Buckingham Palace alone.

Click here to read “Royal pregnancy and privacy: How Harry and Meghan and other royals are setting their own terms for parenthood” at CBC News

For more about the history of royal parenting, see my book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royalty

New Reader’s Digest Canada Article: 10 of the Most Memorable Royal Tours of Canada

My new online article for Readers Digest Canada is about 10 Memorable Royal Tours of Canada from the past 100 Years. Although there have not been any Canadian royal tours portrayed in the Netflix series The Crown, the royal family has spent a lot of time in Canada over the past century.

Click here to read 10 of the Most Memorable Royal Tours of Canada at Reader’s Digest Canada

CBC News Interview: The royals and politics: Can we ever know what they really think?

I discussed environmental advocacy by successive generations of the royal family as well as virtual royal appearances in 2020 with Janet Davison at CBC News.

Click here to read “The royals and politics: Can we ever know what they really think?” in the CBC News Royal Fascinator newsletter.

CBC News Interview: Why the Queen herself has twice delivered Canada’s speech from the throne

In an interview with Janet Davison in this week’s CBC News The Royal Fascinator newsletter, I discussed the two times that Queen Elizabeth II delivered the throne speech in Canada as well as the friendships and rivalries between royal brothers from Queen Victoria’s reign to today.

Click here to read “Why the Queen herself has twice delivered Canada’s speech from the throne” and “Royal brothers don’t always get along” at CBC News.

New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Royal Tours of Canada

My new article in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia is about Royal Tours of Canada from the late eighteenth century to the present day, including early visits by King George III’s sons, the travels of Queen Victoria’s children, the 1939 royal tour by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), and official visits and working visits during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Click here to read my article about Royal Tours of Canada in the Canadian Encyclopedia

CBC News Interview: Going their separate ways: Scrutiny grows on bond between William and Harry

I discussed the relationship between Prince William and Prince Harry with Janet Davison at CBC News as well as past royal brothers, such as Edward VIII and George VI, and royal parenting in the public eye.

Click here to read Going their separate ways: Scrutiny grows on bond between William and Harry at CBC News

Global News Interview: Here’s how the Royal Family is impacted by coronavirus

I discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the royal family and their public engagements with Meghan Collie at Global News. The interview includes Prince Charles’s experience of coronavirus, recent virtual royal engagements and the changes to the royal calendar in response to the pandemic.

Click here to read “Usually untouchable, here’s how the Royal Family is impacted by coronavirus” at Global News