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Old 08-04-2014, 08:06 AM
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Excellent speech by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, reminding us of the real role of the monarchy in modern Europe, which is not "celebrity" or "charity", but rather the ceremonial representation of the State in occasions like that.

I wonder though why the Duke of Cambridge was chosen to represent the Queen instead of the Prince of Wales. Is Prince Charles unavailable ?
The BRF are all out at events across the UK today.

Charles has attended the service in Glasgow Cathedral with the PM.

The only BRF members not doing something official today are Beatrice, Eugenie, Michael, Marie-Christine and Alexandra.

The decision to sent William and Kate - and later today Harry - to Belgium was presumably The Queen's with the heir apparent at the official service in the UK while his wife will attend the service tonight at Westminster Abbey.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:26 AM
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The BRF are all out at events across the UK today.

Charles has attended the service in Glasgow Cathedral with the PM.

The only BRF members not doing something official today are Beatrice, Eugenie, Michael, Marie-Christine and Alexandra.

The decision to sent William and Kate - and later today Harry - to Belgium was presumably The Queen's with the heir apparent at the official service in the UK while his wife will attend the service tonight at Westminster Abbey.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent are actually doing duty with the pensioners at Windsor castle. I saw a lovely photo on Twitter. Ah - here it is! https://twitter.com/BritishMonarchy/...558976/photo/1
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:35 AM
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The BRF are all out at events across the UK today.

Charles has attended the service in Glasgow Cathedral with the PM.

The only BRF members not doing something official today are Beatrice, Eugenie, Michael, Marie-Christine and Alexandra.

The decision to sent William and Kate - and later today Harry - to Belgium was presumably The Queen's with the heir apparent at the official service in the UK while his wife will attend the service tonight at Westminster Abbey.
Thanks ! I just saw pictures of Prince Charles at the Commonwealth service in Glasgow. Do you know who was in attendance at the service representing the different Commonwealth countries ?
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:41 AM
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Thanks ! I just saw pictures of Prince Charles at the Commonwealth service in Glasgow. Do you know who was in attendance at the service representing the different Commonwealth countries ?
I have seen pictures from Getty that shown the Governor General of Commonwealth of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove along with Lady Cosgrove at the Service.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:45 AM
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DM added information and pics with prince Charles and prince Harry

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet king and queen of Belgium as they arrive for WWI centenary service | Mail Online
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:47 AM
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Lovely photos from today

Search - Getty Images UK: prince william, the duke of cambridge, BEL: The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Attend A Service Of Remembrance

First World War centenary
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:51 AM
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I should know better than to read the absolute trash that the DM commenters come out with, but I just do not get this criticism of Kate for smiling at President Hollande at one point. I watched a bit of the TV coverage and King Felipe was laughing away with the German President (sorry don't know his name), William was also smiling with Mr Hollande, and yet it's only Kate who gets bashed for it. Do people want her to sit with a glum frown on her face all the time?
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:00 AM
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I should know better than to read the absolute trash that the DM commenters come out with, but I just do not get this criticism of Kate for smiling at President Hollande at one point. I watched a bit of the TV coverage and King Felipe was laughing away with the German President (sorry don't know his name), William was also smiling with Mr Hollande, and yet it's only Kate who gets bashed for it. Do people want her to sit with a glum frown on her face all the time?
Kate has a history of giggling and playing with her hair at solemn events, as long as you get photos like these DM will print them
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/...77_306x438.jpg
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/...04_634x359.jpg
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/...18_470x680.jpg
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:21 AM
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Kate has a history of giggling and playing with her hair at solemn events, as long as you get photos like these DM will print them
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/...77_306x438.jpg
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/...04_634x359.jpg
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/...18_470x680.jpg
Everyone was laughing and smiling but when it was time to remember, they all did. That's the important thing.

