I discussed the Prince of Wales with NBC News. With the wedding of his younger son, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle just days away, the heir to the throne is overshadowed in media coverage of the royal family by his sons. As I mention in the article, Charles has always been viewed by the public within the context of his family, as the son of Queen Elizabeth II then the husband of Diana, Princess of Wales and, now, the father of Prince William and Prince Harry and the grandfather of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 92nd birthday on April 21. The recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting celebrated her decades of service to her role as Head of the Commonwealth and affirmed that Prince Charles, Prince of Wales will inherit this role at the end of the Queen’s reign. Although monarchs in Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain have abdicated in recent years, the Queen views her position as monarch as a lifetime commitment and she will continue to reign with her children and grandchildren assuming a greater number of engagements and Commonwealth tours. I discussed the Queen’s reign with Global National.
“The Queen appears to view her position as a lifelong commitment to her people,” says Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based royal author and historian whose book Raising Royalty: 1,000 Years of Royal Parenting was released earlier this year.
“At the age of 21, she stated that she would devote her whole life whether it was long or short to the service of her people and she received a religious coronation ceremony in 1953 that emphasized this lifelong commitment.”
Our views on marriage and childrearing would seem very strange to families of past centuries. We’ll see the influence of romanticism on the current understanding of family life, the changing role of grandparents in relation to family traditions, and the emergence of a distinct children’s culture including the birth of children’s literature, due in part to the expansion of formal education. Join us for a look at marriage and parenting customs and advice through the centuries, and the surprising influence of history on family life today.
Discover the impact of politics, religion and popular culture on family life over the centuries.
Trace changes in the definition of the ideal marriage and family over time.
Learn about the role of women within the family from medieval times to the present day.
Measure the influence of religious leaders, philosophers and royalty on marriage and parenting trends.
Realize how historical trends continue to influence family life today.
“Charles and Camilla spent Canada Day in the National Capital Region. Charles first met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and then was invested as Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada. He later made a speech on Parliament Hill, which included extensive remarks in French and a warm tribute to Governor General David Johnston, whose term ends in September 2017. During their time in the National Capital Region, the royal couple also helped open the Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History, unveiled the Queen’s Entrance at Rideau Hall and reopened the newly renovated National Arts Centre.”
“In Canada, there’s also a feeling the public perception of Charles has been changing. “I have the sense that it’s much more positive now than it has been in the past,” says Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based author and royal historian.
The investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales at Caenarvon Castle in 1969
My recent interview in Maclean’s Magazine concerns how Queen Elizabeth II and her son Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, are perceived in Canada. Canadians turning 100 are eligible to receive birthday greetings from the monarch. As journalist Aaron Hutchins and I discussed, the current generation of Canadian centenarians would prefer to receive congratulations from the current Queen rather than her successor for a variety of reasons including the shared experience of the Second World War.