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Old 11-16-2010, 09:22 AM
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Duchess of Cambridge Duties and Roles

It would be interesting to hear what we all think Kate should do once they are married, and based in Wales as the wife of a serving SAR officer.

My own view is that she should steadily build up a portfolio of chartitable interests, including those witha a close association to Wales and the armed forces families. Whilst based in Wales, she will be expected to travel a fair amount, though initially this may be limited to the West Country and Wales.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:30 AM
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I think she will build up a portfolio of charities that she'll become closely involved with, but I think the extent of her duties will depend on how soon after their wedding they plan to start trying for children.

If they are hoping to have children soon-ish I don't imagine she'll build up a lot of engagements initially.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:35 AM
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I giuess she will just need to carefully shed the workshy image that is in the press.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:45 AM
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first duty - get pregnant.

in general, i find it risky that they will live in wales and as a matter of certainty kate wont be able to just "live there". i hope they do get her involved into some charity work because if they are planning to be mr. & mrs wales for some time, this arrangement will attract lots of critizism.

if there is one thing in britain people now expect / want to see is kate working. if she doesnt, well, she has already lost out on public support before she even gets started. its crucial now that the couple will do the right thing with regard to the media.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:47 AM
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I think that is a pretty fair comment. We would like to see Kate actively involved in supporting her chosen causes after they are married.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:57 AM
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I agree with everyone else so far! As William is still only second in line to the throne and is firmly busy in his careeer, I think it will allow Kate time to steadily grown into her new role by taking on various charitable causes over the next few years but in a quiet and modest way, thus enabling her to become well established in the role. As for children, well they will come along when they come along!
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Spend British money.
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Spend British money.
Does prince William receive an income from the British state at this moment? Or does he live on an allowance by his father / grand mother?
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:39 PM
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Does prince William receive an income from the British state at this moment? Or does he live on an allowance by his father / grand mother?
He recieves no money from the British State, except if he gets paid for his army work.

There may be a public push for her to get pregnant, but I don't see why she should. She is the wife of the heir to the heir.

First duty, IMO, should be start royal engagements.
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He receives his Royal Air Force salary and is otherwise supported by his father (income from the Duchy of Cornwall) and the income from various trusts.
He receives no "allowance" from the government.
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You tell me what is the income P Charles recieves as the prince of Wales and Ill tell you how Katie is going to live.
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:31 PM
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Refer to the POW website
The Prince of Wales - Finances

"All the private and the large majority of the official and charitable activities of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are funded by The Prince’s annual private income from The Duchy of Cornwall estate.

The Prince pays tax on his Duchy income, after the normal deductions for business expenses, at the 40 per cent rate. Like any other tax-payer, his tax return is subject to review by the Inland Revenue. In 2009-10, The Prince’s income from the Duchy was 17.1 million.

The Prince of Wales chooses to spend well over half of his after-tax income from the Duchy of Cornwall on official duties and charitable activities.

Click here to find out more about official expenditure."
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Before I start discussing about all these things, I just want to ask something. William keeps calling her 'Kate', we just witnessed that. Why all this frozen formality here? Will our posts get deleted if we don't call her 'Catherine'?
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:40 PM
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I hope Kate goes out and meets the crowds, like Diana did. That will gain support and make her look friendly. Charity work of course. I hope they put off the 'duty' of having children for several years though.
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The first thing they need to sort out is a house, not necessarily on Anglesey, but perhaps in North Wales.
Now that Kate has an official function as the Prince's fiancee, she can start getting involved in local communities.
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:21 PM
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I would like to see her take over patronage of at least a couple of the charities that Diana promoted. I know it will take time for her to build up a portfolio of her own and start finding which direction she herself would like to take, but I think it would be a good way to honor William's mother, aside from just wearing her ring. Like it or not, and fair or unfair, she is going to have her activities compared to that of Diana. Taking on a couple of those charities may help dull some of that criticism that will inevitably happen.
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It will increase the criticism if she takes on Diana's patronages'.
She will be accused of stepping into Diana's shoes and replacing her. Kate has different interests than Diana, she needs to carve out her own image ASAP.
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It will increase the criticism if she takes on Diana's patronages'.
She will be accused of stepping into Diana's shoes and replacing her. Kate has different interests than Diana, she needs to carve out her own image ASAP.
Totally agree. Diana was Diana and Kate is Kate. She must carve out her own image (how nicely put) and seek her own interests to work with.
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Totally agree. Diana was Diana and Kate is Kate. She must carve out her own image (how nicely put) and seek her own interests to work with.
Yeah I agree. She should just be herself. Do whatever she has a passion for.
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Didn't we have all these same reservations when Daniel and Victoria were announcing their engagement?
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