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Old 10-17-2013, 01:44 PM
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Charles also takes his time and talk to the people during the Investiture ceremony.
I've noticed that too over the past couple of years. Its rare these days to see a photo of Charles without a smile and a twinkle in his eyes.
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:34 PM
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William really looked like a Prince didnt he? So handsome in his uniform and so professional. It is nice to see him doing this, he looks more royal than he usually does, it suits him quite well. I like it. :)
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:17 PM
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I agree, this is just one of the many things I and many others wanted to see William doing. Embracing his destiny and carrying out a bigger role within the "Firm."
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:32 PM
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I agree, this is just one of the many things I and many others wanted to see William doing. Embracing his destiny and carrying out a bigger role within the "Firm."
I think it was the "gap year" idiom being used that threw a lot of people off base. I'm glad to see in some reports that they've chosen to use the word transitional. It makes a world of difference in putting what William is doing into perspective.
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:49 PM
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Thats for sure. Gap year just didnt sound right to anyone. It made it seem that William was going to take a long vacation and think about what he wanted to do next. Transitional is a much better word to use. I for one am glad they changed the terminology.
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:10 PM
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I don't remember ... was it ever called a "gap year" in the official announcement? I thought "transition" was the word always used.
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:35 PM
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Yup, I do believe it was " gap year " that was initially used.
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:40 PM
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See Video of HRH The Duke of Cambridge Giving Medals and Knighting Individuals During his First Investiture Ceremony:

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Awesome! He did a great job with the sword. Thanks for posting that Dman, I enjoyed it.
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I don't remember ... was it ever called a "gap year" in the official announcement? I thought "transition" was the word always used.
KP never called it a "gap year." According to a number of reporters, KP referred to it as a "transitional" year. It was the media that decided to call it a "gap year."

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Old 10-17-2013, 05:31 PM
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I think the media was pretty confused like a great of others by the official statements.
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:55 PM
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Yup, I do believe it was " gap year " that was initially used.
I'm not so sure. All the news media on the day of the announcement used the word "transitional" to have been announced from Clarence House.

BBC News - Prince William to swap armed forces for royal duties
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/13/wo...tary.html?_r=0

The first time I read the words "gap year" was in the Daily Mail's headline that day, but the DM article, when quoting the announcement, uses the word "transitional".

After the phrase "gap year" began being used, Clarence House removed all mention of the word "transitional".

Edited: Ooops ... sorry, soapstar ... I didn't see your post before I sent this one.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:25 PM
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I think the media was pretty confused like a great of others by the official statements.
Honestly, there was nothing in the statement that was confusing. It was when everyone else (i.e. the media) started making up stories disguised as 'reports' that the uproar happened. Overreacting as usual. It's actually been really annoying to watch play out. It's happened on this forum where everyone makes an assumption or believes what they read when it has no basis. Transitional year, to me and obviously to Kensington Palace, always meant he would be slowly increasing his duties and getting involved in more organizations and with his patronages and Foundation.

Maybe everyone should have waited the 'further announcements' before jumping to conclusions as usual. It should have been about the excitement of him starting a new chapter in life and the work he would be doing in conservation not tearing down his character, starting a William v. Harry debate, or making other assumptions and accusations.

Sorry rant over, but this has been extremely annoying and ridiculous.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:48 AM
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Thank you for the video, It was nice to see. Prince William to me looked rather stately and handsome. I think it's great that he takes time to learn the ropes so to speak about all that he will be responsible for in the future. Wonder what his grandmother the Queen thought?
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Not wielding the sword, but there's a video here of William pinning someone and then speaking with them:

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Love this. He looks so natural- like a duck in water. No offence to the Queen or Charles, but he looks like the King already. And yes, very dashing in his uniform.
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I find that, physically, William is a mix of both parents, but in terms of things like facial expressions, postures, gestures, he's so much like his mother it's eerie sometimes.

I noticed the member of the armed forces behind William was saluting during God Save The Queen. Did William not do the same because he was the ranking member of the royal family present? If he was at a similar occasion with The Queen, would he salute?
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He reminds (rather his mannerisims) me more of his father here lately...I see a glimpse of Diana now and then but mostly Charles now.

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Old 10-18-2013, 10:54 PM
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To me he has always been Philip - from a baby onwards those Mountbatten genes dominate.
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I find that, physically, William is a mix of both parents, but in terms of things like facial expressions, postures, gestures, he's so much like his mother it's eerie sometimes.

I noticed the member of the armed forces behind William was saluting during God Save The Queen. Did William not do the same because he was the ranking member of the royal family present? If he was at a similar occasion with The Queen, would he salute?
When it comes to pomp and circumstance and formality, William is all Charles. In a relaxed mode, its very easy to catch glimmers of Diana.

I've see William greet his grandmother at the RAF base in Anglesey and he was the epitome of the proper gentleman and did a very correct bow. I'm sure if he was among the ranks somewhere being presented to the Queen, he would salute his sovereign right along with his troops.

At the investiture he did recently I would presume that William did not salute as he was the representative of HM The Queen and was taking the salutes for her.
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I find that, physically, William is a mix of both parents, but in terms of things like facial expressions, postures, gestures, he's so much like his mother it's eerie sometimes. I noticed the member of the armed forces behind William was saluting during God Save The Queen. Did William not do the same because he was the ranking member of the royal family present? If he was at a similar occasion with The Queen, would he salute?
Others may be more knowledgeable than I, but I believe you have the right idea. William was standing in for the Queen so he takes on her status for the event. I think he would salute if she were present. IIRC when Harry represented HM last summer at the paraolympics closing he stood for the anthem as though he were the Queen, too.
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