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Old 10-12-2008, 08:43 PM
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It is still more cost effective to protect a royal family than it is to protect Presidents/exPresidents upcoming presidents and their familys. Give me the monarchy where the power is constrained by protocol and tradiition but is there and can be used if it is needed. Case in point Australia 1975 What could the Governer General do but sack (fire) the Parliament and call an election. The desicion resting with the people of the country. Democracy. Spare me please the inflated egos that need a hail to the chief played when they stand up (no offence intended to US citizens online, our cultures require different things from our heads of state). Please give me someone with a decent education who knows how to act in public/interact with other heads of state and if necessary and only if necessary will intervene in the running of my country.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:46 PM
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I often wonder what goes through the Queen's head when "God Save the Queen" is played. Perhaps she thinks of her father and grandfather, given that she must have heard it played for them often.

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It is still more cost effective to protect a royal family than it is to protect Presidents/exPresidents upcoming presidents and their familys. Give me the monarchy where the power is constrained by protocol and tradiition but is there and can be used if it is needed. Case in point Australia 1975 What could the Governer General do but sack (fire) the Parliament and call an election. The desicion resting with the people of the country. Democracy. Spare me please the inflated egos that need a hail to the chief played when they stand up (no offence intended to US citizens online, our cultures require different things from our heads of state). Please give me someone with a decent education who knows how to act in public/interact with other heads of state and if necessary and only if necessary will intervene in the running of my country.
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:30 AM
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Kate and William

I certainly hope that Kate's relationship with William does not end up like that of Viscount Linley's with Susannah Constantine. After years of dating, they broke up and he married Serena.
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Old 11-06-2008, 03:29 AM
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first william being william marriage is not going to happan soon.william marry kate may never happan. do they even have anything in common or does kate just pertends. i think will marry an american.
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:57 AM
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^Ya exactly I totally agree I mean for example, my grandparents never made out in public, held hands or what not but they've been together since the day they met and they're still going strong now.
As I heard someone say many years ago there are more comfortable places to do these things.
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Old 11-06-2008, 05:10 AM
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As I heard someone say many years ago there are more comfortable places to do these things.
..... in the waiting room, that is her life (as some might say!)
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:51 PM
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There is an article about them in the american november Vanity Fair.
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:51 PM
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I feel bad for Kate no matter what she does it is wrong NO charty bad girl, Charty: it is not good eoungh(to have fun at a charty. In the press she is a Diana want to be. Out of the press she is hidding from something. Working part time. full time oh is she really working what ever
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Old 11-08-2008, 12:48 AM
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Personally, I think that an engagement is too soon. I would have liked it if Kate establishes her own career first and be an accomplished woman like the other European princessess before agreeing to a marriage. That way she get to know herself better and be able to be a better princess once the time comes.
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Old 11-08-2008, 01:30 AM
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Clearly it's not happening soon anyway, speculating about Will and Kate bores me. Same with CP Victoria and Daniel too. LOL, maybe it's all long-term couples!
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Old 11-08-2008, 09:24 AM
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Clearly it's not happening soon anyway, speculating about Will and Kate bores me. Same with CP Victoria and Daniel too. LOL, maybe it's all long-term couples!
Did anyone in fact thought an engagement might be announced before Charles has celebrated his 60.th birthday in style? of course there was no engagement forthcoming this year! But we've yet to see christmas...
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Old 11-08-2008, 09:34 AM
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It might be a surprise at Prince Charles´s 60th, to take away the protaganism from the party boy!!! I bet!!
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Old 11-08-2008, 06:43 PM
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As I heard someone say many years ago there are more comfortable places to do these things.
Well I only mentioned that because I've heard alot of people complain that they aren't affectionate with each other.
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Old 11-08-2008, 07:42 PM
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'Waity Katie' has a wobble as Prince William commits seven years to the RAF | Mail Online
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Old 11-08-2008, 08:25 PM
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I had the thought that there might be an engagement after Charles' celebrations but before Christmas.

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Did anyone in fact thought an engagement might be announced before Charles has celebrated his 60.th birthday in style? of course there was no engagement forthcoming this year! But we've yet to see christmas...
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Old 11-08-2008, 08:29 PM
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It could happen in that window, but I'm more inclined to think that if they do get engaged, we won't have an announcement until after William's finished his SAR training.

That Nicholl article - goodness, aren't these tabloid people always supposed to have insider sources? Can't they come up with anything new to write?
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Old 11-08-2008, 09:27 PM
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I have doubts about this story, because first off, its Katie Nicholls, she's a tabloid writer. Second, I find it hard to believe that anyone would take a backseat to anything, especially when it comes to a relationship. All she does is wait and wait. No wonder why she is called "Waity Katie". And if she's supposed to hate that nickname, then she better wisen up and realize that this relationship - I believe - is going nowhere.
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Old 11-08-2008, 10:39 PM
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. . . . . . to take away the protaganism from the party boy!!! I bet!!
What protagonism?
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Old 11-08-2008, 11:51 PM
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I'm really starting to find these two now-not-so-young people very boring.

William hasn't shown anything in his personality or character to make me interested in him. He seems self-conscious and just bland. If they do have a secret long-term commitment but they're not going to get engaged till William's finished his training, then I think Kate should go and do something useful and appropriate for a future Princess of Wales and ultimately Queen, like getting a job with a disaster relief fund or the Red Cross or something. Or even just doing a master's degree. Something to occupy her for that period other than working in Mum & Dad's business. I think she should be showing the world something of her commitment to making a contribution to the community or at least improving herself with her future obligations in mind. And if they don't have long term plans, she should cut him loose and get on with life. She's been waiting around at his beck and call too long now. They're both dull and boring, IMO.
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Old 11-09-2008, 12:05 AM
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While I agree with what you're saying about the secret long-term commitment, she's running the risk of being criticised for acting above her station if she goes out and does "future-princess-appropriate" stuff and for trying to put pressure on William or show the Queen how good a princess she'd be or whatever the tabloids can come up with.

If they're really planning to marry but not for several years yet, then it may be worth their getting engaged and making public their plans not to marry for a while, just so that Kate's actions are seen to be appropriate for the situation everybody knows she's in as opposed to the situation she knows she's in but everybody else is in the dark about and wondering what she's playing at.
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