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Old 02-05-2013, 06:34 AM
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Serious working members of the House of Windsor are not celebrities. They don't go to film premieres if there isn't a charity componet for one of their charities. They don't walk red carpets just to get their picture in the paper.

When royals attend an event connected to a charity or due to an official position it is mentioned in the Court Circular with the engagement.

For War Horse this was the entry: ST. JAMES'S PALACE:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this evening attended the United Kingdom Film Premiere of "War Horse" at the Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square, London WC2, followed by a Reception at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

No mention of any charity or any position held by either William or Kate. It was simply an outing to wave at the people and walk the red carpet - as the celebrities they are.

Compare that entry to Anne's for the rugby this past weekend: BUCKINGHAM PALACE:
The Princess Royal, Patron, Scottish Rugby Union, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, this afternoon attended the International Rugby Match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium, Middlesex

The reason she was there was because of her official position and it was mentioned in the CC to make that clear.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:37 AM
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When royals attend an event connected to a charity or due to an official position it is mentioned in the Court Circular with the engagement.

For War Horse this was the entry: ST. JAMES'S PALACE:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this evening attended the United Kingdom Film Premiere of "War Horse" at the Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square, London WC2, followed by a Reception at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

No mention of any charity or any position held by either William or Kate. It was simply an outing to wave at the people and walk the red carpet - as the celebrities they are.

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Getting off topic... But the War Horse Premiere was a fund raiser for their foundation

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16461379
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:54 AM
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Getting off topic... But the War Horse Premiere was a fund raiser for their foundation

BBC News - War Horse premiere attended by duke and duchess
Thank you. I know some don't like William and Kate but...

iirc, that was reported in the press release and multiple news site, including the one you link

Here is talk about the foundation on their website

http://www.dukeandduchessofcambridge...e-of-war-horse
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:25 AM
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It appears to me that "the bottom line" is this: Andrew is not particularly popular with the British media and public; Sarah is... well, we all know where Sarah stands with public and media opinion. The York girls, who appear to be nice, well-meaning girls, cannot escape being the children of these two. And, unfortunately, they lack the spectacular charisma of William, Harry and Catherine, and their images suffer by comparison. It certainly is not their fault but it is a fact. They smiled sweetly and, I'm sure, did their level best in their recent adventure in Deutchland on behalf of British trade, but neither of them projects that somewhat indefinable "It" factor. So it makes little sense to me that there would be a serious effort on the part of "the powers that be" to elevate their public profiles. And, please note, Lumutqueen, before you take me to task, that this is my opinion and speculation. But it comes from lots of reading, listening and observing.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:40 AM
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I And, please note, Lumutqueen, before you take me to task, that this is my opinion and speculation. But it comes from lots of reading, listening and observing.
You will find that I agree with you, because many a time I have asked people to explain to me without using the words "Sarah", "Andrew" or "parent" why these two girls cannot work in the BRF.

William and Catherine have very little charisma to me, they are lucky in their age and timing. Catherine also has the ability to wear beautiful clothes. Henry is far more interesting IMO.

I just think the two girls should be given a chance.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:37 PM
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I actually see the York girls as having way more charisma or interest then William, Kate or Harry who are fairly bland. The only interest that these three have is what will be the next scandal?
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:04 PM
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I think that William, Kate and Harry are more inherently charismatic people than the York princesses, but they're also seen as more charismatic because of their ages and their position in the family. They'll be less interesting at 55 than they are now in their late twenties and thirties, and if the situations were reversed and it was Beatrice and Eugenie who were the future monarch and her sister then no doubt they would be the stars of the family.

Charisma and "it" factor can only take you so far, IMO. I wouldn't say people like The Princess Royal or The Wessexes are especially charismatic, but they've all done incredible work for the BRF. Beatrice and Eugenie may never be stars, but if they're nice enough, reasonably articulate and willing to take on some royal duties, I say great! They'll get out from their parents' shadow, IMO, as time goes on and the public sees them independently representing the family.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:08 PM
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Their relationship with their mother IS a private one. Sarah does not attend any official royal functions. Or are you implying that they should never be spotted in public with their mother at all? Never have dinner with her or attend any functions where she's present?

