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Old 04-22-2014, 05:07 PM
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I wouldn't go so far as to say that George is "spoiled" but I do think he's a very well adjusted, well loved, happy go lucky little kid. Most likely all the neat gifts that George has received down under will not ever be used and were given mostly as a remembrance of the visit to that certain spot. Yeps.. I can see it now... "Mummy? Fly me to Manly! I've an urge to do some surfing".
There's surfing off of Cornwall. :) The balance bike he can use and I can see a six year old George taking Lupo for a spin in the little Sealegs in the back garden of BP where there is a lake. :)
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:52 PM
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After success of tour, Palace say an announcement on P. William’s new public service role is to be made soon. No full time royal duties yet!
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:32 PM
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What is the difference between Royal duty, and public service?
What do they mean?
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:42 PM
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Public service is a government job.

Royal duties are duties undertaken on behalf of the monarch.
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:02 PM
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Thanks for the explanation.
What type of government job could William do, being he is a member of the RF?
Good experience for him though.
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:29 PM
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Thanks for the explanation.
What type of government job could William do, being he is a member of the RF?
Good experience for him though.
Working for the foreign office has been the speculation so far.

I really like what William and Kate are doing here... I think he's trying to avoid becoming a full time royal until he becomes Prince of Wales, and instead he's focusing on work experience that will be relevant to his future role. Military, then some studies on estate management, now a stint doing public service, plus helping run the Royal Foundation. That's a pretty solid approach I think- no one will ever be able to say that he's done nothing but cut ribbons and kiss babies.

I hope that when William starts his next role, Kate announces a path for herself too. Maybe more patronages, or... my preference... a concentrated focus on children's hospices and spreading the hospice best practices. She seems to love it, and it's important work.
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:00 PM
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I would love to see Kate focus on children's hospices, because I agree with you, on their importance.
Don't forget that William does have his charities, that he takes very seriously , and that does him great credit too.
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:51 PM
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"So successful has the tour been that the Duke and Duchess plan a “ significant upsurge” in royal duties over the next few months.

After a break to recharge their batteries, they will begin a much busier than usual programme of events over June, July and August, a senior royal aide said yesterday.

What happens after that will depend on what William decides to do from September at the end of what Kensington Palace has called a “ transitional year”.

He could decide to take up full-time royal duties, undertake some sort of public service role for a charity or Government department, or do another year like this one, mixing royal duties with charity work and preparations for his future role as Prince of Wales.

A decision is expected in the next two to three months.

Palace officials have been reluctant to declare Kate’s maternity leave over.

But an aide said: “We have got a really busy programme for both of them and Prince Harry.

"There will be a significant upsurge in engagements.”"
The royal tour: Prince George... a star is born!
The royal tour: Prince George... a star is born | Royal | News | Daily Express

Seems like there the Cambridge's and even Prince Harry will be even more busy with official engagements this year. I think that's how it should be. I'll like to see them doing more back at home. They've proved they can do it on this official tour. The Queen will be hosting a State Visit in October, I expect to see William and Catherine attending it as well.

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It's going to be a busy summer for royal news. When will we get a holiday? ;-)
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Old 04-26-2014, 08:19 AM
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William has always been "reluctant" about taking on full royal duties... After all the next king will be his father... Didn't he said that he doesn't want to rush? (Willima I mean)
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William has always been "reluctant" about taking on full royal duties... After all the next king will be his father... Didn't he said that he doesn't want to rush? (Willima I mean)

Don´t know if he ever said it so plainly, but one can´t speak of "being rushed" at an age of 30 something! In that age his grandmother was head of state for almost 6 years. I think W was very lucky to have plenty of time preparing for his role not being the son of the monarch, but of the heir to throne.
Looking at CPs like Haakon, Frederik, the then P o Orange Willem A., Victoria, Félipe,... they all took up royal duties since they were 18 (!), only interrupted by their studies or military training, represented at state visits at home or went on official visits abroad.
William (and Harry) has such a great potential - it would be a shame not to use it for the country! And it´s time to release the Queen from parts of her duties!
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Old 04-26-2014, 02:35 PM
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interesting move for william working in the public service! wonder what that actually means... i hope they can find a role where he can add some real value rather than being just a role "for the show". can't wait for more details...
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Don´t know if he ever said it so plainly, but one can´t speak of "being rushed" at an age of 30 something! In that age his grandmother was head of state for almost 6 years. I think W was very lucky to have plenty of time preparing for his role not being the son of the monarch, but of the heir to throne.
Looking at CPs like Haakon, Frederik, the then P o Orange Willem A., Victoria, Félipe,... they all took up royal duties since they were 18 (!), only interrupted by their studies or military training, represented at state visits at home or went on official visits abroad.
William (and Harry) has such a great potential - it would be a shame not to use it for the country! And it´s time to release the Queen from parts of her duties!
I agree but he gives me the impression that he is not entusiastic about being king so maybe later he will take up this responsibily the better will be...
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You are making a comparison between William and Felipe, Haakon, Victoria when there is none IMO.

