Canada is a constitutional monarchy with Elizabeth II as its queen and head of state. The Queen is represented in Canada by a Governor General, who is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Canadian prime minister. Each of Canada's provinces also has a Lieutenant-Governor representing the Queen who is appointed by the Governor-General.
The Governor General's official residence is Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario. Royal family members stay at Rideau Hall during visits to Ottawa.
The Queen's royal style and title in Canada is Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.
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Prince Charles and Camilla visiting Canada in 2012
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Canada's Queen: Elizabeth II by Patti Tasko. A celebration of Her Majesty's friendship with the people of Canada.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family in Canada: Golden Jubilee Edition by Ron Poling. Photos and interviews from royal visits to Canada.
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent: Father of the Canadian Crown by Nathan Tidridge. Queen Victoria's father, Prince Edward Augustus (1767-1820) lived in Canada and became commander-in-chief of British North America. He left an indelible mark on the monarchy in Canada.
Royal Tours 1786-2010: Home to Canada by Arthur Bousfeld and Garry Toffoli. Looks at the tours of 11 British royals who were or became monarchs, viceroys, and commanders-in-chief of Canada.
Royal Observations: Canadians & Royalty by Arthur Bousfield. A light-hearted anthology of anecdotes about the royal families (French and British) of Canada.
Canada and Monarchy
Majesty in Canada: Essays on the Role of Royalty edited by Colin Coates. Essays examining royal tours, vice-regal initiatives, representations of the sovereign's power, and more.
Canada and the Crown: Essays in Constitutional Monarchy edited by D. Michael Jackson and Philippe Lagass. Scholars assess the historical and contemporary importance of constitutional monarchy in Canada.
The Secret of the Crown: Canada's Affair With Royalty by John Fraser. Examines the differences between tribal monarchy and constitutional monarchy, the roles of the governor general and lieutenant governor, and the media's insatiable appetite for the royal family.
Canada's Constitutional Monarchy by Nathan Tidridge. Presents the Canadian Crown as a unique institution integral to democracy and parliamentary government.
The Evolving Canadian Crown edited by Jennifer Smith and D. Michael Jackson. Assesses the role of the monarchy in Canada, including the constitutional role of the governor general, the use of the reserve power, and the "Canadianization" of the Crown.
The Canadian Federalist Experiment: From Defiant Monarchy to Reluctant Republic by Frederick Vaughan. The author says Canada is clinging to the wreckage of an old aristocratic order while trying to provide republican equality.
On Her Majesty's Service: Royal Honours and Recognition in Canada by Christopher McCreery. Examines the history of marks of honour from the Crown, with complete lists of Canadian recipients and a section on heraldry.
Commemorative Medals of the Queen's Reign in Canada, 1952-2012 by Christopher McCreery. A study of the honors that have recognized nearly a quarter of a million Canadians over the past six decades. Fully illustrated in color.
A Concise History of Canada by Margaret Conrad. Beginning with the arrival of Aboriginal peoples, this book traces Canada's history through the conquest by Europeans and industrialization to the present.
The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America by Bernard Bailyn. Account of the first great transit of people from Britain, Europe, and Africa to British North America, and their struggles with the indigenous peoples.
Canada's First Nations: A History of Founding Peoples From Earliest Times by Olive Patricia Dickason and David T. McNab. How Canada's Aboriginal peoples were radically altered by the arrival of Europeans.
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