I think I read somewhere that the reason they are doing this is so that it prevents others from making money off her title, and to help with her charity work should the items be auctioned later, but I could be wrong.
other family members are making money too. Andrew, Fergie, Sophie, Edward....some of them involved with quite some scandal. So I guess you will just have to accept this as modern days. BUt unlike with trashys foundataion, this money will really go to the causes and not into Kates private pockets. THAT Imo is the main difference. trashy opened her foundation as her independent account for those wanting to suck up to her personally. It pays for her holidays that Albert doesn't want to pay for and gives her a great excuse to not do anything in MC. Kate, if she will travel for the foundation, will most likely not be using foundation funds to do so, but what ever the Royals are given by the state for these kind of travels. There is a huge difference between MC charities and those of Royal houses. Well, most of them that is, as apparently in Spain Cristina and her husband had her hand in the till and the Spaniards just launched a charity in MC, which trashy and Albert attended. That alone speaks for itself and the Spanish charities. IMO QEII would not allow that kind of thing happening, if she can help it. Just see what happened to Sophies company. SHe had to sell it and become a fulltime housewife and as an incentive, she get's to ride with QEII in Windsor. Also the British media are quite keen on laying everything out in the open. So it would be much harder to do sth like in Spain or MC there.
She is no loss. Messed up a country and then everyone else has to pay the price. WIthout her we wouldn't have had all the bank problems and offshore paradises under British protection. She was a hypocrate and her funeral is the statement to that. For someone who always wanted to limit the state, she should have had a private funeral. She put hundred thousands out of work. Shame no one dared to drop that cascet to go on strike.
Only women never stick together. That's why we're still a minority in affairs of power. Men may disagree but they pursue common ground. Women, mostly just get in a titsy. Look at QE2. Now that's a woman I'd love to play poker with, because she plays her cards close to the chest but doesn't preclude anything in the future. Sigh!
All that means is that men are hypocrites, doing anything for power. Why do I have to laud a woman that has done nothing laudible? Why should I agree when it goes against my conviction and my morals? ANd if you look at those at the top, then those men at the top get there because they don't care much about the well being of others when it stops them from getting to the top. Those who have problems with that usually don't get to the top either. QEII never had to do anything to get to the top. SHe was born there. She simpy decided that it wasn't good to have an opinon and unfortunetely that is exactly what a lot of men expect of women. QEII is lucky that her job does not require an opinion. That makes her perfect for the job she is doing. In the real world she wouldn't get to the top. SHe'd be the punching bag of a violent husband. They love that kind of women.
You might laud any woman who had a longstanding role in a seat of power which traditionally hypocritical men have monopolized. You don't have to endorse her program, but since women are so far behind (since our more progressive days in Ancient Egypt... ) , a little bit of inflated female pride in our abilities wouldn't hurt. Just saying.
Whether Prince Charles is a good man, again, I do not know or care. But he does not seem dutiful or grateful, which is the least we can expect for our money and attention. He seems, in fact, spoilt, childlike and bitter. His insult to the BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell in 2005 – "I hate these people" – was an insult to all who pay the licence fee. His manic interventions in politics are known, and this is dangerous; a constitutional monarch must be beyond policy, floating smilingly, like an over-medalled cloud.
His sons, meanwhile, are princes of Tatler: profligate and ignorant, they inhabit a remote Chelsea pond. Harry is known primarily for inheriting the jocular racism of his grandfather. He once called a fellow soldier "our little Paki friend"; and what great-grandson of George VI would be so stupid as to wear a Nazi uniform as fancy dress? William just seems desperately unhappy, an anxious sacrifice too befuddled by his destiny to grasp its needs or meaning. We read of £4,000-a-night hotel suites; of £250,000 dresses; of publicly owned helicopters taking detours to amuse the princes and their friends. Last Saturday the princes attended a wedding; an RAF Sea King appeared and circled the castle. (The Ministry of Defence said there was no detour.) This is not forgivable expenditure. This is the wages of unthinking entitlement and mindless greed.
Elizabeth II was a child of war; coddled, yes, but she knew, or pretended that she knew, what world she lived in, that it was different for others – and she had the responsibility of grace. Her successors do not share it.
Post by MadameConcorde on Dec 22, 2013 11:17:12 GMT -5
Have yourself a very ROYAL Christmas! The ingredients that make a Sandringham festive feast so special... and how you can emulate the occasion, by the Queen's cousin
The undoubted guest of honour at Sandringham for the Royals’ Christmas break this year will be Prince George, who is now aged five months. For George’s father, Prince William, the formality of the festive get-together will be all too familiar. But for the Duchess of Cambridge, still something of a novice, navigating the rituals and strictly choreographed Royal Christmas will be more tricky.
She has already revealed she is nervous about the number of changes of outfits expected: she will need everything from evening gowns, day dresses, smart suits and casuals. On Christmas Day alone, she will be expected to change five times.
In all, some 25 close family will arrive at Sandringham, among them Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Zara Tindall and husband Mike, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, and Lady Sarah Chatto and her husband Daniel.
Post by MadameConcorde on Dec 25, 2013 13:45:26 GMT -5
Watch the Queen's Christmas Day message 2013 in full The Queen reflected on prominent events from the past year during her Christmas broadcast - from the service that marked the 60th anniversary of her coronation to the birth of Prince George
3:00PM GMT 25 Dec 2013
The Queen has spoken about her great-grandson Prince George in her Christmas broadcast, and said the birth of a baby allows people to think about the future with renewed "happiness and hope".
The traditional message to the nation featured behind-the-scenes footage taken at Clarence House of the royal family posing for the christening pictures under the direction of celebrity portrait photographer Jason Bell. ...
Post by MadameConcorde on Dec 25, 2013 13:47:03 GMT -5
Royal family arrives for Christmas service at Sandringham – but Prince George is left at home Royal family arrives for traditional Christmas Day church service at the Queen's Sandringham Estate, but Prince George stays at home
By Alice Philipson
1:13PM GMT 25 Dec 2013 Follow
The Royal family arrived for a traditional Christmas Day church service at Sandringham this morning – but Prince George failed to make an appearance.
The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge greeted each other with a kiss as the party arrived at St Mary Magdalene church on Wednesday.
However, crowds of local well-wishers were left disappointed as Prince George, who had travelled with his parents to the Queen's Estate, was left at home for the service.
Post by MadameConcorde on Jan 19, 2014 6:39:55 GMT -5
I just bumped into this article. Looks like William will not get the job any time soon.
Merger of Palace staff is latest step on Prince of Wales's journey to kingship Prince of Wales will wield greater power over the Royal family when part of his household moves into Buckingham Palace
The Prince of Wales will take the latest significant step in his journey towards becoming king later this month when a key part of his household merges with Buckingham Palace.
The Prince’s 10-man communications team, which is responsible for his public image, will move from Clarence House to the Palace, where one of the Prince’s most senior courtiers is expected to take charge of publicity for all members of the Royal family.
It will be the first time in a generation that all of the Royal family’s image-makers will work from the same office, and will give the Prince significantly more power than he has now.
It is also the clearest indication to date that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are preparing to hand over an ever-increasing amount of their workload to the younger generations.
Courtiers privately concede that the Queen, who will be 88 in April, and the Duke, who will be 93 in June, are on a “gradual downward trajectory” in the number of royal engagements they can carry out.