- History of monarchy in Canada
The history of monarchy in Canada stretches from the pre-colonial times of Canada through to the present day, though Canada's monarchical status is typically seen as beginning in 1534, with the establishment of
New Franceby King Francis I, [ [http://www.pch.gc.ca/pc-ch/discours-speeches/2007/kenney/2007-04-23_e.cfm Speeches - 2007; The Honourable Jason Kenney; Talking Points for The Honourable Jason Kenney, Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity); Lieutenant Governors Meeting] ] while Newfoundland was claimed by Queen Elizabeth I in 1583; through both these lineages the present Canadian monarchy can trace its ancestral lineage back to the Anglo-Saxon period, and ultimately back to the kings of the Angles and the early Scottish kings. Kings and queens reigning over Canada have included the monarchs of France (from Francis I in 1534 to Louis XV in 1763), those of the UK (from Anne of Great Britainin 1713 to King George VI in 1952), to Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada today. [ [http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/senate/Monarchy/SenMonarchy_00-e.htm Parliament of Canada: Canada, a Constitutional Monarchy] ] Canadian historian Father Jacques Monet said of Canada's Crown: " [it is] one of an approximate half-dozen that have survived through uninterrupted inheritance from before the country itself was founded."
Throughout the 18th century, via war and treaties, the Canadian colonies of France were ceded to King George III. The colonies were confederated by Queen Victoria in 1867 to form
Canadaas a kingdom in its own right, [ [http://www.pch.gc.ca/special/royalvisit/ENGLISH.pdf Department of Canadian Heritage: "The Crown in Canada"] ] and the country was proclaimed fully independent, via constitutional patriation in 1982, by Queen Elizabeth II, who is the current monarch.
Monarchyhas been a concept in Canadasince before the first encounters between French and British colonizers and indigenous North Americans. [ [http://www.carsten-rex.de/History/history.html Canada: History] ] [ [http://www.macleans.ca/switchboard/article.jsp?content=20031027_68038_68038 Ferguson, Will; "The Lost Kingdom"; "Macleans", October 27, 2003] ] Prior to European settlement, and while no aboriginal group in pre-colonial Canada had what would be seen today as an official monarchy, some First Nationswere governmentally organized in a fashion similar to the occidental concept of monarchies; [ [http://www.worldandi.com/specialreport/2001/october/Sa21577.htm Kehoe, Alice Beck; "First Nations History"; October, 2001] ] Europeans often considered vast tracts of land within territories of different aboriginal groups to be kingdoms, and the leaders of these groups were referred to by the Europeans as kings, particularly the hereditary leaders. [ [http://www.angelfire.com/mi4/polcrt/4Chiefs.html The Four Indian Kings] ] Many had chieftains, whose powers varied from one nation to the next; in some examples the chief would exercise considerable authority and influence on the decisions of the group, while in others he was more of a symbolic or ceremonial figure. Combined with the point that many First Nations societies were governed by unwritten customs and codes of conduct, wherein the chieftain was bound to follow the advice of a council of elders, some aborigional governments would have closely resembled a modern constitutional monarchy. [ [http://www.mapleleafweb.com/features/monarchy-canada#introduction Makarenko, Jay; Maple Leaf Web: The Monarchy in Canada] ]
Kingdoms and colonies
The first French colonies in
North Americawere established at Acadia(today Nova Scotia) in 1603, in the name of King Henri IV, who named Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Monts, as his Lieutenant-General for Acadia and New France; the second settlement, moved to in 1604 after the first at Saint Croix Island was deemed inhospitable, was named Port Royal in honour of the King. By 1610 the first British settlements were established on Newfoundland, which had earlier been claimed in 1583 for Queen Elizabeth I. However, it was with letters patentfrom King Henri IV that Samuel de Champlainfounded the first permanent European settlement at Quebec, which he then proposed in 1615, to the royal court in Paris, be the royal capital of a great French empire in North America. [http://www.laurentian.ca/Laurentian/Home/President+Office/PAC+Channel/Monet.htm Fr. Monet, Jacques] ; "Canadian Monarchist News": Crown and Country; Summer, 2007] This was done, and Champlain became the first of a long line of vice-regal representatives, often called governors, who handled affairs of statein the New World; the first Canadian-born governor was Pierre François de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil-Cavagnal, who represented King Louis XV in New France. [Hubbard, R.H.; "Rideau Hall"; McGill-Queen's University Press; Montreal and London; 1977]
Over the ensuing decades the monarchs' North American territories grew in both size and population; to augment that of New France in the late 1660s, which had become grossly imbalanced in terms of gender, King Louis XIV, at the request of Intendant
Jean Talon, sent between seven and nine hundred women, known as the "filles du roi" (Daughters of the King), each with dowry, new clothing, and paid passage, to the province. The areas governed by British monarchs were primarily called "colonies", while those territories under French monarchs were referred to by various appellations; at one point, New France was deemed to be a royal province of France itself, and was ruled directly by the King through his "Conseil souverain", which consisted of the Governor General, the Intendant, and a bishop of the Catholic Church, all appointed by the King himself. As Europeans moved inland, they encountered the aboriginal peoples; relations with them were originally considered to be between European and North American monarchs; though, that later changed to be one between sovereign and subject, leading to the incorporation of treaties with the Crown into the political culture of Canada. Though the First Nationsleaders aided the monarchs with their North American conflicts, affairs in Europe would also affect the affairs of the New World, and eventually almost all of the French possessions in what was known as Canada were transferred from the French Crown to the British Crown, providing Canada with one singular monarchy.
During the period of territorial transfer between the Crowns, the area of Acadia, then populated by descendants of French colonialists, was ceded by France to Britain through the
Treaty of Utrechtin 1715. However, during the escalation of hostilities in the lead up to the Seven Years' War, the Acadians were asked by British officials, uneasy about with which side the Acadians' loyalties lay, to reaffirm their allegiance to the British Crown. The Acadians refused, and were subsequently deported from the area, many resettling in Louisiana, New France, other British-American colonies, or France itself. This act became known as the Great Upheaval.
Prince William (later King William IV) arrived in Canada in July of 1776, when he stated of the country, and more specifically, St. John's: "truly deplorable... a most dreadful, inhospitable and barren country." However, he later changed his opinion after meeting the local women, and commented on Canada's "inexhaustible supply of women of the most obliging kind." [http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactive/royalvisits/01.html Hall, Trevor; "Royal Canada: A History of Royal Visits for Canada Since 1786] ] Fifteen years later, the Prince's brother, Prince Edward (later Edward, Duke of Kent), served in Canada on military duties and as Commander of British North American troops from 1791 until the turn of that century; it is said that during that time he fathered two children in Canada by his Canadian mistress, Julie de St. Laurent. In 1792, when the first elections for the Legislative Assembly of
Lower Canadatook place, a riot, fuelled by ethnic character, broke out at one of the polls. Prince Edward was said to have climbed up to where he could be heard and addressed the crowd, stating: "Part then in peace. I urge you to unanimity and accord. Let me hear no more of the odious distinctions of English and French. You are all His Britannic Majesty's beloved Canadian subjects." It was reportedly the first time the word "Canadian", which had previously been reserved only for Francophones, was used in a manner that included all colonialists.
Almost twenty years later, Prince Edward's only daughter, Victoria, was born on May 24, 1819, at
Kensington Palace. However, Edward died shortly thereafter, leaving Victoria as heir to the throne. Upon the death of King William IV, Victoria ascended as queen at the age of 18. Though she would never visit Canada, thanks to the spread of newspapers and the invention of photography her image was reproduced sufficiently to maintain popularity and loyalty in her colonies. However, there were still insurrections against the Crown during the early part of her reign, notably the Rebellions of 1837. These rebellions led the British government to grant responsible governmentto the Canadas, with the support of Victoria herself. (This later became the subject of a CBC Heritage Minutehistorical vignette.) Still, during her reign some of her children and grandchildren would come to live at Rideau Hallas either the Governor General or viceregal consort, as well as to tour the country, such as when her eldest son, Prince Albert Edward (later Edward VII), undertook a two-month tour of Upper Canadaand Lower Canadain 1860, during which he laid the foundation stone of the parliament buildings. [Hubbard; p. 8-9] A year later, Prince Alfred took five weeks to tour the maritime provinces, Newfoundland, and Lower Canada.
