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Old 07-14-2015, 11:46 AM
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Considering the Duchy of Cornwall will be William's single biggest responsibility when he becomes heir to the throne this is indeed good news but I'm not at all surprised.

He has always been very dutiful.

William will be as well prepared and trained as possible for when he becomes Duke of Cornwall and Prince of Wales.
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Old 07-14-2015, 11:55 AM
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A couple of posts concerning William's first call-out with the East Anglian Air Ambulance have been moved to William's General News and Information thread (see link below):

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Old 07-14-2015, 01:22 PM
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It's not just William who will benefit from having a few years doing as near as can be an "ordinary job". It will be a tremendous plus for the country to have a monarch who has a good understanding of the real world of work rather than short term placements - however broad and varied these may be.
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It's not just William who will benefit from having a few years doing as near as can be an "ordinary job". It will be a tremendous plus for the country to have a monarch who has a good understanding of the real world of work rather than short term placements - however broad and varied these may be.
I agree. That is more than alot of politicians have done, and they are the ones actually making decisions. So for him, thaat doesn't HAVE to do work, to do it shows alot of character and will help in his connecting to people in the future.
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Old 07-14-2015, 01:37 PM
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It's not just William who will benefit from having a few years doing as near as can be an "ordinary job". It will be a tremendous plus for the country to have a monarch who has a good understanding of the real world of work rather than short term placements - however broad and varied these may be.


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I agree. That is more than alot of politicians have done, and they are the ones actually making decisions. So for him, thaat doesn't HAVE to do work, to do it shows alot of character and will help in his connecting to people in the future.

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Old 07-14-2015, 02:26 PM
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I guess you could call both Will and Harry the get down and get dirty type of guys. They're definitely not figurehead kind of guys but guys that like to know the ins and outs of things and experience it for themselves. Perhaps they learned "practice what you preach" from their dad eh?
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:43 PM
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ALTHOUGH the subject of succession is a sensitive one in royal circles, Prince William is now being groomed for the responsibilities he will assume when he inherits the Duchy of Cornwall on the accession of Prince Charles as king.

William will take over the Duchy, which is given to the heir to the throne to provide him with an income, and consists of 135,000 acres of land in the South-west, plus properties in south London, including the Oval cricket ground.

The Duchy Secretary, Alastair Martin, confirms that William, 33, now attends meetings of the Duchy Council and says: “I brief him and seek his views, particularly on long term projects.

“Part of my job is to keep on with the process of familiarisation because no one knows when the succession is going to happen.”

William will inherit the Duchy lands, worth some £800million, when the Prince of Wales succeeds as sovereign.
More: Duke of Cambridge is preparing to inherit the Duchy of Cornwall and its responsibilities | Adam Helliker | Columnists | Comment | Daily Express
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Old 07-18-2015, 02:19 PM
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William has been attending the Duchy meetings for a while now.

First one in 2011, pretty much the same article just written 4 years ago.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...-Cornwall.html


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First time though I've read direct quotes from the Duchy Secretary, Alastair Martin on seeking out William's views and keeping him up-to-date on the long-term strategy.

William has been attending Duchy meetings for a while
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Old 07-22-2015, 06:54 AM
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William has been attending the Duchy meetings for a while now.

First one in 2011, pretty much the same article just written 4 years ago.

Prince William prepares to take charge of the Duchy of Cornwall - Telegraph
Hmm, yes the Telegraph article with is re-incarnated feel good factor. I have to admit that during is second Gap, ooops, I mean Transitional Year I, expected to see him out and about both the Duchy but also the Princes Trust.

I didn't expect him to do nine to five, five days a week, but the odd photos or sightings of him out and about actually familiarising himself with what drives the whole shebang and in my book it is not attending the occasional
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Old 07-22-2015, 07:23 AM
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Hmm, yes the Telegraph article with is re-incarnated feel good factor. I have to admit that during is second Gap, ooops, I mean Transitional Year I, expected to see him out and about both the Duchy but also the Princes Trust.

I didn't expect him to do nine to five, five days a week, but the odd photos or sightings of him out and about actually familiarising himself with what drives the whole shebang and in my book it is not attending the occasional
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Not sure why they need to release pictures of William attending "internal" meetings with Duchy officials.
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The Prince's Trust has absolutely nothing to do with William. It's an organisation that belongs personally to his father. Charles will no doubt carry most of his charities forward with him when he becomes king. William has his own charitable foundation.

