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« Reply #150 on: March 08, 2011, 01:24:35 PM »

I just HAD to share this with you all!!!   ROFL lmao   Crown

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1364152/Prince-William-Kate-Middletons-Belfast-pancake-tossing-surprise-visit.html?ito=feeds-newsxml


Kate is looking pretty stunning at the mo Yes

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« Reply #151 on: March 09, 2011, 07:15:17 AM »




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« Reply #152 on: March 09, 2011, 05:53:18 PM »

Appears ya Boy Edward is coming over for a visit
http://bernews.com/2011/03/details-of-upcoming-royal-visit-announced/

Sorely tempted to go down to RBYC and give him shit for his epic fail at CTCRM. Salute 3
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« Reply #153 on: March 10, 2011, 08:05:22 AM »

In the meantime ...

Prince William to visit Australia and NZ disaster zones

Prince William will visit New Zealand and Australia next week to tour areas devastated by recent natural disasters, St James's Palace has said.

The prince will travel to Christchurch, New Zealand, where more than 160 people died in an earthquake last month.

He will also go to Greymouth, near the site of the Pike River mine disaster in New Zealand in which 29 people died.

William will then travel to Australia, where he will visit areas hit by flooding in Queensland and Victoria.

Emergency services
 
The prince will visit the two countries on behalf of the Queen following invitations from the prime ministers of New Zealand and Australia

He will not be accompanied by his fiancee Kate Middleton on the trip which takes place from 17-21 March.

The prince will meet those affected by the recent disasters, and members of the emergency and other support services.

William will attend a national memorial service in Christchurch as well as carrying out other engagements in the area.

In Australia, he will go to several locations in Queensland over two days followed by a visit to north-west Victoria.

A St James's Palace spokesman said: "The prince's visit comes after an invitation from the prime ministers of New Zealand and Australia.

"William will be travelling on behalf of the Queen and the wider Royal Family."

'Show solidarity'
 
The spokesman added: "The Royal Family have been watching the natural disasters with the same shock and sadness as everyone else.

"They wanted to show their solidarity with the people of New Zealand and Australia, and the decision was taken with the prime ministers' offices and the royal household that Prince William should attend and visit the countries."

Flooding caused devastation to vast swathes of the Australian state of Queensland The magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the city of Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island on 22 February this year.

Also on the South Island, 29 miners became trapped by a gas explosion at the Pike River coal mine in Atarau on 19 November last year.

Parts of Australia were affected torrential rains starting in November last year, forcing rivers to burst their banks.

Prince William was last in New Zealand in January 2010, when he represented the Queen in Auckland and Wellington.

He made a private visit to Sydney and Melbourne in Australia the same month. He first visited Australia as a baby on his parents' tour in 1983.

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« Reply #154 on: March 10, 2011, 08:13:17 AM »

Yeah ... very funny!  May I refer you to my quote a while back? 

Give it up to those that manage to create a marketing opportunity in these difficult times ... and also to those that support these ventures (and the economy) by buying the goods.  Yeah


A right royal money-making venture ... good luck to them   Cool Vomit lmao
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« Reply #155 on: March 16, 2011, 11:13:56 AM »

Musicians for the Wedding Service at Westminster Abbey
15th March 2011

This article from http://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/

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Two choirs, one orchestra and two fanfare teams will perform the music at the Wedding Service of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29th. These are:

•    The Choir of Westminster Abbey

•    The Chapel Royal Choir

•    The London Chamber Orchestra

•    The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force

•    The State Trumpeters of The Household Cavalry

The choirs will be under the direction of Mr James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey. The Choir of Westminster Abbey is made up of 20 boys, all of whom attend the Abbey’s dedicated residential Choir School, and 12 professional adult singers, known as Lay Vicars. In addition to singing the daily choral services in the Abbey throughout the year, it plays a central role in the many royal, state and national occasions which take place at the Abbey. The Abbey’s Sub Organist, Robert Quinney, will play the organ.    