Confederation and the Dominion
Prior to the confederation of Canada in 1867, a number of issues were of concern during the discussions over the amalgamation of the four Canadian provinces into a country, most notably the threat of invasion by the
United States. It was the explicit intention of the Fathers of Confederation to unite the disparate entities into a single monarchical state; at the time, William Lewis Morton argued that the structuring of the Canadian Dominionas a kingdom was not as some "bait for dim-witted Tory voters," but instead as a way to balance between the Russian Empireand the popular sovereigntyof the United States, the former seen as despotic and the latter having just led to the American Civil War. As Morton put it, "there is no pressure for uniformity... Monarchy made it possible to achieve all these things, whereas republican democracy would, it seemed, have ensured the victory of local interests and race antagonisms in British America, a victory ending in absorption to the United States." [http://sisis.nativeweb.org/clark/apr98que.html Hall, Tony; "Canadian Forum Magazine": The politics of monarchy: it's not what you might expect; April, 1998] ]
Though there was a strong force behind the creation of the new country, by the mid 1860s the name of the hypothetical union remained unresolved, and there was still debate over where the capital was to be. On the former issue,
John A. Macdonaldand then Governor General Viscount Monk supported the name "Kingdom of Canada"; [Hubbard; p. 9] however, their proposal caused worries that such a designation would provoke the republican United States to the south. As a compromise, and supposedly in tribute to monarchical principles, the term " Dominion" was adopted instead, and "Dominion of Canada" would be sanctioned as an official political title for the country. [ [http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/library/idb/forsey/PDFs/How_Canadians_Govern_Themselves-6ed.pdf "How Canadians Govern Themselves"] (PDF), pp. 8-9; [http://www.pch.gc.ca/special/flag-drapeau/defi-challenge/reponses-answers_e.cfm Canadian Heritage: National Flag of Canada Day] – see Canada's name] Many names other than "Canada" had also been proposed, one of which was Victorialand in honour of the then Queen.:"Further information: Canada's name
The British North America Act (BNA) was given
Royal Assentby Queen Victoria on July 1, 1867, establishing D'Arcy McGee's desired vesting of " Peace, order and good government" in the sovereign. This legislation left the decision of whether or not Canada's capital should be in York (now Toronto), Montreal, Quebec City, or even Kingston, to the Queen. She chose Bytowne ( Ottawa, as it was renamed). Many myths surrounding the decision would develop over time, but ultimately the Queen's reasoning was that Bytowne was defensible, located on the Ottawa River(a major waterway), and sat on the border of Upper (English) and Lower (French) Canada. The Queen making unilateral decisions such as this, however, was to become a rare occasion. After the Second Reform Act of 1867, and the growth of the two-party (Liberal and Conservative) system, the Queen's room for manoeuvre decreased; her freedom to choose which individual should occupy the Premiership was increasingly restricted. Still, the ceremonial role for the Crown increased with the first visit of a member of the Royal Family to the new country of Canada in two years after its creation; Queen Victoria's second son, Prince Arthur arrived in 1869 for a year's training with the Rifle Brigade based at Montreal. While in Canada, the Prince, amongst other activities, attended an investiture ceremony in Montreal, met with Canadians at balls and gardern parties, and toured towns in Ontarioand Quebec; the trip was documented in photographs that were sent back for the Queen to view. Of the Prince, Lady Lisgar, wife of then Governor General Lord Lisgar, noted in a letter to Victoria that Canadians seemed hopeful Prince Arthur would one day return as Governor General. [Hubbard; p. 17]
Though Prince Arthur would be appointed as the Canadian viceroy, it would not be done until 1911. Before that, though, Lord Lorne was installed as Governor General in 1878, meaning that, for the first time,
Rideau Hallwould have a royal resident: Lorne's wife, and Queen Victoria's fourth daughter, Princess Louise. Initially, the royal couple were not received well by the Canadian press, which complained about the imposition of royalty on the country's hitherto un-regal society. [Longford, Elizabeth; "Darling Loosy, letters to Princess Louise, 1856-1939"; Weidenfeld and Nicolson; 1991; p. 45] Relations with the press further deteriorated when Lorne's private secretary, Francis de Winton, threw four journalists off the royal train. Although the Lornes had no knowledge of de Winton's action, it was assumed by the press that they did, and they earned an early reputation for haughtiness. [Longford; p. 44] Louise was horrified by the negative press, and when she heard about reports of "a nation of flunkies" at the viceregal court, taking lessons in the "the backward walk," Louise declared that she "wouldn't care if they came in blanket coats!" [Quoted in Longford; p. 45] Eventually the worries of a rigid court at Rideau Hall and the "feeble undercurrent of criticism" turned out to be unfounded as the royal couple proved to be more relaxed than their predecessors, [Hubbard, R.H.; "Rideau Hall"; McGill-Queen’s University Press; Montreal and London; 1977; p. 125] at the many skatingand tobogganing parties, as well as balls, dinners, and other state occasions, Lorne and Louise hosted at Rideau Hall. The Princess was also visited by her family while in Canada; her brother, Prince Leopold, came to visit, reviewing the troops on the Plains of Abraham, and fishing on the Cascapédia Riverin the Gaspé Peninsula. Louise's nephew, Prince George (later George V), came to Canada as a midshipman, visiting Niagara, Montreal, Quebec, Halifax, an a long stay at Rideau Hallin Ottawa. [Hubbard, R.H.; "Rideau Hall"; McGill-Queen’s University Press; Montreal and London; 1977; p. 55, 59]
The royal couple made many lasting contributions to Canadian society, especially in the realm of arts and sciences, including the establishment of the
Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and the National Gallery of Canada. Louise hung many of her own watercolours and oil paintings around Rideau Hall, and painted sprigs of apple blossoms on doors in the Monck Wing corridor of the palace; one remains there to this day. The Princess left artistic works beyond the royal residence as well, such as the statue of Queen Victoria that stands on the campus of McGill Universityin Montreal.Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Stocker, Mark; "Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll"] Louise also gave the name Regina ( Latinfor "queen") to the capital of Saskatchewan, Lake Louise was named after her, and the province in which the lake is situated – Alberta– was named by her as well; although the name "Louise" was originally planned, the Princess wished to honour her dead father, so her last name was chosen instead. The Princess made such an impression on Canadian society that at her funeral on December 12, 1939, her coffin was borne by her own Canadian regiment, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada. [Wake, Jehanne; "Princess Louise : Queen Victoria's unconventional daughter"; Collins; London, 1988; p. 410]
In Queen Victoria's latter years, both the Golden (1887) and Diamond (1897) Jubilees, held to celebrate the 50th and 60th anniversaries of the queen's accession, were marked with great displays and public ceremonies in Canada. On both occasions, Colonial Conferences attended by the Prime Ministers of the
Dominions, including Canada's, were held in the United Kingdom, and for the latter event, Canadian troops partook in the Queen's procession on the day of celebration. In Canada, streets were decorated and the Prime Minister, then Wilfrid Laurier, toured parts of the country to take part in the fêtes. [ [http://www.canadianencyclopedia.ca/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0008358 "The Canadian Encyclopedia": Victoria"] ] Canada issued a Diamond Jubilee series of stamps on June 19, 1897, with two depictions of Victoria on them, along with commemorative envelopes with Victoria's portrait and a poem on the front:
Cquote2|Queen, that from Spring to Autumn of thy reign
Hast taught thy people how 'tis queenlier far
Than any golden pomp of peace or war
Simply to be a woman without stain. [ [http://www.pgacon.com/BANNERS.HTM Canada 1897 Jubilee (Scott 50-65) Specimen Overprints] ]
In December, 1894, John Thompson, who was then Prime Minister traveled to
Windsor Castleto be admitted into the Imperial Privy Council by Queen Victoria. While there, however, he died of a heart attack just after the swearing-in. The Queen, who was by then aged and confined to a wheelchair, was wheeled in to place a wreath on Thompson's coffin where it lay in state in St. George's Chapel. This moment was captured in a painting by Frederic Bell-Smith, but the canvas was destroyed in the burning of the Ottawaparliament buildings in 1916. [Hibbard; p. 82]
Victoria herself died at
Osborne House, on the Isle of Wight, on January 22, 1901, after a reign lasting almost 64 years, the longest in British and Canadian history, and was succeeded by her eldest son as King Edward VII. At the time, Lord Minto, then Governor General, and his Prime Minister, Wilfrid Laurier, were at odds concerning in which church in Ottawa to hold the official memorial service for the late queen. Minto favoured the Church of EnglandCathedral, respecting the church to which the Queen had belonged, while Sir Wilfrid and other ministers attended services of their own communion. [Buchan, John; "Lord Minto: A Memoir"; T. Nelson and Sons; London, New York; 1924] Still, this minor dispute did not affect the mark left on Canada by Victoria's long and popular reign, which resulted in many cities being named in her honour, such as Victoria, British Columbia, and monuments to her, such as statues placed on Parliament Hilland throughout the provinces. The Queen's reign was permanently memorialised in Canada after her death when, in the spring of 1901, it was debated in the House of Commons that May 24 continue as a holiday marking the late Queen's birthday; the result was affirmative, and the holiday was permanently named as Victoria Day, to distinguish it from the King's birthday celebration to be held in November. [Official Report of the Debates of the House of Commons of the Dominion of Canada; 1 Edward VII, 1901, (Hansard)]
