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Prince Charles, (Charles Philip Arthur George)  The Prince of Wales, KG KT GCB OM AK QSO CD SOM GCL PC AdC(P) FRS was born on 14 November 1948.

As the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, he  is the heir apparent to sixteen Realms including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Since 1958, his principal title has been HRH The Prince of Wales. In Scotland he is additionally known as The Duke of Rothesay. Prince Charles was educated at Cheam and Gordonstoun Schools, which his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had attended as a child. He spent two terms at the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar in Australia.

On being awarded a bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College, Cambridge, Prince Charles served with the Royal Navy from  1971 to 76. He married Lady Diana Spencer before an enormous worldwide television audience in 1981. They had two sons, Prince William of Wales in 1982 and Prince Harry of Wales in 1984. The marriage was dissolved in in 1996.

Diana, Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997.

In 2005,  the Prince married Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Apart from his education in 1967, Prince Charles has often been in Australia, in particular in
 1970, 1974, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1994 1996 and  2005



..remarkable charity work...




 The prince is well-known for his charity work and sponsors The Prince's Trust, The Prince's Regeneration Trust, and the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment, among other charities.

ACM has long been indicating something newsworthy not much mentioned in the media - in a typical year he raises around  one quarter of a billion dollars (A$1 billion) for charity.

He has been outspoken concerning architecture and the conservation of old buildings and has produced a book on the subject called A Vision of Britain (1989). He has also promoted herbal and other alternative medical treatment.
 

Prince Receives 'Wings' From Prince Charles Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 16 January 2010

Prince William has been presented with his 'wings' by his father - Prince Charles - after completing an advance helicopter training course. Flight Lieutenant Wales is now a step closer to becoming an RAF search and rescue pilot. Sky's Geoff Meade reports.



According to Tom Bonnet of Sky News (15/1), Prince Charles spoke about the dangers of the job and took time to poke fun at its tamer tasks. "Some of you no doubt will find yourselves in Afghanistan where the ground troops will put great faith in you.Others no doubt among you will be plucking people from danger, maybe sheep in distress, not to mention endless ladies with conveniently sprained ankles on awkward mountain sides across the country. Whatever the case, you will all be in charge of an amazingly expensive piece of kit which a lot of people won't want you to break, so I can only suggest that you cultivate that sixth sense, if you know what I mean, which can so often keep you out of trouble."

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Later this month Prince  William will move to RAF Valley on Anglesey, North Wales, to learn to fly Sea King helicopters. He will  be taught to rescue mountaineers or exhausted swimmers in treacherous conditions, reports Tom Bonnet. Group Captain Jock Brown, Commandant of the Defence Helicopter Flying School, told Sky:

 "This is one of the most demanding helicopter flying courses in the world, it is no small feat to achieve the standard required to pass it. Prince William has done l and achieved everything we have asked of him, both on the ground and in the air. I am confident he will do well in the next stage of his training."
 

Prince Charles served as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot, as did his uncle, the Duke of York, who was a Sea King helicopter pilot during the 1982 Falklands War.

 
 
Dream on comrades Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
   
   
 

Surely the Daily Mail and its Sunday stablemate know that the idea of the Crown not passing to the heir is preposterous. This would involve submitting a proposal to change the law relating to the succession to the governments of sixteen realms. Even if it were approved, legislation would have to be considered by  sixteen parliaments, to say nothing of any complexities which may arise in federations.

And what would be the reason, the explanation? The need for a newspaper headline?

That of course did not stop this foolish story from going around the world. It managed to get into evening TV bulletins, and was treated as if it were a serious possibility.

 

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That Prince William will obviously take up more duties over the years is self evident. As a spokesman for St James’ Palace told the Mail on Sunday (13/12): “Both Prince William and Prince Harry have gradually increased the number of engagements they carry out in support of the Queen, although their focus remains on their full-time careers in the Armed Services.”

In fact, according to Andrew Pierce in the London Daily Telegraph (12/12), Prince William graduated with “flying colours” according to the Ministry of Defence after an intensive training course at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire. The Prince of Wales will be at the ceremony at Shawbury next month when his son is presented with his wings.  

This clarification from St James’ Palace did not stop the Mail from speculating that The Queen believes Prince William represents the best long-term interests of the monarchy and even that the Crown will go straight to him.




...manufactured controversy....




Glen Owen, the Mail on Sunday Political Correspondent referred to a government announcement  granting Prince Charles tax relief “worth hundreds of thousands of pounds”, by allowing him to deduct his sons’ official expenses from his tax return. This they said , was “slipped out” on Budget Day in a separate ministerial note and was picked up by newspapers only several days later.

The report said this relates to an office at St James’s Palace, with six members of staff, which for the past few months has been organising the affairs of Princes William and Harry. Previously, the Princes had been represented by Charles’ staff.

