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Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh / Re: The trip to Germany
« Last post by TLLK on Today at 07:09:47 AM »
Just wanted to clarify that in 1965, QEII would have been visiting West Germany or the Federal Republic of Germany. Visits to the German Democratic Republic aka East Germany would not have been easy to arrange. :)

https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/galleries/x701/62887.jpg Photo of the Queen giving a speech at City Hall.
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Fashion and Style / Re: Tiara choices for Harry\\\\\\\'s future wife
« Last post by TLLK on Today at 07:07:35 AM »
A very graceful and lovely design!
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Diana Princess of Wales / Re: What would Diana say?
« Last post by TLLK on Today at 07:06:55 AM »
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But it also made me wonder what shed say about seeing him seeming to have taken on some of her wisdom from decades past, was ahead of its time.

I believe that she would be thrilled to see Charles and other family members adopting her style of interacting with the public. :)
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The Earl and Countess of Wessex / Re: Edward & Sophie's Royal Duties
« Last post by TLLK on Today at 07:05:28 AM »
The Countess of Wessex this morning departed from Heathrow Airport, London, for Bangladesh.
Mrs. Jonathan Mayes is in attendance.

Court Circular 19th November:
The Countess of Wessex this morning arrived at Dhaka International Airport and was received by the British High Commissioner to the People's Republic of Bangladesh (Her Excellency Miss Alison Blake).

Her Royal Highness this afternoon attended a Meeting with Sheikh Hasina Wajed (Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh) at Old Sangsad Bhaban, Tejgaon, Dhaka.

The Countess of Wessex, Global Ambassador, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, later visited the Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and Hospital, Khamar Bari Road, Dhaka.

Her Royal Highness afterwards visited Brac, 76 Mohakhali, Dhaka.

The Countess of Wessex, Global Ambassador, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, this evening attended a Reception at the Residence of the British High Commissioner to the People's Republic of Bangladesh for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

HRH The Countess of Wessex: HRH with visit to Bangladesh in support of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight
https://mobile.twitter.com/royalfocu...57211681685504
https://mobile.twitter.com/royalfocu...59752867807232

Court Circular 20th November:
The Countess of Wessex, Vice-Patron, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, this morning visited Sher-e Bangla Medical College, South Alekanda, Band Road, Barisal, Bangladesh.

Her Royal Highness, Vice-Patron, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, afterwards visited community education projects at Textile More and Dobdobia Bridge, Fultola, Barisal.

The Countess of Wessex, Global Ambassador, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, this evening attended a Reception for Orbis at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Shahid Saifuddin Road, Chittagong.

HRH The Countess of Wessex: HRH with visit to Bangladesh in support of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight #2
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Prince Andrew, The Duke of York / Re: Duke of York Royal Duties
« Last post by TLLK on Today at 06:57:12 AM »
 Court Circular 16th November:
-missing from the website
https://mobile.twitter.com/TheDukeOf...25661599047680
https://mobile.twitter.com/TheDukeOf...60310158385153

Court Circular 17th November:
The Duke of York this morning visited la Ciudad de las Ideas at the Auditorium Metropolitano Esplanade, Puebla, Mexico.

His Royal Highness, Founder, Pitch@Palace, this afternoon attended Pitch@Palace LATAM (Latin America) for entrepreneurs and potential supporters.

The Duke of York this evening attended a Dinner given by la Ciudad de las Ideas at the Rosewood Hotel, Puebla.

https://mobile.twitter.com/TheDukeOf...86980093702146

Court Circular 18th November:
The Duke of York this morning attended la Ciudad de las Ideas at the Auditorium Metropolitano Esplanade, Puebla, Mexico.

His Royal Highness this afternoon attended a Lunch given for Nobel Laureates at Uneme, Interior del Parque del Arte, Puebla.

The Duke of York evening attended a Dinner given by the Governor of Puebla at Museo Internacional Barroco, Puebla.

Court Circular 19th November:
The Duke of York this morning attended la Ciudad de las Ideas at the Auditorium Metropolitano Esplanade, Puebla, Mexico.

His Royal Highness this afternoon departed from Mexico City for the United Kingdom.

Court Circular 20th November:
The Duke of York this afternoon arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, from Mexico.
Mrs. Amanda Thirsk was in attendance.
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Duchess of Cornwall hosts a reception at Buckingham Palace | Daily Mail Online

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Camilla was on hand to hold a reception for winners of The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition at Buckingham Palace in London.
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Renovations and maintenance goes on in Royal residences all the time. The huge one at the moment is BP but Windsor Castle, Holyrood, and KP also have ongoing work done to them throughout the year.

Sandringham and Balmoral are a bit different because they are private residences and repairs etc come out of the monarch's private income. To me Balmoral is the most interesting of the lot as far as its future is concerned. While the younger royals are undoubtedly fond of Sandringhsm and visit the estate fairly often there doesn't seem to be this link with Balmoral.

 Charles adores Birkhall. He knows Balmoral as a home of course but would he, in his 70s when he comes to the throne, (probably) wish to disrupt his lifestyle to move from Birkhall? As for William and Kate (and Harry) there doesn't seem to be much of a bond with Balmoral at all. In fact Kate seems to ignore Scotland most of the time except for making the obligatory trip for a few days with William and the children each autumn.

 I have no doubt that when William is monarch he wouldn't allow Balmoral (the castle) to fall into disrepair, (if it's still in the family's possession then) but living there for more than a month at a time each year as the Queen has done for decades? Don't think so. In the future I can see it being locked up for most of the time and as the estate itself runs at a loss each year hard decisions might have to be made, especially if Scotland becomes independent in a few years. Charles might sell the castle and much of the estate, and keep Birkhall.

So, in short, I believe Charles will keep the maintenance going on Windsor, BP etc under the same or similar arrangements as pertain now. Clarence House will be kept in good repair, and he may not move into BP as monarch from CH  if he is very much older when he comes to the throne. Sandringham will be kept, Balmoral's future is up in the air IMO, and I can't see any other private royal residences being restored because of expense.
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King George II had intended to replace Sir Robert Walpole with Sir Spencer Compton as chief government minister. However, Walpole's generosity with the civil list settlement, combined with the influence of Queen Caroline, convinced the King to keep Walpole on.
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On November 15, 1853, thirteen hours after the onset of labor of the stillborn Infante Eugenio, her eleventh son, Queen Maria II died.
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On the island of Elba Napoleon had olive trees and chestnut trees planted to check erosion on the mountain slopes above the iron mines.
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