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Old 01-17-2013, 01:17 PM
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So far, all leading German papers have articles on their websites and I'm sure we'll see them in TV today and tomorrow. This is fairly unusual for a presentation of a foreign country in Germany! So it worked what the government wished for - the GREAT Britain tour found a lot of media interest, especially as Beatrice spoke a little bit of German at the press conference.

But how disappointed some journalists are that the York girls so far did not wear hats... I say: good for them!
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:34 PM
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Thanks for heads up on the coverage by German press, Kataryn!

I thought Beatrice made a lovely speech.
Both girls looked calm and composed and, in my opinion, represented Britain really well.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:48 PM
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There will be coverage of the opening of the castle tomorrow:
NDR Fernsehen Niedersachsen | NDR.de - Fernsehen

Thanks for posting the video. I think these girls are doing a good job and Bea's speech was pretty good.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:59 PM
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I thought it funny that the papers mention that Ernst August jr., the Heirediary prince of Hanover will be present tomorrow and write that the palace was inhabited by George I. whose descendants Beatrice and Eugenie will be there, but no mentioning that of course EA jr. is a descendant as well (and after his father the most senior male-line one to boot!)...
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:38 PM
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There will be coverage of the opening of the castle tomorrow:
NDR Fernsehen Niedersachsen | NDR.de - Fernsehen

Thanks for posting the video. I think these girls are doing a good job and Bea's speech was pretty good.
What a pity that we aren't seeing they more often as representatives of the United Kingdom. They are so lovely.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:37 PM
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What a pity that we aren't seeing they more often as representatives of the United Kingdom. They are so lovely.
I personally would've love to see them as official working royals but that's just not the way it is but Beatrice & Eugenie will be doing charity work, opening hospitals and doing great things so we will get a chance to see that.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:41 PM
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Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie on their first job as official Great Britain representatives. The princesses driving a Mini as part of the GREAT Britain Mini Tour which started at Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) and will promote Great Britain
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Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York visiting the Berlin British School as part of their tour to promote Great Britain in Germany
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:48 PM
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Very nice pictures indeed.
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I'm very surprised and positively so how much dignity, seriousness and friendliness Beatrice was able to convey with her speech. She did it so well, Britain can be proud of their new, lovely ambassadoress. Both girls today really grew on me!
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:33 PM
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I agree Beatrice did very well. She came across as a very warm and likeable young lady. They can be proud of her.
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If it's an official visit the government should be paying for it but if the government are not paying for it because they think the taxpayers would object to funding the trip, which I'm sure most of them would, then why ask them to go? The PM is hardly going to ask them to go and then ask them to pay for it themselves which makes me believe that they volunteered for this or were volunteered by their father.
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The interest in, and success of today's events has taken people by surprise.

These 2 girls could take a lot of pressure off Catherine at a difficult time - just an idea. Whether it is what the BRF would want, I'm not sure.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:56 PM
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If it's an official visit the government should be paying for it but if the government are not paying for it because they think the taxpayers would object to funding the trip, which I'm sure most of them would, then why ask them to go? The PM is hardly going to ask them to go and then ask them to pay for it themselves which makes me believe that they volunteered for this or were volunteered by their father.
There is no conspircy here. Someone came up with the idea (the GREAT Campaign with the British Embassy in Berlin, I should think) because they thought they would be suitable and it would give the campaign publicity.
They would then check it out with London, who say ok but would they do it? They check with the Royals - who are happy to help and have approval to do it.

But this is not offical - it cannot come from the Royal budget. So the cost is split Berlin embassy put them up, escort them about, taxi them around and Andy says I'll pay for the fare.

I think he was happy to help but the PM would not have said yes if HMQ did not approve.

And it is good publicity for all concerned.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:12 PM
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There is no conspircy here. Someone came up with the idea (the GREAT Campaign with the British Embassy in Berlin, I should think) because they thought they would be suitable and it would give the campaign publicity.
They would then check it out with London, who say ok but would they do it? They check with the Royals - who are happy to help and have approval to do it.

But this is not offical - it cannot come from the Royal budget. So the cost is split Berlin embassy put them up, escort them about, taxi them around and Andy says I'll pay for the fare.

I think he was happy to help but the PM would not have said yes if HMQ did not approve.

And it is good publicity for all concerned.
They are basically doing what the Michael's of Kent have always done which is basically doing royal work but paying for the expenses themselves as they are not required to do so in the way prince Charlie's family do. The Kent's have been accused of doing it over the years because they liked the prestige of doing the same things as the official royals whilst they argued they only wanted to help. I suspect it's been a bit of both and I think that's also the case here.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:16 PM
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There is no conspircy here. Someone came up with the idea (the GREAT Campaign with the British Embassy in Berlin, I should think) because they thought they would be suitable and it would give the campaign publicity.
They would then check it out with London, who say ok but would they do it? They check with the Royals - who are happy to help and have approval to do it.

But this is not offical - it cannot come from the Royal budget. So the cost is split Berlin embassy put them up, escort them about, taxi them around and Andy says I'll pay for the fare.

I think he was happy to help but the PM would not have said yes if HMQ did not approve.

And it is good publicity for all concerned.
They are basically doing what the Michaels of Kent have always done which is carrying out royal work but paying for it themselves as they are not required to do so in the way Prince William, for example, is. The Kent's have been accused of doing it over the years because they liked the prestige of doing the same things as the official royals whilst they argued they only wanted to help. I suspect it's been a bit of both and I think that's also the case here.
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They are basically doing what the Michael's of Kent have always done which is basically doing royal work but paying for the expenses themselves as they are not required to do so in the way prince Charlie's family do. The Kent's have been accused of doing it over the years because they liked the prestige of doing the same things as the official royals whilst they argued they only wanted to help. I suspect it's been a bit of both and I think that's also the case here.
Actually they're not really doing what the Kent's have been doing and whilst Princess Michael might have stuck around in the lime light for "prestige" her husband is a different matter.

I don't see what your issue is here really? They're doing work to give Great Britain some publicity, Andrew and the Berling Embassy paid for it, the government asked them to do. No taxpayer involvement (there wouldn't have been anyway), they haven't broken anything, their mother hasn't come along. It has been announced that this will not be the start of future royal engagements, which is expected considering the girls are in their 20s and their older cousin aren't even pitching in that often. Where's the harm?
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I was pleased with the video I saw about Beatrice and Eugenie's trip to Berlin. Princess Beatrice made a good speech and both young women were well-dressed and pleasant. I wouldn't mind seeing more of them at these sorts of events.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:06 PM
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Beatrice looks stunning in that green dress.
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It's not an official visit. Yet pics have been posted by BP on Gallery

Such a double standard! Grrr.
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