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Old 08-07-2014, 01:17 PM
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So Prince William has finished his "transition year" - and transitioned back to flying

People will reflect on his "transition year" and came out if it.
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Old 08-07-2014, 01:52 PM
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The media will soon forget both this and the renovation of apartment 1A and Anmer Hall. Once the work is finished they will find something else to criticize.
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:12 PM
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Duke of Cambridge to join EAAA as a pilot
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East Anglian Air Ambulance is pleased to confirm that The Duke of Cambridge will join the charity as a helicopter pilot in spring 2015. He will join our highly skilled team of pilots and clinicians who ensure that we provide the highest standard of pre hospital emergency medicine to the scene of  accidents and medical emergencies across the region.
Mr Andrew Egerton Smith MBE, Chairman of EAAA, said “Having the Duke of Cambridge as one of our pilots is marvellous news as he brings much experience to the charity after his successful career as a search and rescue pilot. We have an outstanding track record of attending people in the hour of need which is recognised and generously supported by our local communities”
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:19 PM
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Like it or not, Catherine will need to be seen doing her part. Everyone respects the fact that she have to support her husband and raise her son but she also have a full-time nanny to help and support her. They no longer have William's old and part-time nanny Jessica Webb. It's was understandable that they had a part-time nanny for George, so she had to be home with him on a regular bases. That's no longer the case. Catherine can be a wife and mother but also focus on her royal duties and charities too.

The disappearing act for months at a time won't sell like it did before. As I said all along, they must find a much better balance.




I just don't think he'll do the job longer than two years.

No, The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh aren't falling all over the place or anything like that but it's important for the younger royals to be seen making an effort to helping out their elderly grandparents and not putting off their royal responsibilities.

The palace can say what they want but if William & Catherine aren't seen doing their job within the royal "Firm" it's going to cause a PR problem for them. It's about finding a balance.
Let's face it. The Firm (palace) has officially announced William's future plans for the next two years at least. Part time royal duties has gotten the Firm's stamp of approval along with William's choice of an occupation in service to the people. If its a PR nightmare, it will be because that is the way the media will put a slant on things. I really don't think they're overly concerned about appeasing the media or checking what's written about them daily and gauging how they should act, dress, perform etc. by the reporters and comments in the Daily Mail. Its more or less the Firm stating this is how it shall be and case closed.

I find absolutely no problem with any of this and I am happy that for a while, the Cambridges have the freedom from the limelight to follow a path that will be rewarding for their family. The number of appearance and/or duties does not a royal make and to be honest, there is really no obligation at this time to do more than what the Firm has decided is appropriate for them to do.
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:22 PM
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I find this decision quite disappointing. If William doesnt want/should do full royal duties yet, he could have done something more useful towards his future role. He will be King, it was great that he was in the military, doing search & rescue. Then he took a 'year of orientation'. And now he's back to flying a helicopter for Air Ambulance? There is no debate that this is a honorable cause, but it doesnt make sense at all for William's CV. It's actually a step back towards the King role. He could have done so much now, like engage in a role involving the Commonwealth, do interships at important functions etc etc. This whole thing is a big PR blunder, again, people will not understand, there is no central theme in what he does (military, gap year, agricultural course, now back to flying).
Of course he will be critized for his decision, and IMO rightly so. If there is no role for him yet as full time royal because he doesnt want to/shouldnt step up yet, he should continue to improve/prepare himself, step up on his fields of interests/charities and not fly a helicopter like people who do this for a living.

Kate will be criticized too, she only works very little and will even work less. IMO she will be pregnant before the year is over and we all know what that means.

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Old 08-07-2014, 02:35 PM
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well, I must say that I'm quite glad for William! He can do what he likes and be helpful and the same time. I just have one thing that I don't get: why did they make all this fuss by announcing a "transitional year" and the he got back to do what he was already doing? Just asking because I don't understand! Are the moving to norfolk then?
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:41 PM
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I think that what he really wanted to do was charity work in Africa but that is definitely too dangerous. So they had to do a re-think.
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:46 PM
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Ah I see... It's just that it's a little odd (for me) that he decided to redo the same thing! I mean: pilot, "transitional year" and pilot! That's all
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:49 PM
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William will be the first future monarch to have a job in civvy street. He's "hugely excited."
I think this is excellent! I am very pleased for William. I think a good balance has been reached between what will make William feel useful and productive in a personal sense, and what will keep him meeting his royal obligations. Well done. Who knows, maybe Britain will one day have a King who has a 'regular job' as well as opens Parliament.
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:50 PM
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I agree with Duke of Marmalade that the choice of air ambulance is not developing the range of his experience. I am pleased to see him taking on a responsible and worthwhile job but I do think he should have branched out a little more. It also got me thinking about why he did the course at Cambridge recently - I wonder if he has turned down opportunities to put what he learnt into practice.