A new century and the Great War
The end of Victoria's reign marked the beginning of a new century, and one which would see Canada's rapid growth as a nation. As modern modes of transportations allowed for easier travel across the oceans, more of the Royal Family came to tour the King's northern Dominion. The first since Queen Victoria's death was the son of the reigning king, Prince George (later George V), and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall and York, who arrived in Canada in 1901. Events during the royal tour, which took in the country between
Quebec Cityand Victoria, had a more casual atmosphere than their equivalents in the United Kingdom; it was reported that at one state dinner the couple "shook hands with between two and three thousand guests, never appearing tired, but always manifesting signs of interest, bowing and smiling to all presented to them." [Arthur, Sir George; "Queen Mary"; Thornton Butterworth; London, 1935] The royal party consisted of 22 people, including the Duchess' brother Prince Alexander of Teck, who would later, as Earl of Athlone, serve as Governor General of Canada; all landed at Quebec Cityon September 16, from where the group then travelled to Montreal– where separate Francophoneand Anglophonewelcoming committees caused confusion – and then on to Ottawa, where the Duke watched the lacrossefinal for the Minto Cup, which he enjoyed so much he kept the ball that was used. They then shot the timber slideat the Chaudière River, watched canoeraces, and picnicked in Rockcliffe woods, near Ottawa. The Duke and Duchess moved on to Manitobawhere the former opened the new science building at the University of Manitoba, and then to Calgarywhere they met with First Nationschiefs and viewed exhibitions. Westward, they ended up in Vancouverand Victoria, to turn back again towards Banff, where the Duchess went to Tunnel Mountainand Lake Louise while the Duke went to Poplar Point. They reunited in Toronto, welcomed by the Mendelssohn Choir, and attended concerts at Massey Hall. It was then around southern Ontarioand back Montreal again, where the Duke opened the newly rebuilt Victoria Bridge. The tour ended with a trip through Saint John, Halifax, and then out of Canada to the then still separate Newfoundland. [Hubbard; pp. 101-106] The Prince returned only once more before he became king, when he visited in 1908, now as Prince of Wales, to celebrate the tercentenary of Quebec City's founding; Governor General at the time, Albert Grey, Earl Grey, reported back to King Edward VII that the Prince "has taught the people of Quebec how to cheer." [Grey Papers; Grey to Queen Alexandra, 21 May 1910; George V to Grey, 27 May 1910]
Edward VII died in 1910, which led to a period of official mourning with numerous memorials held across the country. He was succeeded by his son George, and a year following the new king appointed his uncle, Prince Arthur, as
Governor General of Canada, thereby fulfilling the desire of Canadians earlier expressed by Lady Lisgar, and bringing Arthur back to Canada for a fourth time as the first natural member of the Royal Family to serve as the Canadian federal viceroy. King George V was reported to have had much to do with the appointment. [Hibbard; p. 125]
Arthur brought with him to Canada his wife, the Duchess of Connaught, and his youngest daughter, Princess Patricia. The family travelled extensively across Canada, performing ceremonial tasks – such as laying the cornerstone of the reconstructed federal parliament building in 1917 (which had first been set by Prince Albert Edward in 1860) – and made a concerted effort to contribute to the social life of the capital, making
Rideau Halla major site for events for Canadians from across the country; a practice that continues today. The Prince did this all while serving as the liaison between the British and Canadian governments during the First World War, going daily to his office in the East Blockof Parliament Hillwhen he was in Ottawa. Though well intended, upon the outbreak of the war Arthur immediately donned his Field Marshal's uniform and went, without advice or guidance from his ministers, to training grounds and barracks to address the troops, and to see them off before their voyage to Europe, much to the chagrin of then Prime Minister Robert Borden, who saw the Prince as overstepping constitutional conventions. [Hubbard, R.H.; Rideau Hall; McGill-Queen’s University Press; Montreal and London; 1977] Though the Prime Minister placed blame on the military secretary, Edward Stanton, he also opined that the Prince "laboured under the handicap of his position as a member of the Royal Family and never realized his limitations as Governor General."Borden; "Memoires", 1: 601-2.] Still, Prince Arthur stressed the importance of Canadian military contributions, promoting military training and readiness for Canadian troops, but also sought to enhance charity at home. To put this preaching into practice, the Duchess of Connaught, in addition to working for the Red Crossand other organisations, for Christmas in 1915 sent a card and a box of maple sugar to every Canadian serving overseas. She also had a knitting machine at Rideau Hall, on which she made thousands of pairs of socks for soldiers. Prince Arthur was active in auxiliary war services and charities, conducted a number hospital visits, and following the war, commissioned a stained glass window, located in St. Bartholomew's Church, next to Rideau Hall, in memory of the Government House staff who lost their lives during the war. In the United Kingdom, the King and Queen visited with Canadian troops stationed there, as well as with the nurses of Canada's Red Cross Hospital.
At the end of 1916, Prince Arthur publicly expressed his regret at having to leave Canada, as he and his family had grown very comfortable there. The royal family left a legacy behind them: Port Arthur, now part of
Thunder Bay, Ontario, was named in honour of the Prince, who also gave his name to Connaught Cup for pistol marksmanship of recruits in the Royal Northwest Mounted Police. In addition, improvements had been made to Rideau Hall during his term serving as the King's viceroy; the present facade (which includes a stone carving of the Royal Coat of Arms in the pediment) was added to the front of the building, as well as other renovations and the planting of hundreds of deciduous trees on the grounds.
Through meeting Canadians, Princess Patricia also became a popular figure in Canada.
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantrywas created in 1914, for which the Princess personally designed the badge and colours for the regiment to take overseas to France, and she was eventually appointed by the King as Colonel-in-Chiefof the regiment on February 22, 1918; an appointment she held until her death. It was during her time in Rideau Hall that she met her future husband, Alexander Robert Maule Ramsay, who was then acting as aide-de-campto her father.
After the end of the war, Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) toured Canada in 1919, when, in Ottawa, the Prince opened the third session of the
13th Canadian Parliament. Thereafter, the Prince travelled a loop around the country, out to the west coast and back again, along the way frustrating his staff by often disappearing to attend dances or to play golf. He proved very popular with Canadians, though; when, in Toronto, he was greeted with enthusiasm by a crowd of soldiers just returned from Europe after the end of the War, and they lifted the Edward off his horse, and "passed him, like a football, over their heads." During that same visit a veteran approached the Prince and said "put it there, Ed." From that point on Edward shook hands with anyone who approached him, to the point where his right hand "became so black, swollen and painful from the continued enthusiastic handshaking that, in his own words, he 'retired it temporarily from Imperial service, and offered the left instead." Edward returned to Ottawa to lay the foundation stoneof the Peace Towerbefore returning to the United Kingdom.Hubbard; pp. 145-146] Canada proved popular with the Prince as well; he purchased the convert|400|acre|km2|sing=on E.P. Ranch near Pekisko, High River, in Alberta. Edward held this ranch, and stayed at it numerous times, before selling it in 1962, a decade before his death. [ [http://www.pch.gc.ca/royalvisit/prince-quiz-answers.htm Department of Canadian Heritage: Royal Visit 2001: Getting to Know the Prince of Wales] ]
Between the wars
Edward, Prince of Wales, returned to Canada in 1923 and 1924 to stay at his Alberta ranch and tour various towns and cities; on the latter trip he stopped at
Rideau Hallfor various official functions and again frustrated his staff by disappearing for dancing and golf. [Hubbard; p. 157] The following year also saw Prince Edward's younger broter, Prince George, arrive in Canada; the then Governor General, Lord Willingdon, said of the Prince: "such a nice boy, but shy, & as mad ib exercise as the P. of W. [Prince Edward ]); [Willingdon to Inigo, 29 Oct. 1926, 6 Dec. 1926] George actively took part in squash, badminton and tennis games played in Rideau Hall's Tent Room. [Hubbard; p. 162] But the greater event that year was one which led Canada to build on its earlier successes on the battlefields of Europe, and push for greater recognition as an independent nation: for the first time since Confederation, the advice of a Canadian Prime Minister was publicly rejected by a viceroy.
