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Old 03-12-2014, 07:30 PM
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...I just noticed the "Mail Online" report is also saying the Duke and Duchess will watch the "birds of prey" demonstration at Taronga.

I didn't mention this when I posted about the zoo a few days ago, but this is one of the not to be missed experiences.

The open ampitheatre is set overlooking Sydney Harbour and it is very dramatic and exciting with the owls, eagles. parrots and other birds flying about - on command - taking coins from the hands of audience members etc.

The whole area is open and called "free-flight".

Humour is brought in when the keepers face the audience explaining about the birds and how they prey upon mice - so there are no mice about.

Except for the line of little trained mice who walk along the fence behind the keepers at that point "unseen" by the keepers, but not us!

Really good that W and C are going to get to enjoy this - quite amazing show, and then the birds all fly around together for the finale, swooping over the audience's heads.

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This tour is starting to sound like a lot of fun!
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Old 03-13-2014, 02:09 AM
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Bit More Info Re W & C Not Attending Sydney Races...

...just saw an article where the Racing NSW Chairman, Mr John Messara, actually brought up Royal attendance at the Autumn carnival personally with Her Majesty The Queen when he saw her.

Disappointing W and C won't be going.

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Old 03-13-2014, 02:21 AM
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Out Of Season Surf Carnival Being Organised For W & C...

...The "Manly Life Saving Club" was approached by the Department of the Prime Minister, and Cabinet's Ceremonial and Hospitality Branch, to put on the Surf Life Saving Carnival that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend on Good Friday afternoon.

The competition season has finished, so this will be a one-off for the Royals to enjoy.

Interesting to note, this is being held in the Prime Minister's electorate.

Mr Abbott is well-known in Oz for appearing in his speedos - very active, fit man.

In fact, a few months ago the young lady who travels around Australia doing the weather for morning TV was on Manly beach speaking to camera, when the Prime Minister emerged from the waves and came to say hello!

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Old 03-13-2014, 02:37 AM
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Lots Of Info Now Coming Out...

...what type of tree are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said to be planting at the National Aboretum when they are in Canberra?

That would be "Quercus Robur" - more commonly known as "Royal Oak".

Those things must be hardy - that place looked so dry a few months ago.

W and C have been allocated a spot near the so-called "Pod Playground" - perhaps PG will have some fun there in a few years time on the next Tour.

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Old 03-13-2014, 04:21 AM
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:50 AM
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I love the tree planting idea. It was neat that when they were in Ottawa and planted a tree at the GG's home, there were trees from all the other royal visits from William's parents back to his grandparents and great grandparents.
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:59 AM
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I love the tree planting idea. It was neat that when they were in Ottawa and planted a tree at the GG's home, there were trees from all the other royal visits from William's parents back to his grandparents and great grandparents.


And probably a good place for any locals to get a chance to actually see the Duke and Duchess Skippyboo as the Aboretum is so big and open.

I've read the plaques at Government House and the different state Botanical Gardens and it is very interesting to see some of these enormus trees and see who actually planted them - people like the former Empress/Shahbanou of Iran Farah (Diba), and Princess Marina of Kent etc - living history.

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Old 03-13-2014, 07:47 AM
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2014 the Duchess of Cambridge has performed just three engagements. Why so many holidays? I think the duchess is being "eased" into what we must call "work".

Still in the Maldives, the Cambridges are without Prince George, who is at home with his nanny, because their well-publicised resolution to do without staff lasted about two weeks.

Even so, is it curious that George will miss the Maldives, where there is no PR campaign, but will be present for the tour of Australia & New Zealand? The baby must not be photographed, it seems, except when it is in this family's interests – and then there are the letters. Sometimes privacy is essential; at other times, less so.
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:51 AM
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Could anyone explain to me the reason of criticising their holidays?

Aren't they paying themselves or I missed something?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:54 AM
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Could anyone explain to me the reason of criticising their holidays?

Aren't they paying themselves or I missed something?

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It's more to do with the fact that Catherine has taken one less holiday than she has done engagements this year. It's about work to holiday ratio for people, including myself.
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:29 AM
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It's more to do with the fact that Catherine has taken one less holiday than she has done engagements this year. It's about work to holiday ratio for people, including myself.
Have people missed the fact that she is on maternity leave?

Not that it is a direct analogy, but all UK employers offer 12 months maternity leave.
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:31 AM
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George was not with the nanny. He was with his grandparents in Buckleberry . The nanny starts when WK return. The photos of the nanny were taken before WK left. Source of this journalist Emily Andrews twitter feed.

When George was born, KP said the Cambridges would not be employing full time child care help at this time. At this time is the key words. Now times are changed, George is probably weaned and Kate can do engagements and such away from their London base. In order to do more engagements, they needed to get a nanny. You can't complain about the lack of engagements and then complain that she isn't home taking care of her child.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:13 AM
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Could anyone explain to me the reason of criticising their holidays?

