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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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

Metro UK Interview: Historian reveals the most popular British monarchs – and where Elizabeth II ranks

In an extended interview with Katie Boyden at Metro UK, I discussed Queen Elizabeth II’s popularity and how past monarchs were viewed – favourably and unfavourably – by the public, both during their reigns and afterward. Kings and Queens discussed in the interview include Queen Victoria and Richard III.

Click here to read “Historian reveals the most popular British monarchs – and where Elizabeth II ranks” in Metro UK

New Times Interview: What do the Commonwealth countries really think of King Charles?

September 8th, 2023 is the one year anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the accession of King Charles III. I discussed King Charles III, Canada and the Monarchy with Kieran Southern at The Times

Click here to read What do the Commonwealth countries really think of King Charles?

New Canadian Press Interview: ‘Low-key’ King Charles focused on Indigenous reconciliation in first year on the throne

I discussed perceptions of King Charles III in Canada during the first year of his reign and the impact of royal tours on Canadian popular opinions of the monarchy with Morgan Lowrie at the Canadian Press.

Click here to read “‘Low-key’ King Charles focused on Indigenous reconciliation in first year on throne”

Carolyn Harris Royal Historian Summer 2023 Newsletter

Click here to read the Carolyn Harris Royal Historian Summer 2023 newsletter – including the latest volume in the English Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty series, a TED-Ed video that I developed about Marie Antoinette’s reputation as well as interviews and lectures about the coronation of King Charles III.

Click here to read the Summer 2023 Carolyn Harris Royal Historian Newsletter

Toronto Star Interview: Canadian diplomat says King Charles could visit Canada within ‘several months’

In the aftermath of the coronation of King Charles III, there has been speculation that Commonwealth countries, including Canada, will soon receive a visit from the new King and Queen. I discussed the possibility of a visit to Canada with Joshua Wong at the Toronto Star.

Click here to read Canadian diplomat says King Charles could visit Canada within ‘several months’ in the Toronto Star

The Empire Club Panel Discussion: For King and Canada: An Evening to Honour the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III

The Empire Club of Canada Presents: For King and Canada: An Evening to Honour the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III In Partnership with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Host: The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Moderator: Heather J. Hiscox, Senior Host, CBC News Network

Speakers: Carolyn Harris, Author, Historian and Royal Commentator

Akaash Maharaj, Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and Ambassador-at-Large, GOPAC

Nathan Tidridge, Vice-President, Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada

Click here to watch The Empire Club panel discussion: For King and Canada: An Evening to Honour the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III