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Old 06-06-2019, 03:39 PM
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They could do what they do in Vatican after the election of a new pope. The main players (The Pope and seniors clerics) appears in the Loggia (Central Balcony of St Peter Basilica), and the rest of the cardinals who participated in the conclave appear at the windows at either side of the Loggia. At Buckingham, the Balcony could be for the Core members of the Firm like at the Diamond Jubilee (The Queen, The PoW, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Cambridge Family, the Sussex Family, the Duke of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Vice Adm Lawrence. The rest of the extended family at the windows at either sides of the main balcony. Those windows could be draped too like the balcony to make the overall look pretty
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Old 06-06-2019, 08:25 PM
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The logic would be to invite only those are official members of the Royal Family. According to the link posted here a while ago, that includes all descendants of King George VI (including Prince Margaret's descendants), plus the Queen's cousins who are grandchildren in male line of King George V. There is no point really to include the children and grandchildren of the Duke of Kent, the Duke of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra or Prince Michael as they are not considered members of the Royal Family.

I wouldn't be surprised if in the future that there is a clear and defining statement made regarding who is a member of the working pool of royals and who is a member of the larger extended family.
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:32 PM
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It was the Diamond Jubilee. Prince Philip wasn't there, he was in hospital.
On the balcony there were, the Queen, The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry of Wales. Back then, the UK Media were saying that it was the future of the monarchy there, the core of Che Firm
I disliked that balcony appearance immensely. It just seemed sad and pathetic. It was a celebration of the Queen and all those people in her extended family, including her own children were not there.
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:00 PM
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The occasion where so few appeared was the Diamond Jubilee and Philip wasn't there as he was in hospital. That was to recreate who Victoria had for her Diamond Jubilee which was her heir and his children. On that occasion it was The Queen, Charles, Camilla, William, Catherine and Harry.

They were the only ones who went to the Guildhall luncheon after the official Jubilee Church Service while the rest of the family, including the Queen's other children were told they weren't wanted at that lunch (nor were they on the barge with their mother for her jubilee).

Charles planned the Jubilee and that is the most visible example of what he intends for the future.
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:09 PM
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The occasion where so few appeared was the Diamond Jubilee and Philip wasn't there as he was in hospital. That was to recreate who Victoria had for her Diamond Jubilee which was her heir and his children. On that occasion it was The Queen, Charles, Camilla, William, Catherine and Harry.

They were the only ones who went to the Guildhall luncheon after the official Jubilee Church Service while the rest of the family, including the Queen's other children were told they weren't wanted at that lunch (nor were they on the barge with their mother for her jubilee).

Charles planned the Jubilee and that is the most visible example of what he intends for the future.
The balcony is just too crowded. The principal royals get pushed to the back and side. Last year, Charles, stood completely in front of, Camilla. Her view was pretty much blocked. Meghan and Harry was also pushed to the back. The balcony isn’t long enough for everyone.
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:27 PM
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It was the Diamond Jubilee. Prince Philip wasn't there, he was in hospital.
On the balcony there were, the Queen, The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry of Wales. Back then, the UK Media were saying that it was the future of the monarchy there, the core of Che Firm

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The logic would be to invite only those are official members of the Royal Family. According to the link posted here a while ago, that includes all descendants of King George VI (including Prince Margaret's descendants), plus the Queen's cousins who are grandchildren in male line of King George V. There is no point really to include the children and grandchildren of the Duke of Kent, the Duke of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra or Prince Michael as they are not considered members of the Royal Family.
Okay, perhaps they could weed out a few. However, the Kents, Gloucesters and Princess Alexandra may not make some people's idea of members of the BRF. But, if they are doing a lot of hard yakka on behalf of said family, they should be entitled to one of the few perks they get. After all, they worked for it and they earned it.

