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Old 12-04-2012, 09:19 PM
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"the couple's long term plans"? What have I missed....?
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:35 PM
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Actually I don't think anyone in the UK had any serious problems with the Duke and Duchess living as an RAF couple in Wales and undertaking royal engagements, like overseas tours, on a part time basis. I know there are probably a few who would have liked to have seen Catherine out and about more so they could comment on her wardrobe but that is hardly serious. Imagine how those same commentators would have reacted to Elizabeth going off to live with Philip in Malta.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:23 AM
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No..expecting William to be in RAF even after Charles ascends, is a bit too much. No CP I know, however small monarchy, has an active job. We cant expect the CP (PoW) of an extensive institution like BRF to have an active job, that too after all trimming. They will have a lot of public appearances and many more corresponding preparations/briefings. And btw, Charles will be in his mid-70s when he ascends, and William in early 40s. If i am not wrong, once you are in 40s, u cant do those dashing jobs anymore. You will either become an instructor, or given desk work, or go up in administration (again, unlikely for William, since he is going to be very irregular). So its not worth juggling up all these jobs, getting criticised on both fronts, and messing up.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:16 AM
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What makes you think Charles will be in his mid 70's when he becomes King? Her Majesty is in good health, but no one knows how long she will live. Her mother lived a very long life, but her father and sister didn't.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:58 AM
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What makes you think Charles will be in his mid 70's when he becomes King? Her Majesty is in good health, but no one knows how long she will live. Her mother lived a very long life, but her father and sister didn't.
And anyone who knows about George and Margaret know why they didn't live into their 100s.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:23 AM
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George and Margaret made lifestyle choices that adversely affected their health and shortened their lifespans, but living into one's 100s is still unusual.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:49 PM
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And anyone who knows about George and Margaret know why they didn't live into their 100s.
I seriously believe King George VI died early because of his unhealthy lifestyle.
I ll never buy the silly nonsense the Queen Mother and her PR army cooked up and ingrained into peoples minds for half a century, blaming Edward-Wallis and duty. Thats really hilarious.
Every person born into royalty should be prepared to take up duty. Its not some favour or voluntary self-destruction.
Anyway, I guess I got off-topic, so leave it.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:29 PM
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George and Margaret made lifestyle choices that adversely affected their health and shortened their lifespans, but living into one's 100s is still unusual.
The Queen Mother had a stressful life too, with the war and widowhood, and no doubt worry about both her daughters, and the antics of her grandchildren. The fact is, no one can know how long anyone will live, though I wish Her Majesty long life and good health.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:14 AM
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The Queen Mother had a stressful life too, with the war and widowhood, and no doubt worry about both her daughters, and the antics of her grandchildren. The fact is, no one can know how long anyone will live, though I wish Her Majesty long life and good health.
Both the King and Princess Margaret were heavy smokers. I think those are the lifestyle choices that shortened both their lives. The King's death was smoking related and Margaret's health problems (stroke) are related to smoking.

The Queen has never smoked and while that certainly doesn't guarantee a long life there seems to be plenty of evidence that it helps.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:43 AM
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They were also both heavy drinkers - a combination not conducive to long lives.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:54 PM
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Both the King and Princess Margaret were heavy smokers. I think those are the lifestyle choices that shortened both their lives. The King's death was smoking related and Margaret's health problems (stroke) are related to smoking.

The Queen has never smoked and while that certainly doesn't guarantee a long life there seems to be plenty of evidence that it helps.
Also Margaret liked to party!
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:18 AM
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Partying involves drinking and smoking in many cases, yes?
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I hope that HM lives a LONG LONG time. If that is the case, then Charles could be nearing 80 when he ascends to the Throne.

I'll give Charles credit, when most people are looking to retire, he is having to "step it up" to do more in his mother's stead. He may not get to the Throne until he is very elderly after waiting all of his life for the opportunity to make his mark. He will at that point be taking over for the longest serving Monarch in British history! Those are enormous shoes to fill! Most of her subject have never had any other Monarch and she will be a tough act to follow!
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:23 PM
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I hope that HM lives a LONG LONG time. If that is the case, then Charles could be nearing 80 when he ascends to the Throne.

I'll give Charles credit, when most people are looking to retire, he is having to "step it up" to do more in his mother's stead. He may not get to the Throne until he is very elderly after waiting all of his life for the opportunity to make his mark. He will at that point be taking over for the longest serving Monarch in British history! Those are enormous shoes to fill! Most of her subject have never had any other Monarch and she will be a tough act to follow!
I agree, even more of a challenge than Edward VII had.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:07 PM
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And yet Edward VII lived up to the challenge as Prince Charles undoubtedly will.
Elizabeth II is a fantastic Sovereign, but there were great Monarchs before her, and there will be ones in times to come.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:09 PM
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And yet Edward VII lived up to the challenge as Prince Charles undoubtedly will.
Elizabeth II is a fantastic Sovereign, but there were great Monarchs before her, and there will be ones in tomes to come.
Agree with you there!
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:26 PM
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She would be the longest. Ironically in the 52 years from 1900, there had been 4 previous monarchs. Most of us don't know the ramifications of changing a monarch. The stock market with be a roller coaster. London is a major player in the corporate and financial systems. Those shoes will be huge. William will start to come out from her shadow. Charles will have a hard time breaking out. There many not be enough time if the queen goes to 102. QE emulates her mother, and why shouldn't she? A little Gin & Dobonnet can keep you going for years. The secondhand smoke from the King and Princess Margaret did nothing.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:48 PM
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The stock market should not be affected by the death of the Queen. Fiscal and economic policy are not influenced by the monarch and will not change with the accession of Charles.

The only impact I can think of is that the country will "close" for the funeral and the coronation. But this will be off-set by increased trade etc. I know this sounds calculating but its the reality.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:10 PM
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Unlike 1952 I don't see everything shutting down for 3 days or so in the immediate aftermath of the Soveriegn's death. Some places might close on the day of the funeral but there will be many people who will still need services as there will be an upturn in travel of people wanting to pay their respects.

The Coronation will be a large spectacle and again places will close on the day near the route but that will be offset by a large increase in tourists into the country - not just for the day either but over the course of the year to see various displays that will be up to mark the occasion.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:01 PM
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I hope that HM lives a LONG LONG time. If that is the case, then Charles could be nearing 80 when he ascends to the Throne.

I'll give Charles credit, when most people are looking to retire, he is having to "step it up" to do more in his mother's stead. He may not get to the Throne until he is very elderly after waiting all of his life for the opportunity to make his mark. He will at that point be taking over for the longest serving Monarch in British history! Those are enormous shoes to fill! Most of her subject have never had any other Monarch and she will be a tough act to follow!
I SO agree with you, dear Cynderella;
And I am also fairly sure HM will carry on for sometime yet. This will mean for Charles a very late "call-up" for the job He was born to do. But personally, I feel He will be a wonderful King. I admire Him, His lovely sense of Humour, His courage to be Himself, the love and care He showered on His boys; in short, I feel many might just be rather surprised in how wonderful a Monarch He will turn out to be.
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