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Prince William and Prince Harry arrive for the statue unveiling of their mother on what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday at Kensington Palace in July 2021, a year after Harry departed the U.K. for the United States. (Yui Mok/via AP)

Harry and William duke it out: Will sticks and stones topple thrones?

The relationship between Princes William and Harry is fractured, and can be explained by what’s known as the ‘family systems’ theory. Repairing it will require the Royal Family to change.
The proclamation of King Charles III marked the first time in history the public was allowed to witness the Accession Council, at St James’s Palace in London. PA Images | Alamy

The British monarchy has always controlled how much we see of it, but Charles III could change that

Charles’s coronation will be the most constitutionally significant ceremony of his entire reign. It should prompt discussion about what a modern monarchy could be.
Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon at a press conference on Oct. 17, 2022, at the Québec City National Assembly. He repeated that he did not want to swear an oath to King Charles. The Canadian Press/Karoline Boucher

There’s no official French version of the 1867 Constitution Act. So is taking the oath to the King in French valid?

No official French version of the Constitution Act of 1867 exists in 2022. This aberration calls into question the validity of taking an oath to the King in French.
Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon leaves a post-election news conference in Boucherville, Que. on Oct. 4, 2022. LA PRESSE CANADIENNE/Graham Hughes

Why Québec politicians must swear an oath to the King — even if they don’t want to

An oath to the King is not an oath to the person who wears the crown. It is an oath to an institution that symbolizes our system of government, a democratic constitutional monarchy.
After the death of Queen Elizabeth, questions arise about whose life gets mourned and who does not. Here is the Queen with the Guards of Honour in Nigeria, Dec. 3, 2003, for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

About the Queen and the Crown’s crimes (or how to talk about the unmourned) — Podcast

In the middle of the tremendous outpouring of love and grief for the Queen and the monarchy she represented, not everyone wants to take a moment of silence. And there are a lot of reasons why.
King Charles and Prince William arrive for Queen Elizabeth’s committal service at Windsor Castle on Sept. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

Will Canada cut ties to the monarchy under King Charles? It’s possible

Whatever Queen Elizabeth’s personal qualities, it’s time to determine how the monarchy fits Canada’s current situation as an independent country and its aspirations for the future.
In her efforts to build a new relationship with the Catholic Church, Queen Elizabeth II had interactions with several pontiffs. She is seen here with Pope John Paul II. AP Photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Pool, File

Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne at a time of deep religious divisions and worked to bring tolerance

Queen Elizabeth II encouraged tolerance in a multifaith United Kingdom. To appreciate the significance of her efforts, it is important to understand the country’s complicated religious history.

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