Because quite honestly, that's a totally absurd standard to impose on ANYONE.
Actually yes, I seriously do believe it would be better for the girls not to be seen publically with their mother with the possible exception of their wedding days. They can see her all they want in private settings. I do believe Sarah would have done them a great favour by following her own mothers example and moving permanently to Argentina or perhaps joining her sister in Australia. It maybe harsh, but their mothers reputation is so bad that being linked so closely with her damages the girls own reputations. It may not be fair but life isnt fair.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:49 PM
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Actually yes, I seriously do believe it would be better for the girls not to be seen publically with their mother with the possible exception of their wedding days.
The child is not the parent. Simple.
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Actually yes, I seriously do believe it would be better for the girls not to be seen publically with their mother with the possible exception of their wedding days. They can see her all they want in private settings. I do believe Sarah would have done them a great favour by following her own mothers example and moving permanently to Argentina or perhaps joining her sister in Australia. It maybe harsh, but their mothers reputation is so bad that being linked so closely with her damages the girls own reputations. It may not be fair but life isnt fair.
You are entitled to your opinion NGalitzine (isn't that why we all joined this forum), but I find it hard to begrudge the girls their nights out with their Mother. I think dinner with Sarah is completely different to her joining them on a trip such as the one they carried out on behalf of the government recently. Sarah's mother moving to Argentina didn't work out great for her, so she was never going to follow that exampe. NGalitzine I enjoy reading your opinions so please don't take offence.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:58 PM
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Let's get back on topic...the duties and roles of Beatrice and Eugenie.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:18 AM
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Sarah's reputation has undoubtedly ruined any chances of a royal role for Beatrice and Eugenie.

While they should be given a chance, considering the Kents, Gloucester's, the Queen and Prince Philip may not be able to carry out duties for long ( either due to old age and death). I'm aware that the duties can be split between William, Kate, Harry and his future wife.

There's a reason there are so many people carrying out royal duties at the moment.

I'm suspecting that Beatrice and Eugenie will carry out some official duties like the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent have done, but those won't be significant or too many.

I've heard people say that if they atop using their HRH Princess styles it's going to be easier to get a job. We already know they are princesses. Besides people with experience find it difficult to get jobs, I'm sure it'll be tougher for them!
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:52 PM
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The Duke of Gloucester is only 4 years older than Charles so will be around for many years yet.

The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra did about 350 engagements between them last year - something Kate could pick up on her own and add more as well - she is a senior royal so 500 - 600 is the expectation in about 10 years time by which time the Kents will be hardly ever seen. She is already being groomed to take on many of the Duke of Kent's duties to do with Wimbledon.

Prince and Princess Michael very rarely carry out independent royal duties - last year, for instance, all their duties were in conjunction with other royals such as the Jubilee and they only managed about 20 each in that regard. Bea and Eugenie did about as many last year as did the Micheals and they did some with The Queen (Beatrice and Maundy Service) and Eugenie with her father.

Beatrice already has a job while Eugenie is doing internships to get a job - that is how Beatrice got hers - internships and then some extra study. Being a princess didn't stop Beatrice getting her job and it won't stop Eugenie.

They aren't needed.

What is needed in the short and long term is for William and Harry to leave the military to take on full time duties to take over from The Queen, Philip, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra - the ones over 70 who currently are doing about 12% of all the engagements - The Queen and The Duke of Kent do most of those now.
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Is there a difference between Royal Duties and just being at Royal Events? The Jubilee was a public celebration where the whole family joined in I don't count that as Beatrice and Eugenie doing Royal Duties even Zara and Peter and Louise etc where all there too. A Royal Duty is something a Royal has been invited too and is in the Court circular or have I got is mixed up? It the trooping of the family considered Royal Duties you see everyone on the balcony from adults to children? Just trying to get it clear in my own head really. I don't think the girls will ever have Royal Duties as such because if they did they would have to be put on the Royal Payroll and that is what it seems Charles wants to avoid doing and the Queen by not doing it herself seems to concur. Beatrice and Eugenie should just work and if they want to do some charity work off their own bat then great they have done very well out of being Grandchildren of the Queen and have had years of security and even live in a Palace with very cheap rent which they don't even pay for. So giving something back won't kill them. The Queen is doing her duty she want's William to have a life before he get's stuck with doing 500 engagements a year and not being able to spend time with his family etc I don't think there is anything wrong with that. When he is King I'm sure he and Kate will step up but at the moment his father is the Prince of Wales and William has a long way to go before he is King. When he leaves the RAF I'm sure he will do more but he also needs time for his now expanding family. He has a lifetime of duty ahead and if the Queen and his father are happy for him and his wife to take their time then great. They don't seem to be complaining about the number of engagements they have to do.

The Queen could live for another 15 years or more and in that time I see William taking on more responsibilities but not yet. His father is the one who is going to be the next King although it is looking like Charles could be in his late seventies or eighties before he reaches the throne. I think it must be a horrible position to be in he has been waiting his entire life to be King and he may never even get there. Does anyone know when Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother died did all their Patronages etc get covered by other members of the Royal Family or were some dropped altogether? I know Diana dropped a lot of charities and the then Duchess of York would have too. Does anyone know how that worked?
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:26 PM
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Any duty listed in the CC is an official duty and all HRHs were listed there for the many of the Jubilee events while people like Peter and Zara weren't.

