Royal Round Up 3-14-12: Jubilee Tours; Beatrice Runs; Charlotte v Diana

Prince Harry of Wales greeting people.

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Harry’s Jubilee Tour Smashing Success

Prince Harry has wrapped up his Diamond Jubilee Tour in the Caribbean, and his visit to Brazil, at the request of the British government, has also been extremely successful.

Harry’s itinerary included:

• Belize (including Belize and Cayo Districts) from March 2nd & 3rd.
• The Bahamas (New Providence Island) from March 3rd – 5th
• Jamaica (including Kingston and Falmouth) from March 5th – 8th
• Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and the State of Sao Paolo) from March 9th – 11th

The Government is attempting to strengthen business ties with the South American nation, which recently replaced Britain as the world’s sixth-largest economy.

This solo tour was a first for Harry. It was the first time he had ever represented the Queen in an official capacity in his own right. The prince certainly enjoyed himself, dancing with local people, running with Usain Bolt, and raising money for his charity, Sentebale.

Harry also got to meet Jamaica’s new prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, who remained steadfast on her position that Jamaica should sever ties with the British monarchy. Despite a visit and a luncheon with the flame-haired prince, Simpson Miller maintained that Jamaica – independent from Britain since 1962 – should have its own head of state. The country currently still recognizes the Queen as the titular head of state.

Meanwhile, uncle Edward and Aunt Sophie, as well as the Duke of Gloucester, were also representing the Queen on a Diamond Jubilee Tour of their own. The Earl and Countess of Wessex began their trip just prior to Prince Harry’s tour, from rom February 21st – March 7th, and visited St Lucia, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and Antigua & Barbuda.

The Duke of Gloucester, the Queen’s cousin, has also been traveling on official Jubilee business. The Duke visited the British Virgin Islands and Malta on behalf of Her Majesty.

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Run, Beatrice, Run

Princess Beatrice of York will be running in a race at the Olympic Park in London.
Sporty Bea will compete in the five mile National Lottery run on March 31st.
This is not the first time the princess has participated in such an event. Two years ago, Beatrice was the first royal to complete the London Marathon. This time she will officially kick off the event getting into the race herself. Once finished, the princess will give out medals to everyone who completes the run.

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Charlotte of Hanover Death Compared to Diana

The Guardian has a new article entitled “Princess Charlotte – the Diana of the Hanoverians”, inspired by the current exhibition at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion. The exhibit recounts Charlotte’s life and unfortunate early death, a circumstance which ‘brought about the Victoria era’.

The Guardian article discusses the comparison of the public’s reaction to Charlotte’s death to that of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Charlotte died at a much younger age, however. The 21-year-old Charlotte died, along with her baby, in childbirth. With her death, complications to the line of succession arose. She had been the only legitimate heir to the throne as the daughter of King George IV and Caroline of Brunswick.

The consequence of the death of the second in line for the throne, along with her baby boy who would have been third in line, was that the brothers of her father, the prince regent (later King George IV), were ordered to dump their long-term mistresses, marry and start breeding sharpish – and the only resulting child was Victoria.

The exhibition includes souvenirs of Charlotte’s birth, marriage and death, dazzling gowns, loans from the Royal Collection and the National Portrait Gallery, and many objects owned by the Brighton Pavilion that have been in store for a lifetime.

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