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Old 05-19-2007, 04:43 PM
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Old 05-19-2007, 04:48 PM
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Zara frequently attends various events for charity and has taken to supporting certain causes herself, mainly for spinal injuries, equestrian charities and children's causes.
In 2005 she auctioned off one of her evening gowns (worn at the London premiere of the film Seabiscuit) to help with tsunami relief. She also undertook a royal visit to New Zealand in her role as patron of The Catwalk Trust.
From 1998 to 2005 she served as the president of Club 16-24, a group which encourages young people to take an interest in racing.
Zara is also linked to INSPIRE, the Salisbury based medical research charity that helps to improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries, and Sargent Cancer Care for Children, the UK's leading children's cancer charity.
Zara also appears at events for The Cauldwell Charitable Trust, which is targeted at children with special needs, disabilities and serious illnesses.
Zara has continued her family's long patronage of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and has visited on many occasions.
In 2006, Zara took part in a special charity day for Cantor Index, whose staff were killed in the attacks on September 11, 2001.
It is to bad Zara had to withdrawl from olympic consideration.
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Old 05-19-2007, 04:53 PM
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Currently the Duke of York works for the Department of Trade and Industry as the United Kingdom's Special Representative for International Trade and Investment. He took over from Prince Edward, Duke of Kent in this role. The role involves the Duke representing the UK at various trade fairs and conferences all over the world.
Andrew has a career after the service.
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Old 05-19-2007, 06:37 PM
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Andrew has a career after the service.
This sounds more "ceremonial" than actual civilian work to me. Does he work at out of an office? Does he receive a paycheck? I don't know any of this, so if anyone does, let me know.
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Old 05-19-2007, 07:28 PM
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Andrew's role is to go to various conferences etc and to talk up British products and business for sale or investment for overseas companies and countries.

He needs to be thoroughly briefed about the product, service etc he is endorsing and the way that the overseas market could benefit by buying or investing in said product.

This is a major aspect of royal work - supporting and promoting British products etc overseas and this job has now fallen to Andrew. In the fullness of time I would expect it to fall to Harry but not for another 20 years or so - when Andrew reaches 'retirement' age (not that royals retire but there are some things that are better done by a younger person). Harry at that stage will be about the age Andrew was when taking on that role and that would be a good age to take on the aspect of royal work.

To the person who said that there are no requirements to get into Eton I beg to differ - like many fee paying schools that have a larger list of potential students than places Eton has an entry exam. One of the reasons given for Harry staying at Ludgrove for the extra year was to increase his chances of passing that entrance exam - which he did. If I remember correctly it was reported at the time just how proud Charles was that he had passed it and would be following his elder brother to Eton. It was also reported that Harry was the only person at Eton, in his year, to receive a D grade for one of his A levels.

I don't believe Harry was lazy at school but rather that he just doesn't have the academic smarts. There are plenty of kids like that - I teach quite a few and they work their butts off but still only get average marks.
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Old 05-19-2007, 09:55 PM
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I feel for Harry he is in a family full of smart, academic, confident people, while he barely passed his A-levels.
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The royal family aren't all that academically inclined. Prince Charles would never have got to Cambridge with his couple of mediocre A-levels if he hadn't been royal; the Queen and Princess Margaret had a fairly sketch education; Princess Anne and Prince Andrew didn't get the required number of A-levels to get to university; so far Lady Gabriella Windsor is the only female member of the royal family to have graduated from university. Diana wasn't academic, nor was Camilla, nor was Sarah. Harry's not as much of an academic misfit as you might think.
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Old 05-20-2007, 12:10 AM
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I feel for Harry he is in a family full of smart, academic, confident people, while he barely passed his A-levels.
I thought he talked about having dyxlexia? (spelling?)
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I read reports that he had dyxlexia (sp) as well.

That would certainly explain why he had some trouble learning but it may not be the entire reason, if he was picked up early on and taught accordingly.
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Old 05-20-2007, 06:13 AM
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This sounds more "ceremonial" than actual civilian work to me. Does he work at out of an office? Does he receive a paycheck? I don't know any of this, so if anyone does, let me know.
He does receive payment for his 'employment' and he does have an office, however he would probably not have been in the running for this job, if he hadn't been one of the Queens sons.
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Old 05-20-2007, 07:22 AM
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I thought he talked about having dyxlexia? (spelling?)
I believe that was just a rumor, the palace firmly denies.
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Old 05-20-2007, 07:29 AM
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He does receive payment for his 'employment' and he does have an office, however he would probably not have been in the running for this job, if he hadn't been one of the Queens sons.

As the previous encumbent was the Duke of Kent, it seems as if it is a job for a member of the Royal Family so being one of the Queen's sons would seem to be a very good qualification.

In time I suspect it will pass to Harry but....
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As the previous encumbent was the Duke of Kent, it seems as if it is a job for a member of the Royal Family so being one of the Queen's sons would seem to be a very good qualification.

In time I suspect it will pass to Harry but....
It is a job than any qualified LO1 could do, in this case it really seems to be an invented job, to justify taxpayers money being used to supplement the income of a member of the Royal Family.
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Taxes pay the royal families income?
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Taxes pay the royal families income?


Well, yes. How else do they get paid? If you're on the civil list, taxpayers foot the bill for your endeavors, as it were.
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Barbara Castle used to tell a story about when she visited the Queen and Princess Margaret at Windsor for tea. The Queen said, "Excuse me Barbara, Charles is sitting his A-Levels tomorrow and he's a little bit nervous. I must go up and see him". The Queen then turned to Princess Margaret and said, "We would never have passed A-Levels Margot". Barbara Castle then said, "I'm sorry Ma'am but I'm sure you would have" and then when she recounted the story she said that she believed the Queen was extremely intelligent and would most certainly have been a high-flier education-wise had she gone to university.
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Taxes pay the royal families income?
Taxpayers foot the bill for these 'extra special' jobs, that could be done just as well by a civil servant earning a lot less than AMA!
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Old 05-20-2007, 05:25 PM
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Maybe a civil servant could do the job but....having a member of the RF do it adds a lot of cache to the job.

In other words the sucking up comes better from a member of the RF than from a no name civil servant.
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Andrew took the job when he left the service.
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