LiveEssex Royal visit: Prince Charles and Camilla tour the county today

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Summary

  • Our reporters will be following the Royal party as they tour Essex today.
  • Firstly, the Prince of Wales, as patron of the Royal Opera House, will visit the High House Production Park, in Purfleet, with the Duchess.
  • They are also due to visit a pub near Maldon, run by not-for-profit organisation of which Prince Charles is patron.
  • Southend will also roll out the red carpet to welcome the royal couple who will spend 30 minutes at the Palace Theatre, Westcliff, watching performances by children from six local schools under the banner of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

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A full report and lots more pictures will be in tomorrow's Echo. 

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Meeting the crowds: Prince Charles shakes hands with well wishers 

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Camilla arriving at the Palace Theatre

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Prince Charles meets performers at the Palace Theatre

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Charles shook hands with people waiting in Westcliff

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Prince Charles meets the crowds outside the Palace Theatre in Westcliff

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Prince Charles and Camilla spoke to students and staff at the High House Production Park in Purfleet earlier today. They are now at the Palace Theatre, Westcliff. 

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Southend MPs David Amess and James Duddridge have been spotted in the crowds outside the Palace Theatre in Westcliff where the Royal couple are expected imminently. 

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Crowds are gathering in London Road, Westcliff, outside the Palace Theatre which is the next stop for the Royal couple. 

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Next stop for the Royals is Purleigh near Maldon. Children are out waiting with their flags! 

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Prince Charles has been around the site meeting students at the High House Production Park in Purfleet

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Charles and Camilla have arrived at the High House Production Park in Purfleet. 

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Timeline for today: 10am-12pm at Purfleet then 12.30pm at Palace Theatre in Westcliff. 

All these times are approximate as they will also be visiting Purleigh between Purfleet and Westcliff.

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A big crowd is expected to gather outside the Palace Theatre, in London Road, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, hoping to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. A heavy police presence is likely. Southend Council will be putting up barriers outside the theatre to contain the crowds.

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The Shakespeare Schools Festival is a national, non-competitive youth drama festival run by a charity and this year’s is special since it marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.
Some 40,000 schoolchildren, from 1,500 schools across the UK will be taking part in the main festival event this autumn.

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Palace director Ellen McPhillips has spent six weeks planning the event to make sure everything runs on time.
She said: “It is very exciting to have the visit, so although it has been a huge amount of work, it is quite welcome, because it is building up to something special.
“We have done a bit of sprucing up, but the theatre was looking the best it has done for a long time anyway, so it is perfect timing.
“It’s an old building, but we are looking good."

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Afterwards, the royal visitors will meet the cast on stage and attend a reception for festival participants, teachers, supporters and theatre staff in the theatre’s Dixon Studio.

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After visiting Purfleet and Purleigh, the next stop is the Palace Theatre in London Road, Westcliff. Six local schools will perform a Shakespeare scene for six minutes each before the Prince and his wife.

 

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The Royal couple are also due to visit a pub near Maldon, run by not-for-profit organisation of which the Prince is patron.

Pub Is the Hub was founded in 2001 to offer advice and support to licensees, rural pubs and community groups. It encourages them to work to support and sustain local services.

This has led to pubs providing a home for village shops and post offices, or doubling as a venue for art and leisure activities.

At the Bell, in the village of Purleigh, Prince Charles and his wife get a chance to see produce grown by villagers, and examples of the kind of art and craft activities the pub allows to happen in the village.

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Are you going to see the Royal visit today? Comment below and send us your pictures and video to echonews@nqe.com 

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First stop on the Royal tour is the High House Production Park in Purfleet.

The facility, a world-class centre for technical skills, crafts and artistic production and training, opened in Thurrock in December 2010.

The Royal couple are expected at the site at about 10.30am.

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Yesterday, police blocked off an area of the A13 London Road in Westcliff for an operation ahead of the Royal visit. See pictures and a report here

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8:53am Wed 29 Jan 14

waveydavey says...

"In June 2012, the Queen’s brother Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, visited the site and met pupils from Purfleet Primary School"

Oh! the Queen has a brother!.

Come on Echo - thats just dreadful reporting.
"In June 2012, the Queen’s brother Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, visited the site and met pupils from Purfleet Primary School" Oh! the Queen has a brother!. Come on Echo - thats just dreadful reporting. waveydavey
  • Score: 11

9:02am Wed 29 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

The Duke of Kent is the Queen's cousin. Good God, how long does it take to check on a fact like that? I knew that and so do a lot of other people.

