Kate Middleton and Prince William are certainly one popular couple internationally. The pair have been remaining in the spotlight as of late due to making their dutiful appearances at various royal engagements as well as due to Kate’s continual advocacy of various charitable organizations and educational facilities.
However, rumor has it that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have actually fallen short when it comes to meeting expected royal obligations. Statistics detailing each member of the royal family’s involvement over the past calendar year have been released, indicating that Will and Kate are being outdone by other family members. International Business Times relays information on the newly-revealed stats.
“A new statistics showing figures of official engagements undertaken by all the royals was released and it looks like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have failed in comparison to the other British royals. According to these new statistics, Queen Elizabeth at 90 years has outperformed all of them with 341 engagements (306 in the UK and 35 abroad).”
The publication goes as far to say that Kate Middleton’s performance and attendance of royal events has even fallen behind Prince Phillip, the Queen’s 95-year-old husband. Surprisingly enough, Phillip has been in attendance at more royal engagements than Kate, William and Harry’s appearances combined.
“Prince Philip… undertook 217 engagements in the UK and 33 overseas. According to the report, this number is more than what Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have pulled off together. Apparently, the three young royals together have managed to just attend 198 engagement in the UK and 94 abroad.”
As IBTimes relays, engagements that are officially of the royal sort involve any opening ceremonies, charity events, as well as meetings with prominent figures and receptions.
Prince William was a tad more present than his younger brother and Kate. He stepped up his efforts and attended 87 engagements in the U.K. and abroad.
The Daily Mail, however, reminds the public as to why it is that the 3 young royals, Kate, Harry and William, have been less available to attend engagements.
“While Prince William was focusing on his day job as a helicopter pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service, Kate,who clocked up 62 engagements, was on maternity leave after giving birth to daughter Princess Charlotte in May. Prince Harry, on the other hand, managed only 108 engagements because he was mostly down to tours of New Zealand and South Africa.”
A source additionally relayed that 2016 will be one even busier than 2015, as Kate and Will prepare to set off on the traditional royal tour for the year. 2015 was void of a royal tour for the couple seeing as Kate was pregnant and then on maternity leave for a large portion of the year.
“Next year will be even busier, not least with tours William and Kate have announced a trip to India and Harry to the US and the significant focus on celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday.”
The Queen has certainly made 2015 one of endless dedication and hard work. It is fitting seeing as it was in the past year that the royal became the longest reigning monarch in British history. Elizabeth did not slow down one bit, and as the Mail relays “She undertook 341 engagements – 306 in the UK and 35 abroad.”
There is something to be said for a woman who has maintained such a positive and dedicated attitude over the many decades she has reigned. The Queen is an inspiration to the younger generations and it is likely that Kate and Will, down the line, will pick up the slack and take on a similar work ethic to Elizabeth.
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