The Diamond Jubilee may have been organised by Charles, but had HM not felt very strongly about it, she would have vetoed it. It worked, sort of, to mark the royal succession but it was not popular with the public at large and I believe they will try to avoid p****** off the public.
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:32 PM
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Vacating the balcony of all but a few would be unfortunate, to my mind.
It adds much more interest to have more people. What harm does it do? The balcony can take the weight and it's exciting to see extended family. Even if they are not working royals they represent the human side of the Monarchy - the family, the support network, the historical ties and the future generations.
The balcony full of waving aunts and cousins represents the importance of our families and our continuing civilisation.
In a purely practical sense it offers more for the media to write about and it would be easier perhaps to protect many royals in one secure place.
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:42 PM
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I think the selection will remain the same with the next two monarchs:

Currently:
-Monarch and spouse
-children/spouse/grandchildren of the monarch
-nieces/nephews of monarch
-cousins and their family

Charles:
-Charles and Camilla
-Children/spouses/grandkids: Cambridges and Sussexes
-siblings/nieces/nephews: Yorks, Wessexes, Anne/Tim (her kids if they want)
-cousins: Viscount Snowden and Lady Sarah and their families

William
-William and Kate
-children/families: George, Charlotte, Louis and eventually their families
-sibling: Harry and Meghan with Archie and any other kids
-cousins: Yorks, Wessexes (I don't think Zara and Peter would appear by then as private)
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:54 PM
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Vacating the balcony of all but a few would be unfortunate, to my mind.
It adds much more interest to have more people. What harm does it do? The balcony can take the weight and it's exciting to see extended family. Even if they are not working royals they represent the human side of the Monarchy - the family, the support network, the historical ties and the future generations.
The balcony full of waving aunts and cousins represents the importance of our families and our continuing civilisation.
In a purely practical sense it offers more for the media to write about and it would be easier perhaps to protect many royals in one secure place.
The damage it is doing is to the image of the family.

For people like us who follow the BRF we love to see them all and understand that most aren't funded from either the Duchies or the Sovereign Grant but to the great majority of the public that is what they think - that everyone up there is paid for by taxpayers.

The optics of the family are also important.

Don't forget the entire contingent of HRHs used to attend the State Opening of Parliament with full tiaras etc but that was seen as 'over the top' and so it changed to just the Queen and Philip and then Charles and Camilla were added. That is now seen as 'right' and anything more would be seen as 'too much'.

State Visits used to involve three grand banquets - the one at BP, a lunch or dinner at the Guildhall hosted by the Lord Mayor and a full banquet hosted by the visiting Head of State. Now it is down to two and only one of those involves the tiaras etc.

It is all about the optics and that increasing number of people on the balcony causes many people to ask 'why are we paying for so many' even though they aren't paying for them.

Having only those who do get support from the Duchies and the Sovereign Grant would have way fewer on the balcony but would be better for the public to see who they are supporting in any way rather than the mistaken belief that they support everyone.
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:56 PM
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I don't think any older royals, now working, will be banished from the balcony in the future. It is an excellent vantage point and they deserve to see the parades.

Iluvbertie, I appreciate what you say but I think most people can see that standing on a balcony is not costing much while it offers transparency in another sense. It is clear to see who is and who isn't a working royal.
It gives people the opportunity to recognise faces and learn names.
Education needs improving to inform people exactly who is supported by the taxpayer, how and when and how the Duchies and the grants work. Ignorance can't be an excuse for not understanding details of how the Monarchy remains not directly funded by the tax payer and how important that is to democracy.

Seeing luxury on fewer royals would be less popular than seeing more working royals (not living an over opulant lifestyle) visiting grass roots organisations, charities and traditional places that British people hold dear.
In my opinion the engagements carried out by Anne, Duke of Gloucester, and the like, are valued by many ordinary folk.
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:18 AM
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Shouldn’t HM have all her family there for her birthday celebration?
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:35 AM
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I don't think any older royals, now working, will be banished from the balcony in the future. It is an excellent vantage point and they deserve to see the parades.

Iluvbertie, I appreciate what you say but I think most people can see that standing on a balcony is not costing much while it offers transparency in another sense. It is clear to see who is and who isn't a working royal.
It gives people the opportunity to recognise faces and learn names.
Education needs improving to inform people exactly who is supported by the taxpayer, how and when and how the Duchies and the grants work. Ignorance can't be an excuse for not understanding details of how the Monarchy remains not directly funded by the tax payer and how important that is to democracy.

Seeing luxury on fewer royals would be less popular than seeing more working royals (not living an over opulant lifestyle) visiting grass roots organisations, charities and traditional places that British people hold dear.
In my opinion the engagements carried out by Anne, Duke of Gloucester, and the like, are valued by many ordinary folk.
You make good points but the reality is that the media isn't interested in educating people about who everyone is or about how they are paid - they make too much money out of the opposite.