Early in the year, Prime Minister
William Lyon Mackenzie Kingwent, amid scandals and fearing a loss of the confidence of the House of Commons, to Governor General Lord Byng requesting a dissolution of parliament and the issue of election writs. At that time, the Governor General was still a representative of the British government in Canada, and not of the sovereign directly, yet Byng, without consulting Westminster, used his constitutional ability to exercise the Royal Prerogative, and refused his prime minister's advice. Without support, this forced King to tender his resignation to Byng, who then invited Arthur Meighen, leader of the Loyal Opposition, to form a government. However, within days Meighen also lost the confidence of the house, by only one vote, and an election was forced anyway, with the results being a return of King's Liberals to a majority, forcing Byng to appoint him as Prime Minister again. [ [http://www2.marianopolis.edu/quebechistory/federal/kingbyng.htm Quebec History: The King-Byng Affair] ] It was this incident, and the debates fuelled by it at an Imperial Conference later that same year, that began a chain of events which greatly changed Canada's relationship to the United Kingdom, and the role of the monarchy within the country. Following the close of the conference, the Balfour Declaration was issued, wherein it was declared that the Dominions of the British Crown were to be considered equal to the United Kingdom, a concept introduced by Mackenzie King himself. [ [http://www.foundingdocs.gov.au/item.asp?dID=24 Balfour Declaration 1926 (Imperial Conference)] ] The result of this was the establishment of the convention that the Governor General would no longer be a diplomatic channel between the Canadian and British governments, but rather a direct representative of the king only.
The first example of these concepts affecting law was seen in the Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act of 1927; the same year King George V, along with his consort, Queen Mary, opened
Canada Housein London, while Prince Edward and Prince George came to Canada to unveil the Laurier monument on Parliament Hill, and open the Princes' Gates and Union Station in Toronto, after which Edward went to Alberta to spend time on his ranch. In regards to the Dominions, this UK act altered part of the King's title to reflect his status as king of each realm individually, rather than as King of the United Kingdom throughout each country. By 1931 these concepts of independence and equality were written into the Statute of Westminster, along with a legal end to the ability of the British parliament to legislate for the Dominions. As a result, only his Canadian ministers could now advise the King on Canadian affairs, and, further, laws outlining the line of succession, most notably the Act of Settlement, 1701, were now under the control of the Canadian parliament. However, it was set down in the preamble to the statute that no realm could alter the line of succession without the expressed consent of each of the other realms; a convention that applied to the UK as well. [ [http://www2.marianopolis.edu/quebechistory/federal/1931.htm Quebec History: The Statute of Westminster, 1931] ]
1931 was also the year for considerations on a new Governor General; following the enactment of the Statute of Westminster, the King could now only be advised by his ministers in Canada on who to elevate to the post. George V proposed that his son, then Prince Albert, Duke of York, become Governor General, but this proposal was ultimately rejected by the Cabinet; instead, Vere Ponsonby, Earl of Bessborough was appointed by the King. ["War of the Windsors: A Century of Unconstitutional Monarchy"; Picknett, Lynn, Prince, Clive, Prior, Stephen & Brydon, Robert; Mainstream Publishing, 2002; p.37] As Albert eventually went on to become King George VI, had the idea been accepted, a Canadian Governor General who represented the King would have gone on to become King of Canada himself.
King George addressed Canadians in his first annual Christmas broadcast by the sovereign to the Commonwealth and
British Empireempire in 1932, and, three years later, the he celebrated his Silver Jubilee. However, he would die in 1936 and his son succeeded to the throne as Edward VIII. Though he had been popular with Canadians since the end of the first World War, having toured Canada a number of times and met informally with members of the public, Edward's reign would not last the year; by December George VI became King of Canada unexpectedly following the abdication of his brother. Prior to, and after his accession, Edward had been romantically involved with Wallis Simpson, a twice divorced American socialite. Governor General Lord Tweedsmuir conveyed to Buckingham Palaceand British Prime Minister Stanley BaldwinCanadians' deep affection for the King, but also of the outrage towards Canadian puritanism, both Catholic and Protestant, that would occur if Edward VIII married a divorcée. [Hubbard; p. 187] It was this abdication that first demonstrated that each realm now had control over the line of succession within its jurisdiction; with the Canadain government giving consent for British legislation (His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act, 1936) to apply in Canada, and later passing the Succession to the Throne Act, 1937, to ratify this. [ [http://www.canlii.org/on/cas/onsc/2003/2003onsc11019.html O'Donohue v. Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada] ]
Canada's Governor General during this period was John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir, who fostered Canadian pride during his tenure. However, not all Canadians shared his views; Tweedsmuir raised the ire of imperialists when he said in Montreal in 1937: "a Canadian's first loyalty is not to the British
Commonwealth of Nations, but to Canadaand Canada's King." [Smith, Janet Adam; "John Buchanan, a Biography; London, 1965; p. 423] The " Montreal Gazette" dubbed the statement "disloyal." [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,937945,00.html "Time": Roya Visit; October 21, 1957] ] In the same year, Buchan conceived of a royal tour by the Canadian monarchs; an idea that the official royal visit historian, Gustave Lanctot, opined in his official account of the visit, "probably grew out of the knowledge that at his coming Coronation, George VI was to assume the additional title of King of Canada." Tweedsmuir's desire was to demonstrate with living example the fact of Canada's status as an independent kingdom, having Canadians "see their King performing royal functions, supported by his Canadian ministers." Prime Minister Mackenzie King, while in Londonfor the coronation in May, 1937, formally consulted with the King on the matter. According to biographer J. A. Smith, the task for Tweedsmuir, and the Canadian government, was "how to translate the Statute of Westminster into the actualities of a tour... since this was the first visit of a reigning monarch to a Dominion, and precedents were being made. [http://www.parl.gc.ca/Infoparl/english/issue.htm?param=130&art=820 Galbraith, William; "Canadian Parliamentary Review": Fiftieth Anniversary of the 1939 Royal Visit; Vol. 12, No. 3, 1989] ]
The arrangements were made and on
May 17, 1939, King George VI and his royal consort, Queen Elizabeth arrived for their tour of Canada on board the Canadian Pacific liner RMS "Empress of Australia"; the reception at Quebec City, where they landed, Trois-Rivières and Montrealwere positive beyond expectations. [Hubbard; p. 191] Their Majesties took up residence at La Citadelle, where the King performed his first official tasks, amongst which was the acceptance of Daniel Calhoun Roperas the American envoy to Canada. Two days later, the royal party travelled to Ottawa, where the Queen laid the cornerstone of the Supreme Court building, [ [http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/senate/Monarchy/SenMonarchy_14-e.htm Senate of Canada: Canada, a Constitutional Monarchy: George VI] ] and the couple went to parliament where the King granted Royal Assentto nine bills. Following the ceremony, George stated: "No ceremony could more completely symbolise the free and equal association of the nations of the Commonwealth." From there, the royal couple travelled the country from coast to coast, and the King and Queen made a brief foray into the United States, visiting Washington, New York, and Poughkeepsie; they were accompanied by the Canadian prime minister, still Mackenzie King, as the sole minister in attendance to the King, rather than by any British minister, by way of reinforcing that George VI's visit to the United States was a visit from Canada, [ [http://www.collectionscanada.ca/05/0532/053201/053201130206_e.html National Archives of Canada: The Royal Tour of 1939] ] [King, William Lyon Mackenzie; Diary; Ottawa: National Archives of Canada; vol. 86, January 11, 1939] despite the point that the King and Queen were presented by Secretary of State Cordell Hullto President Franklin D. Rooseveltas "Their Brittanic Majesties." [ [http://archives.cbc.ca/dossier.asp?IDDossier=2367&IDCat=426&IDCatPa=262 CBC Digital Archives: Their Majesties in Canada: 1939 Royal Tour] ] For Mackenzie King, this assertion of Canada's status as a kingdom independent of Britain was a key motive behing the organization of the tour; he wrote in his diary on May 17, 1939: "I ... told [the Queen] that I felt somewhat embarrassed about taking in the entire trip with Their Majesties; that it looked like pushing myself to the fore, yet I felt that unless some evidence of Dominion precedence existed, one of the main purposes of the trip would be gone. The Queen then said: The King and I felt right along that you should come with us." ["Diary of Mackenzie King"; May 17, 1939] Another factor, however, was public relations; the presence of the King and Queen, in both Canada and the United States, was calculated to shore up sympathy for Britain in anticipation of hostilities with Nazi Germany. [Goodwin, op. cit.] Nevertheless, as early as 1939 it was deemed appropriate for the novel doctrine of the discrete crowns of the Commonwealth realms to be ostentatiously asserted.