And even those who don't follow the royal family will know the Queen had only one sibling, her sister Margaret.
The Duke of Kent is the Queen's cousin. Good God, how long does it take to check on a fact like that? I knew that and so do a lot of other people. And even those who don't follow the royal family will know the Queen had only one sibling, her sister Margaret. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 6

9:32am Wed 29 Jan 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Got caught up in the practice run the other day when the motorcade came barging through westcliff with what must have been at least 10 cops on bikes, I had to pull over sharp and sat there thinking it was sheer luck someone wasn't hurt as everyone darted across the road to get out of the way ..
Got caught up in the practice run the other day when the motorcade came barging through westcliff with what must have been at least 10 cops on bikes, I had to pull over sharp and sat there thinking it was sheer luck someone wasn't hurt as everyone darted across the road to get out of the way .. InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 0

9:33am Wed 29 Jan 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Hope todays events go smoothly !!
Hope todays events go smoothly !! InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 0

10:39am Wed 29 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Am I meant to care?
Am I meant to care? Jack222
  • Score: 1

11:03am Wed 29 Jan 14

reg reg says...

i personally like them i think that they are quite up to date with the populaces a lot more than the so called (common) politicians
never thought i would see the day when the masses would be more in tune with the monarchy than the elected government in fact i would say i am more of a royalist than a parliamentarian
Cromwell would go mental if he knew that the very people he was fighting had infiltrated the house of commons.
i personally like them i think that they are quite up to date with the populaces a lot more than the so called (common) politicians never thought i would see the day when the masses would be more in tune with the monarchy than the elected government in fact i would say i am more of a royalist than a parliamentarian Cromwell would go mental if he knew that the very people he was fighting had infiltrated the house of commons. reg reg
  • Score: 5

11:38am Wed 29 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

If he's got any of his biscuits with him they're welcome to pop round for a cuppa
If he's got any of his biscuits with him they're welcome to pop round for a cuppa Howard Cháse
  • Score: -4

11:48am Wed 29 Jan 14

Crazy_Rider says...

What so we meant to care about a couple of snobs from the princess family? I wouldn't even recognise them probably if I walked past them in the street. Just more benefit Scroungers. That's all what they are.
What so we meant to care about a couple of snobs from the princess family? I wouldn't even recognise them probably if I walked past them in the street. Just more benefit Scroungers. That's all what they are. Crazy_Rider
  • Score: -9

11:49am Wed 29 Jan 14

Crazy_Rider says...

Crazy_Rider wrote:
What so we meant to care about a couple of snobs from the princess family? I wouldn't even recognise them probably if I walked past them in the street. Just more benefit Scroungers. That's all what they are.
I dunno why I said princess family. I meant royal family. That's just how much I know about these idiots.
[quote][p][bold]Crazy_Rider[/bold] wrote: What so we meant to care about a couple of snobs from the princess family? I wouldn't even recognise them probably if I walked past them in the street. Just more benefit Scroungers. That's all what they are.[/p][/quote]I dunno why I said princess family. I meant royal family. That's just how much I know about these idiots. Crazy_Rider
  • Score: 3

12:34pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Southend Andy says...

Love them or hate the, no-one can deny the fact this is absolutely fantastic for the palace theater.
Love them or hate the, no-one can deny the fact this is absolutely fantastic for the palace theater. Southend Andy
  • Score: 1

1:10pm Wed 29 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

reg reg wrote:
i personally like them i think that they are quite up to date with the populaces a lot more than the so called (common) politicians never thought i would see the day when the masses would be more in tune with the monarchy than the elected government in fact i would say i am more of a royalist than a parliamentarian Cromwell would go mental if he knew that the very people he was fighting had infiltrated the house of commons.
the masses are only more in tune with the monarchy these days because parliament, systematically since the days of cromwell, have rendered them completely impotent.... people now by and large detest the politicians because they are authority, whereas in the past it was royalty...... the sad fact is that historically, whichever regime rules the roost, the outcome is pretty much gauranteed........ abuse of power and corruption on a grand scale
[quote][p][bold]reg reg[/bold] wrote: i personally like them i think that they are quite up to date with the populaces a lot more than the so called (common) politicians never thought i would see the day when the masses would be more in tune with the monarchy than the elected government in fact i would say i am more of a royalist than a parliamentarian Cromwell would go mental if he knew that the very people he was fighting had infiltrated the house of commons.[/p][/quote]the masses are only more in tune with the monarchy these days because parliament, systematically since the days of cromwell, have rendered them completely impotent.... people now by and large detest the politicians because they are authority, whereas in the past it was royalty...... the sad fact is that historically, whichever regime rules the roost, the outcome is pretty much gauranteed........ abuse of power and corruption on a grand scale pembury53
  • Score: 1

1:12pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Crazy_Rider says...

