Flight Lieutenant Wales of the RAF is causing controversy with his Falklands post.
Prince William, the second-in-line to Britain’s throne, is stirring angry feelings with his posting, expected next year, as the 30th anniversary of the start of the Falklands War occurs in April of 2012.
In 1982, Argentina’s military junta invaded the islands. Britain sent in its military and thus the Falklands War began. The Queen’s son, Prince Andrew, fought as a pilot of a Sea King helicopter of 820 Squadron on HMS Invincible. It is inevitable, then, that the Argentinians would not look favorably upon the arrival of his nephew 29 years later.
The Ministry of Defense has said that the Duke’s deployment is “routine” and “forms part of a normal squadron crew rotation”. Argentina, however, is intensely irritated.
Relations between Britain and Argentina have long been rocky – most of the Argentine settlers on the islands were expelled by a US warship in 1831 and a British expedition took control of the territory the following year. British sovereignty was declared in 1833, but Argentina has disputed this claim ever since. They even refer to the islands by a different name: the Spanish “Malvinas”.
The Royal Family decamps to their Norfolk estate of Sandringham each Christmas season, and this year Duchess Catherine is having a go at her first Sandringham shoot .
Naturally, she will want to put her best foot forward, and it’s been reported that the newly minted Duchess is keen to hone her skills before the traditional Boxing Day pheasant shoot. She has been receiving shooting lessons from Prince Charles’ hunt attendant.
Duchy Out In The Open
A judge’s ruling states that the Duchy of Cornwall is not a private estate, but a public authority. The duchy, which provides the prince with his income, will now be subject to significant public scrutiny.
An information tribunal declared that the duchy must release information about its activities as they affect the environment, but Prince Charles and his lawyers had blocked attempts to access certain files regarding a controversial non-native oyster farm. They said that they didn’t have to release the information because the duchy is a private estate. The judge didn’t buy it.
The Duchy is around 53,628 hectares (207 square miles) of land spread over 23 counties, most of which covers Southwest England. The duchy has traditionally provided income for The Prince of Wales, and the current incumbent is no exception.
From the Duchy of Cornwall’s official site:
The Duchy estate was created in 1337 by Edward III for his son and heir, Prince Edward (later known as The Black Prince) who became the first Duke of Cornwall. The Duchy’s primary function is to provide an income from its assets for The Prince of Wales.