This visit also marked the first time that the sovereign's official Canadian birthday was marked with the monarch himself present in the country; the occasion was marked on
Parliament Hillwith a celebration and a Trooping of the Colour. This event, and those like it throughout their journey across the country, satisfied George VI and his wife. Later, during a tour of Canada, Queen Elizabeth, by then the Queen Mother, stated in a speech: "It is now some 46 years since I first came to this country with the King, in those anxious days shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War. I shall always look back upon that visit with feelings of affection and happiness. I think I lost my heart to Canada and Canadians, and my feelings have not changed with the passage of time." [ [http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactive/royalvisits/52.html CBC: Royal Visits to Canada] ]
World War II and the resident monarchies
Only five months after the departure of George VI and Elizabeth from Canada, Britain declared war on
Nazi Germany. The King did this, as King of the United Kingdom, on September 3, 1939; as King of Canada, however, he was not advised to do so by his Canadian ministers until September 10of the same year. With hostilities raging in Europe, it had originally been planned that the King, Queen, and their two children would reside in Colwood, British Columbia, at Hatley Castle, which the federal government had purchased for use as a royal palace for the Royal Family. [ [http://www.ltgov.bc.ca/whatsnew/sp/sp_may07_2004.htm Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Speech by Iona Campolo, Retired Heads of Mission Association's Gala Dinner, Royal Roads University, Hatley Castle, Victoria, BC, February 5, 2007] ] However, it was decided that morale in Britain would be diminished if the King was to abandon the European front, and so he and his family remained in Londonand Windsor.
Canada was, however, home to a number of Europe's leaders in
exileduring the war. Among the royal guests, many of whom resided at Rideau Hall, were: Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha of Norway; Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Luxembourg; King Peter II of Yugoslavia; King George II of Greece; Empress Zita of Austriaand her daughters; as well as Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, her daughter Princess Juliana, and granddaughters Princesses Beatrix and Irene. While in Canada, Wilhelmina gave birth to her third daughter, Margriet at the Civic Hospital, where the delivery room was temporarily declared as Dutch soil to ensure that the Princess was born in the Netherlands, though it would later be ruled that she was still a British subject, making her later still, and today, a subject of the Canadian Crown.
Governor General John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir died while still
viceroyin February, 1940, and so the uncle of King George VI, Alexander Cambridge, Earl of Athlone was appointed to the post. He, his wife and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Alice, made the trans-oceanic journey, one complicated by the ongoing Battle of the Atlantic. The Earl also brought with him as his Aide-de-CampAlastair Windsor, Duke of Connaught, the grandson of previous Governor General, Prince Arthur, and who had previously served in the Canadian military. [ [http://www.theconnaughts.zoomshare.com/ Duke of Connaught & Royalty Postcards Gallery] ] The same year Princess Elizabeth (later Elizabeth II), though not able to reside in Canada, posed for her first official Canadian portrait, with her parents visited Canadian service personnel stationed in the United Kingdom, and undertook solo duties such as reviewing a parade of Canadian airwomen in 1945. Two years following, the Princess was appointed by her father as Colonel-in-Chiefof " Le Régiment de la Chaudière" and the 48th Highlanders of Canada, her first appointments in the Canadian military. [http://www.crht.ca/DiscoverMonarchyFiles/QueenElizabethII.html The Canadian Royal Heritage Trust: Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada] ]
In Canada, Prince George visited air bases and training centres, while the Governor General and Princess Alice became supporters of the Canadian war effort. Alice became Honorary Commandant of a number of women's military services, such as the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service and the
Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division, while His Excellency travelled extensively throughout the country in an effor tto spread the message that King George VI was dedicated to fighting totalitarianism. [ [http://www.gg.ca/gg/fgg/bios/01/athlone_e.asp Governor General of Canada: Major General The Earl of Athlone] ] In 1943 and 1944, the royal, and viceregal, couple hosted the Quebec Conferences, wherein American President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie Kingand British Prime Minister Winston Churchilldecided the strategies of the western allies that would lead to victory over Nazi Germany and Japanin 1945.
Monarchy after the wars
Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip in 1947, in a ceremony that attracted the attention of Canadians hungry for good news after the dark years of the war; the government presented the newlyweds with a
canoe. [http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2006/05/12/1576558-sun.html Boland, Jack; Canoe News: "Paddling into history"; May 12, 2006] ] The Princess came with her husband to Canada in 1951, where, amongst other activities, she attended her first hockey game at Maple Leaf Gardens, and partook in a square danceat Rideau Hall. The King's health was by that time failing, and so his daughter, and then heir to the throne, carried with her to Canada a draft accession ceclaration in case George VI died while she was in his Canadian realm.
The King, suffering from
lung cancer, eventually failed to recover fully from a pneumonectomyand died in his sleep on February 6, 1952, at Sandringham House. The King's passing was communicated to then Administrator of the Government, Thibaudeau Rinfret(who was acting as administrator between the departure of the Earl of Tunis and the appointment of Vincent Massey), by cable from the King's Private Secretary; he stated: "Profoundly regret to state that His Majesty King George the Sixth passed away peacefully in his sleep early this morning." Rinfret then issued a proclamation of the King's death and the accession of Elizabeth II as Canada's queen, [ [http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/department/history/dcer/details-en.asp?intRefId=3497 Documents on Canadian External Relations; Volume #18 - 1, Chapter 1, Part 1; Death and Accession of the Monarch] ] making Canada the first place this was done; [ [http://archives.cbc.ca/IDD-1-69-70/life_society/new_queen/ CBC Archives: Canada's new Queen] ] her proclamation of accession for the United Kingdom was not read out until the following day.
Canadians were already familiar with Elizabeth, not only because of her 1951 tour of the country, but due also to her having made a radio broadcast for the first time in October, 1940, when she was fourteen, to send a message during the BBC's children's programme to all the children of the Commonwealth. Also, it was during a 1947 tour of
South Africathat she celebrated her twenty-first birthday, and gave a radio address in which she dedicated herself to the service of the Commonwealth; a first for a female heiress, as it was traditional for only the Prince of Walesto make an oath to his future subjects.
