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Old 08-10-2014, 06:36 PM
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Exactly! And that is true no matter where you live.
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Old 08-10-2014, 06:58 PM
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It's going to be interesting to see what roles and duties Catherine will take on.
I think some announcements should be coming for her now.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:06 PM
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Frist of all, Pippa had asports scholarship to Marlborough so her parents didnt pay full fees.

Parents want to best education for their children and I think that is right about the Middletons; what their children choose to do I think is down to them, and the Middletons would support them.

My background is similar. my parents were "working class" but I received a private education through a scholarship.

that sdidnt determine my grades; my exam results; my tertiary education. That was down to me. Private education does not mean results or even contacts.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:28 PM
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I think Kate would benefit massively from an actual job/role she could do, even just 2 or 3 days a week on a permanent basis. It would give her a sense of purpose and not be seen as just a housewife and mother. There are countless organisations and charities she could choose from.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:35 PM
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I think Kate would benefit massively from an actual job/role she could do, even just 2 or 3 days a week on a permanent basis. It would give her a sense of purpose and not be seen as just a housewife and mother. There are countless organisations and charities she could choose from.
I think there are roles that's coming up for her. The big role she's been given to date is her upcoming solo trip to Malta on Her Majesty's behalf. I think some colonelcy roles will be coming up for her as well. I would think some announcements will be around the corner.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:35 PM
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there is real purpose in being a wife and mother. It is a real job, especially when there is pressure on the family from massive media interest.

Many women, across the world, find that this is a rewarding and necessary role, and to denigrate Catherine for doing this, is to do that to all
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:32 PM
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there is real purpose in being a wife and mother. It is a real job, especially when there is pressure on the family from massive media interest.

Many women, across the world, find that this is a rewarding and necessary role, and to denigrate Catherine for doing this, is to do that to all
I am sure that the vast majority of both mothers and fathers would love to send more time with their young children, however for the majority this is not an option. Catherine can find time for both a public and private life if she wants.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:45 PM
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Well she actually is finding time for both a public and private life. She hasn't stopped doing royal duties.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:46 PM
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I wonder if Carole and Michael Middleton ever remark, just between themselves, about how they, people who worked their socks off to build up a successful business, paid for Kate and Pippa to go to top independent schools, supported them through university, and neither of them've ever had a proper job! I really like the Duchess of Cambridge, but I think it's time she took on more duties.

I admit I wonder that as well. I feel Pippa has had proper jobs and James is clearly the most ambitious of the trio. But Kate just comes off as the one who does nothing but lived of her parents hard work. I wonder how she didn't end up with their work ethic; self made millionaires with a daughter who has never really worked.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:51 PM
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[QUOTE=royal-blue;1694337]I am sure that the vast majority of both mothers and fathers would love to send more time with their young children, however for the majority this is not an option.Catherine can find time for both a public and private life if she wants.

But she does find time for both a public and private life . Catherine is not the majority of mothers she has the option to spend more time with her child, what is wrong with that? I would like to meet the mother who would choose to spend less time with their children if they had that option. She does do a lot of public engagement , not enough for some of you . But I bet it is enough for the firm. She will probably do about 100 engagements this year. I bet if she was doing over 200 , there would be complaints she is neglecting her child. I like this couple a lot , because they are doing what is right for them and not what is right for the public and media who is very fickle. One moment building you up then breaking you down. This couple seem to have a good head on their shoulder. Good for them
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:55 PM
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The last woman in Catherine's position was the future Queen Mary.

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In many ways it is a competition. If people are saying Kate doesn't do enough well who is she being compared to?

There is no precedent for her position so what yardstick is used to say she doesn't do enough?

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Correct except when Mary of Teck was in the same position as Kate, her title was the Duchess of York and Queen Victoria was still on the throne.
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:17 PM
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Duchess of Cambridge: What now for Catherine? Future Duties, Roles, Responsib...

During late reign of Victoria, George and Mary spent their time at York Cottage at Sandringham. They really didn't do the amount of engagements that the royals do now. Neither did Bertie and Alix.

The start of the modern monarchy of visits to places and charities starts in the reign of George V as a way to separate the royals from the aristocracy and connect with the people directly during the rise of socialism post WWI.

So there really hasn't been a modern equivalent of heir's heir wife.

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Old 08-10-2014, 09:22 PM
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I agree and that's why I'm willing to allow William and Kate to put their own stamp on what their roles should be at this time.
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:35 PM
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I don't believe that there is a written code of necessary activities for William and Catherine. The only thing they need to do is provide an heir, which they have done. Above that they are allowed to design their lives around their own interests. Even Charles had no temp plate for POW. He figured things out as he went along. It shall be a lot of fun watching things as they happen. I have been following the royals since Princess Elizabeth fell in love with Philip. No one could have imagined everything that has gone on.
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:54 PM
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I think Kate would benefit massively from an actual job/role she could do, even just 2 or 3 days a week on a permanent basis. It would give her a sense of purpose and not be seen as just a housewife and mother. There are countless organisations and charities she could choose from.

Wow, just wow. Please tell me that you're not suggesting that Catherine doesn't have an adequate purpose right now? Please tell me that you're not suggesting that her being a wife and mother is not enough? Even if it's just (obviously) for the time being, as we know that more duties will come later.

I'm trying not to have a knee jerk reaction right now, but (on the positive side) my reflexes are working swimmingly.
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:37 AM
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I admit I wonder that as well. I feel Pippa has had proper jobs and James is clearly the most ambitious of the trio. But Kate just comes off as the one who does nothing but lived of her parents hard work. I wonder how she didn't end up with their work ethic; self made millionaires with a daughter who has never really worked.
She did work. She worked several jobs. One of her main jobs she had to leave because the media harassed her too much.
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:44 AM
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Is york cottage still in use ? Its very beautiful and would be perfect for harry and his future family .
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:46 AM
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York Cottage is currently the home of the Sandringham Estate Office and other parts are rented out to people for various reasons.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:22 AM
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It will be very amusing to see how things will progress after harry gets engaged and brings a wife in the "firm" , so far W&K have got one apartment a country estate *Anmer and William has his own property , a Scottish cottage or something . All(except his Scottish home) places were in use and the tenants were asked to vacate/relocate for them, lets see if harry is given the same privilege .
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