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I think that what he really wanted to do was charity work in Africa but that is definitely too dangerous. So they had to do a re-think.
Not much of a re-think if he just went right back to doing what he was already doing.

I think he could have done other things in conservation but the Air Ambulance is great. I just hope he and Catherine's isn't seen doing less official duties though. There's the Singapore State Visit coming up in October. The royal Diplomatic Corps reception coming up in Nov-Dec and they should be attending those events.


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Ah I see... It's just that it's a little odd (for me) that he decided to redo the same thing! I mean: pilot, "transitional year" and pilot! That's all
I think royal reporter Richard Palmer said that people will be paying attention to what William's "transitional year" accomplished. I really did think he would've expanded his interest and it was said that there were several options on the table. Some even thought his 10 week course in agricultural management at Cambridge was a sign that he was looking into doing something else at the end of his "transition year.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:03 PM
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Not much of a re-think if he just went right back to doing what he was already doing.
Maybe because that is what he genuinely enjoys. That's not a minor matter when someone finds something that really satisfies them. I'm for it.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:13 PM
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Regarding these 2 becoming full time royals - just a practical perspective. Where is the demand for an additional 600+ engagements a year and where is the money coming from? The additional security and transport costs would be enormous.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:31 PM
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Regarding these 2 becoming full time royals - just a practical perspective. Where is the demand for an additional 600+ engagements a year and where is the money coming from? The additional security and transport costs would be enormous.
A good point, exactly what I've been saying all the time.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:33 PM
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Well thankfully most critical thinking people don't form opinions based on whatever negative stories the press wants to concoct.

Lets for argument sake pretend W&K announced they will be royals "full-time" then what?

How does W&K working with their own charities and foundation ease any so called "burden" on the Queen?
Thank you for articulating this because the argument that William should take on more duties to help the Queen has always bothered me. When William performs an investiture or when he and Catherine represent the United Kingdom abroad, they are taking work off of the Queen (and Prince of Wales). Other appearances, such as for charities, keep the monarchy in the news but don't really take any burden off of anyone.

I think William will continue to forge his own role, just as his father has done. William is good interacting with people but I don't sense that he is chomping at the bit to do more public appearances. He seems to feel strongly about certain causes, like conservation, but I get the feeling that simply making appearances or raising money is enough for him. He seems to want to be more "hands on."
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Regarding these 2 becoming full time royals - just a practical perspective. Where is the demand for an additional 600+ engagements a year and where is the money coming from? The additional security and transport costs would be enormous.
It would be smart to put the main senior royals to work and financially back them and not so much the minor royals.
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But William doesn't control the purse strings and its not his call anyway.
We must accept that the Queen and the Prince Charles know what they're doing.
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Thank you for articulating this because the argument that William should take on more duties to help the Queen has always bothered me. When William performs an investiture or when he and Catherine represent the United Kingdom abroad, they are taking work off of the Queen (and Prince of Wales). Other appearances, such as for charities, keep the monarchy in the news but don't really take any burden off of anyone.

I think William will continue to forge his own role, just as his father has done. William is good interacting with people but I don't sense that he is chomping at the bit to do more public appearances. He seems to feel strongly about certain causes, like conservation, but I get the feeling that simply making appearances or raising money is enough for him. He seems to want to be more "hands on."
I don't get either. If William starts working full-time with Centrepoint and Tusk how does this impact the Queen?

Its always the "the Queen is so old, William should do more"

I'd love some examples from people because last I heard she didn't retire or give up any of her charities
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I think royal reporter Richard Palmer said that people will be paying attention to what William's "transitional year" accomplished. I really did think he would've expanded his interest and it was said that there were several options on the table. Some even thought his 10 week course in agricultural management at Cambridge was a sign that he was looking into doing something else at the end of his "transition year.
Thank you for your explanation! I hav to admit that when I knew about the agricultural course I was almost sure that he would have chosen that path... I was wrong!
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It would be smart to put the main senior royals to work and financially back them and not so much the minor royals.
William is a senior royal in the respect he is 2nd in line to the throne. From the Firm's perspective, he is a minor part time working royal, who along with Kate and Harry, are still wet behind the ears interns who are gradually learning the ropes at a slow and steady pace. The main senior royals of the Firm seem to have everything covered nicely. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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