Videos:
Prince Harry has laid a wreath at the World War One memorial in Folkestone today, marking the 100th anniversary of the start of hostilities. The 29 year old royal, who continues to serve as a captain in the British Armed Forces, also attended a formal dedication of the town’s new Memorial Arch and the annual ‘Step Short’ Commemorative March – which re-traces the route taken by millions of British soldiers as they headed towards Folkestone Harbour from where they departed for France-
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Prince Charles and the Prime Minister David Cameron have arrived at Glasgow Cathedral in Scotland this morning, ahead of today’s National Service of Commemoration for the Commonwealth. The service, which is also being attended by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband, is the first of a series of events being staged today, to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One-
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Prince Charles and the Prime Minister David Cameron have laid wreaths at the World War One memorial in Glasgow’s St George’s Square this morning, as the nation marks 100 years since the outbreak of ‘The Great War’. The event was also attended by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband, following a commemorative service at Glasgow Cathedral earlier today-
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:37 AM
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Kate has a history of giggling and playing with her hair at solemn events, as long as you get photos like these DM will print them
They also were at the same event
http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/arwen.../45211_900.jpg
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:40 AM
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I should know better than to read the absolute trash that the DM commenters come out with, but I just do not get this criticism of Kate for smiling at President Hollande at one point. I watched a bit of the TV coverage and King Felipe was laughing away with the German President (sorry don't know his name), William was also smiling with Mr Hollande, and yet it's only Kate who gets bashed for it. Do people want her to sit with a glum frown on her face all the time?
It's good custom,and manners,that there is a free exchange of niceties and smiles & laughs between those in the say of Nations or / and those representing those in the say.So dear Catherine smiling to Hollande is perfect.Criticizers have usually no clue as to what the essence of meet & greet & communications are about on that level...and surely not within their own narrow existences.Let them for what they're worth PettycoatLane....nada...

This thread is about one of the most important,and gruesome,events in the history of mankind,and critisizing anyone,Royal or not,for attending and behaviour as perfect as one can is below the belt and totally out of place.

This thread deserves to remain pure and solely dedicated to the Commemorations only,anything else is futile in light of what this is all about.
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Old 08-04-2014, 10:16 AM
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Here are some more additional pics:



** ppe gallery **


** pm: Commémoration royale pour la Grande Guerre **


** dpp: European Royals at World War I commemoration **


** zimbio: The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Attend A Service Of Remembrance **


** pp: Kate Middleton à Liège : Le baisemain du roi Philippe, les mots de F. Hollande **
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Old 08-04-2014, 10:55 AM
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Kate has a history of giggling and playing with her hair at solemn events, as long as you get photos like these DM will print them
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/...77_306x438.jpg
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/...04_634x359.jpg
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/...18_470x680.jpg
At no point was she "playing" with her hair. She put her hair over her shoulder. I tuck my hair behind my ear, does that constitute "playing" with it?

I really can't imagine that any of the men and women who are being commemorated today or at the Cenotaph in November died for a future world where facial expressions are proscribed by others.

Oh, and very careful selection of photos, by the way:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/...35_470x423.jpg
http://resources2.news.com.au/images...18-camilla.jpg
http://royalromania.files.wordpress....tjyl.jpg?w=529

I don't remember Camilla or Sophie being criticised for smiling at solemn events in the same way Kate has been.
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:00 AM
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At no point was she "playing" with her hair. She put her hair over her shoulder. I tuck my hair behind my ear, does that constitute "playing" with it?

I really can't imagine that any of the men and women who are being commemorated today or at the Cenotaph in November died for a future world where facial expressions are proscribed by others.

Oh, and very careful selection of photos, by the way:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/...18-camilla.jpg

http://royalromania.files.wordpress....tjyl.jpg?w=529

I don't remember Camilla or Sophie being criticised for smiling at solemn events in the same way Kate has been.
I think it's down to people enjoying criticizing Catherine. Also, some people think they know how to do the job better than the royals and follow to the letter of royal protocol.

In a few minutes the Cambridge's and Prince Harry will attend a reception at Mons Town Hall.

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I should know better than to read the absolute trash that the DM commenters come out with, but I just do not get this criticism of Kate for smiling at President Hollande at one point. I watched a bit of the TV coverage and King Felipe was laughing away with the German President (sorry don't know his name), William was also smiling with Mr Hollande, and yet it's only Kate who gets bashed for it. Do people want her to sit with a glum frown on her face all the time?
Kate looked great(as usual) and comported herself wonderfully from what I could see. The DM commentators are best ignored, ditto the DM writers. They are a particularly bitter and unhappy group of people.
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great event, the world wars have been such important events in modern history that it is good to see they organised a very proper event to commemorate it. i was however surprised not to see more monarchy representation...

kate looked spotless as usual. however, i was surprised by the protocol: why did william get to pronounce a speech, together with king Philippe of the begians and not felipe, who outranks him?

shame guillaume didn't bring his belgian-born wife, it would have been very fitting for her to attend the commemoration in her country.
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I don't understand the protocol for the seating arrangements or the speeches myself. William was outranked by every other Royal in attendance.
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William & Catherine and Harry are representing The Queen. I think the royals will make a balcony appearance.
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