The Chapel Royal Choir consists of ten Children of the Chapel, boy choristers who hold scholarships at City of London School, and six Gentlemen-in-Ordinary, who are professional singers. The Chapel Royal Choir has existed since at least the Norman Conquest. The Organist, Choir Master and Composer at Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal is Dr. Andrew Gant. The Choir’s duties are to sing the weekly service in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace and to perform for the Sovereign on other occasions, including at the weddings of members of the Royal Family. The distinctive State uniforms worn by the Children date from the reign of Charles II.

The London Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by Mr Christopher Warren-Green, its Music Director and Principal Conductor. The orchestra will comprise 39 musicians located in the organ loft of the Abbey.  The LCO is the longest established professional chamber orchestra in the UK, having been founded in 1921 by Anthony Bernard.  HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is a patron of the orchestra. Mr Warren-Green has conducted numerous concerts for the Royal Family.

A Fanfare Team of seven musicians from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force will perform under the direction of Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs. The Central Band was established in 1920 and provides musical support to the Royal Air Force throughout the UK. In addition to their musical duties, Royal Air Force musicians also serve overseas in support of the broader Defence cause.

The State Trumpeters of The Household Cavalry comprises musicians from both The Band of The Life Guards and The Band of The Blues and Royals. The Fanfare Team of eight Trumpeters will be led by Trumpet Major Grant Sewell-Jones of The Band of The Blues and Royals. In addition to their musical duties, all Army Musicians can be called upon to act as individual augmentee soldiers in support of operations across the world.

Both Prince William and Miss Middleton have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their Service, which will include a number of well-known hymns and choral works as well as some specially-commissioned pieces.  

Following the Wedding Service at Westminster Abbey, Claire Jones, the Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales will perform at a Reception hosted by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Further information on the music will be made available nearer the time of the wedding.
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« Reply #156 on: March 16, 2011, 11:18:36 AM »

Claire Jones, the Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales will perform at a Reception hosted by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

An Official Harpist? Okey dokey then!
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« Reply #157 on: March 16, 2011, 11:29:25 AM »

 lmao  Innocent

Meanwhile the Welsh (of course!!) National Culinary Team have been commissioned to bake a cake ... no, not THE cake (still waiting for news on who has been awarded that privilege).


Welsh National Culinary Team to bake Royal Wedding cake
Tuesday 08 March 2011 15:23


Chefs from the Welsh National Culinary Team have been commissioned to bake a cake to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Welsh team manager Graham Tinsley, executive chef at Carden Park Country Hotel near Chester and a director of the Castle Hotel Conwy, wrote to St James's Palace in December and offered to bake a wedding cake when the wedding was announced.

"We are delighted and honoured that our offer has been accepted. With Prince William being stationed on Anglesey with the RAF search and rescue team and, apparently, going to live in North Wales with his bride following the wedding, I think it's fitting that Welsh chefs should cook a cake for them," he said.

"We haven't yet finalised the decoration, but it will be traditionally Welsh and there's a good chance that harps, dragons and the national flag will be represented."

With the couple's blessing, the cake will be donated to Centrepoint, a charity for homeless young people of which Prince William is patron.

Centrepoint chief executive Seyi Obakin said: "We are delighted to be receiving a cake from the Welsh National Culinary team. It will be a special way for young people supported by Centrepoint to be involved in our patron's wedding day celebrations."

The Welsh National Culinary Team, which won a gold medal at the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg last November, is proud of its royal connections. The Prince of Wales is team patron and the chefs have cooked for him, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh several times.
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« Reply #158 on: March 16, 2011, 02:59:18 PM »

"Camp Royale set up for thousands to celebrate William and Kate's wedding on a budget"

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1365791/Camp-Royale-set-thousands-celebrate-William-Kates-wedding-budget.html#ixzz1Gmoi2040


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« Reply #159 on: March 16, 2011, 07:34:40 PM »

So perhaps there's some truth in the rumour that the Royal Wedding souvenir market is a 'mugs' game?    Roll Eyes


Kate Middleton 'marries Prince Harry' on souvenir mug
By Victoria Ward 12:05PM GMT 16 Mar 2011

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/royal-wedding/8385415/Kate-Middleton-marries-Prince-Harry-on-souvenir-mug.html
 

It is one piece of memorabilia that even the most dedicated of royal enthusiasts may choose to avoid.
For beaming out from the side of this particular mug designed to celebrate the forthcoming royal nuptials are bride-to-be Kate Middleton – and her soon to be brother-in-law, Prince Harry.

