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Old 07-17-2015, 07:26 AM
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Camilla's 68th birthday: 10 facts about the Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla's 68th birthday: 10 facts about the Duchess of Cornwall - hellomagazine.com
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This article is mostly about the birthday present for George, but if you scroll down to the bottom, there is a short piece about the "Shand Gate" a new structure on the Highgrove estate built in honour of the Duchess's late brother, Mark Shand.

I think it is a wonderful tribute by Charles and Camilla to her beloved brother.

Prince Charles turns Highgrove gardens into playground for grandson George | Daily Mail Online
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Does Charles have a general information thread?

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Wellington: Prince Charles has been appointed Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Field Marshal of the Army and Marshal of the Air Force.

The honorary appointments have been approved by Queen Elizabeth, NZ Prime Minister John Key announced on Monday.

The Defence Force will formally recognise the appointments when Prince Charles visits New Zealand in November.
Read more: Prince Charles made honorary head of NZ Defence
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:22 PM
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I think Prince Philip held this position, previously.
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I think Prince Philip held this position, previously.
Indeed, before now Philip was the only person to ever hold any of those ranks in New Zealand, which doesn't ordinarily use the ranks above vice admiral, lieutenant general, and air marshal. I think New Zealand might be unique in having two field marshals, etc. even though it doesn't have a single full admiral, full general, or air chief marshal.
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Anyone from NZ have an opinion. Is there any fuss being made about these appointments?

Charles is a Vice-Admiral in the Royal Canadian Navy, Lieutenant-General in the Canadian Army and a Lieutenant-General in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Earlier this year he was made Commodore-in-Chief Fleet Atlantic of the Royal Canadian Navy.

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Wills and Harry have made the royal family relevant again, but empty honours for their father can only aid the republican cause.
Read more: Editorial: Charles' titles a big step backwards - National - NZ Herald News
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Old 08-08-2015, 11:33 AM
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I'm not a Kiwi, but as an outsider this move shows:
1. The trending transition of roles to Charles, throughout the Commonwealth
2. Incentive for the RF to keep upping the visits to NZ. The republicans may not be thrilled, but this has to have had an overall positive impact on tourism and international commerce. Keep on sending those cute young royal grand and great grandchildren on down for the international publicity.
3. Another way to let the royals be more cost effective in their coverage of the Commonwealth. It's a lot of ground to cover, and the family knows it needs to be covered. Bundling tours results in less jet lag, more energy, overall less costs when visits are made.
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I think its a good thing but I'm not from New Zealand. In addition to the above military appointments Charles is also Colonel-in-Chief of 8 Canadian regiments.

He also has the Prince's Charities Canada.
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It is a complete honorific with no powers granted. The rules about Charles not being militarily political apply here as well. It just means a few more photo ops and maybe some morale boosting for the troops that care.
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Prince Charles has donated a "significant" sum of money "out of the blue" to help restore a railway carriage wrecked by vandals in Scotland.

The prince has come to the aid of volunteers restoring the historic railway once used by the Royal Family on trips to Balmoral.

The line was in use from 1853 until 1966 and the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society is aiming to restore it between Ballater and Crathes, a distance of about 27 miles.

The prince, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, is understood to have read about the destruction of the group's newly purchased British Rail coach at West Lodge Yard, near Milton of Crathes.
Read more: Prince Charles comes to rescue of vandalised train carriage he used as boy to Balmoral - Telegraph
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Charles takes on more of Queen's foreign trips as monarch approaches her 90th birthday-
Prince Charles takes on more of Queen's trips as she approaches her 90th birthday* | Daily Mail Online

The time is naturally approaching for Charles and other royals to increase their duties with The Queen set to turn 90.
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Prince Charles takes on more of Queen's trips as she approaches her 90th birthday* | Daily Mail Online

The time is naturally approaching for Charles and other royals to increase their duties with The Queen set to turn 90.
With Charles taking on more and more of the Queen's foreign visits, I don't believe it is solely because the Queen is approaching 90 but also to bit by bit, make the transition from Prince of Wales to King smoother not only for Charles but also for the people. Right now what we're seeing is Charles becoming more and more his mother's right hand man. If HM is anything, she is a very astute woman and a realist and knows all too well how chaotic a sudden change to the monarchy can be and the Firm has always had the future in its sights and have planned for them accordingly.

