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Old 11-13-2013, 01:42 PM
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IMHO the senior royals within the BRF have a great deal of influence over who does what and when within the family as a whole.
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Also unique to the Windsors was for a time in the late nineties they were experiencing a downturn in their popularity. There were published opinion polls where members of the public believed that William should succeed his grandmother over his father. Thankfully the PoW "rehabilitation" appears to have been a success and apparently more of the public believe that he should succeed his mother. Having the PoW and Camilla take on more public duties has been key to helping to reshape their image even if it meant his children were to take a part time role.

It is a unique situation having a monarch and two adult waiting to succeed. This hasn't been seen in the UK since Victoria was on the throne. IMHO there are many facets to the decision making process within the family.
I also think that there is a conscious attempt from William to appear as the Second in line to the throne. Prince Charles has come a long way since the nineties. The Queen in not getting younger and people need to be comfortable with Charles as the next monarch. I think the royal family does not want the debate of William Vs Charles, and thus William is given (rightfully) the role of second in line to the throne. They are making it clear that there is no rush to prepare William for the throne because he is NOT next in line to the throne.

All of the Queens grandchildren are not as involved as her children.
Besides if the Queen demanded her grandchildren do more, they would. As William said "what she says goes" or something along those lines
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:42 PM
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From what I understand, Catherine's diary will really start filling up within the new year. I'm guessing that the Cambridge's will really step up their game next year. We've already seen William step up with carrying out Investitures on behalf of The Queen. He's also participated in the State Visit the other day.

I agree, they should be doing more and I'm hoping we will start seeing them participate in more in the "Firm."
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:12 PM
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But, you know what will happen when they do more engagements is that people will be like oh they're overshadowing the queen, prince charles, etc...blah blah blah...(they can't win no matter what they do)

I keep seeing people describing William as a full time royal...its been made clear that he is not that...yet...when the announcement of his plans were made it said he would step up his duties and that it would be a transition year..I would expect a formal announcement of becoming a full-time royal in Sept. 2014.
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:10 PM
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My colleague saw Kate Middleton in a Bucklebury pub the other day. Everyone spots her out and about apart from me! Always the bridesmaid
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:06 AM
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Any gripes from the media about royal appearances by William and Catherine are just sour grapes.
The media knows they will sell more magazines with stories and pictures about the couple. So if they limit their engagements, the media has fewer stories and pictures. So like all their stories claiming an upcoming royal engagement, the media hopes that stories on the lazy royals will spur the palace to sending them out more.

Then the media can write stories about George being raised by nannies.
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:08 AM
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People especially the press will always find something to belittle and mock, it appears to be one of their favorite pastimes

If a member of the Royal family is seen out and about constantly and they bother to acknowledge those with camera's they are accused of "courting the media" or trying to boost their individual popularity at the cost of some other member of RF.

And of course if there is no gossip floating around, certain sections of the press stir up a hornets nest by insinuating things and spreading lies then sit back and wait until some reporter makes an aside to one of the minor royals or member of the royal household staff and lo and behold it's headline news.

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Old 11-25-2013, 02:10 AM
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Then the media can write stories about George being raised by nannies.

Your comment sure got a big chuckle out of me, how very true. I feel somewhat sorry for W/C and baby because regardless of what they do or don't do, they will be crucified in the press and by the haters of the world. So glad that I am not in her shoes because I would not be able to keep telling the media to go f themselves and leave me alone.
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:41 PM
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But, you know what will happen when they do more engagements is that people will be like oh they're overshadowing the queen, prince charles, etc...blah blah blah...(they can't win no matter what they do)

I keep seeing people describing William as a full time royal...its been made clear that he is not that...yet...when the announcement of his plans were made it said he would step up his duties and that it would be a transition year..I would expect a formal announcement of becoming a full-time royal in Sept. 2014.
I agree. He is undergoing a transition to becoming a full time royal and has now stepped in to represent the Queen at investitures. Three full time members of the BRF , Phillip, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra have had serious health concerns in 2013 along with Kate having a baby. The family can decide to scale back the activities of some aging member of the family and incorporate its younger members into their roles. During the next month the BRF can now plan for future trips and engagements then have them scheduled on the royal "master calendar."

