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Old 07-22-2017, 12:27 PM
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We and the press and Great Aunt Rhodie down the street may think its great that Will & Kate are stepping up to full time royal duties and want to see them everywhere but we have to remember also that as popular they are with us, they're not quite that high in the pecking order as of yet.

Charles has been his mother's heir apparent since 1952. That's my lifetime. He's fulfilled his role to the best of his ability over that time and frankly, I'd deem him as one of the hardest working Prince of Wales ever. As the Queen ages and needs to step away from doing some of the things she's done for years as monarch, her natural choice is her heir apparent who will follow in her footsteps.

If HM, The Queen bypassed her heir on opening the Commonwealth Games for Will & Kate or anyone else, I think the press would go into overdrive into pointing out that this is a huge slap in the face to Charles and that is the last thing that the Queen would want to do. She's proud of her son and his wife and knows that when the time does come and Charles becomes King, he'll be more than ready for the job.
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Old 07-22-2017, 01:13 PM
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Given that the Queen not so long ago sent her private secretary all the way to Australia to lobby its PM to support Charles' appointment as Head of the Commonwealth it would be a remarkably backwards move not to send Charles to represent her.

Likewise, the Queen has stopped attending CHoGM in long haul destinations so I can't see her now deciding to fly for 24hrs when she didn't attend in 2010 in Delhi.
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Old 07-22-2017, 03:27 PM
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It's great the Cambridges are stepping up, but like any other royal family, there are certain things which call for the monarch or heir. William will have plenty of experience when his time comes, when his dad is king and he POW. It is important Charkes attends major events like Canada and the commonwealth.

It seems a lot of people believe the dreamed up idea Charles can be skipped over. William has decades before he will be king. If Charles lives as old as his parents. Plenty of time for him to do what his dad does now.
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Old 07-24-2017, 07:03 AM
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Totally agree that occasions traditionally attended by the Queen in the past should be attended by Charles as her replacement. This particular occasion seems to be one they have alternated on for some years now.

There are and will be other non traditional or one off occasions for William to represent the Queen at as time goes on, or to replace Charles at on those he has carried out in the past as RF representative.

It will possibly a bit of both, depending on the occasion, along with sharing out various patronages as the Queen winds down her duties to a certain extent.
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Old 07-26-2017, 04:51 PM
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Prince Charles and Camilla arrive before some hours to Corfu, Greece for Holidays!

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Old 07-26-2017, 05:46 PM
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Nice to see Camilla's son Tom with them! I wonder if his wife and children will be joining them!
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Old 07-26-2017, 06:05 PM
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Maybe this trip is Camilla's family's birthday gift.
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Old 07-26-2017, 06:39 PM
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They have come straight from SANDRINGHAM. Hope they have a wonderful time.
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Old 07-26-2017, 09:09 PM
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They have come straight from SANDRINGHAM. Hope they have a wonderful time.
Me too. Sandringham, eh? Gosh, that white sand! Hope they sleep well tonight and have whatever energy they want for coming days.
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Old 07-26-2017, 10:14 PM
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It's great the Cambridges are stepping up, but like any other royal family, there are certain things which call for the monarch or heir. William will have plenty of experience when his time comes, when his dad is king and he POW. It is important Charkes attends major events like Canada and the commonwealth.

It seems a lot of people believe the dreamed up idea Charles can be skipped over. William has decades before he will be king. If Charles lives as old as his parents. Plenty of time for him to do what his dad does now.

William has already taken part in several events where the heir to the throne would normally be expected instead. e.g. the commemoration of the WW1 centenary in Belgium in 2014 and the recent official visits to France and Germany. Having said that, the Queen has always made a point of relinquishing her Commonwealth duties to Charles. It would greatly surprise me if she did otherwise this time.
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Old 07-26-2017, 11:48 PM
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William has already taken part in several events where the heir to the throne would normally be expected instead. e.g. the commemoration of the WW1 centenary in Belgium in 2014 and the recent official visits to France and Germany. Having said that, the Queen has always made a point of relinquishing her Commonwealth duties to Charles. It would greatly surprise me if she did otherwise this time.
Not at all. Tours are memorials are not expected to be performed by heirs. The younger children often perform them. There is a major difference of representing the queen of the commonwealth at a commonwealth event and going to a war memorial. Any other Canada day any royal would have been suited, but 150 years called for the big guns. In the past it would have been the queen.
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Old 07-26-2017, 11:50 PM
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Nice to see Camilla's son Tom with them! I wonder if his wife and children will be joining them!
When Camilla was asked how she planned to celebrate she mentioned a family vacation. I'd think not only toms wife and kids, but Laura and her family, are there or on the way.
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:45 AM
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Charles and Camilla they hosted by Rothschild Family in their Villa in Corfu

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Old 07-27-2017, 09:44 AM
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When Camilla was asked how she planned to celebrate she mentioned a family vacation. I'd think not only toms wife and kids, but Laura and her family, are there or on the way.
Most likely. I'm sure this isn't a one off. We rarely see the downtime Charles and Camilla have only their official engagements. Everyone's entitled to a summer break ..... even the Royals whom I suspect many suspect - and most likely true - have more breaks per annum than most!
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Old 07-27-2017, 12:04 PM
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Not at all. Tours are memorials are not expected to be performed by heirs. The younger children often perform them. There is a major difference of representing the queen of the commonwealth at a commonwealth event and going to a war memorial. Any other Canada day any royal would have been suited, but 150 years called for the big guns. In the past it would have been the queen.

Actually, the centenary of a major event like WW1 should have been attended by the Queen herself. as it was attended e.g. by the presidents of France, Germany and Austria, and by the King of the Belgians. Since the Queen doesn't often leave the UK this days, she should have sent the PoW as her deputy. It greatly surprised me that William attended instead, but, if I recall it correctly, the reason was that, on that very same day, Charles attended a Commonwealth remembrance service in the UK, which again fits into the pattern of Charles taking up official Commonwealth business rather than William.

As far as the recent visits to France and Germany are concerned, those were not "tours", but rather official visits (only a notch below a state visit then). Generally, in other monarchies, official visits of that kind are made either by the sovereign or the crown prince / crown princess, and not by the second in line.
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Old 07-28-2017, 09:12 AM
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It has been confirmed Charles will represent The Queen at the Commonwealth Games.
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Old 07-29-2017, 07:36 PM
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Well not a major surprise. Expect to see Charles (finally) and William (newly career free) stepping up to the royal plate much more than seen in the past.
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1. Charles has been stepping up to the royal plate for years.

2. He is the hardest working royal together with Anne.

3. Previously, Charles opened the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi on The Queen's behalf. This will be the seventh time he has attended the Commonwealth Games.

4. And William isn't the heir, so he doesn't need to attend all these things, but he has been stepping up to the royal plate.
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ITA Royal Norway. Charles has been one of the hardest working members of the BRF for years.
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Old 07-30-2017, 06:37 AM
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Is it not his full time role, also for years? What else would he be doing?

He has a bit to go before gaining the same respect workwise as the Queen.
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