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Old 03-16-2014, 11:25 AM
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From the Sunday Times - results of poll about leaving George behind.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were right to leave their baby son at home when they flew to the Maldives, a poll shows.

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William and Kate spent a week in a five-star resort in the Indian Ocean, leaving the seven-month-old Prince George in the care of Kate’s parents. Their decision attracted some criticism.

However, a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times showed a majority (57%) felt the couple were right to leave their son in Britain, while 23% said it was wrong. Of the 1,946 respondents, women were more supportive than men, with 59% of women in favour of leaving the baby at home with grandparents compared with 54% of men. (End)
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:27 PM
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I agree. Asbestos was a primary ingredient in old insulation material and once disturbed it can be a real health concern. No other choice than to remove it and that can be very costly.
I still see the costly repairs (which are about to double, apparently) as a BENEFIT to the couple, who do not have to pay for structural work on their abodes.
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Old 03-16-2014, 01:18 PM
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I still see the costly repairs (which are about to double, apparently) as a BENEFIT to the couple, who do not have to pay for structural work on their abodes.
I do too. For me, when reading that someone lives in a palace, it would bring to mind living in luxurious surroundings with every modern convenience known to man at hand. What I've come to realize although the residences are palatial, they're definitely not state of the art residences. They have been around for a very long time and although rich in history, like everything else in this world, they're susceptible to decay and fall apart. I'm beginning to see why some aristocratic families refer to their estates as "piles".

We have to realize though too that the repair work being done is not only solely for William and Kate but to also preserve and keep safe KP so it is there for future use for generations to come. To me, its more like preserving a historical landmark rather than fancying up a residence for a family.
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Old 03-16-2014, 03:34 PM
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I agree with Osipi.

First, Her Majesty paid for all the work on the Duke and Duchess' new home at KP. The money was allocated from the new Sovereign Grant which included repairs to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Victoria and Albert Mausoleum.

The work on Apartment 1A, last refurbished when Princess Margaret married in 1960, included £600,000 on the complete replacement of plumbing and boilers, re-wiring and asbestos removal. A further £400,000 has been spent on replacing much of the badly damaged slate, tiles and lead roof. Whether anyone lives there or not, the external repairs, at least, were indeed essential and had been urgent for some time. After nearly 60 years that's hardly surprising.

The actual age of these buildings adds to the cost of refurbishment and repair. On a much more pedestrian level, I live in a very old house and repairs always cost a great deal more than they normally would, as the integrity of the structure must always be considered - indeed, it's paramount. This involves specialist architects and experienced, specialist tradespeople, all of whom are exceptionally costly. In the case of the royal residencies, it might be noted that in the financial report for the year 2012-13 there was a reduction in real terms of £3.2m, with Sir Alan Reid, Keeper of the Privy Purse, advising that 'the Royal Household has continued to reduce its expenditure funded by the taxpayer in successive years since 2008-9, achieving a real terms reduction of 24 per cent over the past five years."

These buildings form an integral part of the nation's heritage. If Britain wishes to maintain its historical past then preservation of its magnificent buildings will always be necessary, and costly. Great palaces throughout the world in which no one actually lives cost the public even more to conserve, and this despite heavy entry charges to actually see them. We also note that the Queen does not allocate public monies to those estates which she personally owns, Balmoral and Sandringham.
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I still see the costly repairs (which are about to double, apparently) as a BENEFIT to the couple, who do not have to pay for structural work on their abodes.
Kate and William can enjoy a safer and more comfortable home, but so will future residents as well.

If the UK becomes a republic than the future occupants will be forever grateful too.
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Well if regular maintences was carried out such huge bills would not happen. Just read the Daily Mail article. This was hidden at the bottom of the article.

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The cost, met by taxpayers but described by palace sources as ‘fair’, it is understood to be more than £100,000. A source said the apartment was being ‘kept in trust for the nation’.
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W & C To Walk Through South Bank.

Here are a couple of my photos of Brisbane's South Bank - I was there a few weeks ago

I've just read a report that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will take a walk through this area.

W and C will travel in a Royal Motorcade from Amberley RAAF Base, and onto a Reception at the Brisbane Convention Centre, which is just behind part of this.

This wonderful flower-covered walking path winds along the river for blocks, and there are masses of restaurants covering many different nationalities' cuisines on the streets along side this.

The swimming area is free, and has been there for many years.

A quick walk across one of the footbridges takes you straight into the Brisbane CBD - or you can jump on the free ferry to cross.

