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Old 02-08-2013, 11:12 AM
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I will be so, so happy when she's back to work and doing engagements again. Not because I'm worried about her work load being too light, but just because I don't know how many more slow royal news days I can take. People get starved for news and the conversation just goes totally off the rails.
Here, here!! IMO this is why're reason behind this entire conversation.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:37 AM
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I wonder if William & Catherine will attend the BAFTA'S? William haven't attended in a while.
BAFTAs will take place on Sunday 10 Feb. It'd be great if they could attend it. I bet they won't as they're in Mustique
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:38 AM
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Does anyone know when they are due to return to England?
When they went to Mustique last year, they stayed about a week. So I imagine they'll be returning early next week.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:05 PM
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When they went to Mustique last year, they stayed about a week. So I imagine they'll be returning early next week.
I do think so At least until Wednesday. Although last year they stayed for two weeks so they could only return on Friday or during the weekend
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:33 PM
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Ah, you're right...they did stay for almost 2 weeks. At least Kate and the Middletons did. William had to work, so he only stayed for one week.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:24 PM
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Ah, you're right...they did stay for almost 2 weeks. At least Kate and the Middletons did. William had to work, so he only stayed for one week.
Yes like last year William might have only a few days off work.

It's reported someone have left Mustique and I believe it was William who left if indeed someone left. I'm not sure if the source is true.

Some sources say her parents and siblings have been there 10 days already
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:31 PM
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Riders on the lawn! Showjumpers to compete in William and Kate’s garden:
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:51 PM
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I will be so, so happy when she's back to work and doing engagements again. Not because I'm worried about her work load being too light, but just because I don't know how many more slow royal news days I can take. People get starved for news and the conversation just goes totally off the rails.
It may be a slow royal news day but only if you subscribe to the view (which some on here and in the mainstream media appear to) that the only members of the royal family are William, Kate & Harry.

The Queen, Edward, Anne, Charles & Camilla (at least) have all been out & about working since the golden couple went on holiday.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:10 PM
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William & Catherine are on vacation-taking their time to "recharge their batteries" for the things that lay ahead of them (and probably enjoying their last baby-free holydays!) and even if the current economic situation is not rosey,if nobody spent their money on holydays or shopping how should the situation improve?How do you create/maintain jobs if nobody buys anything?

I hope we can close the issue wheter or not their vacation is deserved for now....
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:37 PM
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It may be a slow royal news day but only if you subscribe to the view (which some on here and in the mainstream media appear to) that the only members of the royal family are William, Kate & Harry.

The Queen, Edward, Anne, Charles & Camilla (at least) have all been out & about working since the golden couple went on holiday.
Can we be done with this? It's ridiculous. It's their annual family trip AND all of the people you mentioned take breaks and go on vacations maybe not around the world, but they do as do other royal couples. I think we've hashed out the issue enough.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:42 PM
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I do think this will be the last trip for them for a while since they will have a baby to look after.

I think it's good that Kensington Palace is the focus of attention once again.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:55 PM
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Can we be done with this? It's ridiculous. It's their annual family trip AND all of the people you mentioned take breaks and go on vacations maybe not around the world, but they do as do other royal couples. I think we've hashed out the issue enough.
If you read my post nowhere did I criticise William & Catherine for taking a holiday. I commented on the POV that its a slow royal news day as an explanation for why this hullabaloo has arisen.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:06 PM
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A little perspective is needed on this thread. It doesn't matter what the royals do, there will always be a chunk of the population who think they're lazy 'parasites' living the high life at our expense. Take Charles, who is the hardest-working of all the royals, who gave up his foreign ski holiday and rarely, if ever, holidays abroad gets accused of what William and Kate have here. No matter how many engagements they undertake, some will just never believe that what they do is 'work'. Even if William and Kate took just one holiday per year, people would still be saying the exact same things. They're damned if they do and damned if they don't.

Also, let's remember that for decades the Queen and DoE have been taking a months-long holiday at Balmoral and a similar holiday at Sandringham every single year. During both periods they undertake very, very few engagements. Before people get all up in arms about how old they are, remember they haven't always been this old. They've been taking these breaks for their entire married lives. I'm not saying they're lazy in any way, but they enjoy holidays of a duration that 99% of the British population can only dream of. That's before we consider that the Queen paid Ł300,000 to hire a cruise ship for 14 days (and only used it for 10) more than once for her summer holiday.

Anyone taking the comments at the bottom of a Daily Mail article as reflective of anything is clearly lacking in brain cells. To start with, the large majority (over 70%) of the DM's traffic comes from outside the UK. Secondly, anyone who has ever spent any time perusing the DM comments, will know that it tends to be populated by racist, sexist, xenophobic, bullying wastes of space.

As an example, the DM had an article last year about Prince Philip with photos of him lifting a piece of heavy equipment at the Windsor horse show (I think). The comments consisted largely of people stating that he was skiving off work, asking why he wouldn't just hurry up and die already, that he looks like a walking corpse, that he obviously wasn't all that ill when he was admitted to hospital at Christmas and that it was obviously just the hospital giving him special treatment. Oh, and that the royals are lizzards who are controlled by the Illuminati/the Rothschilds.

The DM comments section is so notorious that several bloggers provide a running commentary on the worst of them. Case in point:

Most Priceless Daily Mail Comment: have we a winner? | Life and style | guardian.co.uk

In the end, the monarchy is more popular than it's been for at least the last 60 years. A poll in November showed Prince William is the most popular member of the RF as far as Britons are concerned. Even after her jubilee, William is actually much more popular than the Queen. There's very little for William and Kate to worry about.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:40 PM
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Thank you so much for your thoughtful post, I very much appreciate it
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:29 PM
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At one time Prince Charles was taken to task for his "foreign" ski holidays and people (i.e. the tabloids) couldn't understand why he didn't stay at a royal property the way his parents did. And I remember one commentator in the 70s or 80s saying that The Queen and DofE were not criticized for THEIR holidays because they took those holidays either at freezing, raining Balmoral or freezing, raining Sandringham so the average Briton didn't envy them at all...
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:35 PM
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Other papers like The sunday times or the guardian are not reporting the news, or I couldn´t find it. Mirror is not accepting comments.

Kate and William babymoon: Mustique highlights - Telegraph

Kate Middleton Pregnant: Duchess Of Cambridge Holidays In The Caribbean With Prince William & Her Family
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:59 PM
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I got the impression Mustique was very private and free of photo-lenses. They surely deserve a vacation free of the press. The last few days' vacation was ruined by the photographers with their long-distance lenses. Princess Margaret went there for the same reason. But I'm not a cold and starving member of the unemployed classes who might be angry at the royals for their plutocratic life. No life is easy, theirs or the unemployed. Ignore the vacation!
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:45 PM
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The editorial staff for The Daily Telegraph are new and ex Daily Mail which explains the more negative shift in the royal stories at the Daily Telegraph. The Guardian and The Times are serious papers and don't cover the fluff that the Daily Mail does ( and now the Telegraph does). The Daily Mail does have the largest online readership but as ERII has already pointed out the majority is foreign as are the comments which are moderated, if comments are sent in that don't fit the view that the Mail want promoted they are not posted.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:59 PM
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That is actually fascinating ( I am from the United States, so i have no clue about this) thanks for the info. So, correct me if I am wrong, by "promoted", do you mean they choose comments they want published, in some cases on purpose of they are inflammatory??? I am not accusing the Daily mail of this at all, I just want to understand it better.
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Lets just say that if you write a comment that corrects a factual error in a DM story it is quite unlikely to be posted.
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