St James’ Palace explained the arrangements: “The Royal Household and HMRC agreed to update the Memorandum of Understanding for the first time in many years to reflect changes in the Royal Family. The previous Memorandum still included the Princess of Wales and not Prince William or Prince Harry.” “The new MoU merely streamlined the bureaucratic arrangements concerning Prince William’s and Prince Harry’s official lives.”

“The new MoU made no difference to the amount of tax paid by the Prince’s Household.”

  

This of course is a reasonable, proper and lawful measure. If His Royal Highness is paying for the performance of official duties out of his own pocket, he ought to be allowed to include them in his tax return.

So why did the Mail refer to this as a tax “perk”? Would the Mail refer to its reasonable proper and lawful deductions as perks? Would journalists?
 

 And was it really necessary to obtain the mandatory vicious comment on this from some miniscule republican group? Or did the Mail just want to create an artificial controversy?





....republican silver bullet...

 

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In the meantime the leading Australian press and broadcast commentator Andrew Bolt (15/12)  has written a piece summarising the quandary Australia’s republicans are in. Referring to the nation’s leading women’s magazine, he has posted a comment on his blog headed : “Try telling Women’s Weekly it can’t have King William.“

He refers to the latest silver bullet the republicans think will ensure some sort of politicians’ republic falls into their laps. That is the end of this reign.  

Andrew Bolt points out that the architect of 1999’s failed republican referendum says the reign must end “ “before Australians would vote out the monarchy forever.”

He notes that  Malcolm Turnbull said the Queen’s departure from the throne would be a watershed event that would galvanise the population into debating what type of head of state they wanted.Andrew Bolt then refers to the prominent republican   Greg Barns, who said:

“One of the reasons why Australians voted against the proposition advocated by the republican cause in 1999 was because of an enduring admiration and affection for the Queen Mother and the current Australian Head of State – Elizabeth....”

 Mr. Barns forgets that his republicans attacked ACM at the time of the referendum for “not mentioning The Queen.” We of course concentrated on the ramifications of their proposal, and not on the evident qualities of our Sovereign.

“ Last year in the north-eastern Victorian town of Corryong,” continues Mr. Barns,” a group of women in their 60s and 70s gathered in the main street for their morning ‘cuppa.’ I was introduced to them and we began to talk about the republic. All six of these women told me that they would vote for a republic once the Queen Mother had died and Elizabeth had also died or abdicated in favour of Charles.”


But as Andrew Bolt says it:  “Dream on, comrades.”

Any republican who thinks Australians will be rushing to take up some politicians’ republic at the end of this reign just does not understand the Australian people, the way the nation the Commonwealth and the world will be engrossed in this sad event and how they will gradually measure the impact of the new reign, the new sovereign and the next Prince of Wales.

Referring to the speculation in the Mail, he adds: “Do you really think the women of Australia will vote to get rid of King William?”

   

 

 

 
Prince Charles: one quarter of billion for charity Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 25 June 2009

Prince Charles raised $0.270 billion for charity in the year to 31 March 2009. He spent over half of his personal after tax income from the Duchy of Cornwall to support his official and charity work. No allowance is paid by the British Government, but official travel undertaken at the request of the government , property maintenance and communications are subsidized by The Queen’s Grant-in-Aid funding. 

The year was busier than ever for The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in terms of public engagements throughout the UK, and overseas on behalf of the Government, according to the latest Annual Review from Clarence House.

 The Prince, aged 60, and The Duchess undertook 658 joint and solo official engagements, hosted more than 9,000 people at events at royal residences, and travelled more than 50,000 miles at home and abroad in the course of their work.


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....main themes...



 Among the main themes of Their Royal Highnesses’ working year were the environment (with a particular focus on saving the tropical rainforests); supporting the Armed Forces and their families; and travelling overseas to maintain and enhance British influence with key international partners, tackle climate change and promote better inter-faith understanding.

 The year also saw the establishment of a new Royal Household at St James’s Palace for Prince William and Prince Harry who are involved both in military service and in charitable work. 


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[ The Princes and Daniel Craig ]


As it does each year, the Review provides details of The Prince’s charitable activities. In 2008-09, His Royal Highness helped to raise, directly or indirectly, £130 million (A$270 million) to support the work of his 20 core charities, which as a group represents the UK’s largest multi-cause charitable enterprise.





...the environment....





The latest Review provides more information than ever before about the Household’s impact on the environment, and reveals that the Household cut its carbon emissions by seven per cent last year and its fossil fuel use by 15 per cent. 

The carbon footprint figures are included in the Sustainability Account section of the Review which details greenhouse gas emissions, energy usage and other impacts. Published for the second consecutive year, the Account follows the adoption of the Connected Reporting Framework developed byof the Connected Reporting Framework developed by The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, an initiative he set up in 2005 to help companies and public sector organizations embed sustainable practices in their operations and report their sustainability performance. 

