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Old 12-22-2019, 11:38 AM
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It's a worthwhile charity initiative, and a nice series of photos. Anyone who thinks the Queen should have donned an apron, moved to the kitchens, or actually done any of the stirring hasn't been paying attention to how she does things for the last 60+ years of her reign. Of course it's a PR stunt, just as every royal appearance, by every single member of the royal family in support of a charity is. They use their presence to signal support and direct attention to worthwhile endeavors. I'm really perplexed by all the forensic analysis over this one.
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Old 12-22-2019, 11:46 AM
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I’m surprised so many dislike these photos, but...as for me, I love them. I never once thought about any of the things being mentioned here; I just love seeing the four generations together - they looked so happy..
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Old 12-22-2019, 11:51 AM
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I agree with everything Ista said! Except the surprise at the over analysis of it, the other day the world nearly fell in because William and Kate arrived separately at the Queen's Christmas Lunch...sometimes we all (I included myself in that) need to just take a deep breath and chill....or failing that drink some more Christmas sprit
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Old 12-22-2019, 12:06 PM
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It's a worthwhile charity initiative, and a nice series of photos. Anyone who thinks the Queen should have donned an apron, moved to the kitchens, or actually done any of the stirring hasn't been paying attention to how she does things for the last 60+ years of her reign. Of course it's a PR stunt, just as every royal appearance, by every single member of the royal family in support of a charity is. They use their presence to signal support and direct attention to worthwhile endeavors. I'm really perplexed by all the forensic analysis over this one.
That's a common ailment in these parts.

As for being perplexed by all the griping, I think it's more of a matter of some royal watchers missing those who weren't there. As such they would be hard pressed to enjoy any display of the Queen and her three heirs.
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Old 12-22-2019, 12:07 PM
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I get jazzed over multi-generation royal photos as much as the next royal watcher but this looks slap dash. There is no doubt that the Royal British Legion is an important charity, but since the reveal that footage will be part of the Queen's Christmas message, I suspect that this was hastily put together to enhance / brighten up the message in a year that, like 1992, she will likely not be looking back with undiluted pleasure.
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Old 12-22-2019, 12:19 PM
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I am hoping the Cambridges will officially release their Christmas Card soon. Then the Sussexes also release their Christmas Card.
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Old 12-22-2019, 03:00 PM
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I wonder when members of the RF start to arrive at Sandringham?
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Old 12-22-2019, 03:01 PM
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Queen Elizabeth ,Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, as part of the launch of The Royal British Legion's Together at Christmas initiative.

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I was so surprised about these photos I first thought this was photo shopped...
The idea is great, but making a pudding in elegant clothes like these (especially the Queen looked even more elegant than for last week´s state opening of parliament) without any spills on exquisite white table cloth does not seem very authentic to me...!
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Old 12-22-2019, 03:23 PM
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I wonder when members of the RF start to arrive at Sandringham?
From the photos that were linked in the Queen's fashion thread, it looks like the Wessex family is already at Sandringham and attended church with the Queen this morning.
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:54 PM
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Love the photos of the four, always. And who cares how they are dressed, yes the queen could have lost the handbag but since it was before her Christmas lunch and hard to get them all together I’m sure, this is just fine. Love her sapphire brooch. George’s Peter Pan collar goes with his Eaton collar jacket I am sure, which must have been removed for the baking. How I dressed my young sons on special occasions not too long ago
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Old 12-22-2019, 05:08 PM
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The Wessex's are there already, I suspect others will have arrived tonight and tomorrow before Charles arrives Christmas Eve.
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Old 12-22-2019, 05:58 PM
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Love the photo of the four generations together. HM, Charles and William looked so proud of George here!
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Old 12-23-2019, 05:34 AM
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As we know the queen is very good on signals, the original photograph with her and the three heirs with the Royal british legion IMHO is to signify the continuing support of that organisation by the royal family. Like the photograph taken for the stamps that were then released because they were so endearing, I wonder if the additional photographs of the pudding mixing is the same situation. If it is true the film is to be included in the queens speech is it possible these stills were issued as an unplanned extra. I only say that as it is an historical photograph.
Just another view on the scenario. To be honest they can never win. According to the posters , Anything they issue is either too staged or too formal or all for PR or to distract from something else.
Why don't we just take it for what it is , a great grandmother with three generations of her family who all happen to be royal.

I am also thinking of the birthday photograph when Mia lifted the handbag, they could have re done that but it was a natural situation.
Merry Christmas fellow posters,
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Old 12-23-2019, 05:49 AM
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The Wessex's are there already, I suspect others will have arrived tonight and tomorrow before Charles arrives Christmas Eve.
Generally speaking everyone arrives on Christmas Eve but I've noticed over the years that the Wessex's tend to arrive a few days earlier than the rest.
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Old 12-23-2019, 11:04 AM
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Generally speaking everyone arrives on Christmas Eve but I've noticed over the years that the Wessex's tend to arrive a few days earlier than the rest.
Likewise Anne always seems to stay on as well after Christmas. I’m sure the Queen will be quite glad to have some quieter festive time with her family.
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Old 12-23-2019, 12:00 PM
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Likewise Anne always seems to stay on as well after Christmas. I’m sure the Queen will be quite glad to have some quieter festive time with her family.
So do Edward and Sophie, they always seem to be first to arrive and last to leave.
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Old 12-23-2019, 12:24 PM
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Queen Elizabeth records her annual Christmas broadcast in Windsor Castle, Berkshire

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I see the recent picture from Cambridges made it in the background :)
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Old 12-23-2019, 01:44 PM
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What I found even more touching than the Cambridge picture is the one of the Queen's father, George VI, taken (I'm presuming) during one of his own Christmas messages.

There is a strong message of continuity of the monarchy in the photos the Queen has on display for this year's message. The fact that there is a picture of Philip, although not in the line of succession, shows the Queen's appreciation of how much Philip has been instrumental in assuring that the monarchy does go forward.

As always, my opinion. I could be wrong.
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Old 12-23-2019, 03:09 PM
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What I found even more touching than the Cambridge picture is the one of the Queen's father, George VI, taken (I'm presuming) during one of his own Christmas messages.

There is a strong message of continuity of the monarchy in the photos the Queen has on display for this year's message. The fact that there is a picture of Philip, although not in the line of succession, shows the Queen's appreciation of how much Philip has been instrumental in assuring that the monarchy does go forward.

As always, my opinion. I could be wrong.
I agree, that is clearly the message this year, and I suspect it has to do with some of the drama that has been attached to the BRF in the last 12 months. It's a reminder that the core of the monarchy is secure, and that stable continuity is assured, from father to daughter, from mother to son, from father to son, etc. No need to question if the monarchy is still "fit for purpose."

I also think it's a notice about intention: nothing that destabilizes or sheds a negative light on the institution and the family will be tolerated going forward.
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Old 12-23-2019, 03:26 PM
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I like the setting for this year’s broadcast.It looks cosy despite the opulence.
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