Reader’s Digest Interview: 14 Things That Will Happen When Prince Charles Becomes King

I discussed the future of the monarchy with Tina Donvito at Reader’s Digest. Queen Elizabeth II will be 94 on April 21, 2020 and there is increased scrutiny of the Prince of Wales as he assumes a greater number of his mother’s public duties. There has not been a change of reign since the death of King George VI on 1952 and there is growing speculation concerning how Prince Charles will approach the role of monarch when Queen Elizabeth II’s reign comes to an end.

Click here to read 14 Things That Will Happen When Prince Charles Becomes King at Reader’s Digest

CBC News Interview: What Should a Prince of Wales Do?

I discussed the 50th anniversary of the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales with Janet Davison at CBC News.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“What stands out to me about the investiture is how it resembled a medieval ceremony,” said Toronto-based royal historian and author Carolyn Harris. “But in fact, the investiture ceremony for the Prince of Wales was a 20th century invention.”

It was considerably more elaborate than previous investitures, and the first such ceremony to be broadcast via the increasingly popular medium of television. 

Click here to read “What Should A Prince of Wales Do?” in The Royal Fascinator Newsletter at CBC News

New BBC History Magazine Article: Charles, The Prince of Wales’s investiture at Caernarfon Castle, 50 years on

My latest article on the BBC History Magazine’s website History Extra is about the 50th anniversary of Prince Charles’s Investiture as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle.

“Half a century ago, Queen Elizabeth II invested her son Charles as the Prince of Wales in an elaborate ceremony at Caernarfon Castle. But the ceremony was not without controversy, taking place amid the rapid social change of the 1960s and protest from a growing Welsh nationalist movement… “

Click here to read Charles, The Prince of Wales’s investiture at Caernarfon Castle, 50 years at History Extra.

New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall

My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (born 17 July 1947 in London, United Kingdom), the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, heir to the thrones of Canada, the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth Realms. She has undertaken four official tours of Canada with the Prince of Wales, including celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

My article focuses on Camilla’s Canadian tours and her Canadian ancestor, Sir Allan Napier McNabb, Premier of the Province of Canada from 1854 to 1856.

Click here to read my article about Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in the Canadian Encyclopedia 


My BBC History Magazine article: The 8 most famous royal weddings in British history

Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales on their wedding day in 1981

In honour of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend, my feature article in the BBC History Magazine is about the 8 most famous royal weddings in British history. I discuss what each bride wore on her wedding day, guest list complications, wedding cakes and the variety of popular responses to royal weddings over the centuries from Tudor times to today.

Click here to read The 8 Most Famous Royal Weddings in British History


NBC News Interview: Popular Princes Harry and William overshadow Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales

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.

Click here to read “Popular Princes Harry and William overshadow Prince Charles” at NBC News


CBC News Interview: All about the dress

Charles and Diana, The Prince and Princess of Wales, on their wedding day in 1981

I was interviewed by Janet Davison at CBC News for The Royal Fascinator newsletter concerning the history of royal wedding dresses including the voluminous dress and train worn by Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

Click here to read “All About the Dress” at CBC News.

Global National Interview: Charles in charge: can Prince Charles unite the Commonwealth?

The Prince of Wales

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.

Click here to watch Charles in charge: can Prince Charles unite the Commonwealth? on Global National for Friday April 20, 2018

CBC News Interview: Stepping back but not down: How the Queen is gradually shifting duties to the next generation

Queen Elizabeth II investing Prince Charles as Prince of Wales in 1969.

I discussed Queen Elizabeth II with CBC News this past week in the context of her decision to observe the Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in London with Prince Philip while their son Charles, the Prince of Wales, laid the wreath that the Queen usually places herself.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“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.”

Click here to read “Stepping back but not down: How the Queen is gradually shifting duties to the next generation”

My January-February 2018 course at University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies: Family Life from Medieval to Modern Times

On Wednesday afternoons in January and February 2018, I will be teaching an eight week history course about Family Life from Medieval to Modern Times.

Click here for more information and to register.

Course Description:

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.
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