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Old 06-24-2017, 10:26 AM
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Royal duties are a commitment to public service

William royal engagements c 66 plus job as Air Ambulance pilot
Harry royal engagements c 72 plus .........

William seems v committed to public service to me.
Thank you cepe for the update from IluvBertie's latest engagement tally. We also have the Cambridges' upcoming tour of Germany and Poland on behalf of the government and Invictus Games for Harry.
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Old 06-24-2017, 10:46 AM
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I don't know about anyone else but to me, the younger royals seem to be always busy doing something and always on the go and have very full lives. Lazy and unwilling would be the last adjectives I'd ever use to describe them.

Again, I'm not one to think that everything they think, do or say is reported in the media either. What we actually "see" them doing is a small part of their everyday lives.
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:19 PM
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I found this Vanity Fair article about Kate mostly to be quite fascinating. It was written a year after their marriage, so it's fun looking back to see what has come to pass since then which the article speculated about:
http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2012...-house-facials

Also, a number of interesting facts about Kate's adjustment to royal life, and the fact that though she is supposed to curtsey to Camilla and to Beatrice & Eugenie, in fact the article claims that Kate doesn't curtsey to Camilla in private because they get on well. And that Kate also does not curtsey to William's cousins, unless a special royal occasion requires that she do so.

I love the part about Kate using the Heaven Bee Venom Facial Mask (which is said to be a natural substitute for Botox treatments). And that it was recommended to Kate by Camilla.

In addition, this article indicates that Kate's parents were often visitors to Birkhall in Scotland (the country home of Camilla and Charles), an indication that the families were getting on well together. I wonder how often they all get together these days. Of course, busy schedules can be a factor in less frequent contact.

A lot of things have evolved since this article was written, especially the births of the Cambridges sweet children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:36 PM
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WIlliam is currently working his last (night) shift for EAAA.

He leaves on Thursday 27th.

Prince William Is Leaving His Job as Air Ambulance Pilot
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:41 PM
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The stuff about bowing/curtsey is way overblown. The Queen and Philip are the only ones in the BRF that you bow/curtsey to. We have seen the Middletons with the Queen at Balmoral but not Charles and Camilla so I am not sure they hanging out on a regular basis.
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:15 AM
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WIlliam is currently working his last (night) shift for EAAA.

He leaves on Thursday 27th.

Prince William Is Leaving His Job as Air Ambulance Pilot
Difficult as it must be for him to say goodbye to the job and colleagues he has worked with over the last two or so years it is so much more than that. He is saying goodbye to William the private employee with a private life, stepping out every so often into his public role.

I expect it will take some adjustment, but while on one side it's goodbye to his adult life to-date, on the other, he has had a good innings starting his full time role at 35 with a fully established family life to support him.
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Old 07-27-2017, 01:15 PM
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From Peter Hunt:
Prince William ready to be full-time royal - BBC News
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Old 07-27-2017, 01:50 PM
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What a journey, but William has finally arrived on fully embracing his destiny!
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:11 PM
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And after being criticised by the press and experts alike (including Sky News and Kay Burley) for not taking on full-time royal duties earlier, what does Sky News do? They invited Guardian columnist Dawn Foster to have a go at the monarchy, say she feels sorry for the royal family for not having private life etc, while Kay Burley ask why William is giving up his job as an ambulance pilot and about being royal is a proper job? Camilla Tominey was invited to defend him and she didn't do it very well.
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:11 PM
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In many ways it is a sad time for him as he is leaving a very private and precious time behind to embrace the duties that he was born to have. Just to be a working part of a team that helped save lives and know that everyone on that team is the same part as you will be very difficult for him. In viewing royals for many decades now, I see ribbon cutting isn't all it is made out to be nor are those long boring evenings/dinners when he could be following his heart in saving lives and can't. I wonder at times if given the choice he would on his own choice continue to serve in a different way the family then being the heir apparent and future king.

I wish him well and hope that he can hide and vanish from the media at times so that he can gather the strength to be a full time royal now.
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:55 PM
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In many ways it is a sad time for him as he is leaving a very private and precious time behind to embrace the duties that he was born to have. Just to be a working part of a team that helped save lives and know that everyone on that team is the same part as you will be very difficult for him. In viewing royals for many decades now, I see ribbon cutting isn't all it is made out to be nor are those long boring evenings/dinners when he could be following his heart in saving lives and can't. I wonder at times if given the choice he would on his own choice continue to serve in a different way the family then being the heir apparent and future king.