Southend Andy wrote:
Love them or hate the, no-one can deny the fact this is absolutely fantastic for the palace theater.
Is princess Diana going to be there today? Aint seen her for a while.
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: Love them or hate the, no-one can deny the fact this is absolutely fantastic for the palace theater.[/p][/quote]Is princess Diana going to be there today? Aint seen her for a while. Crazy_Rider
  • Score: 0

1:15pm Wed 29 Jan 14

southendcivilservant says...

Southend Andy wrote:
Love them or hate the, no-one can deny the fact this is absolutely fantastic for the palace theater.
Totally agree with this, but not only that, it gives the town a lift. In future years to come, the children who are out there today will be able to say they met the King. I think that's a nice thing to pass down to their own kids. I remember when I was a kid, my mum told me that when she was 11 she met the Queen, and it's stayed with her all her life.
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: Love them or hate the, no-one can deny the fact this is absolutely fantastic for the palace theater.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with this, but not only that, it gives the town a lift. In future years to come, the children who are out there today will be able to say they met the King. I think that's a nice thing to pass down to their own kids. I remember when I was a kid, my mum told me that when she was 11 she met the Queen, and it's stayed with her all her life. southendcivilservant
  • Score: 2

1:28pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Sagefields says...

I couldnt care less about these detestable benefit scroungers. At the start of the week we are subjected to the tv programme "benefits street" where hatred is whipped up against the underclass for not working. At the end of the week we are meant to get excited by someone who equally does nothing for society yet claims more money than the entire benefit street put together. Yet this one gets his own motorcade and adoring fans. So much for a democracy.
I couldnt care less about these detestable benefit scroungers. At the start of the week we are subjected to the tv programme "benefits street" where hatred is whipped up against the underclass for not working. At the end of the week we are meant to get excited by someone who equally does nothing for society yet claims more money than the entire benefit street put together. Yet this one gets his own motorcade and adoring fans. So much for a democracy. Sagefields
  • Score: 5

1:55pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Bester says...

Sagefields wrote:
I couldnt care less about these detestable benefit scroungers. At the start of the week we are subjected to the tv programme "benefits street" where hatred is whipped up against the underclass for not working. At the end of the week we are meant to get excited by someone who equally does nothing for society yet claims more money than the entire benefit street put together. Yet this one gets his own motorcade and adoring fans. So much for a democracy.
Queue the royalists who will have you believe that their very existance is of benefit to the country (and other such nonsense)....
[quote][p][bold]Sagefields[/bold] wrote: I couldnt care less about these detestable benefit scroungers. At the start of the week we are subjected to the tv programme "benefits street" where hatred is whipped up against the underclass for not working. At the end of the week we are meant to get excited by someone who equally does nothing for society yet claims more money than the entire benefit street put together. Yet this one gets his own motorcade and adoring fans. So much for a democracy.[/p][/quote]Queue the royalists who will have you believe that their very existance is of benefit to the country (and other such nonsense).... Bester
  • Score: 2

2:44pm Wed 29 Jan 14

OckendonPaul says...

Actually, the fact that each of us is free to voice our own opinion is the whole point of a democracy. The balance between parliament and monarchy has served our country well for centuries.
Actually, the fact that each of us is free to voice our own opinion is the whole point of a democracy. The balance between parliament and monarchy has served our country well for centuries. OckendonPaul
  • Score: 7

3:29pm Wed 29 Jan 14

ekcoanarak says...

Good opportunity for deluded creepy/toadies to stand in the drizzle and wave a little flag for someone in a position through luck of birth.
Good opportunity for deluded creepy/toadies to stand in the drizzle and wave a little flag for someone in a position through luck of birth. ekcoanarak
  • Score: 4

3:32pm Wed 29 Jan 14

whateverhappened says...