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Old 03-17-2014, 05:44 AM
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Thanks for the tips, I was able to view the Matakauri lodge photos that are indeed stunning! Lucky Cambridges, only hope they have time to enjoy the place!


Hi gerry,

Yes - some truly beautiful places on the agenda,

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Old 03-17-2014, 03:57 PM
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Marcus Setchell, who delivered Prince George, will be made KCVO at Buck Palace tomorrow. It would be lovely if William did the investiture.
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Here are a couple of my photos of Brisbane's South Bank - I was there a few weeks ago

I've just read a report that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will take a walk through this area.

W and C will travel in a Royal Motorcade from Amberley RAAF Base, and onto a Reception at the Brisbane Convention Centre, which is just behind part of this.

This wonderful flower-covered walking path winds along the river for blocks, and there are masses of restaurants covering many different nationalities' cuisines on the streets along side this.

The swimming area is free, and has been there for many years.

A quick walk across one of the footbridges takes you straight into the Brisbane CBD - or you can jump on the free ferry to cross.

Sun Lion.
Thank you so much for all the work you've put into giving us information and pictures of a very beautiful place to be. I'm sure that both Will and Kate are going to definitely fall in love with being "down under" and with what you've posted and what we'll be getting from the tour, it almost feels to me as if I'm taking a virtual vacation myself.
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Try this story out instead about a dying little girl, a princess dress and a upcoming royal visit.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ice-April.html

I love reading stories like this, because the remind us of the kind of impact this couple has on people around them. They're going to give this little girl, her family, and other children in this hospice a day to treasure.
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I love reading stories like this, because the remind us of the kind of impact this couple has on people around them. They're going to give this little girl, her family, and other children in this hospice a day to treasure.
Agree totally with what you said. Oh man, I am already crying reading this, and the visit hasn't even happened yet.
I was looking forward to April 18- knew it would be magical, but now to see Mia meet a real life Princess- I can hardly wait!
Glad that the visit is joint- Kate does a fine job on her own- but with William there it's double the magic, because he is so good with the children as well.
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:34 PM
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Agree totally with what you said. Oh man, I am already crying reading this, and the visit hasn't even happened yet.

I was looking forward to April 18- knew it would be magical, but now to see Mia meet a real life Princess- I can hardly wait!

Glad that the visit is joint- Kate does a fine job on her own- but with William there it's double the magic, because he is so good with the children as well.

I teared up as well. The best part is, I'll be on spring break, which means (mostly) uninterrupted Royal-watching. Can't wait to see this dynamic duo in action.
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:11 AM
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Thank you so much for all the work you've put into giving us information and pictures of a very beautiful place to be. I'm sure that both Will and Kate are going to definitely fall in love with being "down under" and with what you've posted and what we'll be getting from the tour, it almost feels to me as if I'm taking a virtual vacation myself.

Hi Osipi,

We had an amazing amount of media coverage when the Crown Prince Couple of Denmark came to Sydney for five days last October.

The scale of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Royal Tour is going to be impossible to keep up with, once it starts.

There seem to be a lot of occasions when W and C will be amongst the general public - several "walks" have already been announced.

These will go down well, and count for a lot.

I've seen reports where there is some jostling going on, to not miss out on an invitation to an event, amongst some people.

At least with these "walks", those of us without a chance of an invite, can still get a look in.

(And the final day - April 25th - is a Public Holiday, so without having to work, the crowds should be very big.)

Cheers, Sun Lion.
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I teared up as well. The best part is, I'll be on spring break, which means (mostly) uninterrupted Royal-watching. Can't wait to see this dynamic duo in action.
Yeah! That's awesome for you!
And mostly uninterrupted chatting with your BFF too!
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The obstetrician Marcus Setchell -- who helped deliver Prince George -- receiving his knighthood from Prince William pic.twitter.com/hA3RuXooxm
Doctor who delivered Prince George is knighted by Prince William:
Sir Marcus Setchell, the Queen's former gynaecologist, was dubbed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) by the Duke of Cambridge-
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...e-William.html
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Lovely picture. Nice that William was the one to do it.
He always looks suitably regal on these occasions- but friendly too.
And of course it never hurts my feelings when he wears his RAF uniform!
Or any uniform for that matter! Sorry Catherine!
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Out of curiosity: Even if William and Kate didn't want to know the sex of their child, Sir Setchell must have known it right? Because he could cleary see it with the scan...So his responsibilty of keeping that secret was high...I mean... the only one ( and maybe the parents) to know if George was a boy or a girl, and with the press eager he was very professional...
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Plus Sir Marcus saved Sophie and Louise's life during the delivery and thus allowing for James to come later on.
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