The Queen was crowned at
Westminster Abbeyon June 2, 1953, with the prime ministers and leading citizens of Canada present amongst representatives of the other Commonwealth countries, while the ceremony was also broadcast around the world and, at the Queen's request, on television. Three times during the duration of the coronation, Royal Air ForceCanberra jet bombers flew the film footage of the coronation to Canada, making the first ever non-stop flights between the United Kingdom and the Canadian mainland. At Goose Bay, in Labrador, the film was transferred to a Royal Canadian Air ForceCF-100 jet fighter and flown to Montreal for broadcast on the CBC. [ [http://archives.cbc.ca/society/monarchy/clips/4369/ CBC Digital Archives: Coronation of Queen Elizabeth] ] Guests at the ceremony, television viewers, and radio listeners heard Elizabeth swear a revised Coronation Oath, wherein she reaffirmed her dedication expressed earlier in South Africa, and swore to "govern the Peoples of... Canada... according to their respective laws and customs." The Queen's coronation gown, commissioned from Norman Hartnell, was embroidered with Canada's maple leafin green silk and gold bullion thread veined with crystal, along with the floral emblems of the other countries of the Commonwealth. [ [http://www.nga.gov.au/ByAppointment/ National Gallery of Australia: By Appointment: Norman Hartnell's sample for the Coronation dress of Queen Elizabeth II] ]
In the winter of 1953 Her Majesty set out to finish the Commonwealth tour she had begun before the death of her father. However, she was not able to tour Canada again until 1957, when she went to Ottawa and Hull, giving her first ever television address in Canada (followed by various musical performances in her honour, including a live piece by
Glenn Gould, the footage of which was lost until the lead up to the Queen's 2002 Golden Jubilee tour of Canada), and opening the first session of the 23rd parliament on October 14; some 50,000 people descended on Parliament Hillto witness the arrival of the monarch. The Queen wore her coronation gown to the opening, and the next day wore to a state dinner at Rideau Hallthe "Maple-Leaf-of-Canada" dress, intended to represent Elizabeth's status as Queen of Canada; it was a pale green satin gown edged with a garland consisting of deep-green velvet maple leaves appliquéd with crystals and emeralds. Afterwards, the dress was donated to the country and is today held at the Museum of Civilization. [http://www.parl.gc.ca/InfoParl/english/issue.htm?param=160&art=287 Trepanier, Peter; "Canadian Parliamentary Review": Some Visual Aspects of the Monarchical Tradition; Vol. 27, No. 2; 2004] ] Overall, however, the pageantry was muted in comparison to a similar event in the United Kingdom. June Callwoodsaid in her coverage of the tour for " Maclean's Magazine": "The Queen's role in Canada, it appeared to some observers, hinged on calculated pageantry, just enough to warm the pride of Canadians who revere tradition and statliness above state but not so much as to antagonize those who consider royalty a blindingly off-colour bauble in an age of lean fear." [Callwood, June; "Maclean's Magazine": June Callwood's Story of the Queen's Visit; Vol. 70; December, 1957; p. 16]
From Canada, Elizabeth and her husband travelled on to the
United Statesto attend the 350th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown and meet with President Dwight D. Eisenhowerat the White House. The Queen did this as monarch of Canada, as with her father's 1939 US visit, being accompanied by her Canadian prime minister, John Diefenbaker, as Minister in Attendance; [ [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,937945,00.html "Time Magazine": Royal Visit; October 21, 1957] ] the Queen stated in her television broadcast to Canadians: "When I go to the United States I shall be going as the Head of the Canadian nation to pay a State Visit to the Head of our great neighbouring country. I shall be going in other capacities as well but when you hear or read about the events in Washington, and other places, I want you to reflect that it is the Queen of Canada and her husband who are concerned in them." [ [http://www.royal.gov.uk/files/pdf/1957canada.pdf The Queen's Speeches] ]
Two years later, the Queen returned and toured every province and territory of the country. Controversy arose in the run-up to the visit when CBC personality
Joyce Davidson, while being interviewed by Dave Garrowayon NBC's "Today Show", said that as an "average Canadian" she was "pretty indifferent" to the Queen's forthcoming visit. Davidson was lambasted in the Canadian press and by many indignant Canadians for her comment; however, a subsequent Gallup pollshowed that 51% of Canadians agreed with her. ["Canada: A People's History" (pages?)] Regardless, one of the most important events of this trip was the official opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, along with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, where, in Prescott, Ontario, Queen Elizabeth made her first live appearance on Canadian television. [ [http://www.pch.gc.ca/special/royalvisit/royal-quiz-answers.htm Department of Canadian Heritage: Test your royal skills] ] During this tour, the Queen again made a visit to the United States as Canada's head of state, stopping in Chicagoand Washington, with Diefenbaker as her attending minister. The Prime Minister insisted that the Queen be accompanied at all times by a Canadian Cabinet minister, being determined to make it clear to Americans that the Queen was visiting the United States as the Canadian monarch, and that "it is the Canadian embassy and not the British Embassy officials who are in charge" of the Queen's itinerary. Elizabeth's speeches in Chicago, written by her Canadian ministers, stressed steadily the fact that she had come to call as Queen of Canada. [Buckner, Phillip Alfred; Canada and the End of Empire; UBC Press; 2004; ISBN 0774809159] In this vein, the Queen hosted the return dinner for Eisenhower at the Canadian Embassy in Washington.
As with the rest of the world, the 1960s saw increased technological advancements in Canada; one milestone was marked in December, 1961, when Queen Elizabeth II inaugurated the first trans-Atlantic telephone cable, part of one devised to link all the Commonwealth countries, by calling her Prime Minister,
John Diefenbaker, from Buckingham Palacewith the words "are you there Mr. Prime Minister?" [ [http://archives.cbc.ca/clip.asp?page=1&IDClip=5721&IDCat=349&IDCatPa=261&IDDossier= CBC Digital Archives: Transatlantic phone cable officially opened] ] However, not all was well: Through the same decade there were shifts in Canadian identity– due, in part by increased immigration from beyond the British Isles, [Anderson, Alan B.; "Ethnicity in Canada: Theoretical Perspectives"; 1981] [Association for Canadian Studies, ed.; "Canadian identity: Region, country, nation": selected proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies, held at Memorial... June 6-8, 1997; 1998] but also because of the rise of Quebec nationalism– that created an atmosphere where the purpose and role of the Canadian monarchy came into question.
The "Mouvement souverainiste du Québec", seeing it as a symbol of federalism and/or the British aspects of Canada's history, made the monarchy a target on a few occasions. At the height of the
Quiet Revolution, the Quebec press published reports of a separatist plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II during her upcoming 1964 tour of the province. There were fears for the monarch's safety amid talk of cancelling the trip; however the Queen's Private Secretary stated that Elizabeth "would have been horrified to have been prevented from going because of the activities of extremists." [Speaight, Robert; "Vanier, Soldier, Diplomat, Governor General: A Biography"] [http://www.crht.ca/LibraryShelf/CourageoftheQueen.html Canadian Royal Heritage Trust: Courage of the Queen; July 24, 2007] ] The assassination threats never played out; though, when the Queen drove through Quebec Citythe route of her procession was lined with Quebecers showing their backs to her, and on "Samedi de la matraque" (Truncheon Saturday), Quebec police violently dispersed anti-monarchist demonstrators and arrested 36, including some who were there to cheer the Queen. [ [http://archives.cbc.ca/400d.asp?id=1-69-70-192&wm6=1 CBC Archives: Truncheon Saturday] ] By Canada's centennial in 1967, papers such as the " Toronto Star" were calling for a move to a republicas a mark of the occasion. Despite this, however, the Queen and Prince Philip came to Canada that year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Confederation, taking part in a ceremony on Parliament Hill(where she cut a convert|30|ft|m|sing=on-high birthday cake), and to tour Expo 67, which had also been visited by the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret.
A constitutional conference was held in
Ottawain February 1968, at which the delegates from Quebec indicated that a provincial president might suit the province better than the Lieutenant Governor, but the proposal was not accepted, and the overall feeling was that the monarchy "has served us well and that its reform has no great priority in the present round of constitutional changes." [ [http://www.empireclubfoundation.com/details.asp?SpeechID=562&FT=yes Speech by Governor General Roland Michener, Nov. 19, 1970] ] But symbolic matters were all-together different: references to the monarch and the monarchy were slowly removed from the public eye. For example, the Queen's portrait was seen less and less in public schools; the federal government adopted a corporate identity programme without royal insignia; the Royal Mailbecame Canada Post; and the Royal Canadian Navyand Royal Canadian Air Forcewere merged along with the Canadian Armyinto the Canadian Armed Forces; though a number of royal symbols did remain in place. And, by the 1970s, constitutional changes to the Crown were put back on the table by the Cabinet of Pierre Trudeau, which proposed that the Governor General be made full head of stateand renamed as "First Canadian", removing any role for the monarch. Ther premiers of the provinces reacted strongly against these suggestions, as did many in the public, leading to the creation of the Monarchist League of Canadato defend Canada's status as a constitutional monarchy. [ [http://www.monarchist.ca/new/about.html The Monarchist League of Canada: Who we are and what we do] ] Still, the Queen consented to the transfer of many of her duties to her representatives in Canada, and by the early 1970s it was common practice for the Governor General to represent the Queen and Canada abroad on state visits. The Queen did still come to Canada a number of times during the 1970s: in 1973 she and Prince Philip travelled to Charlottetownto celebrate centennial of Prince Edward Island, and to Regina for the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and four years later the royal couple returned undertake a coast-to-coast tour marking the Queen's Silver Jubilee.
Trudeau's outward actions led manywho to believe he harboured republican notions; it was even rumoured by Paul Martin, Sr., that the Queen was worried the Crown "had little meaning for him." This may have had to do with the erasure of royal symbols during his premiership, his antics around the monarch—such as his sliding down
Buckingham Palacebanisters and his famous, film-documented pirouette behind the Queen in 1977, and he glaringly breached protocol in 1978 when he vacationed in Moroccoat the time the Queen was in Canada. However, he was later accused of instant monarchism and opportunism during a period of personal unpopularity in the 1970s, when he invited Queen Elizabeth II to attend the first Commonwealth Conference held on Canadian soil; this invitation, and the Queen's acceptance of it, started the tradition of the monarch attending Commonwealth Conferences, no matter the location. Also in 1976, after Robert Bourassa, then Premier of Quebec, begged Trudeau to advise the Queen to open the Olympics in Montreal, Trudeau, after obliging the Quebec premier, became annoyed when Bourassa later became unsettled about how unpopular the move might be amongst separatists.
The Queen did open the 1976 Summer Olympics, and the games were attended by no less than six other members of the Royal Family: the Duke of Edinburgh,
Mark Phillips, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne, who competed in the games for the United Kingdom. The next year Prince Andrew was back in Canada to attend Lakefield College Schoolfor a semester, as part of a Round Squareexchange programme, [ [http://www.royal.gov.uk/OutPut/Page5652.asp Buckingham Palace: The Royal Family: Members of the Royal Family: HRH The Duke of York] ] and he too was presented with a canoe by the government.