Aren't they paying themselves or I missed something?

Thanks in advance.
My sentiments exactly. I really think the old adage (Shakespeare?) "methinks the lady doth protest too much" represents just a bit of jealousy. Whether they take them now or later, if they haven't already, they will have earned these breaks away from scrutiny.
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George was not with the nanny. He was with his grandparents in Buckleberry . The nanny starts when WK return. The photos of the nanny were taken before WK left. Source of this journalist Emily Andrews twitter feed.

When George was born, KP said the Cambridges would not be employing full time child care help at this time. At this time is the key words. Now times are changed, George is probably weaned and Kate can do engagements and such away from their London base. In order to do more engagements, they needed to get a nanny. You can't complain about the lack of engagements and then complain that she isn't home taking care of her child.
I disagree. Having said she will not be a full time royal, I understand why people are not happy about this. She has a full time cook/housekeeper, an assistant, bodyguard and now a nanny. Soon she will need a full time manager for all those people. People just assumed she would be a full time royal, off and on as she had children. But surprise - there will be no off and on and full time will not be for years to come. In the meantime, it is reasonable for average people to think that if she is not going to work, she may not need all that hired help.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:31 AM
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Everyone is still waiting to find out if William & Catherine will become fulltime members of the royal family. My guess is that since they have hired a full-time nanny, full-time duties are coming up.
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:56 AM
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I disagree. Having said she will not be a full time royal, I understand why people are not happy about this. She has a full time cook/housekeeper, an assistant, bodyguard and now a nanny. Soon she will need a full time manager for all those people. People just assumed she would be a full time royal, off and on as she had children. But surprise - there will be no off and on and full time will not be for years to come. In the meantime, it is reasonable for average people to think that if she is not going to work, she may not need all that hired help.
The Prince of Wales has 11 gardeners as employees which is around the same amount of people that William, Harry and Kate employ. All of which excluding the RPOs are paid by the Duchy of Cornwall which will pay for William's family until he is King.
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Have people missed the fact that she is on maternity leave?

Not that it is a direct analogy, but all UK employers offer 12 months maternity leave.
Sorry but for me with this couple it's always been all or nothing. Maternity leave is just another excuse for people to use in my book. If other royals can go back to work quicker, than Catherine can. I'd put money on her being pregnant by the end of the year and then we have another two years of barely there engagements.

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George was not with the nanny. He was with his grandparents in Buckleberry . The nanny starts when WK return. The photos of the nanny were taken before WK left. Source of this journalist Emily Andrews twitter feed.

I don't believe that's true, why would you introduce a nanny into a childs life then take the child away for two weeks and then re-introduce him. That makes no sense. The nanny logically would be at buckleberry with the Middletons so George can get used to her before W&C are back.

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The Prince of Wales has 11 gardeners as employees which is around the same amount of people that William, Harry and Kate employ. All of which excluding the RPOs are paid by the Duchy of Cornwall which will pay for William's family until he is King.
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:25 AM
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I disagree. Having said she will not be a full time royal, I understand why people are not happy about this. She has a full time cook/housekeeper, an assistant, bodyguard and now a nanny. Soon she will need a full time manager for all those people. People just assumed she would be a full time royal, off and on as she had children. But surprise - there will be no off and on and full time will not be for years to come. In the meantime, it is reasonable for average people to think that if she is not going to work, she may not need all that hired help.
When did we find out she had a cook/housekeeper? I don't remember that being announced. That being said she has to have bodyguards because of who she is and the assistant, of course, that's pretty self explanatory. The nanny is new before they had a part-time one for engagements and such. I have never assumed she would be full-time because Kensington Palace has never even implied that. It's what people want. She does work whether it's how people want or expect is a whole other thing.
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:29 AM
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http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/...-Prince-George

Richard Palmer also confirms George with grandparents not nanny. WK haven't been gone 2 weeks. The nanny will have almost 3 weeks before they leave on tour to settle in with George.

The housekeeper who was a maid to the Queen came after George's birth as they moved from Wales to Apt 1a KP.

An early poster commented on the staff that the Cambridges have. Compared to other royals, the Cambridge staff is puny thus the comparison with Charles's gardeners who aren't involved with his royal duties.
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When did we find out she had a cook/housekeeper? I don't remember that being announced. That being said she has to have bodyguards because of who she is and the assistant, of course, that's pretty self explanatory. The nanny is new before they had a part-time one for engagements and such. I have never assumed she would be full-time because Kensington Palace has never even implied that. It's what people want. She does work whether it's how people want or expect is a whole other thing.
The housekeeper came in the summer last year as they prepared to move into the bigger apartment in KP and away from the farmhouse in Wales.
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