Philip have been around a long
time. And in that time they have
made over 20 official visits. Nova
Scotia Writer Allison Lawlor
has written an interesting little
book that serves to illustrate the
Queen's many years as Canada's
Author: Allison Lawlor
Publisher: Boulder Publications
Published: June 20, 2017
Page Count: 83
A Royal Couple in Canada
organizes the royal tours by
decade with a seven page
introduction to the monarchy
and the purpose of royal tours.
royal tours it may be best to start with the visual aspects of
this book. If you guessed there are a lot of pictures, you would
be right. There are over 100 pictures covering the tours
themselves, schedules, and related memorabilia. The pictures
are crisp and well-captioned.
signing the Constitution Act
are iconic and you have likely
seen them before. But there
are many images that have
likely not been seen in many
years and certainly not
collected together like this.
made by Her Majesty over the years. These give a glimpse into
the Queen's feeling for Canada and are greatly appreciated.
While the book is certainly pro-monarchy it does not shy away
from talking about various controversies that occurred, how
they related to the tours, and reactions to them. This adds
some needed context in areas since royal tours often had
aims related to the current political 'mood' of the time.
Overall, its a good introduction to Canada's history of royal
tours and would make an attractive addition to any coffee
table. The specialist may be left wanting more though. Myself,
I would have found the addition of a map marking the places
the Queen has visited a worthwhile addition that would drive
home the Queen's deep connection to her country. Given that
this book is titled A Royal Couple in Canada I would have
found the addition of some quotes by Prince Philip most
These are small issues though and do not detract greatly from
this book that Allison Lawlor has written. I fully recommend
it. It is available for purchase online here.
A Kisaragi Colour