Ireland trip historic and poignant for Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are undertaking a visit to the Republic of Ireland. Many historic moments are happening, one of which is the meeting between the Prince and Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein. It is a massive moment in Anglo-Irish relations, much like the Queen’s meeting with Martin McGuinness during her visit to the Republic a couple of years ago.

The most poignant moment came when Charles visited the fishing village Mullaghmore, the site of Lord Mountbatten’s assassination in 1979. Lord Mountbatten, known in the family as “Dickie”, had been very close to Charles. The prince adored him so much that he dubbed Mountbatten his “honorary grandfather”.

When Mountbatten was killed by a bomb planted on his fishing boat, Charles was devastated. His mentor was gone. The prince was also grief-stricken over the other bombing victims: one of Mountbatten’s twin grandsons; boat boy Paul Maxwell; and the Dowager Lady Brabourne had all died from the blast. Mountbatten’s daughter and son-in-law were hospitalized with serious injuries.

Mountbatten’s funeral was held in Westminster Abbey. Jaw set, Charles gave a moving eulogy in his naval uniform, bedecked with his own medals as well as Mountbatten’s. He quoted Psalm 107:23, “They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; [24] These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.”

Mountbatten was buried at Romsey Abbey, near his home at Broadlands.

On Wednesday, May 20th, Charles paid tribute to Mountbatten again during his speech at the ‘Model Arts Centre’ in Sligo town.

It was, once again, a moving speech from Charles for his honorary grandfather. The prince encouraged peace for future generations, and spoke of how he intimately understood the loss felt by so many killed by IRA violence.

I’ll be honest: there wasn’t a dry eye at this keyboard. Good for Charles in cementing peace. God bless the Prince of Wales.

Another Royal Visit For The USA

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Royal Visit Dundurn Castle Balcony. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s another royal visit for the USA! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a highly successful visit back in December. Now HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall pay a visit to the heart of our nation in Washington, DC.

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrived in our capitol on Tuesday to begin their four-day tour. Reports on the trip via the British Embassy state that the royal couple will meet with President Obama as well as visit sites of historical importance.

The purpose of the trip is to boost Britain’s partnership with the United States in areas close to Charles’s heart, such as climate change.

Prior to the Prince and the Duchess arriving here Stateside, the CNN network aired an exclusive interview with the pair just a few days ago. CNN’s London correspondent Max Foster spoke to Charles and Camilla for the program back in January.

The couple celebrate ten years of marriage in April.


The Cambridges: Full-Time Royals Or Not?

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English: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, on his first royal tour after his marriage, visiting Ottawa for Canada Day celebrations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Cambridges: Full-Time Royals Or Not?

On last week’s RoyaltyNow! radio show, I discussed whether or not the Duke of Cambridge could fulfill two roles at once. Can he be both an Air Ambulance pilot AND Prince? He seems to think so.

According to CNN’s Max Foster, the Palace says that Prince William’s job with the air ambulance will be his “primary occupation” but he will also take time to perform royal duties and charitable work. That’s quite a schedule! Prince Harry is a soldier as well as a royal, so Prince William should be able to manage pilot duties in between royal duties. Right?

Let’s take a look.

Prince Harry has been pegged as an insouciant wild child, but there’s no denying his work ethic. He has been overseas in the military serving Queen and country in horrible conditions. His patronages include helping people in need, whether it’s after a natural disaster or the children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in Lesotho, Africa.

Although he has a full-time career in the military as an Apache helicopter pilot, Harry still acts in his capacity as a prince representing the Queen. He carries out engagements and travels overseas as part of his royal duties.

This should all bode well for William. Some people say that by joining the air ambulance service, William is expanding the royal role. That the prince is helping people in need, much like Harry, and that he should be able to have this career without criticism.

Not only will he be helping people in need, the prince is giving his salary to charity. Good thing, since this civilian air ambulance he’ll be flying is run by a charity and probably needs the funds to keep running effectively.

It just seems so weird to me. I can’t shake it. Harry’s life makes so much more sense. I’m sorry, but I am just confused by the Cambridges.

First the Cambridges renovate Kensington Palace to the tune of millions of pounds, now they’re not even going to be there. Or if they are, it’s only for a brief stopover to perform a royal duty or two while in London. Most of the time they will be at their country home, Anmer Hall, for William’s new job. So why all the dollars thrown at Kensington Palace right now? It seems so unnecessary at the moment.

Then the job itself. It’s not an ordinary pilot job, it’s an emergency service. Whereas Harry’s schedule is EITHER in the military OR acting as a royal, William’s new job sounds like he will be called upon in – you guessed it – an emergency.

For example, the Cambridges are in London for a Tusk Trust gala. Will the prince zoom back to pilot an air ambulance for an emergency? If he has made it clear that that particular day is for royal duties, who fills in? Does the service have to hire a whole new person to cover for William, or is someone going to pull a double shift? Either way, it sounds costly and/or inconvenient for the air ambulance. It’s an odd set-up, to say the least.

The Age Gap

Then there’s the age gap. I love Charles and Camilla, but they are at the age where most people think about retiring (or already have done). That’s not to say that they can’t do their jobs. I realized a long time ago that British royals don’t do retirement, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh being prime examples. Age ain’t nothin’ but a number to them, but at some point, both couples will need younger back-ups for those long-haul tours and extensive engagements. As much as we want them to be superhuman, that’s just not the case.

Those closest to the throne will need to step it up. That’s Prince William, Duchess Kate, and Prince Harry.

Yes, there are other members of the family to help the Queen, but William is second in line. His lack of understanding of an institution that is based on precedence is worrying. It’s willful, and that’s distressing.

Stay tuned for more.

Prince Charles Pays Tribute To Robin Williams

The Prince of Wales has joined the multitude of mourners over the loss of comedian Robin Williams.

Williams committed suicide in his California home. He was 63 years old.

Prince Charles spoke to the media over his sadness over Williams’s death.

“I greatly enjoyed meeting him on several occasions and his irreplaceable contribution to life will be greatly missed by countless people, including myself. He was a remarkable man, whose wonderful frenetic humour brought a special kind of laughter into people’s lives.”