That is what determines an official duty - the CC and the CC is approved by The Queen.

There is on such thing as a 'royal payroll'. What there is is a payment to The Queen. She decides who she will support.

Clearly Charles and William don't want to support the girls and the downside of that is that they will have to step up and to the duties - particularly William and Kate and Harry and Harry's wife in about 25 years time when there is no one else and William is either stepping in for an aging King or is King himself with his own children still in their early 20s and Harry's off course expected to follow Beatrice and Eugenie.

In about 30 years there will be probably William, Kate, Harry, Spouse, William and Kate's two children, - so 6 whereas now there is 15. Of course William and Kate's children will expect to be able to do very little into their 30s like their parents were particularly if they have young children.

There is no need for the girls as there are plenty of royals to do the work into their 80s and 90s now with 3 or 4 to replace the current ones over 60 - (currently 9)

This idea of course also means Harry has to start thinking about when he is going to leave the army as he will be needed in the next 10 years to fill the gap of the aging royals.
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Clearly Charles and William don't want to support the girls . . . . .
Do you have a reliable reference to indicate that Charles and William do indeed feel this way or are you extrapolating this from the various anti-York tabloid tidbits?
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Thank you for that Iluvbertie. I am aware on the Queen and Duke of E get money from the government and the Queen pays for the members who do Royal Duties that is what I meant by Royal Payroll. So the CC is the what to watch. I don't really see things changing for Beatrice or Eugenie or they would off been doing a lot more by now. Charles isn't going to come right out and say he won't include Bea and Eugenie but he has made it clear he wants things streamlined he has done interviews where he has talked about a smaller Royal Family. I don't think he will go into detail out of respect for Queen it's probabaly an awkward conversation I mean he can't do what he wants until she has passed away. And no one likes to talk about that I for one hope the Queen lives till 100. We are also getting a lot of stories about Andrew and his wishes for them to have a Royal role, we all know that some Royals use the press Charles has for years and I'm sure others have too. The stories are coming from somewhere and while the press make up a lot this has been around for several years and Charles has made no effort to show any different. I don't think Harry needs to rush leaving his career, Andrew was in the Navy for years and did duties, raised a family etc. If it makes Harry happy I don't see Charles asking him to give it up especially as eventually he will be down the ladder further when Catherine and William have their 2 kids. Maybe they will have more? Until things change or someone gives an interview clearing things up no one will really know the truth. (sorry for the spelling errors I was in hospital yesterday! Not 100 per cent but getting there)
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Beatrice already has a job while Eugenie is doing internships to get a job - that is how Beatrice got hers - internships and then some extra study. Being a princess didn't stop Beatrice getting her job and it won't stop Eugenie.

Does Beatrice truly have a job?
In the comments about their latest outing with Fergie, it was said that what both York girls have are only internships; neither has a full-time job yet.
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When she went to Germany it was said that she was using her holiday time to go and her employer was ok with her doing that and that Eugenie has an internship.

It was reported last year that Beatrice had a job with a venture capital firm in London but the name of the firm has never been announced.

Internships are full-time - unpaid.

My understanding is that Beatrice has a full-time paid job and that Eugenie is still doing internships.
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Thank you for that Iluvbertie. I am aware on the Queen and Duke of E get money from the government and the Queen pays for the members who do Royal Duties that is what I meant by Royal Payroll. So the CC is the what to watch. I don't really see things changing for Beatrice or Eugenie or they would off been doing a lot more by now. Charles isn't going to come right out and say he won't include Bea and Eugenie but he has made it clear he wants things streamlined he has done interviews where he has talked about a smaller Royal Family. I don't think he will go into detail out of respect for Queen it's probabaly an awkward conversation I mean he can't do what he wants until she has passed away. And no one likes to talk about that I for one hope the Queen lives till 100. We are also getting a lot of stories about Andrew and his wishes for them to have a Royal role, we all know that some Royals use the press Charles has for years and I'm sure others have too. The stories are coming from somewhere and while the press make up a lot this has been around for several years and Charles has made no effort to show any different. I don't think Harry needs to rush leaving his career, Andrew was in the Navy for years and did duties, raised a family etc. If it makes Harry happy I don't see Charles asking him to give it up especially as eventually he will be down the ladder further when Catherine and William have their 2 kids. Maybe they will have more? Until things change or someone gives an interview clearing things up no one will really know the truth. (sorry for the spelling errors I was in hospital yesterday! Not 100 per cent but getting there)
That is really interesting cos many on here have been trying to track this comment down. Can you give the sources of this?
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