I truly expect that the Cambridges and eventually Harry will be transitioned into the full time royal list in the very near future.

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I also think that there is a conscious attempt from William to appear as the Second in line to the throne. Prince Charles has come a long way since the nineties. The Queen in not getting younger and people need to be comfortable with Charles as the next monarch. I think the royal family does not want the debate of William Vs Charles, and thus William is given (rightfully) the role of second in line to the throne. They are making it clear that there is no rush to prepare William for the throne because he is NOT next in line to the throne.

All of the Queens grandchildren are not as involved as her children.
Besides if the Queen demanded her grandchildren do more, they would. As William said "what she says goes" or something along those lines
I wholeheartedly agree. HM and the DoE still "call the shots."

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I agree. He is undergoing a transition to becoming a full time royal and has now stepped in to represent the Queen at investitures. Three full time members of the BRF , Phillip, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra have had serious health concerns in 2013 along with Kate having a baby. The family can decide to scale back the activities of some aging member of the family and incorporate its younger members into their roles. During the next month the BRF can now plan for future trips and engagements then have them scheduled on the royal "master calendar.

I truly expect that the Cambridges and eventually Harry will be transitioned into the full time royal list in the very near future.
Forgot to add that unlike most European royal families, there are many more full time royals carrying out engagement on HM's behalf to be considered.
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:19 PM
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Maybe the Queen is trying to give William and Catherine something she did not have - time to just be a mom and raise her children.

There are plenty of royals available to open this or that or appear here or there --- but like with Diana, everyone want the star(s).
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:09 AM
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I wholeheartedly agree. HM and the DoE still "call the shots."
I think we all tend to forget this when we make comments about them being lazy or what we think they should be doing. Granted, those are opinions, but we still need to keep this in mind.
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Old 11-26-2013, 02:30 PM
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I think we all tend to forget this when we make comments about them being lazy or what we think they should be doing. Granted, those are opinions, but we still need to keep this in mind.
Agree. William is an adult heir-to-the-heir so it isn't surprising that his grandparent prefer to have their own children acting on their behalf.
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:03 AM
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Duchess of Cambridge spending her 32nd birthday tomorrow 'privately' (palace)
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Happy Birthday Duchess of Cambridge

Kate Middleton turns 32 today.

Quite a nice photo overview of Kate's past year Kate Middleton's 32nd birthday: The Duchess of Cambridge's life-changing year in 32 pictures - Mirror Online

And what could be in store in the coming year - Happy Birthday Kate! What’s in store for the royal couple in 2014?
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:11 AM
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32 facts about the Duchess of Cambridge

Today is the 32nd birthday of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. To mark the occasion, we have compiled 32 facts about the woman who will one day be our Queen.
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Kate Middleton enjoys retail therapy in London ahead of her 32nd birthday
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The Duchess of Cambridge dismisses her 31 years with a day of shopping with her mother
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Congratulations Kate - will be 32 years old today!
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:20 AM
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Abbey bells ring out to mark the Birthday of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

Happy 32nd Birthday to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge!!!
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Abbey bells ring out to mark the Birthday of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

Happy 32nd Birthday to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge!!!
Goodness! Is it usual to ring the Abbey bells for birthdays of Royal spouses?
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:14 PM
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Goodness! Is it usual to ring the Abbey bells for birthdays of Royal spouses?
No, churches usually do these things for members of the royal family in the UK. I think bells are rung in one of the churches on the royal estates on certain members of the royal family birthday's.
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Goodness! Is it usual to ring the Abbey bells for birthdays of Royal spouses?
I think Catherine and the DOE are the only royal spouses. But here is the link the Abbey's bell tolling schedule - I found it very interesting.

2014 Bell Ringing Days - Westminster Abbey
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:36 PM
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I see William made it home just in time for Catherine's birthday too.
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