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As all of these folks are now certified Old Age Pensioners, the question looms large: Who will replace them when Charles and then William ascends the throne? As we saw in the Diamond Jubilee, Charles is for a very streamlined Royal Family and not the yards and yards of distant cousins featured on the balcony after the Trooping of the Colour each summer. But is this realistic? Can Posh Spice (Mrs. Becks) or other celebrities take this over? Is this really even "relevent" any more. You bet your charitable contribution it is! A royal on the letterhead as "patron" makes raising money for charities, schools and general good causes much easier. Bono and Sting and the footballers and the movie stars can only do so much. There's nothing like those three little letters--H.R.H. to bring in the pounds and pence!
Who is out of the running?
Well, let's start with those who are out of the running. In times past (i.e. Victoria's day) the title H.R.H. continued down the (male) line a while. Today there are term limits. Not past the soveriegn's grandchildren of the male line. While it can be overlooked, it is helpful if the said H.R.H. is still in the line of succession (that's a euphemism for not having married a Catholic--though that's being fixed I believe since its terribly un-pc to knock someone out of the running just for marrying someone with an older religon).
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Photo (left) Earl and Countess of Ulster
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Photos: Edward (yes another Edward) Baron Downpatrick, Grandson of H.R.H. the Duke of Kent is in the tartan trews in the Bullingdon Club photo on the right. He's also in the photo below with his sisters, Lady Marina and Lady Amelia Windsor.
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Photo (right) Prince Edward Edward, Duke of Kent with daughter, Lady Helen Taylor
Also knocked out of the running are the children and grandchildren of the Duke of Kent. His sons married Catholics and none of the Duke's offspring are H.R.H.s. His heir, George, Earl of St. Andrews, so un-Royal that he won a King's Scholarship at Eton, managed to begat a son who shares membership in the notorious Bullingdon Club at Oxford [think richest, most obnoxious frat on campus] which boasts members such as Diana's nephew and Prime Minister David Cameron among many others. Lord Downpatrick (as this "Eddie" is known) and his sisters only came to light recently with an appearance in the society magazine Tatler. Their Aunt, Lady Helen Taylor, is the former "Ambassador" for Armani. Her children are also not H.R.H. but ARE C.of E. (Protestant).
The potential replacement (minor) royals:
So, who are the up-and-coming "Minor Royals?" There are four of them--all the "other" grandchildren of the Queen and Prince Philip--the children of their two younger sons. Not being Royal (i.e. not of the male line) Princess Anne's successful, apparently normal and well-adjusted, children are free to make money off their sponsorships and patronages so they don't count. I wrote about all of them a few years ago HERE, but its time for a different look at them--a job interview, if you will.
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Beatrice has tried "work," in a financial firm, but having a degree in the History of Ideas put her at a disadvantage to those people who have attended say, the London School of Economics or Harvard Business School. Plus it was difficult to work in her long nights of bar-hopping with Mom and vacations with Dave. It was just announced she's doing yet another "work experience" (i.e. volunteer) stint learning the ropes in television production or something like that. So, becoming a full-time minor royal really could improve her C.V. ['resume' to Americans]. Still, "History of Ideas" could perhaps have run her thru the major science ideas of human history so she could take on that sort of thing so Harry doesn't have to be tutored in the difference between Ortho- and Osteo- and bytes and kilowatts in order to avoid the dreaded "How did you come--by car or train?" sort of chit-chat at charity dinners and receptions for the science-minded. And she does seem to be terribly sweet to oldies -always a plus when the nursing home visits rota gets doled out. Having "come out" as dyslexic was a wise move--made her seem almost grown up and gave her her first "cause."
Princess Eugenie attended Kate's (and Princess Anne's ex Mark Phillip's) old school, Marlbourough, followed by the party school New Castle University and made headlines by....wait for it....living in a dormitory. Yes, you read that right. (More recently she has made headlines as a friend of Harry's sprite-like ex-girlfriend, Cressida Bonas.) She has a degree in art history and literature. That's good--that frees Harry from having to read something other than girlie magazines and tedious summaries of his Army training manuals the equerries prepare for him. She can take on the "high brow" stuff. And, God knows what a "charity benefits auctions manager's" long-term career outlook is anyway. That's what her Wilipedia entry claims she does as "work." Plus, like Beatrice, she has a personal cause--scoliosis--based on her surgically corrected childhood disability. You could look on this as "royal street cred," if you will. A good candidate for minor royal duties if ever there was one.
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