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« Reply #8745 on: October 14, 2019, 05:47:38 PM »

It's a pity he couldn't hand-write the letter; it's not that long and wouldn't have taken a few minutes out of his busy schedule

It took me a second to decipher "with best wishes" so probably for the best

I agree, I think they type the letters to make them easier to read. It took me a moment to figure out the " with best wishes" too.
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« Reply #8746 on: October 21, 2019, 01:02:09 AM »

Cant wait to see this documentary

Royal heartbreak: Tearful Charles admits ‘confronting own mortality’ at William takeover

https://www.express.co.uk...william-duchy-of-cornwall

In the trailer posted in the article you get to see a preview of William talking to local residents about what to expect from him when the baton is passed down to him.

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The heir to the throne, along with second-in-line William, features in an ITV documentary about the 700-year-old estate. The Duke of Cambridge is learning about organic farming, how to deal with tenants, and answer questions about how Brexit will impact farm incomes. The show has access to Charles and the estate which he has built up over the past 50 years – as a business to support himself, immediate family and charities.

This first episode examines Charles’s life work as the longest serving Duke of Cornwall – referred to by his staff and tenants as “the boss”.

It visits the Duchy headquarters, adjacent to Buckingham Palace and the struggling farms on the Isles of Scilly. It also shows how young families are supported as they get into farming.

In the second episode, the focus is on transition as Charles, 70, suggests that one day he will pass running of the estate to William.

He said: “I can’t believe it’s 50 years of this, because it doesn’t seem possible. Because of course, it’s a lifetime, completely.”

Asked how he feels about the “succession” to William, he replied: “Confronting your own mortality is a very good thing for you, if I may say so, it’s quite good for the soul.” Emotionally, he watches William, 37, talking to a tenant farmer about the pressures of hill farming.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it. I was deeply touched and moved by what he [William] said.

“It practically reduced me to tears, it did really because I suddenly thought... well just hearing that from him, has made the last 50 years worthwhile.

“I want to be able to potter round, you know on a stick, in my dotage, saying gosh look at this, you know.”

William, who is already taking his future responsibilities seriously, added: “I’ve started to think about how I will inherit the Duchy one day and what I do with it.”

In the meantime, the young royal showed he is as flummoxed as everyone about the future under Brexit in an exchange with tenant farmer Mervyn Keeling.

He pressed William about the impact on hill farmers when EU subsidies disappear. William said he has met some of them and they were “worried”.

William later sought to reassure Mr Keeling saying: “I am very passionate about my farming.

“I just want to learn more about it and... if I can actually get my fingers into a bit more farming myself, then that’s the best way to learn, you see it all.”

The Prince revealed that his son George is “obsessed” with farming. The show also highlights many of Charles’s idiosyncrasies such as that he travels with his own marmalade and has an aversion to the colour yellow.

Princes Charles said he was mindful of the Duchy’s history. At a party, he said: “The wonderful thing about the Duchy... has always been that family association, going back all these generations. It’s nearly 700 years old.

“I think I shall die before that moment comes probably – but the fact that we still have some farms going back to 1337 is, I think, of enormous importance, that we have this connection with all of you.”

He joked: “Thank you ladies and gentlemen for paying your rent every now and then!”
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« Reply #8747 on: October 21, 2019, 01:21:35 AM »

He thinks he’s dying before age 87?
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« Reply #8748 on: October 21, 2019, 01:26:33 AM »

He thinks he’s dying before age 87?

He's probably just being melodramatic...this is Charles were talking about.
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« Reply #8749 on: October 21, 2019, 01:52:15 AM »

I must say I am very pleased that William seems to be taking an interest.  I hope this is true.  Has our little boy finally grown up?  Tongue
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« Reply #8750 on: October 21, 2019, 02:24:07 AM »

William has been chairing the meetings of the Duchy of Cornwall this year. Charles hasn't been attending them. The transition to the next reign is clearly underway and it has been obvious this year - Charles has attended a meeting or two of the Duchy of Lancaster while William has been doing the Cornwall meetings, William has established his own household separate from his brother and the housing situation clearly identifies the differences between the paths of the heir to that of the younger siblings, Charles sat on the Consort's throne at the State Opening of Parliament for the first time (in 2017 he sat where Camilla sat this year, in the previous years they sat together but Philip was with the Queen) etc etc etc
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« Reply #8751 on: October 21, 2019, 02:30:50 AM »