Photographs of the pair are featured side by side, adorned with suitably royal flourishes and scrolls depicting their names.

But few could fail to spot that the smartly dressed young man named “Will” is actually his red-headed brother.

On the back, an inscription reads: “The fairytale romantic union of all the centuries. 29th April 2011.”

The mug, supposedly designed by a Chinese firm Guandong Enterprises, can be purchased for the princely sum of £9.99 plus postage and packaging.

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However, the fact that the company is apparently registered in Britain may lead some to suspect it is all an elaborate spoof.

The website promoting the mug reads: “Crafted in the finest bone china, it features an exquisite design of the happy couple with ornate gold detailing to honour this great moment in history.

“Please be our guests to own this esteemed, limited edition heirloom to celebrate with your work associates, friends, family and loved ones on 29th April 2011.”

The company adds, perhaps somewhat hopefully: “You are welcome to purchase now to avoid disappointment and regret.”

To avoid confusion, the small print states that the drinking vessels "are not supplied to, or approved by, Prince William of Wales, Catherine Middleton or any member of the Royal Family."

A St James's Palace spokesman admitted he was aware of the unusual piece of memorabilia but declined to comment.

The mug is just one of a host of unofficial royal souvenirs to flood the market in recent weeks.

The lucrative industry has seen garden gnomes, ashtrays, comic books, beer, dolls and even "Will Wales's stag" t shirts appear for sale.

Copies of the clothes Miss Middleton wears are immediate sell-outs as are cheap imitations of her engagement ring.

Business is also brisk for look-a-likes of the royal couple as the countdown to the big day continues
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« Reply #160 on: March 18, 2011, 05:44:23 AM »

Aw ... how sweet!    Wave Bunny


Royal wedding: Prince William and Kate Middleton's wave reveals their closeness     16/03/2011

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Prince William and Kate Middleton have revealed their closeness to one another not by an affectionate kiss or warm gesture - but by their waves to the public.

Photos taken during their recent visits to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have shown the couple are in tune to such a degree they greeted crowds in an almost identical way.

A body language expert has described William and Kate, who marry next month, as having "industrial-strength" levels of rapport.

William's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, had the ability to make people feel they were singled out with a wave. Her son has inherited this trait and his fiancee has picked it up too.

Judi James, who has written books on behaviour, communication and body language, studied the images of Kate and William.

When in Belfast earlier this month, the Prince and his fiancee had synchronised waves - called "mirroring" - with both using their left hands to greet the crowds with their palms facing the well-wishers.

The expert said: "'Like-bodied' suggests 'like-minded' and this strongly mirrored wave shows industrial-strength levels of rapport.

"The open palm display signals openness and approachability that is only slightly tempered by the fact that it is very similar to the signal for 'Stop'."

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One picture taken when they returned to St Andrews University in Scotland last month, where the pair met as students and shared a house, showed Kate with a similar wave as her fiance despite having her back to him.

When the couple attended their first official engagement together in February in Anglesey, north Wales, their shared gesture, a wave with the hand bent at the wrist, was seen as they walked up some steps.

Ms James added: "Bending the hand back on the wrist could look hugely dominant, more like a hail than a wave, but with their arms held low it's got a pseudo-infantile look that implies cuteness and fun rather than stuffy formality.

"It's called the windscreen-wiper wave and is often used by A-list celebs who want to promote an image of being normal and down-to-earth."

