Posted 18 July 2013 - 12:17 PM
I can't comment on the sort of job that the Royals do in the armed forces now.
But I worked on the aero engines that were used when both Charles and Andrew were learning to fly. Believe me the rules that were put into place regarding the overhaul of the engines were far and away more stringent than any other engines I ever worked on.
I cannot believe that the Princes are treated as ordinary armed forces personnel.
As a little aside, my Mother worked in the canteen in the Shipyard and whenever the talk turned to the royal family she never failed to mention that when the Queen came to Barrow once, an office was converted into a toilet just in case Her Majesty wanted to use the loo.
Mam always finished off the story with " the best of it was she never even used it"
Fast forward 50 odd years and in 2010 Charles came to visit a school in Coventry which has a farm. On the day before the half day visit all the kids were sent out litter picking to tidy the area up. A special toilet was created for HH just in case he needed it! ( I don't know if he did or not) but I do know that there was a budget of £10,000 allocated for the visit and it was all used.
In the pm he went off to Birmingham for another half day visit. I bet another loo was commissioned there too.
Bears and Barrow