Sagefields wrote:
I couldnt care less about these detestable benefit scroungers. At the start of the week we are subjected to the tv programme "benefits street" where hatred is whipped up against the underclass for not working. At the end of the week we are meant to get excited by someone who equally does nothing for society yet claims more money than the entire benefit street put together. Yet this one gets his own motorcade and adoring fans. So much for a democracy.
could always clear off to france!
[quote][p][bold]Sagefields[/bold] wrote: I couldnt care less about these detestable benefit scroungers. At the start of the week we are subjected to the tv programme "benefits street" where hatred is whipped up against the underclass for not working. At the end of the week we are meant to get excited by someone who equally does nothing for society yet claims more money than the entire benefit street put together. Yet this one gets his own motorcade and adoring fans. So much for a democracy.[/p][/quote]could always clear off to france! whateverhappened
  • Score: 0

3:36pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Bester says...

OckendonPaul wrote:
Actually, the fact that each of us is free to voice our own opinion is the whole point of a democracy. The balance between parliament and monarchy has served our country well for centuries.
True. The country is in such great shape as a result. Oh, wait....
[quote][p][bold]OckendonPaul[/bold] wrote: Actually, the fact that each of us is free to voice our own opinion is the whole point of a democracy. The balance between parliament and monarchy has served our country well for centuries.[/p][/quote]True. The country is in such great shape as a result. Oh, wait.... Bester
  • Score: 4

3:41pm Wed 29 Jan 14

chrisx2 says...

managed to get a cheeky kiss on the cheek from Prince Charles outside the Palace Theatre !!
managed to get a cheeky kiss on the cheek from Prince Charles outside the Palace Theatre !! chrisx2
  • Score: -4

3:49pm Wed 29 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

OckendonPaul wrote:
Actually, the fact that each of us is free to voice our own opinion is the whole point of a democracy. The balance between parliament and monarchy has served our country well for centuries.
what balance ? parliament has removed all effective power from the monarchy
[quote][p][bold]OckendonPaul[/bold] wrote: Actually, the fact that each of us is free to voice our own opinion is the whole point of a democracy. The balance between parliament and monarchy has served our country well for centuries.[/p][/quote]what balance ? parliament has removed all effective power from the monarchy pembury53
  • Score: -1

3:51pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Crazy_Rider says...

Sagefields wrote:
I couldnt care less about these detestable benefit scroungers. At the start of the week we are subjected to the tv programme "benefits street" where hatred is whipped up against the underclass for not working. At the end of the week we are meant to get excited by someone who equally does nothing for society yet claims more money than the entire benefit street put together. Yet this one gets his own motorcade and adoring fans. So much for a democracy.
Couldn't of put it better myself.
[quote][p][bold]Sagefields[/bold] wrote: I couldnt care less about these detestable benefit scroungers. At the start of the week we are subjected to the tv programme "benefits street" where hatred is whipped up against the underclass for not working. At the end of the week we are meant to get excited by someone who equally does nothing for society yet claims more money than the entire benefit street put together. Yet this one gets his own motorcade and adoring fans. So much for a democracy.[/p][/quote]Couldn't of put it better myself. Crazy_Rider
  • Score: 7

3:54pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Bester says...

whateverhappened wrote:
Sagefields wrote: I couldnt care less about these detestable benefit scroungers. At the start of the week we are subjected to the tv programme "benefits street" where hatred is whipped up against the underclass for not working. At the end of the week we are meant to get excited by someone who equally does nothing for society yet claims more money than the entire benefit street put together. Yet this one gets his own motorcade and adoring fans. So much for a democracy.
could always clear off to france!
Are they the only 2 options? Be a royalist or move away from the UK?
[quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sagefields[/bold] wrote: I couldnt care less about these detestable benefit scroungers. At the start of the week we are subjected to the tv programme "benefits street" where hatred is whipped up against the underclass for not working. At the end of the week we are meant to get excited by someone who equally does nothing for society yet claims more money than the entire benefit street put together. Yet this one gets his own motorcade and adoring fans. So much for a democracy.[/p][/quote]could always clear off to france![/p][/quote]Are they the only 2 options? Be a royalist or move away from the UK? Bester
  • Score: 6

3:56pm Wed 29 Jan 14

ekcoanarak says...