Diana was famed for being able to empathise with people she met and communicate "emotionally" with them.

The expert said: "The Princess had a knack of sending body language tie-signs out to the public that made us feel as though we knew her personally, like little eye-rolls, glances or self-effacing smiles as she attended formal occasions."

The expert explained that a "personal wave" is "something that seems intimate, like a conversation with the viewer or the feeling they are signalling to you. William has picked up on the trait and Kate's carrying it off with even more confidence."

Ms James also examined a picture of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh waving and another showing the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall but concluded the Prince and his fiancee seemed the most together.

She added: "They are the most synchronised of the royal couples, which reflects the current stage of their relationship.

"For royals, they have a unique amount of shared experiences, having studied together and lived in the same house."

The expert described the Queen's wave as "feminine-formal" and a little "stilted", while Philip opted for more of a hail than a wave "something much more active and full of machismo".

Charles and Camilla's wave was more synchronised and showed "warmth and friendliness", but like his father, the heir to the throne used his arm right up to and including the shoulder to show his status and masculinity.  Crown


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« Reply #161 on: April 18, 2011, 09:07:35 AM »



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« Reply #162 on: April 18, 2011, 10:16:14 AM »

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-this-royal-frenzy-should-embarrass-us-all-2267904.html

Johann Hari: This royal frenzy should embarrass us all

Republicans are not the Grinch, trying to ruin the 'big day' for William and Kate. We are proposing a positive vision.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Okay, let's cut a deal here. If Britain can afford to spend tens of millions of pounds on the royal wedding, we have to spend an equal amount distributing anti-nausea pills across the land – to all of us who can't bear to see our country embarrass itself in this way. Don't let the Gawd-bless-you-ever-so-'umbly-yer-Majesty tone of the media coverage fool you. Most British people are benignly indifferent to the wedding of William Windsor and Kate Middleton. The 20 percent of us who are republicans, like me, have it slightly worse. We will suffer that face-flushing, stomach-shriveling embarrassment that strikes when somebody you love – your country – starts to behave in a deeply weird way in a public place.

Of course, when two people get married, it's a sweet sight. Nobody objects to that part. On the contrary: republicans are the only people who would let William Windsor and Kate Middleton have the private, personal wedding they clearly crave, instead of turning them into stressed-out, emptied-out marionettes of monarchy that are about to jerk across the stage. We object not to a wedding, but to the orgy of deference, snobbery, and worship for the hereditary principle that will take place before, during and after it.

In most countries, parents can tell their kids that if they work hard and do everything right, they could grow up to be the head of state and symbol of their nation. Not us. Our head of state is decided by one factor, and one factor alone: did he pass through the womb of one aristocratic Windsor woman living in a golden palace? The US head of state grew up with a mother on food stamps. The British head of state grew up with a mother on postage stamps. Is that a contrast that fills you with pride?

No, it's not the biggest problem we have. But it does have a subtly deforming effect on Britain's character that the ultimate symbol of our country, our sovereign, is picked on the most snobbish criteria of all: darling, do you know who his father was? Kids in Britain grow up knowing that we all bow and curtsy in front of a person simply because of their unearned, uninteresting bloodline. This snobbery subtly soaks out through the society, tweaking us to be deferential to unearned and talentless wealth, simply because it's there.

We live with a weird cognitive dissonance in Britain. We are always saying we should be a meritocracy, but we shriek in horror at the idea that we should pick our head of state on merit. Earlier this month, David Cameron lamented that too many people in Britain get ahead because of who their parents are. A few minutes later, without missing a beat, he praised the monarchy as the best of British. Nobody laughed. Most monarchists try to get around this dissonance by creating – through sheer force of will – the illusion that the Windsor family really is steeped in merit, and better than the rest of us. This is a theory that falls apart the moment you actually hear Charles Windsor speak.

The claims then drift even further from reality. We are told that the Windsor family is great for tourism. In fact, of the top 20 tourist attractions in Britain, only one is related to the monarchy – Windsor Castle, at number 17. Ten places ahead is Windsor Legoland. So using that logic, we should make a Lego man our head of state.

