My new articles in the Historica Canada Encyclopedia discuss King George V and the 1901 Royal Tour of Canada by the future King George V and Queen Mary, which set key precedents for future Royal Tours.
My latest article in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia is about Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882-1960), watercolour artist, farmer and sister of the last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II. Grand Duchess Olga and her family fled to Denmark following the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and then to Canada after the Second World War. Hundreds of thousands of Russians immigrated to Canada in the first half of the 20th century. They included industrial and agricultural workers and members of the former Russian aristocracy.
I discussed Royal Visits to what is now the City of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada in an interview with Matthew Wilkinson at Heritage Mississauga, part of the Ask a Historian series. Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, youngest sister of Czar Nicholas II lived in Cooksville (now part of Mississauga) in the 1950s and I discuss her home and the royal relatives who came to visit including Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent and Lord and Lady Mountbatten.
Click here to watch Ask a Historian: Exploring Royal Connections to the City of Mississauga
In honour of the Queen’s 95th birthday, my latest article in Reader’s Digest Canada presents the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II in 30 quotes from informal conversations to official speeches.
Click here to read Queen Elizabeth’s Incredible Life in 30 Quotes at Reader’s Digest Canada
I also discussed Queen Elizabeth II’s 95th birthday and the history of royal train tours of Canada with Janet Davison at CBC News
Click here to read The Queen turns 95: In mourning but unwavering in her role at CBC News
I discussed the Queen’s 95th birthday and Royal Train Tours of Canada with Breakfast Television Toronto on City TV. Click here to watch the interview!
My article in the Ottawa Citizen discusses Prince Philip’s role in modernizing the monarchy over the course of his more than seventy year marriage to Queen Elizabeth II. Click here to read “Prince Philip and the Modernization of the Monarchy” in the Ottawa Citizen
I also discussed Prince Philip’s relationship with Canada in a Global News Toronto interview in the Royal Suite of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Click here to watch “Looking back at Prince Philip’s enduring connection to Toronto, Ontario, and Canada” at Global News
I was interviewed by the Globe and Mail about Prince Philip’s life and legacy. Click here to read “Canada remembers Prince Philip for his ‘humour … devotion to duty’” in The Globe and Mail
I was interview by the Toronto Star about Prince Philip’s supportive role in his marriage. Click here to read “For all his flaws, Prince Philip showed men you can put a powerful wife first” in the Toronto Star
I wrote a tribute to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021) for Reader’s Digest Canada.
I have also been discussing Prince Philip’s life and legacy on Canadian television:
For more of my thoughts on Prince Philip’s long life and lasting legacy, here some of my interviews with Janet Davison at CBC News
I discussed the monarchy in Canada with John Ibbitson at The Globe and Mail including constitutional monarchy as a system of government and the reputations of individual members of the royal family.
I discussed the history of Canada and the monarchy with Alex McKeen at the Toronto Star including the political significance of the 1939 Royal Tour of Canada by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the relationship between news about the royal family and broader social issues, and changing Canadian attitudes regarding the place of the monarchy in Canada in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Earlier this week, I discussed Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview on Alberta at Noon with Judy Aldous on CBC Radio. Click here to listen to “Canada and the Monarchy” on Alberta at Noon.
I discussed royal finances with Ariel Shapiro and Deniz Cam at Forbes Magazine.
I also discussed responses to Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview in Canada and the relationship between the monarchy and Commonwealth with Charlie Mitchell in The Times
I discussed Prince Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview with Ginella Massa on CBC’s Canada Tonight on March 8 including possible responses from Buckingham Palace and Prince Harry’s relationship with the rest of the royal family.
Click here to watch The Fallout over Meghan Markle’s Explosive Oprah Interview (CBC Canada Tonight)