Crazy_Rider wrote:
Sagefields wrote:
I couldnt care less about these detestable benefit scroungers. At the start of the week we are subjected to the tv programme "benefits street" where hatred is whipped up against the underclass for not working. At the end of the week we are meant to get excited by someone who equally does nothing for society yet claims more money than the entire benefit street put together. Yet this one gets his own motorcade and adoring fans. So much for a democracy.
Couldn't of put it better myself.
Absolutely,top drawer post.
[quote][p][bold]Crazy_Rider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sagefields[/bold] wrote: I couldnt care less about these detestable benefit scroungers. At the start of the week we are subjected to the tv programme "benefits street" where hatred is whipped up against the underclass for not working. At the end of the week we are meant to get excited by someone who equally does nothing for society yet claims more money than the entire benefit street put together. Yet this one gets his own motorcade and adoring fans. So much for a democracy.[/p][/quote]Couldn't of put it better myself.[/p][/quote]Absolutely,top drawer post. ekcoanarak
  • Score: 7

4:41pm Wed 29 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

Why didnt he fly here?
Why didnt he fly here? jolllyboy
  • Score: 4

5:53pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Note to Republicans. The royal family costs you about 64p a year whereas the ghastly unelected EU costs this country £170bn a year... of which YOU will be forking out a grand or two towards this sum.

Green taxes, climate change and all the other soppy schemes.. the diktats and the ongoing cost of uncontrolled immigration and the policing bill for terrorists we can't get rid of.

The royals bring revenue into this country. They provide employment through their various households and also through tourism, souvenirs and related industries. Thousands of people have jobs in the hotel and service industry.

They are not the only reason people come to this country but I have yet to meet a visitor who doesn't want to see the Queen.. I have housed foreign visitors and the first thing they want to see is Buckingham Palace.

So all in all, we don't get a bad deal out of them and judging by the happy faces in the above photo, a much needed spirit-lift too. Look at the happy factor created by the Jubilees.

Also when you look at crowds outside Buckingham Palace at major royal and GB events, many of the faces are of foreign visitors and even fl
foreign residents of the UK.

Not rocket science is it.
Note to Republicans. The royal family costs you about 64p a year whereas the ghastly unelected EU costs this country £170bn a year... of which YOU will be forking out a grand or two towards this sum. Green taxes, climate change and all the other soppy schemes.. the diktats and the ongoing cost of uncontrolled immigration and the policing bill for terrorists we can't get rid of. The royals bring revenue into this country. They provide employment through their various households and also through tourism, souvenirs and related industries. Thousands of people have jobs in the hotel and service industry. They are not the only reason people come to this country but I have yet to meet a visitor who doesn't want to see the Queen.. I have housed foreign visitors and the first thing they want to see is Buckingham Palace. So all in all, we don't get a bad deal out of them and judging by the happy faces in the above photo, a much needed spirit-lift too. Look at the happy factor created by the Jubilees. Also when you look at crowds outside Buckingham Palace at major royal and GB events, many of the faces are of foreign visitors and even fl foreign residents of the UK. Not rocket science is it. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

6:54pm Wed 29 Jan 14

ekcoanarak says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Note to Republicans. The royal family costs you about 64p a year whereas the ghastly unelected EU costs this country £170bn a year... of which YOU will be forking out a grand or two towards this sum.

Green taxes, climate change and all the other soppy schemes.. the diktats and the ongoing cost of uncontrolled immigration and the policing bill for terrorists we can't get rid of.

The royals bring revenue into this country. They provide employment through their various households and also through tourism, souvenirs and related industries. Thousands of people have jobs in the hotel and service industry.

They are not the only reason people come to this country but I have yet to meet a visitor who doesn't want to see the Queen.. I have housed foreign visitors and the first thing they want to see is Buckingham Palace.

So all in all, we don't get a bad deal out of them and judging by the happy faces in the above photo, a much needed spirit-lift too. Look at the happy factor created by the Jubilees.

Also when you look at crowds outside Buckingham Palace at major royal and GB events, many of the faces are of foreign visitors and even fl
foreign residents of the UK.

