After Prince William and Kate Middleton got married, the dynamics within the royal family changed
Besides Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip have three other children—Princess Royal Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. They’re a nuclear family, but since Prince William and Kate Middleton have added to the next generation in line for the throne, the royal family has become somewhat two-tiered. An example of this came during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee during a flotilla on the Thames. Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry joined the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Camilla Parker Bowles on their boat. Princess Anne, Princes Andrew and Edward, and their families rode down the river separately.
Prince Harry participated in at least one missile attack against the Taliban while he was deployed in Afghanistan
Prince Harry has done a fair amount of service, including being deployed to Afghanistan for a 4-month stretch. He was an Apache helicopter pilot and served as a copilot gunner in a missile attack on the Taliban.
The Queen’s death is now more of an open topic
A recent long-form article in The Guardian discussed the secret plan for what will happen when the Queen dies. But among the royal household and the royal family, the Queen apparently believes that an open discussion is “healthy and important.”
A new book has been released and claims to expose the true feelings former German chancellor Helmut Kohl had regarding various heads of state during his time as the head of Germany from 1982-1998.
Though Mr.Kohl is said to have tried vehemently to halt the book’s publication, it published nevertheless and seems to contain some fascinating insight.
The Daily Mail writes:
The former German chancellor Helmut Kohl branded the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana ‘idiotic’, an explosive new book has claimed.
The 84-year-old, who led Germany from 1982 to 1998, also added that had Diana become queen immediately, she ‘would have done her bit in bed’.
It has also emerged he described Prince Philip as a ‘blockhead’ and accused former prime minister Margaret Thatcher of falling asleep at meetings.
The claims come in a controversial book by by journalist Heribert Schwan and is based on extensive interviews with the former chancellor.
According to the book, Mr Kohl told Mr Schwan that while Prince Charles was ‘entirely friendly’, he was unimpressed with his marriage to Diana Spencer in 1981.
He said: ‘Her marriage was an absolutely idiotic affair.
‘Had she become queen immediately she would have done her bit in bed, created three princes and her duty to the nation would have been fulfilled. But like this she had to travel around, talk to mayors and so on and then she withered away.’ (Daily Mail)
I don’t think he said anything particularly damning, but I understand a person, especially a public figure, not wanting their personal views remembered ahead of their political career.
Yesterday was the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games. The games, which have wounded servicemen and women compete, is one of Prince Harry’s patronages, and one he holds very dear to his heart.
In his speech, Harry, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, said: “Over the past eight years, I have witnessed the whole cycle of life changing injury; evacuating soldiers and local Afghans to hospital; flying home from Afghanistan with some of those critically injured; meeting others in hospital coming to terms with life changing injuries; and finally trying to keep up with twelve wounded veterans on our way to the South Pole.
“I can only begin to imagine how challenging the journey of recovery is, but the admiration I have for these men and women, to move beyond their injuries, is limitless.”
He told how he had been inspired by the Warrior Games in the US. “Seeing people who, only months earlier, had been told they’d never walk again, now winning medals in front of their family and friends was breath taking.
“I knew that anyone would be inspired by what these men and women had achieved, not just other servicemen and women, but all those adjusting to life post injury.”
He told the competitors in London: “The British public’s support for our servicemen and women has been exceptional; I know they will show you the same over the coming days.
“Finally, I would like to thank you for the tremendous example you set. Your stories move, inspire and humble us. You prove that anything is possible, if you have the will.” (Express)
After King Juan Carlos’ big announcement last week, talks of other monarchies following suit continue to buzz across all royal houses. Now it’s come out that King Juan Carlos prefers his son have a chance, obviously putting other monarchies in the hot seat as to their fates…
After Prince William’s latest announcement regarding his career now that he is officially retired from the RAF, and with the upcoming book about the lives of RAF wives and Kate’s foreward, I thought it’d be a great time to recap some royals in the military. (Click the photo for the caption.)
“In April 2004, the Crown Prince was appointed as a commander, senior grade in the navy, lieutenant colonel in the army and lieutenant colonel in the air force. Crown Prince Frederik remains active in the defence.” -kongehuset.dk
Crown Princess Mary began basic military training in 2008, and in 2009 was made a lieutenant in the Home Guard.
“The King performed his military service in the Royal Netherlands Navy from August 1985 to January 1987. … After graduating in 1993, King Willem-Alexander gained his Military Pilot’s Licence with 334 Transport Squadron of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. In 1994 the King spent several months at the Netherlands Defence College, studying aspects of the work of the Royal Netherlands Army and Air Force.” – nlembassy.org
“The Prince of Wales currently holds the ranks of Admiral in the Royal Navy, Air Chief Marshal in the Royal Air Force and General in the Army.” – royal.gov.uk
Crown Princess Victoria: Basic military Training at the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre in 2003.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit: Basic Training for the Norwegian Civil Defense in 2009.
“Prince Harry, who has the rank of Captain, continues to serve in the Armed Forces… Prince Harry remains a Commissioned Officer in the Household Cavalry.” – princehenryofwales.org
Princess Marie: Basic Training with the Civil Defense in 2011
“In his military life, The Duke is known as Flight Lieutenant William Wales.” – royal.gov.uk
“Prince Joachim began his military education in 1987 as a recruit in the Queen’s Own Regiment. In 1988 the prince became a sergeant, and a year later, a lieutenant of the reserve. Prince Joachim served as a platoon commander of a tank squadron from 1989 to 1990. In 1990 the Prince gained the rank of first lieutenant of the reserve, and in 1992 he was appointed Captain of the reserve. After appointment to Major of the reserve in 2005, the Prince remains active in the defence reserve.” – http://theroyalfamilies.wikia.com
“Prince Carl Philip completed his military service with the Amphibious Battalion of Vaxholm’s Coast Artillery Regiment and is trained as a combat boat commander (combat boat 90). … Prince Carl Philip became a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Swedish Navy and went on to become a Lieutenant in December 2004.” – kungahuset.se
“Commander of the General Land Army Corps (Infantry), Lieutenant Commander in the General Navy and Commander of the General Air Force. He is also a helicopter pilot (qualified for instrument flight in Air Force Squadron 402) and has his Helicopter Pilot’s Wings for both the Land Army and the Navy.”-TRF
Do you think Kate will follow suit of the other Crown Princesses and do basic training?