January-March 2024 Online Course for Seniors: Royal Parenting from Medieval Times to Modern Times

I will be offering an online course for seniors about Royal Parenting from Medieval Times to Modern Times for Etobicoke Learning Unlimited in January-March 2024.

Click here for more information and to register.

For more about the history of Royal Parenting, read my book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting (Dundurn Press: 2017)

Friday October 13 Toronto Public Library Lecture: A History of Royal Weddings from Victoria and Albert to Harry and Meghan

I will be delivering an evening lecture (7pm) at North York Central Library in Toronto on Friday October 13 about the history of royal weddings from Victoria and Albert to Harry and Meghan! All are welcome.

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CBC News Interview: Royal diplomacy hits the world stage on 2 fronts — Charles in France and William in New York

I discussed the state visit to France by King Charles III and Queen Camilla as well as Prince William’s visit to New York with Janet Davison at CBC News. I also discussed the recent podcast episode about the royal family’s rugby patronages, featuring William and Catherine, Prince and Princess of Wales and Princess Anne.

Click here to read “Royal diplomacy hits the world stage on 2 fronts — Charles in France and William in New York” in the CBC News Royal Fascinator newsletter.

Fall 2023 University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Course: Behind the Crown: The Monarchy from Victoria to Charles III

I will be teaching an eight week course on Tuesday afternoons in October-November 2023 at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies – Behind the Crown: The Monarchy from Victoria to Charles III. Click here for more information and to register.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

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.  

Click here for more information and to register for “Behind the Crown: The Monarchy from Victoria at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

New Reader’s Digest Article: The Ultimate Guide to Royal Residences

My new article in Reader’s Digest Canada discusses royal residences in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and recent changes to where members of the royal family live in the reign of King Charles III.

Click here to read “The Ultimate Guide to Royal Residences” in Reader’s Digest Canada

New Podcast Interview: Queen’s University Department of History Alumni Archives

I discussed my career as a historian, author and royal commentator as well as a variety of historical topics such as Magna Carta, Queen Henrietta Maria and the English Civil Wars, and the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.

Click here to listen to Episode 22: Carolyn Harris of the Alumni Archives Podcast

New Book: Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty

Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty, edited by Aidan Norrie, J.L. Laynesmith, Danna R. Messer, Elena Woodacre and myself is now available in hardcover and e-book from Palgrave Macmillan. The book includes new research and perspectives on all the consorts to the Hanoverian, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Windsor monarchs in Britain and the Commonwealth, examining three hundred years of royal history. I wrote the introduction to the volume and introductions to the sections on Hanoverian and Windsor Consorts as well as the final chapter about Camilla, Catherine and the future of the role of the royal consort.

Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty at Palgrave Macmillan

Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty on Amazon

CBC News Interview: The royal highs and lows of 2022 — and a look ahead to 2023

I discussed key royal events from the year 2022 with Janet Davison from CBC News including Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee and the accession of King Charles III as well as events that will take place in 2023 such as the coronation of King Charles III.

Click here to read “The royal highs and lows of 2022 — and a look ahead to 2023” in the CBC News Royal Fascinator newsletter.

Globe and Mail Interview: When it comes to revealing books about the Royal Family, biographers have come up short on Queen Elizabeth

I discussed royal biographies and memoirs with Wendy Kaur in the Globe and Mail

For more about royal memoirs, see my recent article in Reader’s Digest Canada