Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Royal Q&A Friday Jan 30th

Question 1: What do you think kate with name her next baby? via @bodaciousdavid 

Answer: I don’t know what William and Catherine are going to name #RoyalBaby2. William and Catherine don’t even know. Prince George Alexander Louis’s name was not released till two days after his birth. I’m guessing William and Catherine will have a short list of names for either sex worked up and decided on a name once the baby gets here. There is a Royal tradition of that.

That being said I would like to suggest my name for #RoyalBaby2, Gertrude, but I think that is to similar to George. Also my middle name, Alexandra, has also been taken by Prince George. I know the similarities is freaky, it is almost as if William and Catherine name George after me. You can’t get much closer to Gertrude Alexandra than George Alexander.

So since #RoyalBaby2 can’t be named after me, my money is on either Victoria or Albert.

Question 2: Do you think baby George will have a facebook and twitter when he grows up? will he be more connected to his people? via @bodaciousdavid 

Answer: I think that Prince George will definitely have some sort of Social Media presence when he is grown up. Over the last few years the Royals have been moving towards having more and more of a Social Media presence. They’re on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Google Hangout, etc. Not only are these platforms being used by their staff, to engage with people, but the Royals are actually using them themselves.

We also see this across the board with other European Monarchies. I think it is a necessary part of communicating and connecting with a the younger generation.

Will he have a personal/private Facebook or Twitter, who knows. Prince Harry has spoken out out about his hatred to Social Media and how with it come a whole other layer of a lack of privacy. That being said It has been suggested that Harry had a private Facebook in the past, and that was something he had to delete for privacy. I think it will be a balance for George between maintaining privacy and being able to engage with his peers.

Question 3: Have you ever met a Royal and if so, pls spill the beans! (who, when, where, wearing…etc) by @Royal Spectator 

Answer: No, I have never met any Royal, although I have written to them.  You can see some of the Responses I have gotten here

If I could only meet one Royal, I would want to meet The Queen since she has been around for so long and met so many interesting people. Plus she is The Queen.

Question 4: Do you like tiara's? If so, and you were given your pick of them all which would you choose? by @Royal Spectator

Answer: I like Tiaras, and Crowns are nice too. I think that too much focus is put onto the Gems and Diamonds in a Tiara, I would want something more understated, made of silver, with fine little flowers and leaves. The kind of thing where you have to look up close to see the intricate details and would appreciate it more. It should be more about the person wearing the Tiara than the Tiara it's self. So I would probably have my own made.

Question 5: Is Kate Lazy? Cause she doesn't do a lot of events and She's always shopping. By Jennifer 

Answer: Besides the Queen and Catherine, There are 13 other Working Royals, Who undertake official duties on behalf of the Queen: Prince Philip, Charles Prince of Wales, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Anne Princess Royal, Andrew Duke of York, Edward Earl of Wessex, Sophie Countess of Wessex, William Duke of Cambridge, Harry Prince of Wales, Richard Duke of Gloucester, Birgitte Duchess of Gloucester, Edward Duke of Kent, & Alexandra The Honorable Lady Ogilvy.

Do their Official Duties get splashed across every front page? No. For some it will be buried in the inner pages, for others they are lucky to be mentioned. Catherine gets a lot of attention every time she has a official engagement or is seen in public. When you have a lot of other royals carrying out official duties and royals who are more senior to Catherine, it is important to not allow Catherine to over shadow them.

I think the Palace is very strategic in limiting Catherine’s exposure. If Catherine has a engagement on the same day as another royal which one, will get more coverage? Not just in terms of space on a page or website, but also reporters covering the event. When Catherine had to back out of her visit to Malta due to being sick with HG and William was going to go and take her place, some reporters were talking about not going to cover the visit. William, her husband, doesn’t sell as many paper as she does. And If you look at the number of reporters who covered William and Catherine’s trip to Canada vs. Charles and Camilla’s or Edward and Sophie’s you see the same thing.

At the same time I don’t think Catherine is given credit for all of the work that she does do. You see photos of Catherine planting tree or unveiling plaques and assume that is all she does. While in actuality a few hours spent visiting one of her patronages is actually more work than it seems. She stays up-to-date on of her patronages and well as cultural and political events, meets with advisors and representatives, visits her charities privately, deals with correspondences, etc. We also have to mentions that she is a mother and a wife, and has to manage a house in Norfolk and an apartment in Kensington, along with Prince George. Yes she has help, a housekeep and nanny, but any Mother can tell you that it is a lot of work, even for a princess.

Also the younger Royals patron less charities than the older ones, this allows them to work more closely and intimately with a few, rather than slapping their name of many.

Question 6: What should I write to the Royals about? I really want to write to them, but I don't know what to write about. By Anonymous

Answer: First off, here is a post about writing to the Royals. It has a number of helpful tips.

You can write to the Royals for really any reason. I usually write to them for their Birthday, Christmas, Birth of a Child, Etc. But you can just write to them telling them why you like them or admire them, congratulate them on their work or just because you like their outfit.

Address for the Royals can be found here. 

Question 7: How can I receive a more personal letter from TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge or Prince Harry? By Anonymous 

Answer: TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry receive way to many letters each year to personally respond to all of them. The British Royal Family receive over 100,000 letters a year. William, Catherine and Harry do however write a number of personal responses each year. They are usually written to people they have some sort of personal connection. They will often write to people they have meet (E.g. Sick children they have meet, or their families of the child passed away). There are a lot of different reasons the royals will respond with a personal letter, but it’s usually because of some personal connection. Writing to wish them a Happy Birthday isn’t going to get you a personal response.

