Dominions, Dukedoms, and Death: The Canadian Diaries of Queen Victoria, 1837-1901
2022 marks the platinum jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne in 1952. In honour of this and Victoria Day, the Hastings County Historical Society and Belleville Public Library will host doctoral candidate Trevor Parsons of the University of Waterloo to discuss and contextualize a selection of diary entries as they relate to British North America. Although she never set foot in Canada, Queen Victoria left lasting marks on her distant empire rivaled by few others of her time. From the Rebellions of 1837 to Confederation and beyond, Queen Victoria remained abreast of Canadian affairs detailing her reminiscences and opinions in her private diaries. We will see a unique insight into the innermost thoughts of Victoria and her fascination with Canada.