The education system in the UK is the same - not interested in teaching anything about who is funded by the Duchies or the Sovereign Grant.

What people have been taught is that everyone living in one of the palaces lives there rent free - other than the Michael's of Kent.

Remember the massive outcry when the public were told they had to pay for the repairs to Windsor Castle because it wasn't insured - and so BP is now open two months a year. There is a lot of people who question what the Queen has done with the millions that she has been given for the maintenance of the palaces that BP now is going to cost so much to be refurbished.

That is what they have to guard against - having a small group asking questions like that becoming a larger group.

That is why the optics are important - what the people see has to be something with which they can understand rather than something that seems excessive. With a BRF that is now well over 50 people in the line of succession with partners eligible to be up there it can be over the top as they could easily have 80 people out there. (Yes I know the line of succession is over 5000 but only the first 50 or so are ones who appear on the balcony - that is down to Princess Alexandra and her children).

It is easy to think that an institution with around 70% support is safe but in these changing times that would be foolish.
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:37 AM
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Shouldn’t HM have all her family there for her birthday celebration?
She could have them all at the palace but does she need to have them all out of the balcony?

It isn't even her birthday remember - that was in April

They don't all need to be on the balcony to see the flypast. They could easily see that from the garden ... and probably be a lot more comfortable out there anyway.
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:41 AM
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:06 AM
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Don't forget the entire contingent of HRHs used to attend the State Opening of Parliament with full tiaras etc but that was seen as 'over the top' and so it changed to just the Queen and Philip and then Charles and Camilla were added. That is now seen as 'right' and anything more would be seen as 'too much'.
While I agree that optics are very important for all royal families didn't that have more to do with the reformation of the House of Lords than what was seen as "over the top"? Before that the royals, Princess Anne the exception, all attended as members of the peerage until that status weren't enough for a membership of the House of Lords and they had no reason to attend.

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State Visits used to involve three grand banquets - the one at BP, a lunch or dinner at the Guildhall hosted by the Lord Mayor and a full banquet hosted by the visiting Head of State. Now it is down to two and only one of those involves the tiaras etc.
State visits in general have changed a lot in the last decade or so all over Europe so domestic optics for the UK is not the major reason for the scaling down. It's the same in all monarchies. It seems to me that the years of austerity during the post 2007 recession put a final blow to the lavish state visits we were familiar with.
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:33 AM
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I think the selection will remain the same with the next two monarchs:

Currently:
-Monarch and spouse
-children/spouse/grandchildren of the monarch
-nieces/nephews of monarch
-cousins and their family

Charles:
-Charles and Camilla
-Children/spouses/grandkids: Cambridges and Sussexes
-siblings/nieces/nephews: Yorks, Wessexes, Anne/Tim (her kids if they want)
-cousins: Viscount Snowden and Lady Sarah and their families

William
-William and Kate
-children/families: George, Charlotte, Louis and eventually their families
-sibling: Harry and Meghan with Archie and any other kids
-cousins: Yorks, Wessexes (I don't think Zara and Peter would appear by then as private)
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:59 AM
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While I agree that optics are very important for all royal families didn't that have more to do with the reformation of the House of Lords than what was seen as "over the top"? Before that the royals, Princess Anne the exception, all attended as members of the peerage until that status weren't enough for a membership of the House of Lords and they had no reason to attend.
The Reform of the House of Lords took place in 1999.

The cut down in Royal Attendance happened in the late 1980s.
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:11 AM
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The Reform of the House of Lords took place in 1999.

The cut down in Royal Attendance happened in the late 1980s.
Princess Margaret, The Kent’s and Gloucester’s continued to attend the State Opening into the late 90’s. That reform stopped it until recently.

The principal royals on the balcony for the Trooping is far better, IMHO. It wouldn’t kill the royals to wave to the crowds from the balcony either. The only one we see wave is The Queen.
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:25 AM
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The CC is quite clear - they weren't attending into the late 90s at all.
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:30 AM
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The CC is quite clear - they weren't attending into the late 90s at all.
Look at the pictures on Getty Images and you’ll see.
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