To get a more personal response (And by that I mean more than just their typical postcard response, maybe something written by a private secretary or press secretary, not necessarily actually written by a Royal) I would write to them for a more personal and unique reason, not for one of their birthdays or christmas or the birth of #RoyalBaby2, everyone will be sending letters for those occasions.

Question 8: If you could have dinner with a Royal (dead or alive) who would you choose? by @RoyalSpectator

Answer: I would want to have dinner with The Queen, She will be the longest reigning Monarch ever latter this year and I think she would have so much to say.

Question 9: Do the royals ever sell or donate their clothing? By Sarah

Answer: I don’t know the Answer to this. I do know that the Royals pay for all of their clothes, nothing is accepted for free. Also The Royals will often rewear outfits and we will often see things put on display. So my guess most of the clothes worn for Official Duties are kept, while everyday wear might be donated.

Question 10: Is Prince Harry dating anyone at them moment? By Anonymous 

Answer: No 

Question 11: Can I send Baby George a gift? Will he get it?  by Lindsay

Answer: The Royals have a policy of not accepting gifts. They only accept gifts from "people they know personally.” This means from Charities they work with, close friends, foreign governments, etc. Only Official Gifts or Personal Private ones. If you send them a gift they will most likely return it to you.

You can however send a Letter to them, or make a donation to one of their charities and they will be very touched by that. They do accept gifts on walkabout from members of the crowd. 

Question 12: What is Wales? And how can Prince Harry be the Prince of Wales, but also be in line for the English throne? by Anonymous #AskGert

Answer: Wales is, a country, that is a part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which also includes the countries England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Great Britain can refer to either the whole of the UK or just the main island part, composed of England, Scotland and Wales.

Royals are given Regional titles. Prince of Wales is actually the tile for the Heir Apparent to the British Throne (E.g. Prince Charles, Harry’s Father). Harry, as the son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and uses his fathers regional title. Princess Beatrice and Eugenie of York do the same, using their Father’s, Duke of York, title. When Harry marries, he will most likely receive a dukedom and be come the Duke of ___. There is no set title that Harry will receive when he marries.

Question 13: Do you think Kate has a major impact on the fashion world? By @bodaciousdavid 

Answer: Yes, Catherine most definitely has a major impact on the fashion world. Not only on a micro scale, the clothes she wears sells out, the designer websites often crash and the designers see a big boost in sales all around, but also on a macro scale. A big example is looking at the Wedding Dress collections debuting after the Royal Wedding. You saw a lot of inspiration and mimicking of Catherine’s wedding dress as well as Pippa Middleton’s brides maid dress.

Also around the royal wedding you saw big boost in the sale of luxury items. Not only are people RepliKateing her style, but she is also creating trends that bleed though out all of fashion. Nude Heels, Little Blue Dresses, Sapphire jewelry, etc.

Question 14: Do the royals fly on private planes? By Rachel

Answer: Not normally. For official events they can either fly commercially, often  in economy, sometimes business and on occasion for longer trips first class. It depends on the Royal and where they are going. For Royal tours The country they are visiting often provides transportation, usually from the military.  The Royal Family also has a helicopter that is used for official duties,  as well as a Royal Train. The Royal Train due to high costs is only used by The Queen, Phillip, Charles and Camilla.

If they do fly on private planes, it is not usually for official duties and the cost of the trip is not meet by Tax dollars.

The Royal Family is very sensitive to the costing meet by tax payer dollars.

Question 15: Who is your favourite Royal & why? by @Royal Spectator

Answer: That’s a hard question. I have so many different royals that I really admire for some many different reasons, and not just British Royals either. The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Mary of Denmark and Queen Raina of Jordan are among some of my favorites. They are not just beautiful (in a natural way), but also Smart, Hardworking, Caring, Independent, Strong. I also really like the work that they do. 

This weeks Q&A is over. Feel free to post your questions for next weeks Q&A (Feb 6th, same time, same place) on it's blog page or at @GertsRoyals with #AskGert


  1. What is this about?
    "Kate can't get a Job like Beatrice does and seeing as how Kate is a "Press Attention Hog" (not her falut) I don't think ..the Royals want her doing more official engagements. She can't steal all the attention from Charles, Camila, Anne, York, Wessex Or the Queen's Cousins. I think they are strategic about limiting Kate's exposure."

    1. The Sun front page today features an Article about Princess Beatrice of York. The article says that Beatrice has “Work Shyness”. Princess Beatrice had quit her job at Sony and had 3 vacations in a month according to the Sun. (I think the Job was actually a Internship, which may have just naturally ended.) This above quote is in response to a comment made by @CourtierUK in which he compared The Duchess of Cambridge to Princess Beatrice say thing that she had the same problem. People have often called Catherine lazy. That is actually one of the questions submitted for our Q&A latter today, so I will be answering that.

  2. Why is Kate so much more popular than the other royals?

  3. Dear Gert!

    @RoyalSpectator here (I've made it, YEAH!) ...here's my questions although I'm tuning in on Twitter...

    - Have you ever met a Royal and if so, pls spill the beans! (who, when, where, wearing...etc)
    - Who is your favourite Royal & why?
    - If you could have dinner with a Royal (dead or alive) who would you choose?
    - Do you like tiara's? If so, and you were given your pick of them all which would you choose?

    I could go on but don't want to dominate!!

    Thanks in advance.