Not rocket science is it.
See comment from bester 1.55 Wed 29 Jan
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Note to Republicans. The royal family costs you about 64p a year whereas the ghastly unelected EU costs this country £170bn a year... of which YOU will be forking out a grand or two towards this sum. Green taxes, climate change and all the other soppy schemes.. the diktats and the ongoing cost of uncontrolled immigration and the policing bill for terrorists we can't get rid of. The royals bring revenue into this country. They provide employment through their various households and also through tourism, souvenirs and related industries. Thousands of people have jobs in the hotel and service industry. They are not the only reason people come to this country but I have yet to meet a visitor who doesn't want to see the Queen.. I have housed foreign visitors and the first thing they want to see is Buckingham Palace. So all in all, we don't get a bad deal out of them and judging by the happy faces in the above photo, a much needed spirit-lift too. Look at the happy factor created by the Jubilees. Also when you look at crowds outside Buckingham Palace at major royal and GB events, many of the faces are of foreign visitors and even fl foreign residents of the UK. Not rocket science is it.[/p][/quote]See comment from bester 1.55 Wed 29 Jan ekcoanarak
  • Score: 2

11:08pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Dr Sloan says...

A visit to Westcliff, Eastern Europe and Africa in one day, saved some money there surely
A visit to Westcliff, Eastern Europe and Africa in one day, saved some money there surely Dr Sloan
  • Score: 2

10:34am Thu 30 Jan 14

Bester says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Note to Republicans. The royal family costs you about 64p a year whereas the ghastly unelected EU costs this country £170bn a year... of which YOU will be forking out a grand or two towards this sum. Green taxes, climate change and all the other soppy schemes.. the diktats and the ongoing cost of uncontrolled immigration and the policing bill for terrorists we can't get rid of. The royals bring revenue into this country. They provide employment through their various households and also through tourism, souvenirs and related industries. Thousands of people have jobs in the hotel and service industry. They are not the only reason people come to this country but I have yet to meet a visitor who doesn't want to see the Queen.. I have housed foreign visitors and the first thing they want to see is Buckingham Palace. So all in all, we don't get a bad deal out of them and judging by the happy faces in the above photo, a much needed spirit-lift too. Look at the happy factor created by the Jubilees. Also when you look at crowds outside Buckingham Palace at major royal and GB events, many of the faces are of foreign visitors and even fl foreign residents of the UK. Not rocket science is it.
You speak of the 'ghastly unelected' EU. I could say the same thing about the royals. A true democracy would see the end of them.

You talk of the royals bringing revenue into the country. But how much of this revenue goes to them? How much wealth are they idly sitting on?

The truth is, they have no real power or influence beyond their image. Money well spent? I think not.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Note to Republicans. The royal family costs you about 64p a year whereas the ghastly unelected EU costs this country £170bn a year... of which YOU will be forking out a grand or two towards this sum. Green taxes, climate change and all the other soppy schemes.. the diktats and the ongoing cost of uncontrolled immigration and the policing bill for terrorists we can't get rid of. The royals bring revenue into this country. They provide employment through their various households and also through tourism, souvenirs and related industries. Thousands of people have jobs in the hotel and service industry. They are not the only reason people come to this country but I have yet to meet a visitor who doesn't want to see the Queen.. I have housed foreign visitors and the first thing they want to see is Buckingham Palace. So all in all, we don't get a bad deal out of them and judging by the happy faces in the above photo, a much needed spirit-lift too. Look at the happy factor created by the Jubilees. Also when you look at crowds outside Buckingham Palace at major royal and GB events, many of the faces are of foreign visitors and even fl foreign residents of the UK. Not rocket science is it.[/p][/quote]You speak of the 'ghastly unelected' EU. I could say the same thing about the royals. A true democracy would see the end of them. You talk of the royals bringing revenue into the country. But how much of this revenue goes to them? How much wealth are they idly sitting on? The truth is, they have no real power or influence beyond their image. Money well spent? I think not. Bester
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12:47pm Thu 30 Jan 14

reg reg says...

Dr Sloan wrote:
A visit to Westcliff, Eastern Europe and Africa in one day, saved some money there surely
racist
[quote][p][bold]Dr Sloan[/bold] wrote: A visit to Westcliff, Eastern Europe and Africa in one day, saved some money there surely[/p][/quote]racist reg reg
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12:51pm Thu 30 Jan 14

reg reg says...

reg reg wrote:
Dr Sloan wrote:
A visit to Westcliff, Eastern Europe and Africa in one day, saved some money there surely
racist
what like the costa del sol or western Australia or even Edinburgh
chocker block with people from another country
ENGLAND
[quote][p][bold]reg reg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dr Sloan[/bold] wrote: A visit to Westcliff, Eastern Europe and Africa in one day, saved some money there surely[/p][/quote]racist[/p][/quote]what like the costa del sol or western Australia or even Edinburgh chocker block with people from another country ENGLAND reg reg
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