An independent kingdom
By the 1980s the government was close to a final resolution on the constitutional issues of the past decades. In the first year of that decade, Paul Martin, Sr., as well as John Roberts and
Mark MacGuigan, was sent to the UK to discuss the patriation project; Martin noted that during this time the Queen had taken a great interest in the constitutional debate, especially following the failure of Bill C-60, which affected her role as head of state. The three found the monarch "better informed on both the substance and politics of Canada's constitutional case than any of the British politicians or bureaucrats." [http://www.monarchist.ca/cmn/opinion.htm Heinricks, Geoff; "Canadian Monarchist News": Trudeau and the Monarchy; Winter/Spring, 2000-01; reprinted from the "National Post"] ] The following year, during the Trooping the Colour, there was a staged attempt on the Queen's life: six rounds of blanks were fired at her from close range as she rode down The Mall in London. Her only reaction was to duck slightly and then continue on. The Canadian House of Commonswas so impressed by her display of courage that a motion was passed praising her composure. [http://www.crht.ca/LibraryShelf/CourageoftheQueen.html Canadian Royal Heritage Trust: "Courage of the Queen"] ] That same year saw the marriage of Prince Charles to Diana Spencer in a wedding that attracted the attention of millions of Canadians, [ [http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2005/02/10/charles050210.html CBC News: "Charles and Camilla to wed"; February 11, 2005] ] and was attended by then Governor General, Edward Schreyer. Echoing the gift presented to the Queen and Prince Philip upon their wedding in 1947, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeaucommissioned a hand built canoe as a gift for the royal couple. It was Diana, though, that proved more popular with Canadians than the Prince of Wales; it was noted by a former member of Charles' household that during a 1983 tour of the country, when the Prince emerged from the car there would be groans, but cheers for Diana when she was seen. These were the earliest days of Diana's exposure to royal duties, and she confided in then Premier of Newfoundland, Brian Peckford, "I am finding it very difficult to cope with the pressures of being Princess of Wales, but I am learning to cope." [ [http://www.theroyalist.net/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=767 Leyland, Joanne; "The Royalist": Charles and Diana in Australia (1983); May 29, 2006] ]
The Queen was back in
Ottawain April 1982 to proclaim the patriationof the constitution, making it Canadian law rather than an act of the British parliament that required amendment in both jurisdictions. The Constitution Act, 1982, also entrenched the monarchy in Canada: any change to the position of the monarch or the monarch's representatives now required the consent of the Senate, the House of Commons, and the legislative assemblies of all the provinces. Regarding this occasion, Trudeau commented in his memoirs: "I always said it was thanks to three women that we were eventually able to reform our Constitution. The Queen, who was favourable, Margaret Thatcher, who undertook to do everything that our Parliament asked of her, and Jean Wadds, who represented the interests of Canada so well in London... The Queen favoured my attempt to reform the Constitution. I was always impressed not only by the grace she displayed in public at all times, but by the wisdom she showed in private conversation."
However, the terms under which the constitution was patriated were not agreed to by the
Premier of Quebec, René Lévesque; the adoption of the changes to the 1867 British North America Act without the consent of the Quebec legislature was viewed by the sovereigntists as a betrayal, leading to the meeting between the other nine premiers and Prime Minister Trudeau being dubbed as the "Night of the Long Knives". The Queen, after proclaiming the Constitution Act, and aware this was the first time in Canadian history that a major constitutional change had been made without the agreement of the Quebec government, tried to demonstrate her position as head of the whole Canadian nation, and her role as conciliator, by privately expressing to journalists her regret that Quebec was not part of the settlement.
The same year, Princess Margaret became, like her sister earlier, the target of nationalists, though this time the Irish kind, during her visit to the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada in
Cambridge, Ontario, as their Colonel-in-Chief. Nothing eventuated, but there was a scare when a gun barrel was thought to have been seen in the crowds gathered, and some city councillors boycotted the Princess' events. [ [http://www.pibrochclub.com/files/News/royalvisit/rv04may07.pdf Dalton, Melinda; "The Record": Royal visit sparks memories; May 4, 2007] ] In 1987, Prince Andrew was back in the country with, for the first time, his wife, Sarah, Duchess of York. The Duchess proved popular with Canadians, at one point sticking a miniature maple leaf flag in her hair, and the feeling was mutual, as Sarah reminisced later: "My memories of Canada are sitting in a canoe for 18 days and there was no white water and we had black bugs everywhere and I had to wear a bug hat. But that was the best place because Andrew and I certainly had a fantastic time together," and said "Canada is like my second home." [http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Mandel_Michele/2007/05/10/4167968.html Mandel, Michelle; "Toronto Sun": The Duchess of York - the First Fergie - can be quite down-to-earth until she decides otherwise; May 10, 2007] ]
Elizabeth II returned to Canada in 1990 for a royal tour; the trip had originally been planned specifically for the Queen to put her signature to a constitutional amendment, following the
Meech Lake Accord. The accord, however, failed, and there was a general fear for the unity of Canada at the time. On Parliament Hill, on Canada Day, Elizabeth addressed the crowds gathered for celebrations, and stated: "It is my fondest wish for this Canada Day that Canadians come together and remain together rather than dwelling on differences which might further divide them. I and members of my family have been with you on many special days in the life of this country. I particularly recall another fist of July in Canada's centennial year here on Parliament Hill. I said then and I repeat it today that Canada is a country that has been blessed beyond most countries in the world. It is a country worth working for." [ [http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactive/royalvisits/56.html CBC: Royal Visits to Canada] ] After this, Quebec separatism gained strength, with another referendum called in 1995. On the eve of the vote, the Queen was tricked into speaking – in both French and English – for fourteen minutes with Pierre Brassard, a DJ for Radio CKOI-FM Montreal, pretending to be Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. When told that the separatists were showing a lead, the Queen revealed that she felt the "referendum may go the wrong way," adding, "if I can help in any way, I will be very happy to do so." However, she pointedly refused to accept the advice that she intervene on the issue without first seeing a draft speech sent by her prime minister. Her tactful handling of the call won plaudits from the DJ who made it, [ [http://www.monarchist.ca/mc/queenpr.htm "A Queen Canada Should be Proud Of"] ] and Chrétien, in his memoirs, later recounted the Queen's tongue-in-cheekcomments to him regarding the affair: "'I didn't think you sounded quite like yourself,' she told me, 'but I thought, given all the duress you were under, you might have been drunk.'" [ [http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=70a78606-30c2-438e-b541-d6e4ce00087a&k=14039&p=3 Thompson, Elizabeth; "The Gazette": Chrétien's Revenge; October 14, 2007] ]
The new millennium
Into the new millennium the Royal Family maintained its role in Canada, continuing to perform duties within the country, but also undertaking more obligations abroad on behalf of Canada. Despite this, though, leading up to 1999 it was leaked from the office of Prime Minister
Jean Chrétienthat there had been a plan for "severing the final ties" with the monarchy by the turn of the millennium; a plot that, when revealed, was met with denouncement from a number of figures, including Chrétien himself, who said in a CTV news interview that the topic was not a Liberal priority, nor one for average Canadians, admitting that "there's no big debate in Canada." A survey of the ten provincial premiers at the time showed that all but one were in favour of the monarchy; the " Ottawa Citizen" 's headline read: "Which millennium?" [ [http://www.monarchist.ca/cmn/loyalty.htm Premiers Nix Monarchy Abolition: "NOT A GOVERNMENT PROJECT AT THIS POINT"] ]
Stemming from the revelation of this supposed plan, and inspired by the debate on the Australian monarchy that had taken place three years before, the group
