New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood (HRH The Princess Royal)

My new article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood (HRH The Princess Royal)

Princess Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary, Countess of Harewood (HRH The Princess Royal) (born 25 April 1897 in Norfolk, United Kingdom; died 28 March 1965 in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom). Princess Mary was the third child and only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, the younger sister of King Edward VIII and King George VI and the great-aunt of King Charles III. Mary was president of The Girl Guides Association (now known as Girlguiding) from 1920 to 1965. She was colonel-in-chief of The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s), the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. She also represented her niece Queen Elizabeth II on three official tours of Canada in 1955, 1962 and 1964.

Click here to read my article about Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood (HRH The Princess Royal) in the Canadian Encyclopedia

New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Queen Anne

My new article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Queen Anne, Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1702 to 1707, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland from 1707 to 1714 (born 6 February 1665; died 1 August 1714 in London, United Kingdom).

Anne’s reign was dominated by the War of the Spanish Succession (Queen Anne’s War), which resulted in France ceding the Hudson Bay watershed, Acadia (New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) and Newfoundland to Great Britain under the Treaty of Utrecht. In 1710, Anne received Indigenous leaders known as the Four Kings of Canada, setting precedents for the modern relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Crown. The death of Anne’s last surviving child, William, resulted in the passage of the 1701 of Act of Settlement, which determines the royal line of succession in the United Kingdom, Canada and the other 13 Commonwealth realms to the present day.

Click here to read my article in the Canadian Encyclopedia about Queen Anne

The Spring 2024 Carolyn Harris Royal Historian Newsletter

The Spring 2024 Carolyn Harris Royal Historian newsletter includes links to my recent articles and interviews as well as registration information for my 2024-2025 courses at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Click here to read the Spring 2024 Carolyn Harris Royal Historian newsletter

Global National News Interview: How King Charles’ Cancer Diagnosis Affects the Royal Family

I discussed King Charles III’s recent cancer diagnosis with Redmond Shannon at Global National News, including the potential for the 2024 Commonwealth tour schedule to change in the coming months.

Click here to watch How King Charles’ Cancer Diagnosis Affects the Royal Family on Global National News

New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: King Louis XIV

My latest article in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia is about King Louis XIV and his role in the development of New France. Click here to read my article about King Louis XIV.

King Louis XIV, king of France (born 5 September 1638 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France; died 1 September 1715 in Versailles, France). Louis XIV was the longest-reigning monarch in European and Canadian history, serving as the king of France for 72 years (from 1643 to 1715) ‚ÄĒ nearly two years longer than the 70-year reign of¬†Queen Elizabeth II. In 1663, Louis XIV assumed direct control of¬†New France¬†as a Crown Colony, sponsoring increased immigration, regulating the¬†fur trade¬†and creating a stronger French military presence in the region. Despite these efforts, Louis XIV‚Äôs military and diplomatic endeavours ‚ÄĒ including repeated wars with the¬†Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), as well as the¬†War of the Spanish Succession¬†and the¬†Treaty of Utrecht¬†‚ÄĒ shifted the balance of power in North America. This created the eventual conditions for the British conquest of New France with the support of the Iroquois during the¬†Seven Years‚Äô War¬†of 1756‚Äď63.

Click here to read my article about King Louis XIV.

CBC News Interview: The royal year: A quest to balance change and continuity after King Charles’s coronation

I discussed the highs and lows of the 2023 royal year and the major themes so far in the reign of King Charles III in a year end conversation with Janet Davison of CBC News.

Click here to read “The royal year: A quest to balance change and continuity after King Charles’s coronation” in the CBC News Royal Fascinator Newsletter

CBC News Interview: Sophie brings empathy to patients and soldiers in Ontario ‚ÄĒ and hints of future for royal visits

I discussed the recent Canadian tour by Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, King Charles III’s 75th birthday and the new statue of Queen Elizabeth II in Toronto’s Queen’s Park with Janet Davison at CBC News.

Click here to read this week’s edition of The Royal Fascinator Newsletter at CBC News.

New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Frederick William Beechey

My new article in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia is about Frederick William Beechey,  Arctic explorer, naval officer, hydrographer, artist and author. Beechey sailed with Sir John Franklin and William Edward Parry and made many sketches of the Arctic. Lake Beechey, Nunavut, and Beechey Point, Alaska, were named in his honour. Beechey was also a godson of the future King William IV, the first member of the royal family to visit what is now Canada.

Click here to read my article about Frederick William Beechey in the Canadian Encyclopedia.

I also recent wrote a Canadian Encyclopedia article about Frederick William Beechey’s daughter, Frances Anne Hopkins, who became a prominent Canadian artist.

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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