As for the Duchy, the best way to familiarise himself with it is meeting with the Duchy secretary and being kept up-to-date on projects and developments.

William already has much more 'preparation' than his father did who took over management of the Duchy at just 21 and then took years to really get it going.
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William also spent time working on a dairy farm during his gap year between Eton and St. Andrews so I'd say he's familiar with that side of the Duchy business. As was pointed out earlier, neither brother has a problem with getting their hands dirty.
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Also when William becomes Duke of Cornwall he's not going to be out tilling the fields on a John Deere tractor. His job will be Duchy management.

Charles knows what's best for William and attending Duchy Council meetings and meeting with the Secretary and Keeper of the Records for The Duchy of Cornwall Alastair Martin gives William excellent standing.

And although farming is a vital aspect, the Duchy does have other interests. It owns the Oval cricket grounds in London for example. Should William start playing cricket to 'prepare' himself for when he becomes Duke of Cornwall. Of course not.

As I stated earlier, William is receiving much more preparation than his father who took over Duchy management at the tender age of 21.
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Also when William becomes Duke of Cornwall he's not going to be out tilling the fields on a John Deere tractor. His job will be Duchy management.

Charles knows what's best for William and attending Duchy Council meetings and meeting with the Secretary and Keeper of the Records for The Duchy of Cornwall Alastair Martin gives William excellent standing.

And although farming is a vital aspect, the Duchy does have other interests. It owns the Oval cricket grounds in London for example. Should William start playing cricket to 'prepare' himself when he becomes Duke of Cornwall. Of course not.

As I stated earlier, William is receiving much more preparation than his father who took over Duchy management at the tender age of 21.
Charles, who is an astute businessman, probably has very competent people when it comes to managing the duchy but William does need to be informed of and understand how it all fits together and that's exactly what he is doing now. Its all good.

Over the past year or so, I've come to believe that Harry is the one that has inherited his father's green thumb with his gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show and the blip about having his own little plot to dig in. It wouldn't surprise me one bit that in the future William enlists Harry to take over some of agriculture angles of the duchy even to the point of supervising and keeping up the grounds of Highgrove should the occasion warrant.
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William's training has been in the works for a while now. Remember, not that long ago William observed The Queen carrying out an official audience at Buckingham Palace. Obviously, he's being prepared for the transition to Duke of Cornwall/Prince of Wales.
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William's training has been in the works for a while now. Remember, not that long ago William observed The Queen carrying out an official audience at Buckingham Palace. Obviously, he's being prepared for the transition to Duke of Cornwall/Prince of Wales.
Totally agree with you there Dman. One thing we've learned following the Windsor family is that they never do anything by half measure and are experts at seeing into the future and what will be needed.
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This is what Alastair Martin said just last week -

"I meet with him on a regular basis and brief him and respond to questions from him and seek his views particularly on long term projects."

“Part of my job is to keep on with the process of familiarisation because no one knows when the succession is going to happen.”

Prince William is prepared for Duchy role | Tiverton Mid Devon Gazette

Duke of Cambridge is preparing to inherit the Duchy of Cornwall and its responsibilities | Adam Helliker | Columnists | Comment | Daily Express
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Charles, who is an astute businessman, probably has very competent people when it comes to managing the duchy but William does need to be informed of and understand how it all fits together and that's exactly what he is doing now. Its all good.



Over the past year or so, I've come to believe that Harry is the one that has inherited his father's green thumb with his gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show and the blip about having his own little plot to dig in. It wouldn't surprise me one bit that in the future William enlists Harry to take over some of agriculture angles of the duchy even to the point of supervising and keeping up the grounds of Highgrove should the occasion warrant.

Harry didn't actually design the flower show gardens. A professional designer did. William doesn't have to have a green thumb to manage the duchy. He not ever going to decide that this field should plant this and that field that.

William has the benefit of learning the Duchy from his father. Charles didn't have a previous Duke to learn from so it lucky now there is a Duke and 2 future Dukes to pass the information down the line.

The future training is behind the scene stuff. The Queen and DoE discuss Sandringham and Balmoral decisions with Charles. Charles discusses DoCorn stuff will William.


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I agree that it should be the those that actually working on the land raising livestock and crops to decide when, how, where this should occur with the board being informed of their reasoning. Charles is in a unique position to pass on his information regarding successes, failures, modifications made to his heir.
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