A Resilient Crown: Canada’s Monarchy at the Platinum Jubilee, edited by D. Michael Jackson and Christopher McCreery (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2022) is now available for purchase. This book of essays about the Crown in Canada over the past seventy years includes a chapter that I wrote about Royal Tours of Canada in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
In my latest articles in the Canadian Encyclopedia, I discussed members of the royal family who made their home in Canada for months or years from Queen Victoria’s father, the Duke of Kent and Strathearn in the 1790s to Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2020.
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.
I discussed the controversial 1969 Royal Family documentary with Carly Ledbetter from Huffington Post, an early example of the royal family interacting with one another behind palace doors on camera for a public audience. The program has not been officially available to the public in its entirety since the 1970s but appeared online for a brief period in the past few weeks. The interview includes discussion about royal public engagements, portrayals of the royal children on film and the 1968 royal tour of South America.
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.
My new article in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia is a short biography of King Edward VIII.
Edward toured Canada on several occasions and purchased a ranch in Alberta. He is best known for abdicating the crown and marrying American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Edward is mentioned in novels by several Canadian authors, including Robertson Davies, Lucy Maud Montgomery and Timothy Findley.
Click here to read my article about King Edward VIII in the Canadian Encyclopedia
In August, I gave a royal history lecture series on a Baltic sea cruise. The first stop was Stockholm, Sweden, where I visited the royal palace, the official residence of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Sylvia. Here are a few of my photographs from the trip:
Stockholm Palace Chapel
King Carl XVI Gustaf
Paintings by King Carl Gustaf XVI’s grandmother, Crown Princess Margareta (Princess Margaret of Connaught, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria)
In the Meleager Salon of Stockholm Palace. According to the palace guidebook, “The woven tapestries were part of the dowry of Ulrika Eleanora the Elder” Ulrika Eleonora of Denmark (not to be confused with her daughter, a queen regnant) was consort to King Charles XI of Sweden
The King Charles XI gallery
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Sylvia of Sweden
King Gustaf VI Adolf’s 1st wife, Princess Margaret of Connaught
Lady Louise Mountbatten, the 2nd wife of King Gustaf VI of Adolf of Sweden
The Bernadotte Rooms
Queen Josefina of Sweden, consort of King Oscar I. Born Princess Josephine of Leuchtenberg, she was named for her grandmother, Empress Josephine (consort of Emperor Napoleon I).