Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, in London, England. (Phil Harris/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

An awkward end to Harry and Meghan’s royal life

At the Commonwealth Day service, the tensions among royal family members were unmistakable

Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth is an expansive family saga

Ann Patchett’s latest novel seeks meaning in the twisting trajectory of life experience

Queen to Justin Trudeau: ‘Thank you for making me feel so old’

A tart response to a laudatory toast by the PM

The PM has been to London to visit the Queen

He’s had 21 days on the job. She’s had 23,304. Here’s our royal watcher on their meeting.

What did John Baird say to the Maldives?

‘A certain standard of values and principles which is clearly lacking in the Maldives’

Is the Queen quitting overseas visits, including Canada?

Prince Charles will take her place at the Commonwealth leaders conference, but don’t expect his mother to halt travel altogether

Why Canada is the only country in the world to celebrate Victoria Day

The ‘May Two-Four’ long weekend is as distinctively Canadian as the two-four with which it is often celebrated


Rights and advocacy

A week ago, Conservative party staff and MPs put together a contribution to the “It Gets Better” video series originally inspired by Dan Savage. In short order it was duly noted that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews opposed same-sex marriage and that Senator Don Meredith once said homosexuality is a choice, while the opposition subsequently pushed for the Harper government to defend gay rights within the Commonwealth and fund Gay Pride events in Canada.

Who will be king of Canada?

Now they’re both in waiting. Whoever prevails, there’s never been a better time to renew our royal roots


The queen by the numbers

Number of passports, Weight, in kilograms, of St. Edward’s Crown, and Number of versions of the Queen’s portrait on Canadian banknotes