Then we are told the monarchy is a "great defender of democracy". As a logical proposition, this is almost self-refuting: to protect our democracy, we must refuse to democratically choose our head of state. But more importantly, for people who talk a lot about "respecting" our history, it is startlingly historically illiterate. The last monarch but one – Edward VIII – literally conspired with Adolf Hitler to run this country as a Nazi colony. It's only pure luck that he happened to have fallen in love with an American divorcee and had already quit the throne. That's the point about monarchy: you get whatever happens to squelch out of the royal womb. It might be a democrat, or it might – as it was two monarchs ago – be a vain and vicious enemy of democracy. To suggest it will dependably and always be one or the other is daft.

We have also invented a strange series of mental tics to protect the monarchy. Mention a republic and lots of people give the Pavlovian snap-back: "Hah! So you want President Thatcher do you? President Blair?" There is an odd assumption behind this. Did the presence of a hereditary monarch stop Thatcher or Blair doing anything they wanted to do? No. Nothing. Did it even stop them acquiring regal airs? No. Obviously not. This is simply an instinctive spasm of deference - don’t trust us with picking the leaders! Make sure there’s an aristocrat watching over us, stopping us getting funny ideas! How have these notions lingered in our national DNA for so long?

Deep down, the impulse to choose our head of state trumps our aristo-deference. A YouGov poll last year found that 64 per cent of British people want William and Kate to be next in line for the throne, ditching Charles entirely. So, my fellow Brits, let's think about this. By a clear majority, you want to set aside the hereditary principle, and choose our next head of state. I agree. There's a word for that: republicanism. If you wanted to elect William Windsor as our President, fine. That's a democratic decision, not a monarchical one.

There's going to be an attempt over the next fortnight to paint republicans as the Grinch, trying to ruin the "big day" for William and Kate out of a cocktail of kill-joy curmudgeonry and mean-spiritedness. The opposite is the truth.

The monarchist spin-machine, the tabloids and the tea-towel industry have created a pair of fictitious characters for us to cheer, while the real people behind them are being tormented by their supposed admirers. Think back to the 1981 royal wedding and you realise how little we know about these people we are supposed to get moist and weepy over. While millions wept at the "fairytale wedding", Diana was ramming her fingers down her throat, Charles was cursing that he didn't love her, and they both stood at the aisle raging against their situation and everyone around them, while the nation cheered.

Similarly, from beneath the spin, the evidence is pretty clear that William and Kate will be smiling at us through gritted teeth. We now know from several impeccable sources that for a long time as a young man, William raged against the monarchy and wanted no part of it. He once screamed at photographers: "Why won't you just let me be a normal person?" Alistair Campbell's diaries show that William is "consumed by a total hatred of the media", who he believes – pretty accurately – ruined his mother's life and contributed to her death.

This hasn't faded: he jibed in his most recent interview that he always aims to "outfox the media". But he knows the monarchy today is a rolling media road-show selling nothing but itself. That's why, in her last interview with the BBC's Jennie Bond, Diana said William had told her longingly that she was "very lucky to be able to give up your HRH" – her royal status. Republicans want to set this couple free to have good, happy lives in the Republic of Britain – which they would clearly take as a blessed relief.

When we republicans object to the hollow pantomime, we are not being negative or nasty. We are proposing a positive vision. Britain is full of amazing and inspiring people – so many that if we were to choose a ceremonial president, as they do in Ireland, we would be spoiled for choice. I can't think of anything more patriotic, and more deserving of a tumult of Union Jacks waving at a thousand street parties, than the belief that every child in Britain should grow up knowing that one day, if they do everything right, they could be our head of state. And I can't think of anything less patriotic than saying that the feudal frenzy of deference and backwardness we are about to witness is the best that Britain can do.
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Is that the new fridge Paula picked up on her trip for the Cabinet kitchen..?
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