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Old 04-02-2012, 05:50 PM
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I just fail to see what might lead someone to think that? Have I missed some rumour/innuendo/suggestion/gossip that might lead any right-thinking person to think Catherine's urging William to renege on his duty, which he has clearly and publicly stated he intends to fulfil?
I can't see that you've missed anything. I can think more than one way and often do. There are any number of scenarios that might play out. I don't think Kate wants children, either. Just a gut feeling. Now, run with that. Thanks.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:37 PM
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Dear me some of the people in here are in need of R&R

THis is supposed to be a resource of information about royal famililies, jewels, history etc. NOT a rant from some about personal views some of which contain frankly nonsense. Some of this stuff does diddly-dumb for the reputation of this site. And as a relative newcomer it is a disappointment to me.

Get a grip folks. Perhaps factual threads vs personal viewpoints should be separated.

Example - "feeling that William does not wish to be King" vs statement made by Prince William as to his acknowledge of his duty in a video.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:45 PM
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Some of this stuff is getting ridiculous, I don't know what to blame it on. Perhaps the lack of Kate in a skirt to criticize or no pics of her with her hair down for people to whine about.
William will be king unless a republic emerges, there has been nothing to suggest he won't step up to the challenge when it comes for him nor has there been anything to suggest Kate doesn't want to be his queen. She like Camilla seem to be aware of what is expected of them and have accepted it.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:50 AM
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I am very much aware that Diana was a manipulator of the media and that some of her greatest pictures were because she was in with the editors and called the photographers and leaked where she would be. But blaming her for her death because she manipulated the press is taking of too far IMO and sounds like blaming the victim. As I have said before chasing a speeding car to get a picture is creating a hazardous situation for all involved. The only thing I would place on Dodi and Diana is not wearing their seatbelts.

We need to get off this topic anyway seeing as how it is in the wrong thread. I really don't know where this speculation about William's desire to be king is coming from, and the idea that Kate would want him to abdicate? As others have stated where in their actions or history can you deduct that this is something they would desire?
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:45 PM
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Ok if Harry is going bald then I speculate that William put a hex on him to cause it to happen. Harry's head had been holding onto that hair far longer than William's; so clearly the latter decided to give the bald gene a little wake up call.
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:18 AM
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Love the posts above! I've read so many here that stay right on track and it's a breath of fresh air to see the posters having a bit of fun for a change (just like seeing the senior Royals occasionally showing their 'human' side). ;o)

Regarding William's wanting to have a "regular life" (for as long as possible) I really don't see what all the fuss is about.....Queen Elizabeth, as well as her mother and father, also wanted that from all that I've read. Weren't the bad feelings in the family towards King Edward VIII's abdication for that very reason as well as for the pressure it put on poor stuttering King George VI? I'm not positive but I thought I saw a youtube video where I heard Queen Elizabeth II state she would have loved to have lived in the countryside raising horses and corgis. Certainly it has been well documented that Queen Elizabeth treasured the time she and Philip had on Malta but when her time came she stepped up to the plate and has done more than an admirable job.

I personally think both William and Kate will do their best when it is his turn (they may wish he wasn't in direct line and having said that Princess Margaret's statement "Poor Elizabeth", when she realized her sister was heiress presumptive, comes to mind here).
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:51 AM
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:43 AM
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Please note that off topic posts have been deleted.

Let's get back on topic.

