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Old 10-03-2008, 12:24 PM
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I would love to be a fly in the wall, but just not at Bagshot Park. My thoughts in relation to Edward are based on what I have read written about various members of the royal family over the years. I am not referring to any one particular article.

Well then I will refer to one particular article, namely the one in which the Mirror (I think it was the Mirror, could have been the Sun oder they Daily Mail as well) had a journalist working as a footmen in Buckhouse. If I remember correctly, he stated that all footmen and palace employees spoke highly of Edward and Sophie, because they were uncomplicated and undemanding, friendly and not snobberish like the Duke of York or the Princess Royal.
He had been the particular fly on the wall and he seemed to have experienced the Wessexes as totally agreeable overall.
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:57 PM
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The Wessex's, Browns and Camerons

There is an interesting piece of news making the rounds these days around Fleet Street and the Houses of Westminister. It appears that if ever a debate about the royal family was to be brought forward - both leders of Labour and the Conservatives would now have to excuse themselves from the proceedings.

Over the last seven years, Sophie has become very good friends with Gordon Brown's wife, Sarah. Many are openly saying that Sophie's influence in her clothes and presentation is what has brought her to the fore as a first lady. The two women have much in common, both had tramatic and tragic pregnacies and both have a background in public relations. They even worked together before marrying their husbands. And now David Cameron's Samatha has also become friends with Sophie. They work together on many of her charities. Many might think that she is more up to it as the daughter of a Viscount.

But the most charming must be the relationship between John Brown and Lady Louise. The five year olds are a month apart in age, but have became firm friends. Louise is often taken to 10 Downing or Checkers for playdates and John comes over to Bagshot and Windsor. Louise attended John's birthday and last weekend John was among the guests at Louise's party.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:05 PM
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I personally would not like to see another Norway, where the son of the CP has no HRH, and the daughter of a king has to ive up hers to marry! Edward is the son of a Queen, not a cousin, or some far realative. I like the way we have a princess Alexandra, who is royal and regal, ad takes her position seriously, even though she is the daughter of a duke, not king! Let's hope the Yorks live up to the expectations and continue to be princesses in behaviour and not only title!
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The Queen pays for the upkeep and staffing at Bagshot Park, which is likely to be in the form of reimbursement to the Crown Estate for maintenance costs. There is no way Edward and Sophie could maintain such a large home and grounds with their own limited funds.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:34 PM
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The army said the house was small, I bet it was for the army, but for a family of four!
I really can´t see what advantage there could possible be for the Wessex children not to have HRH when their first cousins do. In fact I feel sure that Prince Edward had nothing to do with this, he just had to accept it. No fly on the wall for me, I read what I can and I definitely do not rely on magazines and the DM, and it has been said that Prince Edward can be as difficult as the Prince Charles, whose way of being difficult is always prefaced with a "Would you mind", impeccable manners, but of course no one minds.....they wouldn´t dare.
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Re list of staff - Who's doing the cooking
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Wessex Vacations with their kids?

Are there any?
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No recent ones, the ones from the past I can recall are:

summer holiday in Tuscany when Louise was about 18 months old. They looked like a typical British family on holiday.

ski holiday. Hello magazine had pictures of Louise then aged 3 and Sophie as they played in the snow.
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The Queen pays for the upkeep and staffing at Bagshot Park, which is likely to be in the form of reimbursement to the Crown Estate for maintenance costs. There is no way Edward and Sophie could maintain such a large home and grounds with their own limited funds.
is this why the British royal family is ging broke?
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is this why the British royal family is ging broke?
It isn't.

The Civil List doesn't cover what it is supposed to cover but the Queen's personal fortune is vast and it is that that covers these expenses and the reimbursement the Queen makes to the government for her family's payments from the government.

The Queen gets a payment for doing the job of Head of State - i.e. the Civil List but it is no longer covering what it is expected to cover so much so that the surplus accumulated from that payment in the 1990s is about to run out. This payment hasn't increased for 20 years.

However, the Queen's personal wealth from the Duchy of Lancaster estate has grown and provides the money she uses to fund her family and her private interests.
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is this why the British royal family is ging broke?
Since when was the RF going broke?
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I just discovered the funniest thing. I was bored, and looking up great houses and Palaces on Google maps; to see the overhead shot of their grounds and such.

I looked up Bagshot, Surrey, United Kingdom to find Bagshot Park. The images they take are usually stored and used for months if not a few years. Zoom in to Bagshot park, which is slightly north,north west of the town of bagshot... and you will notice that when google maps happened to take this picture via satelite, they happened to catch a large commercial jet as it passed just to the east of Bagshot park's grounds... lol. Pay attention to the picture and you realize that even though it seems its just a few feet from the ground, there is no shadow; so it was actually thousands of feet up but still appears to be on the ground lol.

You can even see the blue paint on the jet engines... XD Thought that was interesting.
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Here's a highly cropped section of the larger image encompassing the Bagshot Park residence and the plane.
Besides the plane, another notable feature is that Bagshot Park appears to have extensive and very well-maintained grounds (2nd heavily cropped image).
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^^ Very beautiful scenery, they're so lucky to live there IMO! BTW, I don't think the plane is real, that would be impossible.
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That is one of the funniest pictures I've seen in a long time. Thanks for the great find!!
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^^ Very beautiful scenery, they're so lucky to live there IMO! BTW, I don't think the plane is real, that would be impossible.
Why would it be impossible?
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Wouldn't that be "protected air space"?
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Protected air space? I don't think the royals recieve that much privelige.
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:49 AM
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Certain residences may be protected airspace I imagine although I don't know this to be fact. Here in the states the White House is under protected air space and other buildings are afforded the same protection, so why not in England?
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I've flown square over BP before, I would think that would be the most protected airspace. Were that priveliged had been awarded.
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