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The Windsors / Re: Royal Interiors, Part II
« on: April 07, 2016, 09:22:57 AM »
The Cambridges this week hosted a reception at Kensington Palace in advance of their upcoming foreign tour.  Photos of the reception were not clear enough for me to answer answer this question:  when they host official functions at Kensington, are those held in the palace's state rooms, or in the Cambridge's private apartments?

In the past I suspect that official royal events at Kensington were always in the state apartments.  But since Historic Royal Palaces renovated it and turned the lower 2 floors of the state block into public exhibition / function rooms, I wonder if those apartments still at the disposal of the royal family for official functions?  And if so, would the Royal Household have to "rent" the rooms (as any other company / institution would do), or are they still entitled to use them free as back when the entire palace was under the control of the Royal Household?

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The Windsors / Re: Country Homes (Estates) of British Royals
« on: November 23, 2015, 03:43:44 PM »
A little late response, to be sure, but the annual Ghillies Ball is traditionally held on a Thursday in mid September.  Last year (2014) it was delayed a day until Friday to allow the estate staff to cast their ballots in the Scottish independence referendum.

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The Windsors / Re: Princess Beatrice of York Pt II
« on: February 05, 2015, 04:02:01 PM »
I agree with the probability point.  Science now shows that our old beliefs (brown dominant over blue) is not always that simple; my own family being a perfect illustration.  My grandmother had seven blonde, blue-eyed children.  All married dark-haired & brown-eyed spouses, yet all 7 couples produced only blonde / blue eyed children.  Even in the next generation, my brother went on to marry a Latina; their offspring had their mother's dark Latin skin and features, yet with my brother's striking blue eyes and blonde hair. 

I guess you never can tell - and the York princesses are another example (although red hair does tend to descend a little more prominently from what I've seen myself).

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The Windsors / Re: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York
« on: October 21, 2014, 06:59:55 AM »
Well, well, look who has reappeared!  Sarah, Duchess of York on 15 October attended a Windsor Castle dinner officially marking the 21st anniversary of her charity Children in Crisis, and unofficially / jointly happening on her 55th birthday.  Hosted by her former husband HRH The Duke of York, the dinner was also attended by their two daughters and 250 other guests. 

The press seem to be reporting this as if it signals a "relaunch" of the Duchess, but I suspect that's wishful thinking on their part.  Aside from being founded by the Duchess of York, this charity is supported by the Duke as well as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie; therefore, the dinner just falls into the same category as the other 200 or so receptions held annually at the castle for charities and organizations that the royals support.   

In any event, pictures of the event show the duchess looking slim and well-put together so that is nice. 

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The Windsors / Re: Prince Henry/Prince Harry of Wales
« on: September 30, 2014, 09:11:48 AM »
Quite true, although the timing suggests that even William's second son (assuming he has one) might not become Duke of York.   

Let's say this new baby is a second son, and that he is granted a dukedom on his marriage 30 years from now.  Given the Windsors' longevity, the current Duke of York has a good chance of still being around (he'd be about 84 or 85 years old, still younger than his parents are today).

Then again - anything can happen.  There might not even be a monarchy in 2045.  Or the granting of new peerages may have ceased by then. 

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The Windsors / Re: Prince Henry/Prince Harry of Wales
« on: September 29, 2014, 09:00:12 AM »
While it's traditional for a younger son of a monarch to become Duke of York, that's only when the title is available!

I can't imagine that Prince Henry of Wales will ever become Duke of York.  The present Duke of York is only 54 - excepting any unfortunate accident or illness he is likely to be around for another 30 to 40 years.  By the time of his death when the Dukedom of York falls extinct and is available to be granted anew, Harry will have been long married and probably will have grown children (maybe even grandchildren). 

Harry will most likely be granted some other dukedom when he marries. 

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The Windsors / Re: Prince Henry/Prince Harry of Wales
« on: September 24, 2014, 02:21:15 PM »
Does anyone else think that maybe the Queen will grant Harry a dukedom of his own when he turns 30 this month? I'm thinking it is a strong possibility.

I'm curious, what makes you think Harry would get a dukedom? 

I suppose I was thinking that a royal dukedom would maybe help ground him; help him transition from a playful prince to a more serious one. Don't get me wrong, I love his playful side and I hope he never loses that.  It was just a gut feeling I had, but since his birthday has come and gone, I was apparently very wrong.   

