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Old 03-20-2013, 03:07 AM
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HRH Duke of Kent cancels visit to St Agnes | This is Cornwall

I hope this isn't serious.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:42 PM
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Thank you Iluvbertie for posting this. needless to say, the national newspapers haven't mentioned it. If anyone has a twitter account (I don't) it might be worthwhile asking Richard Palmer on @RoyalReporter
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:55 PM
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Thank you Iluvbertie for posting this. needless to say, the national newspapers haven't mentioned it. If anyone has a twitter account (I don't) it might be worthwhile asking Richard Palmer on @RoyalReporter
Just sent him a tweet, he's currently chatting about whether the focus will be on The Queen being back after 20 days off, or Catherine and the bump.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:21 PM
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I hope HRH The Duke of Kent get better and return to his official duties soon.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:53 PM
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3 weeks of engagements cancelled defintily makes one pause.
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:09 PM
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He is also hospitalised..
I am not sure the Dule will be able to ride at this year's Birthday Parade..
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:24 AM
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It has been reported that the Duke of Kent suffered a stroke on Sunday. He remains in hospital and his engagements have been postponed.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:35 AM
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Queen's cousin suffers stroke:
Queen's cousin suffers stroke | Royal | News | Daily Express

I'm so sorry to hear that. I hope he recovers from this. Must be very scary for him and the family.

It may effect his ability to ride in the parade, Vkrish.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:41 AM
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It is very sad. I hope he makes a full recovery.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:01 AM
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Oh how horrible.

I will keep the Duke and his family in my thoughts and prayers.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:12 AM
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How dreadful. This is definitely a poignant reminder that so many of the current working royals are aging rapidly and could use some help and support.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:13 PM
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Yes, I couldn't believe it when I read he is 77. There does seem to be a gap, which I had never really noticed before, of very few royals undertaking engagements who are in their 40's and 50's. Just Andrew, Edward and Sophie ( I think).
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:45 PM
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Thoughts with Edward's family and wish him well and a speedy recovery.

Elly C, it is just Andrew, Edward and Sophie who are in their 40's and 50's at present. Then the next gap is 20's/30's with William, Catherine and Harry.
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Thoughts with Edward's family and wish him well and a speedy recovery.

Elly C, it is just Andrew, Edward and Sophie who are in their 40's and 50's at present. Then the next gap is early 30's with William, Catherine and Harry.
And none of those in their 30s are full time working royals.
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Hope the Duke recovers fully - it is a sad reminder that the many of the working royals are eldery and past retirement age yet continue to do so many engagements. I think i read that the Duke of Kent last year carried out about 250 engagements including foreign visits during the Diamond Jubilee. I do believe that the time is now for the young members to increase their workload to ease the burden on the family - William, Harry, Kate and to an extend when they can Beatrice and Eugenie.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:19 PM
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I dont know what is going to happen at The Birthday Parade. I am not at all sure he will be able to ride. Then what will he do..Ironically, I raised a similar scenario in another thread regarding DoE. Now, will the Duke of Kent (if he not able to ride) join the Queen and DoE in their carriage? I think thats mostly likely..Rather than having a separate carriage or going in civil dress or skipping parade altogether..
Ha ha we (or only me) are so bothered about that..I dont think anyone, inclding the most 'important' media gives any damn..I dont think even 0.5% of people watching Trooping know that DoK also rides..or he even exists..
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Hope the Duke recovers fully - it is a sad reminder that the many of the working royals are eldery and past retirement age yet continue to do so many engagements. I think i read that the Duke of Kent last year carried out about 250 engagements including foreign visits during the Diamond Jubilee. I do believe that the time is now for the young members to increase their workload to ease the burden on the family - William, Harry, Kate and to an extend when they can Beatrice and Eugenie.
Does anybody ever stop to think that maybe the older generation is perfectly happy doing as many engagements as they do? Maybe most of them don't want to lessen their "burden". and if they did, I'm sure the Queen would tell the younger generation to step up or lose title/privileges, etc.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:32 PM
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Does anybody ever stop to think that maybe the older generation is perfectly happy doing as many engagements as they do? Maybe most of them don't want to lessen their "burden". and if they did, I'm sure the Queen would tell the younger generation to step up or lose title/privileges, etc.
At this point, for some of them, it's not a matter of whether they want to or not. It's a simple fact that many of the elderly members of the royal family have ongoing health problems at this point, and that this problem will continue to crop up again and again. They need the younger members to start transitioning into a full time role so that this can be worked around.

My grandmother is a bit like that- she's 87, and she's had cancer twice, and last year she broke a hip. My mother and her sisters have to be at the house all the time now to prevent her from trying to go about her life as she always has, because it's actually dangerous for her to do it now. If they didn't watch her like hawks, she'd be walking around, trying to lift heavy things, and she'd probably be back in the hospital with another broken hip pretty quickly.
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Hope the Duke makes a quick recovery, was so surprised when I heard the news.
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:43 PM
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The current working royals by age group:

over 90 - 1
over 80 - 1
over 70 - 2
over 60 - 5
over 50 - 1
over 40 - 2
over 30 - 2
over 20 - 1

75% of all engagements are done by the over 60s and 50%+ by those in their 60s.

Charles and Anne between them do over 40% of all engagements.

The Duke of Kent, this year, according to my count has performed public duties on 24 days for a total of 52 engagements or 7.4% of the total engagments for the year so far including three engagements overseas.
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