Citizens for a Canadian Republicwas formed in 2002 to promote the changing of Canada from a kingdom to a republic, though without a proposed model and debate has since remained minimal. Attention was brought to their cause, though, in the same year, when then Deputy Prime Minister John Manleyexpressed in an interview his belief that Canada should become a republic upon the demise of Queen Elizabeth II. His comments were widely met with disapproval; again, the provincial premiers publicly stated their support for the monarchy, save for Quebec Premier Bernard Landry, who promised that the province would boycott any celebrations of the Queen's jubilee in protest of her signing the Constitution Act, 1982. [ [http://www.monarchist.ca/cmnews/Sum04PDFRepublicanism.pdf Dr. Phillips, Stephen; "Canadian Monarchist News", Republicanism in Canada in the Reign of Elizabeth II: the Dog that Didn't Bark; Summer, 2004] ] Manley's public musings mostly incited anger, though, because they were expressed on the eve of the arrival of the Queen and Prince Philip in Canada to undertake a twelve day tour of the country to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee, and Manley was meant to be the Queen's minister in attendance upon her arrival in Ottawa. Despite this, the Queen and her husband came in October as planned, and travelled the country coast to coast. It was during this trip that Elizabeth opened the new Legislative Assembly of Nunavut; dropped a ceremonial puck at the beginning of a NHL game in Vancouver; watched performances by Oscar Peterson, Rex Harrington, Cirque du Soleil, The Tragically Hip, and others at Roy Thomson Hall; and attended a luncheon at Rideau Hallfor fifty of Canada's greatest citizens – one from each year of the Queen's reign. Thousands turned out to the various events; only approximately 100 Québécoisprotesters were seen when the royal motorcade crossed from Ottawainto Gatineau, the only Quebecdestination on the tour. [ [http://www.cbc.ca/news/bigpicture/queen/ The Queen's Golden Jubilee: A CBC Big Picture] ]
In December the next year, after lengthy discussions between the federal government and the
Acadiancommunity, Governor General Adrienne Clarksonput her signature to a Royal Proclamation indicating the Crown's acknowledgement of the deportation of the Acadians in 1754, and establishing July 28 as the "Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval"; [ [http://canadagazette.gc.ca/partII/2003/20031231/html/si188-e.html "Canada Gazzette": Proclamation Designating July 28 of Every Year as "A Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval", Commencing on July 28, 2005; Vol. 137, No. 27; December 31, 2003] ] an official copy was given to Euclide Chiasson, the President of the "Société Nationale de l'Acadie". While not a formal apology, the gesture quelled demands by Acadians that one be issued by the Queen. [ [http://www.acadianmuseum.com/upheaval.html The Acadian Museum: News and Events: "Minister Copes announces a day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval"; December 10, 2003] ]
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh returned to Canada in 2005 to travel through
Albertaand Saskatchewanto celebrate their centennials. While in the province, the government of Alberta wanted the Queen to personally grant Royal Assentto a bill passed by the legislature. But this was not done because, in theory, the constitutionality of the Queen doing so was questioned, though Rideau Hall also stated it would conflict with the federal government's policy of the "Canadianization" of Canada's institutions. This statement by Government Housebrought to light the point that through the decades since the 1960s, successive governments, predominantly Liberal, had been pushing the Queen out of everyday Canadian life. The 1947 Letters Patent, which were understood to allow the Governor General to act as a regentshould such an action become necessary, were used as justification for moves such as Pierre Trudeau's attempt to wrest from the Queen her right as a sovereign to appoint ambassadors from Canada and then to issue the personal Letters of Credence, an act that was finally made also in 2005. Of the changes made, it was said: "the Crown was to be rooted in the future, not the past; for the historic Crown with its anthem, emblems, and symbolism made accessible a past the government of the day rejected," [Smith, David E.; "The Invisible Crown"; University of Toronto Press; p. 47] a policy that was never discussed at the various constitutional conferences over the years, and, since the reaction to Trudeau's 1978 constitutional amendments, no Canadian government has ever publicly admitted its policy for the monarchy. [ [http://www.monarchist.ca/mc/invisib2.htm Toporoski, Richard; "Monarchy Canada": The Invisible Crown; 1998] ] Continuing on that theme, in November of 2005 Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were denied their request to visit Canada before undertaking a tour of the United States. Though it is reported that Prince Charles had preferred that he visit a Commonwealth realmfor his first overseas trip with his new wife, the government of Canada stated a possible motion of no confidencein the House of Commons might lead to the Prince's visit taking place during an election. Some have questioned this decision, as the Prince has no constitutional role in Canada, and thus his presence in the country would have no effect on the government or election.
In 2006, however, there was a change in government and
Stephen Harperwas appointed as Prime Minister. In his first address to parliament as head of government, Harper opened by paying tribute to the Queen and her "lifelong dedication to duty and self-sacrifice," referring to her specifically as Canada's head of state, [ [http://www.parl.gc.ca/39/1/parlbus/chambus/house/debates/003_2006-04-05/han003_1615-e.htm 39th Parliament, First Session, Edited Hansard, No. 003, Wednesday, April 5, 2006] ] in contrast to previous governments, which had put the Governor General under that designation. Harper later commented on Canada and Australiasharing "an enduring affinity to the Crown," and said before the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce that Canada and the United Kingdom were joined by "the golden circle of the Crown, which links us all together with the majestic past that takes us back to the Tudors, the Plantagenets, the Magna Carta, " habeas corpus", petition of rights, and English common law." [ [http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?id=1168 Prime Minister Harper introduces Australian counterpart to Parliament] ] Jouralist Graham Fraser said in the " Toronto Star" that Harper's speech was "one of the most monarchist speeches a Canadian prime minister has given since John Diefenbaker." [ [http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1155937810919&call_pageid=968332188774&col=Columnist969907621570 Fraser, Graham; "Toronto Star", PM shucks Reform roots for a royal connection; August 19, 2006] ]
Prince Henry arrived in Canada to train, along with other soldiers of the Canadian and British armies, at CFB Suffield, near
Medicine Hat, Alberta, for a tour of dutyin Afghanistan. [ [http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070602/harry_canada_070602/20070602?hub=TopStories Canadian Press; CTV News: "Prince Harry may be training in Alberta: reports"; June 2, 2007] ] [ [http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/06/02/4228382-sun.html Kennedy, Sarah; Fernandez, Pablo; Gilchrist, Emma; Sun Media: "Prince Harry training in Alberta"; June 2, 2007] ] Harry went off base during down time and journeyed to Calgaryto take in the nightlife. Though there was some minor controversy over the Prince flirting with a Calgary waitress, generally Harry was well received, with the " Calgary Sun" front page headlinereading: "Wild about Harry!" [ [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070604.HARRY04/TPStory/?query=prince+harry Harding, Katherine; "Globe and Mail": Harry spotters hard at it in Alberta; June 4, 2007] ] At the same time, Harry's aunt, the Princess Royal, was in Saskatchewanmeeting with family members of Saskatchewan soldiers killed in Afghanistan. [ [http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070602/royal_visit_070602/20070602?hub=Canada CTV News: "Princess Anne helps mark regimental centennial"; June 2, 2007] ] This was part of a wider tour of the province that included her participation in ceremonies to mark the centennnial of the Royal Regina Rifles, of which she is Colonel-in-Chief, as well as opening the Royal Canadian Mounted PoliceHeritage Centre, [ [http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070602/royal_visit_070602/20070602?hub=Canada CTV News: "Princess Anne helps mark regimental centennial"; June 2, 2007] ] and meeting with First Nationselders at Government House.
Nearing the end of 2007 it was revealed that the Queen was not going to attend the festivities for the 400th anniversary of the foundation of
Quebec City, to take place in 2008. The government of Quebec had reguested that Ottawamake plans for the sovereign to be part of the celebration, having her follow in the footsteps of her grandfather, George V, who presided over the tercentenary celebrations of the same event in 1908. However, the federal Cabinet advised the Queen not to do, fearing her presence would provoke Quebec separatists, especially after the announcement of her possibly attending did incite separatists to promise protests. [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2007/12/10/qc-queenquebec1210.html?ref=rss CBC News: "Queen won't be at Quebec City's big birthday bash"; December 10, 2007] ]
Monarchs of Canadian territories
A list of monarchs of
New France, British North Americaand Canada:
Monarchy in Canada
* History of Monarchy in British Columbia
* History of Monarchy in Newfoundland and Labrador
* History of Monarchy in Nova Scotia
* History of Monarchy in Ontario
* History of Monarchy in Quebec
* History of Monarchy in Saskatchewan
Royal tours of Canada
List of Canadian monarchs
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjJjfYgmp4k Video of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Canada, 1939]
* [http://archives.cbc.ca/dossier.asp?IDDossier=2367&IDCat=426&IDCatPa=262# CBC Archives: Media of the 1939 Royal Tour]
* [http://archives.cbc.ca/economy_business/transport/topics/637/ Video of Queen Elizabeth II and President Eisenhower opening the St. Lawrence Seaway, 1959]
* [http://archives.cbc.ca/clip.asp?page=1&IDClip=5721&IDCat=349&IDCatPa=261&IDDossier= Audio of Queen Elizabeth II speaking to Prime Minister Deifenbaker, 1961]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib1Fzk09M8Y Video of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in Canada, 2002]
* [http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page4126.asp?id=3 Buckingham Palace gallery of 2005 Royal Visit by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip]
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