Interesting, I had almost the opposite feeling, that the Queen would be disinclined to grant him a peerage until he had proven himself mature enough to hold the honor.  In any event, given the precedent Her Majesty has followed throughout her reign I suspect we will have to wait for Harry's marriage to see him wearing a ducal coronet.

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The Windsors / Re: Prince Henry/Prince Harry of Wales
« on: September 11, 2014, 01:27:25 PM »
Does anyone else think that maybe the Queen will grant Harry a dukedom of his own when he turns 30 this month? I'm thinking it is a strong possibility.

I'm curious, what makes you think Harry would get a dukedom?  During Victoria's time and before, it was common for princes to be given dukedoms before marriage.  But aside from the exceptions of the Duke of Windsor at his abdication, and Charles automatically being a duke on his mother's succession, the last time a royal prince was created as a peer aside from at his marriage was in June 1920 when the Queen's father was created Duke of York (incidentally this was not his birthday but when he was age 25 1/2).  The Queen's younger sons and Prince William were not given titles until marriage.

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The Windsors / Re: Change of name to Windsor in 1917
« on: July 02, 2014, 11:15:31 AM »
Anti-German sentiment had been growing throughout the Empire during the war years, but it reached its peak in March of 1917 by two major events.  First a heavy German aircraft which bore the unfortunate name of Gotha G. IV, began bombing London directly.  Second, on 15 March Nicholas II abdicated the Russian throne which raised the potential of the eventual abolition of all the monarchies of Europe. 

The King and his family were finally convinced to abandon all titles held under the German Crown and to change German titles and house names to Anglo versions. On 17 July 1917, George V issued the royal proclamation which formally established the House and Family of Windsor.

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Iberian Royal Families / Re: King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia of Spain
« on: June 04, 2014, 03:15:25 PM »
Assuming that the republicans do not prevail and Felipe is proclaimed King, where will the new monarchs likely live?  Is it more likely that Juan Carlos and Sophia move out of Zarzuela to make way for their successors, or it is a better bet that Felipe and Letizia take up residence at El Pardo or another royal residence?

Felipe and Letizia will stay in their current home.

Thanks - I see in the press that palace insiders are also saying they will remain at the Prince's Pavilion.  But I can't help but wonder if that is merely temporary?  It certainly makes sense for them to remain at the Zarzuela complex (given the vast investment in infrastructure spent there over the past few decades to make it suitable as a base of the King).  But while Zarzuela Palace is arguably the smallest / most humble residence among Europe's crowned heads, the Prince's Pavilion is even smaller!  It hardly seems sufficient to support the household and functions of the monarch - even assuming audiences and councils will take place at the adjoining main palace.

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Iberian Royal Families / Re: King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia of Spain
« on: June 03, 2014, 07:11:03 AM »
Assuming that the republicans do not prevail and Felipe is proclaimed King, where will the new monarchs likely live?  Is it more likely that Juan Carlos and Sophia move out of Zarzuela to make way for their successors, or it is a better bet that Felipe and Letizia take up residence at El Pardo or another royal residence?

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The Windsors / Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« on: May 09, 2014, 08:02:12 AM »
I suppose we could debate which rulers should - or shouldn't - be included in the list of "reigning monarchs" around the dates when Elizabeth II surpasses each one.  But to me, there are only really 2 big milestones for her to pass: the first when she becomes the longest reigning British monarch (passing Victoria's reign), and the next would be longest-ever reigning monarch (Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein). 

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The Windsors / Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« on: May 08, 2014, 02:14:46 PM »
Quite so, although King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been in poor health for many years and was even hospitalized continuously for four years (2009 and 2013).  Ever since he has lived in semi-seclusion at his seaside palace, appearing in public only rarely such as the service for the 64th anniversary of his coronation last week.  Elizabeth II, by contrast, enjoys remarkably robust health despite being 2 years older than the Thai king.

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The Windsors / Re: Edward and Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex
« on: April 01, 2014, 07:29:16 AM »
Agreed.  Has anybody come across any good pictures or plans of the Wessex' home at Bagshot Park?  I've searched and searched, but only found a few pics of a recent charity reception hosted in the house - not enough to get a feel for the interior.

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The Windsors / Re: Royal Palaces in London (except Buckingham Palace)
« on: April 01, 2014, 07:22:04 AM »
Yes, a corridor linking St. Jameses Palace State Apartments to Clarence House was added by William IV, who remained at Clarence House as king rather than moving to Buckingham Palace.  Here's a link to a page with the original floor plan of the house.

http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/royal-residences/british-royal-residences/clarence-house/

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