Royal trip to 'show strength of EU ties'

  • 17 July 2017
  • From the section UK
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For Prince George and Princess Charlotte such trips are a novelty but, as the future of the British monarchy, they'll one day become a way of life.

For their parents, the visit to Poland and then to Germany will inevitably be viewed in the context of Brexit.

It won't have any impact on the negotiations.

It will, the Foreign Office hopes, remind people of the strength of the ties that will endure after the UK has left the EU.

It's this mission the royals have pursued in recent months in various European cities.

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Princes William and Harry take control of Diana memory

  • 1 July 2017
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Image caption William and Harry were the focus of media attention at their mother's funeral in 1997

This is the start of a difficult few months for Prince William and Prince Harry as they remember their mother, who they say smothered them in love.

They were traumatised children when she died.

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Questions over royals and taxpayers' money

  • 27 June 2017
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For decades, royals and their use of taxpayers' money have had the potential to be a toxic combination.

This latest increase in funding - the Sovereign Grant will have risen from £31m to £82m over six years - has been made public at a time of continued pay restraint in the public sector and when there is a focus, after the Grenfell Tower fire, on the divide between rich and poor.

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Prince Harry interview expected to 'raise eyebrows'

  • 22 June 2017
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This is an interview that will generate some sympathy - a prince still struggling with the death of his mother - and raise some eyebrows.

Such a reaction will be prompted by Harry's suggestion that the Windsors aren't exactly falling over each other to fill what his mother once called "the top job", when it becomes vacant.

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Prince Philip statement by Buckingham Palace 'designed to reassure'

  • 21 June 2017
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Image caption Prince Philip was Ascot on Tuesday

The palace statement about Prince Philip's health has been designed to reassure.

This is a 96-year-old who is reported to be in "good spirits" and who is in hospital as a "precautionary measure".

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London fire: Queen's message a 'rallying call for unity'

  • 17 June 2017
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Image caption The queen visited those affected by the fire on Friday

In a long reign, the Queen has issued countless statements. They can sometimes be formulaic and lack the ability to resonate.

This is not one of them.

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London fire: Queen shows how to respond to disaster

  • 16 June 2017
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This is the British monarchy, in action, showing it has learned from its mistakes of the past.

Mistakes that have included the significant time that elapsed before the Queen visited the site of the Aberfan disaster in the 1960s and the "Show us you care" newspaper headlines that were printed 20 years ago in the days following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Prince Philip 'acting on own advice' in stepping down

  • 4 May 2017
  • From the section UK
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This is Prince Philip acting on his own advice, nearly six years later.

When he turned 90 he told the BBC it was "better to get out before you reach your sell-by date".

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Harry's mental health interview 'following Diana's example'

  • 17 April 2017
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This is a senior royal as we rarely see or hear them.

Prince Harry is part of the future of an institution that once embodied the British stiff-upper-lip approach to life.

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Royals continue private school tradition for Prince George

  • 24 March 2017
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Image caption Prince George's father, Prince William, went to nursery school at the age of three

When it comes to education, the royals have embraced change, but not revolutionary change.

Prince George's great-grandmother had a governess. A home based education was the norm for upper class girls like the future Queen.

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