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Old 04-01-2015, 08:18 PM
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Like Wills, Charles did stints in multiple branches got his wings from the RAF. Philip presented them and Charles got to give William his. I wonder who George will get his from?
I would bet that he gets them from William along with a gag gift of a larger sized t-shirt with "Daddy's Little Co-Pilot" on it.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:17 AM
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Royal Central @RoyalCentral · 12m 12 minutes ago
KP-Prince William has completed the first phrase of his air ambulance helicopter pilot training with Bond Air Services earlier than expected

Royal Central @RoyalCentral · 8m 8 minutes ago
KP-The final section of Prince William's in-work training will commence on 1st June after his paternity leave and engagements in late May.

Richard Palmer @RoyalReporter · 15m 15 minutes ago
The Duke of Cambridge is on unpaid leave until June 1 after completing the first stage of his air ambulance flight training early.

Richard Palmer @RoyalReporter · 15m 15 minutes ago
Kensington Palace says William already had royal engagements planned for late May but apart from that, will be off with the new baby.
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It's great that he finished early. This means he'll be able to be in London and won't have to make the 2+ hour drive when Kate goes into labor
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when Kate goes into labor
Which IS actually 'whats next for the Duke of Cambridge' !
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Old 04-21-2015, 10:00 AM
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Prince William finishes training in time for Kate Middleton royal baby birth | Daily Mail Online
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Old 04-21-2015, 10:02 AM
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Wasn't he supposed to take 2 weeks of paternity leave? Maybe I am mistaken.
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Old 04-21-2015, 10:06 AM
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Duke of Cambridge: What Now for William? Future Duties, Roles, Responsibilities

I bet the FA Finals May 30th might be part of the late May engagements for the FA President. Aston Villa hasnt won the FA Cup since 1957. It might be William's only shot to witness them win one again.

The next phase of training will require 3 straight weeks and access to the helicopter which is scheduled for starting on June 1. So he can't go any further on his training so he is taking unpaid leave on top of the paternity leave.


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Old 04-21-2015, 10:07 AM
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Wasn't he supposed to take 2 weeks of paternity leave? Maybe I am mistaken.
William is taking a mix of un-paid leave and paternity leave during the next few weeks. The laws on paternity/maternity leave changed here in the UK for children born / adopted after 5 April (I think) which allows more flexibility for parents of either sex to take or share leave. I have no idea how it all works, but obviously William's employer has granted whatever leave he is taking and he will be back to work in June.
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Old 04-22-2015, 10:04 AM
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Captain Dave Surtees says Prince William's coming to @EastAngliAirAmb "as a pilot not as a royal".


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The £1.7m helicopter Prince William will fly--after the baby's born --as an air ambulance pilot (pix@EastAngliAirAmb)

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All pregnancy-related posts have been moved to the The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with a second child thread.
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Old 04-24-2015, 05:03 PM
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it is by richard palmer:

EXCLUSIVE: Prince William blasted for 'laziness' for working just 47 DAYS in a year | Royal | News | Daily Express

(Lot of sarcarm in his tweet feed about this BTW)

tides of change?
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Old 04-24-2015, 05:14 PM
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this is based on a report from Republic and they are entitled to have their view published.

I think its fair. I accept the time William has taken to do exams and 1st phase of Air Ambulance training but he left the RAF in September 2013 and IMO could have made a much greater contribution to the royal workload than he has.

I also think that the PR team he had at the time (2013) did him no favours in how they presented what he would be doing.

As is usual, this report isnt 100 accurate but it does have truths within it. As Richard Palmer tweeted, being a monarchist does not mean never criticising or calling to account
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Old 04-24-2015, 05:25 PM
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this is based on a report from Republic and they are entitled to have their view published.

I think its fair. I accept the time William has taken to do exams and 1st phase of Air Ambulance training but he left the RAF in September 2013 and IMO could have made a much greater contribution to the royal workload than he has.

I also think that the PR team he had at the time (2013) did him no favours in how they presented what he would be doing.

As is usual, this report isnt 100 accurate but it does have truths within it. As Richard Palmer tweeted, being a monarchist does not mean never criticising or calling to account
I agree with you. IMO if I look at William as if I didn't know who is is I would say he is the "spare" and not the heir from his work ethic.
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Old 04-24-2015, 05:56 PM
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William is the spare. He is the spare to the heir apparent which is his father. If the Queen wanted either Wills or Harry doing full time Royal work then they would be doing it. People keep saying that he needs to pick up the burden off his grandparents. To me it's seems that his grandparents want to keep on doing what they have been doing.

Charles left the Navy to help with the silver jubilee and 38 years later he still isn't King. The Queen is the opposite she lost her early family time because of becoming Queen so young. So both of them are letting William do something he loves-flying and spend time with his young family.



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I can see questioning the decision to only be a part-time royal, but his work ethic seems fine. He's pretty much had a full-time job (or training for one) since he left college. He may not have been cutting ribbons 24/7, but he was serving his country.

I was fine with his transitional year. The only mistake I think he made, was by not being more organized. If he had laid out his plans a little more, there probably would have been less criticism. He could have even said, I want to take the next year and spend it with my family while I decide my next move.

As for the report, I imagine they would find a similar result for the rest of the royals.

Totally agree Skippyboo.
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:01 PM
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Given the extra-ordinary circumstances we have here in Britain, in that there are two adult direct heirs to the throne (one of whom had carved out an excellent and extremely busy role for himself as the Prince of Wales), I don't think William has done too badly in trying to develop a career to tied himself over until he steps up to fill his father's shoes. It's just unfortunate, I suppose, that his career choice means a lot of training and waiting (for us at least!) until he starts the job proper!

Maybe Republic will do another report in a year's time and the results will be different!

I agree that there is the impression of disorganisation in terms of making public William's intentions and plans - the PR is not always as slick as it should be.
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Yeah, their PR team has been lacking at times. I think they may have learned from this last year though. I notice that they are getting much better at communicating - for instance keeping us up to date on William's training and announcing W&K's post-birth plans. Not to mention the difference in how they're handling Harry's transitional year.
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Sounds like being on Will's PR team is truly a thankless job.
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:33 PM
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Yeah, their PR team has been lacking at times. I think they may have learned from this last year though. I notice that they are getting much better at communicating - for instance keeping us up to date on William's training and announcing W&K's post-birth plans. Not to mention the difference in how they're handling Harry's transitional year.
I agree. IMO they've improved greatly since 2013 and I believe it will benefit the Cambridges and Harry.
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Sounds like being on Will's PR team is truly a thankless job.
Either that or they don't have a whole hell of a lot to work with.
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