Although they are roughly in the same age category (30 to 40') you must remember that technically speaking.....William is the heir's heir. So technically, his peers as ridiculous as it sounds.... are Lenor, Ingrid Alexandra, Estelle, Christian, etc. Charles is the peer of Felipe, Haakon, and Victoria.

The BRF is in a unique position of being particularly deep as it relates to heirs. The last time they had to deal with 4 immediate successors was the birth of the future Edward VIII. At that time both Queen Victoria, and the future Edward VII, George V and Edward VIII were waiting in the wings.
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:39 AM
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You are making a comparison between William and Felipe, Haakon, Victoria when there is none IMO.

Although they are roughly in the same age category (30 to 40') you must remember that technically speaking.....William is the heir's heir. So technically, his peers as ridiculous as it sounds.... are Lenor, Ingrid Alexandra, Estelle, Christian, etc. Charles is the peer of Felipe, Haakon, and Victoria.

The BRF is in a unique position of being particularly deep as it relates to heirs. The last time they had to deal with 4 immediate successors was the birth of the future Edward VIII. At that time both Queen Victoria, and the future Edward VII, George V and Edward VIII were waiting in the wings.
It is a very unique position they're in. I think both Charles & William have big roles to play in helping out the elderly Queen & Duke of Edinburgh. It's one of the reasons why I prefer to seeing both of the heirs together more often and with they're spouses.
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I have never thought of William as being reluctant to be King. I just get the feeling that he knows his place in the royal family and that is being the heir to the heir. I think he has always wanted to make it clear that his father, not him, is the next Monarch, especially with the media and Diana at some point hinting that the crown should skip Charles and go to William.

I think it's time the Cambridges increase their duties.
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I have never thought of William as being reluctant to be King. I just get the feeling that he knows his place in the royal family and that is being the heir to the heir. I think he has always wanted to make it clear that his father, not him, is the next Monarch, especially with the media and Diana at some point hinting that the crown should skip Charles and go to William.

I think it's time the Cambridges increase their duties.
The media wants a younger and popular King & Queen on the throne, Diana always knew that Charles is the best prepared Prince of Wales and future King there is but she was going through a very tough and sad time in her marriage and she wanted hit Charles below the belt by saying that William should leap over Charles for the throne. She knew that wouldn't have happened anyway.

I think Charles is more than glad that his heir is able to take on very important roles within the "Firm." It was Charles who taught his son how to carry out Investitures.

I agree, it's time for the Cambridge's to take on more duties.
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As the tour closed, the media was writing that more events were happening, so its already in train. Ive posted info about afuture event on the British Royal family thread, because it also include Harry. Its a very important event IMO
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You are making a comparison between William and Felipe, Haakon, Victoria when there is none IMO.

Although they are roughly in the same age category (30 to 40') you must remember that technically speaking.....William is the heir's heir. So technically, his peers as ridiculous as it sounds.... are Lenor, Ingrid Alexandra, Estelle, Christian, etc. Charles is the peer of Felipe, Haakon, and Victoria.

The BRF is in a unique position of being particularly deep as it relates to heirs. The last time they had to deal with 4 immediate successors was the birth of the future Edward VIII. At that time both Queen Victoria, and the future Edward VII, George V and Edward VIII were waiting in the wings.
You make an important point. Prince William is not the next heir. He and Catherine must walk a fine line and not upstage the Prince of Wales. A young and popular couple will get more attention but the last thing the royal family needs is a public push for William to take over when the next throne shift takes place. The reigning monarch have children that are closer to her than the Cambridges and they are still rightfully involved in supporting the Queen. William and Catherine's time will come.
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[QUOTE=Zonk;1660870]You are making a comparison between William and Felipe, Haakon, Victoria when there is none IMO.
Although they are roughly in the same age category (30 to 40') you must remember that technically speaking.....William is the heir's heir. So technically, his peers as ridiculous as it sounds.... are Lenor, Ingrid Alexandra, Estelle, Christian, etc. Charles is the peer of Felipe, Haakon, and Victoria.



You didn´t seem to understand me. I didn´t compare these persons with another. I just stated that William was lucky to be son of an heir (I said that very clear in my post!), and not of the monarch - otherwise he would have had to do lots of royal duties much sooner which the CPs and -Princess had to perform because THEY were children of the monarch.
Still it remains my opinion that it is not early for William, almost 32 years old and one of THE most important senior members of the Royal Family, to overtake more public duties - no matter immediate heir or not.
I hope you will agree that a man of over 30, who has founded a family himself, has to have different duties and responsibilities than a 10 year old girl.... (though I technically understand what you mean).
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As we all know, you can't always believe what you read in the tabloid press, or in other sources either. But--it has been frequently reported that Charles does not wish his young and glamourous children to overshadow their elders. The path leading up to Charles becoming King and Camilla becoming Queen consort needs to feature them and not the 'kids.' That is logical, whether anyone in the BRF would acknowledge it or not.
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