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Old 05-04-2017, 12:20 AM
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Both the BBC website and radio have stated nothing as well as CNN International and Reuters. Apparently French news sources have persisted with rumors of the DOE's passing. We'll know soon enough I guess. Speculating doesn't help.
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Victoria Arbiter is also weighing in on the "sound and fury signifying nothing" side. https://twitter.com/victoriaarbiter/...85492418449409

So I'm going to go to bed, because sleeping or not sleeping won't change it and tomorrow will be unbearable without sleep, irrespective of what this is all about.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:21 AM
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Australian TV is reporting media is assembling outside Buckingham Palace.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:25 AM
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All of the information about media assembling outside the Palace seems to spring from one single tweet of a VERY low-resolution photograph.

Likewise, the "French media" reports seem to be a snake eating itself. Everyone is reporting reports but nobody is actually saying who reported it, let alone providing evidence of it.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:27 AM
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The DM has had news of this meeting on its sight for over three hours - based on the oldest comment on there - so it seems it was called in the 'middle of the night' - or at least the reports were 'in the middle of the night'.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:28 AM
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It wouldn't be the first time Twitter has "accidentally" declared someone dead when they're still alive and kicking.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:29 AM
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It wouldn't be the first time Twitter has "accidentally" declared someone dead when they're still alive and kicking.


No it wouldn't and it's entirely possible everything is fine. I hope that's the case.

The reports of the meeting mean I still want to wait up to find out though.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:30 AM
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I hope this is not true. Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is a strong man. Strong man. Prince Charles will be immediately the next Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince William will certainly get the title Earl of Merioneth. I hope this is not true.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:32 AM
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Has it been definitely reported that he called in the middle of the night, or was the meeting called at some earlier time, with word of it only reaching the press in the middle of the night?
A good point!
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:34 AM
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I hope this is not true. Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is a strong man. Strong man. Prince Charles will be immediately the next Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince William will certainly get the title Earl of Merioneth. I hope this is not true.

No the next DOE will be The Earl and Countess of Wessex. That has been known for years
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:35 AM
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I hope this is not true. Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is a strong man. Strong man. Prince Charles will be immediately the next Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince William will certainly get the title Earl of Merioneth. I hope this is not true.


Really? Is this time for title information that is half wrong? William doesn't need to use a courtesy title.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:42 AM
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More reporters saying that this news was false and Queen and Philip are fine.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:43 AM
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Instead of sad news, I wonder if Harry and Meghan are engaged and this is why the meeting was called.
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Another picture from outside the palace, this time of what looks like some camera positions being prepared. (Although of course we don't know that they know anything else. They could be there because of the speculation, not because of any special information.)
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They didn't call the palace staff in for William's engagement and he is the future King. Not doing it for Harry.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:55 AM
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Some possibilities if the Queen and Philip are still alive:

1) One of them has had a health scare, like a heart attack or a stroke or something.
2) Something happened to another member of the royal family, i.e. Prince Charles, Camilla, William, Kate, etc.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:57 AM
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No the next DOE will be The Earl and Countess of Wessex. That has been known for years
Edward will eventually be Duke. But like any other peerage, the Duke of Edinburgh is inherited in the normal route, by eldest son. The title merges with the crown when Charles is king. The intention is for it to be recreated for Edward at that point. But between the death of Philip and the queen, Charles will be Duke.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:57 AM
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If the Queen or Philip had some sort of medical emergency that could be treated they would have taken them to the hospital ASAP
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:59 AM
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Both The Queen and Philip had engagements yesterday, so if there’s been an illness or a death it would have been a stoke or a heart attack and very sudden.
I’m also thinking that a possible terrorist threat might warrant a sudden meeting. That would be my best case scenario.
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This isn't a standard meeting. I know the lord chamberlain calls them, but are we seriously to believe he calls them in the middle of the night it might not be a death, but certainly something.


And if it isn't something serious then they should do these type things differently because of course we are going to think the worst with the royal couple the age they are.
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