Canadian Royal Heritage Trust

A National Educational Charity

Canadian Royal Heritage Archives and Library

King George III Canadian Royal Heritage Library

The library reflects the fact that throughout discordant times, the concept of monarchical society has been a dominant theme for mankind. For not only have most societies in history been monarchies, but also many important and stable modern nations are monarchies, and the ideal of constitutional monarchy commands the loyalty of many people not living under one. Canada has been a monarchy for over five hundred years. This library, unique in the English-Speaking world, is devoted to the study of kingship in all its varied aspects, not least of which is its history and practice in this Dominion of the North.

The library highlights Canadian royal history and general royal biographies.


King George III

“King George III was one of the great book collectors of his age and a founder of the British national library … He began to collect books before he came to the throne … The library was not acquired for his personal use but as the nucleus of a [future] national library … The King’s library was designed for scholars and was open to all … Its value today is incalculable. The King bequeathed the library to his successor, who in 1823 presented it to the British Museum.”

[King George III, John Brooke, London, 1872, pp. 482-486]

The Canadian Royal Heritage Institute’s library was named in honour of King George III (reigned 1760-1820), who, in addition to his contributions to learning and scientific research, was the first Sovereign to reign over all of Canada, following the union of New France and British North
America in 1763.

The King George III Canadian Royal Heritage Library possesses a growing collection of more than 10,000 books, pamphlets, journals and articles.  It is built on donations.  For its size it has a broad and varied collection dealing with specific monarchs and the philosophy of monarchy, as well as more specific dynastic topics such as:

  • Crown in Canada, the historic role of the Crown and Royal Family in Canada
  • Canadian history, the United Empire Loyalists, Governors-General and Lieutenant-Governors
  • Royal tours of Canada, and visits throughout the world
  • Biographies of the Queen and members of the Royal Family
  • Sovereigns of the House of Windsor (20th and 21st centuries)
  • Queen Victoria, the Prince Consort, their family and descendants
  • Royal Houses of Hanover-Brunswick, Bourbon, Stuart-Orange, Valois and Tudor
  • Royal ceremonies and regalia, including coronations
  • Development of the Commonwealth of Nations
  • Palaces, castles, churches associated with royalty
  • Cultural influences, music, art, literature, performing arts, decorative arts, cookery
  • Kings and Queens around the world, both contemporary and historical (almost every country has had a history of monarchy)
  • Ancient civilisations of Mesopotamia and Egypt
  • Royal genealogy
  • Royal military heritage
  • Heraldry, orders and decorations
  • And much more …

The library has a special collection of books for children, ranging from pre-school storybooks, to non-fiction reading material, to stimulate interest in monarchy for older children.

There is a selection of French language material on Canadian and European subjects.

Donations of books and magazines are always gratefully received and acknowledged.  The donor’s name will be entered on the item, and also on a permanent list of donors to the library. Charitable tax receipts are available for donations to the library, gifts in kind or financial donations to the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust.


On The Library Shelf

These essays, use library materials to expound relevant topics of interest, so indicating the richness of the collection.  Click here to view the essays.

For further information:


Post: P.O. Box 1332, Station Toronto K, 2708 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4P 3J4

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 416-482-4157




King Louis XIV Canadian Royal Heritage Archives

The archives of monarchical material held by the Canadian Royal Heritage Institute comprise a unique collection for research and display. Established in 1980 by Mary Miller (Mrs W.H.) Freeman as the Archives of the Monarchist League of Canada, they include the extensive M. Ida New Collection of photographs and prints.  In 1995 the archives were transferred to the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust and considerably expanded since.


King Louis XIV


King Louis XIV of the Royal House of Bourbon, was one of the most important monarchs in Canadian history, and his reign was the longest (1643-1715).  In 1663 he made New France a royal province, the first step in Canada’s evolution from colony to independent kingdom. In his reign he also fostered the social and economic growth of Canada.  The King was one of the great patrons of literature and art, established many academies and wrote his memoirs.  The Canadian Royal Heritage Archives were named in his honour to recognise the contributions of this great Canadian king.

The King Louis XIV Canadian Royal Heritage Archives include:

  • Documents
  • Event programmes and other ephemera
  • Exhibits
  • Extensive news clippings and press releases covering a wide range of monarchical subjects (Canadian royal news; Canadian viceroys;
    Commonwealth; constitutional and political; foreign monarchies;
    foreign tours by the Royal Family; historical; cultural; loyal societies; reviews, letters, opinions)
  • CDs, films and videos
  • Recordings
  • Scrapbooks
  • Framed pictures and prints
  • Unframed prints and engravings
  • Photographs
  • Postage stamps and first-day covers
  • Coins and medals
  • Posters
  • Slide shows
  • Other files of manuscripts and research material
  • Donations to the King Louis XIV Canadian Royal Heritage Archives are gratefully received and acknowledged.  Charitable tax receipts are available for donations to the archives, gifts in kind or financial donations to the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust.
  • For further information:
  • Archivist:
  • Post: P.O. Box 1332, Station Toronto K, 2708 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4P 3J4
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 416-482-4157

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