New Reader’s Digest Canada Article: Prince Charles’s 10 Most Memorable Royal Visits to Canada

My new article in Reader’s Digest Canada discusses ten of the most memorable tours of Canada by Prince Charles (HRH The Prince of Wales) from the 100th anniversary of the province of Manitoba in 1970 to the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation in 2017.

Click here to read “Prince Charles’s 10 Most Memorable Royal Visits to Canada” in Reader’s Digest Canada

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

CJAD 800 Montreal Radio Interview: A majority of Canadians want to ditch the monarchy. Can this be done?

I discussed popular perceptions of the monarchy in Canada and the place of the monarchy in the Canadian constitution on the Elias Makos show on CJAD 800. Since Barbados transitioned from constitutional monarchy to republic in the past month, there has been discussion and debate concerning Canada’s relationship with the monarchy.

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CBC News Interview: Preparing to do more: Barbados visit reflects evolving role of Prince Charles in royal transition

I discussed the Prince of Wales, the emergence of a republic in Barbados and the monarchy in transition with Janet Davison at CBC News. We also discussed the upcoming royal Christmas and Queen Elizabeth II’s close ties to her extended family.

Click here to read Preparing to do more: Barbados visit reflects evolving role of Prince Charles in royal transition in the CBC News Royal Fascinator Newsletter

CBC News Interview: The Royals and the environment: What influence can they have?

I discussed royalty and the environment with Janet Davison at CBC News for this week’s edition of the Royal Fascinator Newsletter including efforts by members of the royal family to promote conservation, protect endangered species and raise awareness of climate change.

Click here to read The Royals and the environment: What influence can they have? at CBC News

Prince William has assumed a leadership role in conservation initiatives for nearly a decade. Here is an article I wrote in 2013: “Royalty and the Environment: A Natural Partnership

New CBC News Interview: Mocking the royals: How far can the satire go?

I discussed the history of royal satire and how satirical depictions of the royal family are perceived by the public in the latest edition of The Royal Fascinator Newsletter at CBC News. I also discussed the current controversy surrounding Prince Charles’s household.

Click here to read “Mocking the royals: How far can the satire go?” and “A Difficult Time for Prince Charles” in The Royal Fascinator Newsletter

New Reader’s Digest Article: 40 Things You Didn’t Know About the Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer

My latest article in Reader’s Digest Canada discusses little known facts about the royal wedding of 1981 including the backup wedding dress for Lady Diana Spencer, the special chair commissioned for one of the wedding guests, and the concerns that both Prince Charles and Lady Diana expressed before the ceremony.

Click here to read “40 Things You Didn’t Know About the Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer” in Reader’s Digest Canada

CBC News Interview: Why the Queen let it be known she’s had the COVID-19 vaccine

In this week’s CBC News Royal Fascinator newsletter, I discussed royal vaccinations and the public profile of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during the pandemic with Janet Davison. I compared Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s decision to have their vaccinations announced to the wider public in 2021 with 18th century monarchs who publicized their smallpox inoculations in their own time.

Click here to read “Why the Queen let it be known she’s had the COVID-19 vaccine” in The Royal Fascinator at CBC News

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