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Old 05-19-2012, 04:53 PM
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You know, I dont know if this was already discussed or brought up but when do you think William was aware or actually understood that he was special because he would be a King someday? I have wondered about that. How old could he have been when he really knew he was different? sorry if it was already posted somewhere. :)
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Old 05-19-2012, 05:03 PM
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I'd go with 7 or 8. Can't remember when that story appeared about William wanting to be a police officer to protect his mum and Harry said he couldn't because he would be King,
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Old 05-19-2012, 05:19 PM
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Oh yes, thats right. I almost forgot about that. Yhank you for reminding me. I suppose being brought up as a royal he would have been told numerous times of his destiny. I wonder now if he fully accepts it.
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Old 05-19-2012, 06:34 PM
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I am sure William has it the back his mind. It must be surreal for William relise one day I will be Head of State!
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Old 05-19-2012, 06:39 PM
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I believe Charles found out very young as well. Supposedly a servant told him and pointed out his mothers picture on the currency. I remember a story about Albert de Monaco being in elementary school when the teacher asked all the kids what they wanted to be when they grew up. All the little boys responded with the usual policeman, fireman, pilot etc and when it came to Albert he said "I don't have a choice". Princess Caroline said she found out she was different when she noticed that when she got out of a car people took pictures but when her Kelly cousins got out of the car no one took pictures.
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Old 05-19-2012, 06:57 PM
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William's suitability to be King. Hmm . . . . well it's a biggie, but can someone please explain why it is that whenever he is at a formal function, any formal function, he always manages to look like he is wearing a really worn and somewhat ill-fitting Rent-a-Tux with an incredibly ghastly clip-on Bow-Tie?

Not a good look! If he's going to be King he had better get that one sorted!
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:26 PM
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William's tux is a top quality Savile Row double breasted dinner jacket with silk facings and a perfectly tied, black silk satin butterfly bow tie. He always has a silk square in his breast pocket. He ties his bow tie almost identically to his father, who probably taught him how to do it.

This is a classic tux; it never goes out of fashion and is not at all faddish. There's a reason Charles is often voted one of the best dressed men in the world - he understands what a well cut classic double breasted suit can do for a man. William has obviously chosen to follow his lead, although Charles is always just that tiny bit more polished than his son, but that'll come in time. Harry, on the other hand, goes for the boring single button tux like everyone else.
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:30 PM
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I think William always looks great and dressed to the 9s when he is wearing a suit or a tuxedo.
Charles is voted the best dressed man in England? Well I can't disagree with that.
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Yep, Esquire magazine named him best dressed man in the world in 2009.

'Old-school' Prince Charles is crowned king of fashion by style bible mag Esquire | Mail Online

He appears on other best dressed lists as well. Just this year he made it onto GQ's list of the 50 best dressed men in the UK. Prince William didn't make it.
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:56 PM
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To answer the question 'when did William realise that he was going to be King?' Well of course only he can answer that but I do think there might be a difference between understanding the he would be King one day and understanding what that entails. The first understanding came relatively early with stories from pre-school or very early day school of him 'threatening' to do things to kids when he was king (you know how little kids will say things like 'I will tell mummy' or 'I will get my big brother to bash you') but understanding all that that entailed I think came much later.
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To answer the question 'when did William realise that he was going to be King?' Well of course only he can answer that but I do think there might be a difference between understanding the he would be King one day and understanding what that entails. The first understanding came relatively early with stories from pre-school or very early day school of him 'threatening' to do things to kids when he was king (you know how little kids will say things like 'I will tell mummy' or 'I will get my big brother to bash you') but understanding all that that entailed I think came much later.
I remember reading in several different biographies that came out in late '90s that he realized that he was going to be king pretty early on. I believe when he was around age three or four, he threatened to 'send his knights 'round to kill' some classmates he wasn't getting along with when he became king. This definitely shows that he understood that he was going to have a role where he could tell others what to do. However, this was a very childlike perception, and it basically tells us that he was showing his understanding of the concept of 'king' from days gone by, rather than a constitutional monarch that he would one day become. The more deeper understanding probably came around age eight, give or take a year. He may have observed his Granny at work, or started having 'talks' with her about her job, and of course more than likely learned the elementary history of his nation and its' form of government at school.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:47 PM
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In my opinion, William seems to have the type of personality that he will do his job, whatever that may be, to the very best of his ability. Honestly, I think he will do a great job as King. He will have completely mentally prepared himself most likely. He probably already has prepared himself for whatever happens. Got to be on one's toes! Besides regardless of when he first found out, he has had and still has a long time, hopefully, to let it all sink in. I think he's just trying to live through each moment and take life as it comes, not stress over the future.
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