The Review also explains how the work of The Prince and The Duchess, and Prince William and Prince Harry, is funded. Their Royal Highnesses do not receive a Civil List or a Parliamentary Annuity, but use the income from the Duchy of Cornwall to pay for their official activities, supported by The Queen’s Grant-in-Aid funding to provide assistance with official travel, property and communications. 

The Prince’s income from the Duchy of Cornwall in 2008-09 was virtually unchanged at £16.5 million. He chooses to spend well over half of his after-tax income in support of his official and charitable work. 

In the following videos,  Prince Charles and his sons speak on  The Prince's Rainforests Project, a new global awareness campaign with a webcast to the online social network community.

 

 

 

 
Prince Charles saves heritage building Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 22 June 2009

Those who love London are no doubt saying " God Bless the Prince of Wales."  But the internationally renowned British architect Lord Rogers is calling for a national inquiry into Prince Charles's role in “single-handedly destroying” the £3 billion re-development of the Chelsea Barracks ( this column  Prince Charles defends old London” 5/5.)

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[ Royal Hospital, Chelsea]


 His Lordship says the Prince has broken “a bond of trust” with the British people. The miniscule United Kingdom republican movement is behind him as are assorted elites.

But on all the evidence the British people are delighted.
  

 “The peer of the realm says that it must never happen again, that the Black Prince must be muzzled and a committee of independent constitutional experts must vet his involvement not just in architecture but medicine, agriculture, the arts and the environment,” writes Alice Thompson in The Times (17/6).

“It is an outrage for anyone unelected to have any power, he says.”
 Ms. Thompson, who I am told is the great-great-granddaughter of Alice Todd after whom Alice Springs was named, comes magnificently to the defence of the Prince. “What are the royals for if not to protect our heritage?” she says. 

 “He’s meddling, you say, but the Prince is at his best when he becomes involved. The neighbours never wanted these glass and steel high-tech residential towers stuffed with £50million flats. But they had no influence over the combined might of Lord Rogers, Gulf State money and the Candys (who have two other vast projects in the capital) and who are held in awe by London's planning committees. 




...HRH acts...




Prince Charles could do something. He pulled rank and wrote a letter to his friend, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the ruler of Qatar, who was backing the project. The arrogance of architects has been trumped by the arrogance of princes.

“What do you want the heir to the throne to do? Do you want a vacuous, empty-headed playboy or a serious person (albeit one in a kilt and holding a crook) prepared to join in the argument about community versus ideological modernist architecture.”





...ahead of his time...





 Ms. Thompson makes a point we have been making here for some time. The Prince  has  an uncanny knack of championing causes decades before they became popular.

 “The former Cabinet minister Charles Clarke once derided him as ‘old-fashioned and out of time’ but he is curiously prescient for a man surrounded by flunkeys and courtiers.

 “He was still experimenting with cherry brandy when he first talked about the environment. He was derided for instigating a bottle bank at Buckingham Palace years before councils thought of recycling.

David Cameron now espouses his call for more localism, Tesco is catching up with his views on organic food. Long before 9/11, he was talking about Islam and the need to understand the underlying religious tensions in this country. With his Prince's Trust he was years ahead of Sir Alan Sugar in encouraging young people to start their own businesses.
 “He has set up projects to embrace his beliefs about social deprivation, community cohesion, urban planning and Britishness, firing off letters to ministers suggesting the elderly may not be having a nice time in hospital.” 

The Prince is respected internationally. It is good to see some recognition of his quite extraordinary contributions  being given in the British press.  

Let's hope they are going to give their tired old caricature journalism a rest.     



 

 
Prince Charles resolves diplomatic impasse. Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 03 June 2009
The French President’s attempt to turn the D Day celebrations into not only a purely Franco-American affair, but one in which he would appear with  President Obama without any other French political leaders, has had both national and international consequences. France, the UK the USA are involved.


The personal intervention of Prince Charles seems to have provided a solution to what was becoming a major diplomatic impasse. 

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{ The Queen with President Sarkozy ]
 

Relations with the UK had been damaged, the British Prime Minister made to look ineffective, and the Americans  embarrassed. The Queen of course has behaved impeccably.  The Palace said it had "never expressed any sense of anger or frustration at all, and was content with all the arrangements that are planned." 

It has now been announced that Prince Charles is to attend the D-Day commemorations. This has defused an embarrassing diplomatic tussle over whether Queen Elizabeth II should be invited by the French , according to a report from Agence France Presse (3/6) by Michael Thurston. 

The announcement came a day after the White House unexpectedly intervened to attempt to arrive at what some British newspapers were reporting as a French insult to The Queen. 

According to one source, Prince Charles, who has good personal relations with President Sarkozy, bypassed Downing Street to suggest to the President and The Queen that he should attend on behalf of the royal family. 

In Paris, French officials were said to be visibly relieved at Prince Charles' announcement.  Well they might. The problem was created by President Sarkozy, demonstrating yet another disadvantage in having a politician as head of state.
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