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State & Ceremonial

Prince Charles ‘hardest working royal’ for seventh year running

The annual survey of the Royal Family’s public engagements has been released in the customary letter to the Times from the paper’s ‘unofficial royal archivist’, Tim O’donovan, now on his 36th year of conducting the survey.

large_15421864800A total of 4,083 engagements were performed by the 15 members of the Royal Family classed as working royals within the Court Circular.

Most members of the Royal Family increased their workload on 2013.

The Prince of Wales meanwhile remains the most active member of the Royal Family for the seventh year in a row, partly due to, in recent years, taking on more responsibilities from The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh as part of what of the Palace terms preparation for ‘a change of reign’.

As older members of the Royal Family continue to pace their workload, younger members of the Family are still largely yet to pick up this deficit, owing at least in part to their career arrangements. Suggestions that Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie could take on more engagements on behalf of The Queen have been refuted numerous times and with consistency by the Palace who say the sisters will continue to only take on ‘occasional’ duties on behalf of their grandmother and their father the Duke of York.

The New Year looks to contain some particularly notable occasions for the Royal Family including the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the centenary of HM Welsh Guards – all of which will have plans for royal attendance at the occasions. There is also the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child and numerous milestone birthdays for members of the Family to come in 2015.

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Her Majesty The Queen 393 341 425 370 444
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh 273 184 325 330 356
HRH The Prince of Wales 533 537 592 601 585
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall  224 246 276 250 243
HRH The Duke of Cambridge  143 62 88 90 73
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge 91 44 111 34
HRH Prince Henry of Wales 94 52 61 16 53
HRH The Duke of York  367 330 436 455 529
HRH The Earl of Wessex 426 345 431 374 362
HRH The Countess of Wessex 307 228 324 191 188
HRH The Princess Royal 528 454 566 568 514
HRH The Duke of Gloucester 280 222 337 251 307
HRH The Duchess of Gloucester  132 132 146 155 120
HRH The Duke of Kent  206 198 239 211 223
HRH Princess Alexandra  83 28 110 118 82

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