Janet Davison

Janet Davison is a CBC senior writer and editor based in Toronto.

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The past few years have been a 'dumpster fire' for the monarchy, says author Tina Brown. Can it survive?

In the eyes of Tina Brown, the past few years have been a “dumpster fire” for the House of Windsor. But the author and longtime royal chronicler thinks the monarchy will likely survive in the 21st century — even if the institution may lose some of the sheen it has had in the eyes of the world.
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Whistlestop royal visit touched on serious subjects but had lighter moments, too

A three-day visit to Canada by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, had many serious moments - and some lighter ones - as the couple visited St. John's, Ottawa and the Northwest Territories to help mark Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee.

A royal visit at a time of reckoning: Will Prince Charles and Camilla connect with Canadians?

What Prince Charles and Camilla say and do over the next three days will be under scrutiny, as the couple make their first visit to Canada in five years and carry out the first official royal visit since a greater societal reckoning with our past and our institutions has taken hold.
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How much does a royal visit cost?

Canadian Heritage says total costs for next week's visit to Canada by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, haven't been finalized, but when it comes to such tours, tallying total costs means drawing in figures from several sources, including the RCMP and federal, provincial and territorial governments.
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What do you want to know about this month's royal visit to Canada?

Ahead of the visit to Canada by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, later this month, we're interested in hearing from Canadians of all backgrounds and all outlooks on the monarchy.
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Why Prince Harry is raising eyebrows again

Prince Harry may have stepped back from official royal duties, but the sixth in line for the throne hasn't stepped back from stirring controversy and sparking headlines.
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Some provinces to offer medals to mark Queen's Platinum Jubilee after Ottawa opts out

While the federal government has decided not to offer medals to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, some provinces will provide their own honours to recognize both her 70 years of service and contributions of their residents.
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What should a royal visit look like? Why William and Kate's recent trip might spark change for future tours

The royal visit Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, just made to the Caribbean was met with both protests and eager crowds. It also included moments that left questions of whether such trips may need to evolve to appear more relevant and looking to the future, rather than seem as if they are from another era.
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What can the Commonwealth do? Why questions loom over its role, despite the Queen's devotion

As much as Queen Elizabeth holds out hope that the Commonwealth "remains an influential force for good in our world for generations to come," there has also been longstanding debate and questions over the role and relevance of the organization.
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Prince Charles condemns 'terrible' Russian aggression as royals stand with Ukraine

When Prince Charles condemned the "brutal" aggression of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it might have seemed like a senior royal was wading into geopolitical territory they try to avoid, but there is precedent for the words of Queen Elizabeth's heir, who has been known to speak more freely and controversially on such issues than his mother.