Royals support Scottish Venture

by Orla Ni Sheaghdha

Venture Trust helps young people in difficult situations.

Edinburgh based charity Venture Trust is to benefit from the Prince William and Kate Middleton Wedding Gift Fund. The couple are encouraging guests to donate money to charity in lieu of giving them wedding gifts. Venture Trust is one of 26 organisations which are featured on the list. Chief Executive, Greg Barton is delighted about the news. “It’s a wonderful honour to be recognised by Prince William and Miss Middleton for our work with complicated young people across the UK- we’re immensely grateful for their support.”

The charity was founded in 1982 to provide support for young people in difficult situations, particularly young offenders. Venture Trust run three programmes to help disadvantaged and vulnerable people make positive changes in their lives. Inspiring Young Futures supports youths who are in care or who are young carers themselves. Transitions to Independent Living looks after those who may be homeless or have unstable living situations. The Criminal Justice programme provides alternative options for young offenders.

These intensive personal development programmes take place in wilderness settings in order to provide participants with the opportunity to escape pressures they face in their everyday lives. Taking part in physical activities also seems to have a positive effect on the emotional and social wellbeing of those involved in the programme. The Royal Wedding Gift Fund will help to ensure the continued support of these development programmes for young people in the UK and other global projects which are being run by Venture Trust.

‘Grief is the Price you Pay for Love’

by Blythe Harkins

Prince William attended a service rally for the Christchurch victims on Friday.  Thousands of people gathered in North Hagley Park for a memorial service for the estimated 182 people that were lost in the 6.3-magnitude quake in New Zealand, on February 22.  Two minutes of silence were observed at the time that the quake hit.  Prince William spoke a few words of hope to the people.  “My grandmother once said grief is the price you pay for love.”  He went on further to say that the Cantabrians “are an inspiration to all people. I count myself enormously privileged to be here to tell you that.”  His closing words were telling the people in Christchurch to be strong.

The New Zealand Herald was very excited to cover the Prince’s visit.  Check out their video below:

April 29th – Save the date

by Simon Black

The Royal Wedding Event - April 29th 2011 Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

April 29th 2011: Not only is it Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding or the 66th wedding anniversary for Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, and the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising ending in Ireland.  It is also the crucial week before the Scottish 2011 Poll, and many feel it could pave the way for anti-monarchist politicians to hijack the wedding celebrations.

 

With the announcement that the Royal Wedding has been scheduled for April 29th 2011, it has been received with various issues and questions raised about the date which may cause further controversy for the young couple.

“It is rather unfortunate timing,” said John Curtice, Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University. “You are likely to see the Royal Family getting caught up in political debate.”

A wedding day is a daunting moment in any young couples relationship. Throw in the cynical British public and the verbosity of the British press and you have a party which could get out of hand. The date has been announced as a public holiday in both England and Scotland but the main problem with this inappropriate date is the suspicious political timing.

“The timing of the wedding is entirely a matter for the Royal Family. It’s their day, they should choose the date.” says Alex Salmond and Nick Clegg admits he is happy with the date and that it  “It will remind people it is good to say yes.” This further fuels the fire that the wedding date was a political move, rather than convenience.

Political issues disrupt wedding. Photograph: Reuters

A lavish wedding of this magnitude leaves the couple vulnerable to scrutiny as politicians have a ready-made soap box next April which will coincide with the May 5th Poll and media coverage. Crucial elections scheduled for the 5th May are also being affected in Northern Ireland and Wales and campaigns are beginning to postpone these elections.

Many politicians feel the Polls will go unaffected and David Cameron has ignored the postponement requests. With the fence split there is no obvious indication of what we are to expect come April but many feel the event should be regarded as history in the making.

The British are fascinated with the history of the country. From tales of Henry VIII to the legacy of Queen Victoria we love our background. Although there is a fatigue with the Royal Family in the modern world, tradition and history should still be considered a constant.

The tax payer will be accountable for the security bill, which is projected at £5m, but if the British public are happy to pay for a foreign religious head to grace our country, a historic Royal Wedding which will depict an iconic moment in the history of the country should be celebrated.

Prince William to marry next year

The prince and his long-term girlfriend will marry next year

Prince William will marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year after the pair became engaged on a recent visit to Kenya, Clarence House announced today.

The couple, who met 8 years ago whilst both studying at St. Andrews University, will marry in London sometime next year, with a spring or summer wedding the most likely outcome.

The engagement was announced earlier today in a short statement released by Clarence House. It read: “The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton

“Prince William has informed the Queen and other close members of his family. He has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton’s father.”

Middleton has long been dubbed “waity Katy” by many sections of the British press, who criticised her for seemingly hanging on for the Prince to propose, but now she need wait no longer.

On hearing the news, Prime Minister David Cameron gave his reaction: “This is a great day for our country and I am sure everyone will wish them a long, and happy life together.”

It has also been confirmed that the couple will live in North Wales once they are married, but more details are expected later this evening, when the newly engaged couple will make their first public appearance since the announcement was made.

By the time of the next royal wedding, the first since that of Prince Charles and Camilla in 2005, it will be 30 years since the most eagerly anticipated royal wedding in recent memory, that of Charles and Princess Diana.

The perception of the royal family has changed somewhat since then, and it will be interesting to see if this royal couple are given the same reaction from the British public

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