Monday, January 14, 2013

York Princesses and official duties

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are about to carry out official engagements in Germany on behalf of British businesses ...

The engagements in Hanover and Berlin are not official official engagements, which means the engagements won't be mentioned in the Court Circular.

The two princesses, daughters of the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, have been asked by 10 Downing Street to carry out the engagements in Germany.

But this may be the first step in extending official royal roles to the two princesses.   Great Britain does need a few young distaff members to carry out official engagements.

The Duchess of Cambridge is 31.  The Princess Royal will celebrate her 63rd birthday in August.  The Countess of Wessex is in her 40s.  The Duchesses of Cornwall and Gloucester and Princess Michael are in their 60s.  Princess Alexandra celebrated her 76th birthday on Christmas Day.  The Duchess of Kent will celebrate her 80th birthday this year.

Yes, indeed, the British royal family needs to embrace the two York princesses, especially as they are Princesses of the Blood Royal.  


juan said...

I don´t think that will happen soon. Even King Juan Carlos has lived last year his "annus horribilis" and still will have problem this year, his abdication won´t be good for Spanish monarchy.
The King and The Queen of Spain are more popular than their son Felipe and their daugther in law. Nobody in Spain want at the moment a King Felipe and a Queen Letizia.

Matthew Plooster said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, Marlene, but might this be similar to extending "working royal" status to Princess Alexandra during the 1960s? Had she not been asked to take on royal duties due to a lack of working princesses, she would have otherwise lived a private life outside of the court. Perhaps soon the York princesses will be extended working status.

Last year, Princess Beatrice accompanied the Queen at the annual Maundy service. Wasn't that a "testing of the waters" to entertain the idea of giving her working status?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

It was actually in the late 1950s,when Alexandra was a teen.