I wish him well and hope that he can hide and vanish from the media at times so that he can gather the strength to be a full time royal now.
In certain ways being a full time royal is not an easy life, especially for someone like William who has seen what else is out there - ie the ability to allow your interests and abilities to guide your choice of career, to work with similar minded people as a team and, in William's case, to help people on a personal level, being part of a group that sometimes saves lives. None of those things will be easy to give up in his mid 30s, right around the time many people are starting to see the rewards of their hard work in terms of career advancement, new responsibilities, etc.

On the other hand, if William thinks strategically about how he wants to use his time as second in line and then heir to the throne, he can build a second career, for lack of a better term, that involves more than the superficial. Once he's King he becomes much more constrained but hopefully he's got a good fifteen or twenty years to focus on things that are meaningful to him, personally.
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:10 PM
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William has taken his time preparing for a job he was born to do. As he moves into his royal role full time, he takes with him the experiences he's had serving his country and his people. That, I believe, is a huge asset. He's been in the military then working with SAR in Wales with the RAF and then as a private volunteer for EAAA. As he steps into his full time royal role, he's serving his country and his people on a wider stage.

I'm sure he'll miss and treasure the times he had flying but I'm also sure that he's going to find the ways and the means to make his own royal role a rewarding one. And maybe, just maybe in another 16 years or so, the example William has set will be mirrored in another king to be flying helicopters and serving his people like his father did.
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:39 PM
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I am interested to see what "full time" royal duties entails for William. Will he be doing 500+ engagements a year like his father and aunt? Or will it be a slight increase to closely match other members of the family like Camilla and Phillip?
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:45 PM
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I am interested to see what "full time" royal duties entails for William. Will he be doing 500+ engagements a year like his father and aunt? Or will it be a slight increase to closely match other members of the family like Camilla and Phillip?
The Cambridge's workload will increase as the months and years progresses.
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:50 PM
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They work at the pleasure of the Queen. I'm sure expenses have to be taken into consideration too.


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Old 07-27-2017, 03:54 PM
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We have to remember too that the "work" of a full time royal isn't solely what is out there in the public eye doing engagements and photo ops and cutting ribbons and unveiling plaques. With this in mind, we cannot think that we can measure a full time royal's "work" by the numbers they ratchet up each year.

Part of the Cambridges' lifestyle will be representing the Queen when she wants them to. Part of the Cambridges' lifestyle will be behind the scenes work such as William doing more and more in regards to the Duchy of Cornwall and perhaps other "administrative" leanings. The Cambridges will still be very much involved in their Royal Foundation.

The private hiatus of living in the country and William having a part time job doing something that was totally of his own choosing has ended giving him more time to dedicate to the things he has already begun to step up to. Their main base will be at KP which is in close proximity for George to attend a day school.

I don't think we're going to be seeing a major upping of things right away but the Cambridges will slowly but surely adjust to their royal roles as being the prime focus of their professional lives.
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The Discussion show The Pledge aired on Sky News tonight, the William hater Carole Malone (who accused him last year for damaging the monarchy) criticised the duke for his interviews, the Heads Together campaign etc, while the the others in the panal who incuded Nick Ferrari was more posetive.
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We have to remember too that the "work" of a full time royal isn't solely what is out there in the public eye doing engagements and photo ops and cutting ribbons and unveiling plaques. With this in mind, we cannot think that we can measure a full time royal's "work" by the numbers they ratchet up each year.

Part of the Cambridges' lifestyle will be representing the Queen when she wants them to. Part of the Cambridges' lifestyle will be behind the scenes work such as William doing more and more in regards to the Duchy of Cornwall and perhaps other "administrative" leanings. The Cambridges will still be very much involved in their Royal Foundation.

The private hiatus of living in the country and William having a part time job doing something that was totally of his own choosing has ended giving him more time to dedicate to the things he has already begun to step up to. Their main base will be at KP which is in close proximity for George to attend a day school.

I don't think we're going to be seeing a major upping of things right away but the Cambridges will slowly but surely adjust to their royal roles as being the prime focus of their professional lives.

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Old 07-27-2017, 06:58 PM
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Anne and Charles had multiple decades to build up their patronages. Also when Philip and the Queen pass there will be lots of patronages changes. So right now it doesn't make sense to load the Cambridges with a bunch of patronages right now.
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:17 PM
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With Prince Philip's retirement, he will be passing more patronages and other organizations down to members of the family. The Cambridge's will be taking on more. They've already announced that they're ready to take on more duties and roles, which is why today was William's last day being a Air Ambulance Pilot folks.
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