William has been chairing the meetings of the Duchy of Cornwall this year. Charles hasn't been attending them. The transition to the next reign is clearly underway and it has been obvious this year - Charles has attended a meeting or two of the Duchy of Lancaster while William has been doing the Cornwall meetings, William has established his own household separate from his brother and the housing situation clearly identifies the differences between the paths of the heir to that of the younger siblings, Charles sat on the Consort's throne at the State Opening of Parliament for the first time (in 2017 he sat where Camilla sat this year, in the previous years they sat together but Philip was with the Queen) etc etc etc

I think it's great that they are transitioning things too. I know HM is in pretty good health at the moment, but there could come a time in the not-to-distant future where she is queen in name only so it makes sense for Charles to be doing so much so the transition is seamless when the time comes (I personally see nothing wrong with "retiring" but I know she's in it for life). I think Charles been an outstanding POW as well, so I'm glad William appears to finally be taking the role seriously and working with Charles to learn what really goes into it so he can hopefully serve well there too. Since HM has been queening so long, I imagine it's really weird for them to imagine a world without her when that is their whole lives.
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« Reply #8752 on: October 21, 2019, 02:59:18 AM »

He thinks he’s dying before age 87?

He's probably just being melodramatic...this is Charles were talking about.

Yes, he's being melodramatic, given that his mother and father are still with us at 93 and 98, and QEQM was 101 when she passed.

I can understand him getting a bit emotional watching William (finally) grow up and getting ready to take on the Duchy. He's that kind of guy too. It's nice to see in the usually stiff upper lip BRF.
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« Reply #8753 on: October 21, 2019, 03:52:10 AM »

It seems like the signs of the coming transition  are starting to move a little faster
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« Reply #8754 on: October 21, 2019, 09:18:20 AM »

He thinks he’s dying before age 87?

He's probably just being melodramatic...this is Charles were talking about.

Yes, he's being melodramatic, given that his mother and father are still with us at 93 and 98, and QEQM was 101 when she passed.

I can understand him getting a bit emotional watching William (finally) grow up and getting ready to take on the Duchy. He's that kind of guy too. It's nice to see in the usually stiff upper lip BRF.

I think it’s understandable. It’s not just about passing the baton. It’s also about his mother eventually passing away for the transition to fully go through (that has to be very odd actually..) and about him leaving a position he truly made his own in a way few has done before. To see his son step into the role must be very emotional. Also because William likely won’t be in it for long either - and George is already been pre-prepared..
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« Reply #8755 on: October 21, 2019, 11:11:10 AM »

It could also be  newly necessary "product differentiation" between the heir and the (former) spare ...
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« Reply #8756 on: October 21, 2019, 11:13:23 AM »

Indeed, William is now following in the footsteps of Charles.. hopefully it will also mean they get closer.
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« Reply #8757 on: October 21, 2019, 12:17:36 PM »

Indeed, William is now following in the footsteps of Charles.. hopefully it will also mean they get closer.

Charles and William could be a pretty formidable team.

Charles (if his Windsor forebears are anything to go by) could easily live another 100 years, but the passing on of the Duchy must be bittersweet. It's been a labour of love and something that has no doubt given him direction and a sense of control while he waits in the wings.

5 years ago, the idea of William taking on the Duchy would have sounded ridiculous, but now? He seems to be stepping up. He's made his peace with things, has good people around him, and derives strength and stability from his family. No wonder Chuck is tearing up.



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« Reply #8758 on: October 22, 2019, 03:39:29 AM »

William held a Duchy of Cornwall meeting this morning.
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« Reply #8759 on: October 22, 2019, 04:14:47 AM »

William held a Duchy of Cornwall meeting this morning.

Or was that Duchy of Cornwall Emergency War Cabinet Re a Certain Interloper meeting?
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