HM and the DoE will keep on doing what they do best for as long as they can and I don't really expect any of the other royals to be expected to "up their game" but I do believe the Firm has entered a transitional period to prepare for the time when Charles does become the monarch.
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With Charles taking on more and more of the Queen's foreign visits, I don't believe it is solely because the Queen is approaching 90 but also to bit by bit, make the transition from Prince of Wales to King smoother not only for Charles but also for the people. Right now what we're seeing is Charles becoming more and more his mother's right hand man. If HM is anything, she is a very astute woman and a realist and knows all too well how chaotic a sudden change to the monarchy can be and the Firm has always had the future in its sights and have planned for them accordingly.

HM and the DoE will keep on doing what they do best for as long as they can and I don't really expect any of the other royals to be expected to "up their game" but I do believe the Firm has entered a transitional period to prepare for the time when Charles does become the monarch.

There's no doubt that The Queen & Prince Philip will try to keep things moving ahead, but it's now approaching the time for not only Charles's role to naturally increase a bit more, but for the other royals too. I do expect the other royals to "up their game" in the new year and so on. I believe the "Firm" is gradually putting things in place for a smooth transition. We just have to be realistic about The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh's ages though.

This stuff is getting more real by the day, week, month and year.
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There's no doubt that The Queen & Prince Philip will try to keep things moving ahead, but it's now approaching the time for not only Charles's role to naturally increase a bit more, but for the other royals too. I do expect the other royals to "up their game" in the new year and so on. I believe the "Firm" is gradually putting things in place for a smooth transition. We just have to be realistic about The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh's ages though.

This stuff is getting more real by the day, week, month and year.
They do know, more than we (the public), the true state of affairs with their parents' health. But also, I recall reading an article where William stated, or the article stated, that William would be at his flying job for only two years. That startled me as I had thought, from reading here, that William was going to be staying at that job for some years.

I've been gone for a while from the forums (tending to some happy personal events) so when I read it, I couldn't post here with the link. Can't recall where I read it, though it was likely in a Yahoo News Feed or something like that. Anyway, it took me by surprise but my first thought was: they are preparing for William to be the direct heir sooner rather than later, something is up. That was what I thought.

Of course it makes sense for Charles to be more front-and-center as his mother ages and likely really needs seclusion. Nothing dire has to be imminent.
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We've been hearing for the last two years that Charles is taking on more of the Queen's duties and Buckingham Palace always refutes the story.

The only area where the Queen is slowing down is long haul travel and even there she is making trips to Europe.

Both the Queen Mother and Prince Philip visited Canada in their 90s
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There's no doubt that The Queen & Prince Philip will try to keep things moving ahead, but it's now approaching the time for not only Charles's role to naturally increase a bit more, but for the other royals too. I do expect the other royals to "up their game" in the new year and so on. I believe the "Firm" is gradually putting things in place for a smooth transition. We just have to be realistic about The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh's ages though.

This stuff is getting more real by the day, week, month and year.
Thank you DMan, yes earlier this year their were photographs of The Duke with his Grandmother inside Buckingham Palace during official duties.
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HRH The Prince of Wales to attend Battle of Britain service

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DM article about the huge workload of the Prince of Wales and discussions about William taking over the work of the Princes Trust. (I've posted this link both here and in the Cambridge thread if that's all right, as the article discusses both Charles and William.)

Prince Charles increasingly takes on duties from the Queen, but will Prince William do his duty? | Daily Mail Online
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These articles are from last December and I am sure we discussed it here then when they were first published. May I ask why they are being resurrected 9 months later?
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