Canadian Royal Heritage Trust

Mission of the CRHT

Inspired by the declaration of the Fathers of Confederation that the Monarchy is "the essential element" of the Canadian Constitution, the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust was established in 1994 to make Canadians aware of their rich democratic heritage as a constitutional monarchy, and to broaden their knowledge of the role of the Crown in Canadian Society.

News and Articles

Commonwealth Day Message 2023

King Charles III

HM King Charles III

Commonwealth Day Message, 11 March 2024

The seventy-fifth anniversary of The Commonwealth is a moment to reflect on the remarkable journey that our unique family of free and independent nations has made since 1949. 

Key Acts of Elizabeth II

Canada's Royal Family

Arthur Bousfield

Historic Reign of Elizabeth II

Key Acts of Queen Elizabeth II, the first Monarch to adopt the separate title, "Queen of Canada", during her historic reign, 1952-2022. 

Crown, Canada and Commonwealth

21st Century Monarchy

Garry Toffoli

Crown, Canada and Commonwealth

The Crown means both the King and the repository of executive authority.   The three – Crown, King, Executive Authority – are not separate though. They are synonymous. 

Canadian Review of Spare

Books and the Arts

Garry Toffoli

A Canadian Review of Prince Harry’s Book Spare

Reading reviews of Spare, the Duke of Sussex’s autobiography, I have come to the definite conclusion that the reviews reflect the reviewers’ opinions of the Duke before reading the book. 

Monarchs of Canada

Exploring the Canadian Monarchy

Arthur Bousfield

The Monarchs of Canada

From the European discovery and settlement of the country that is now Canada, thirty-three (33) Kings and Queens have been Sovereigns of the land. 

Proclamation Fixing Victoria Day

Kingdom of Canada

HM King Charles III

Proclamation Fixing Victoria Day as the Day for the Celebration in Canada of the Birthday of the Sovereign

CHARLES THE THIRD, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and His other Realms and Territories KING, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

Royalist News 2023

News in Brief

Arthur Bousfield

Royalist News for 2023

Ottawa – 23 June. To inaugurate the restoration of the regular mounting and changing of the guard, absent from the capital since being suspended in 2019 because of the Corona Virus Pandemic, Her Excellency the Governor General carried out an inspection of the Ceremonial Guard.  


Arthur Bousfield

Letter from the Chairman on the Death of Kirk Howard

Dear Trust Supporters and Friends, 

News of the death in Newmarket, Ontario of Kirk Howard on 30th June, 2023 at age eighty saddened all associated with The Canadian Royal Heritage Trust and its work. Among long standing supporters especially, Kirk was gratefully remembered as the Trust’s founding Chairman. 


Founding Chairman: Kirk Howard, CM (1942-2023)

Chairman: Arthur Bousfield (Toronto, Ontario)

Honorary Chairman: Hon. Alan Redway, PC, QC (East York, Ontario)

Senior Vice Chairman: Dr. Paul Benoit (Ottawa, Ontario)           

Vice Chairman and Executive Director: Garry Toffoli (Toronto, Ontario)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Recording Secretary:  Barbara Rusch (Thornhill, Ontario)

Corresponding Secretary: Prof. John McLeod (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)

Books Consultant: Donald Booth, UE (Toronto, Ontario)

Researcher: Stephanie Draper (Aurora, Ontario)


Cyril Bagin, (Windsor, Ontario) 

Ted Chudleigh, (Dorchester, Ontario) 

Charles Coulombe, (Los Angeles, California, USA and Trimau, Austria) 

Keith Currie, (Toronto, Ontario) 

Rafal Heydel-Mankoo, (London, UK) 

Jack Heath, (Markham, Ontario) 

Elizabeth Honoridez-Leggett, (Toronto, Ontario) 

Stuart Iversen, (Hinchinbrooke, Quebec) 

Stu Kellock, (Whitby, Ontario) 

Stephen Klimczuk-Massion, (North Saanich, British Columbia) 

Marc Lascelle (Verdun, Quebec)

Christopher LePage, (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island)  

Chief Donald Maracle, (Tyendinaga, Ontario) 

Prof. Jacques Monet, S.J., (Pickering, Ontario) 

Brian Romagnoli, (Vineland, Ontario) 

Dr. Alexander Roman, (Toronto, Ontario) 

Prof. J. Downes Ryan, (Montreal, Quebec) 

Michael Smith, (Sutton West, Ontario) 

Jane Ann Thompson, (Peterborough, Ontario) 

Dr. Richard Toporoski (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Thomas Wardle (Nassau, Bahamas)

Rod Wylie (Mirror, Alberta)


The Canadian Royal Heritage Website gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Ontario, Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Cultural Initiatives. It is also grateful to the personal support of a Trustee, Rafe Heydel-Mankoo for his generosity in making possible the re-establishment and renewal of the website in 2023.

Opening of Parliament 1957Queen VictoriaGreeting Card 1957.His Royal Highness the Duke of Connaught.