The annual tabulation of the British Royal Family’s engagement numbers by Tim O’Donovan has been released… and I’m super confused. There is no one way of how to count Royal engagements, and it seems everyone’s tabulations differ (and apparently I’m the most generous of the lot). Going off of the O’Donovan numbers, almost every royal stepped up their game in 2014. Kate Middleton more than doubled her numbers, but she is still one of the least productive British royals, and the least among the senior royals.
Before we get into the O’Donovan numbers for all the royals, I want to talk about the discrepancies between the numbers.
The Tim O’Donovan numbers had Duchess Kate at 91 total (40 in UK, 51 abroad). My numbers (with airport arrival/departures listed online) had Kate at 105 total (46 in UK, 59 abroad). My numbers (without airport arrival/departures listed online) had Kate at 98 total (39 in UK, 59 abroad). The online Court Circular had Kate’s total at 89. The Daily Mail did their own unofficial tabulation and had Kate’s total at 76.
O’Donovan only provides total numbers, not a detailed list of all engagements, but there is a detailed list for the online Court Circular (OCC). I went through what they had versus what I had to check for differences.
I counted three engagements the OCC did not: the dawn ANZAC day ceremony on April 25; Remembrance Sunday on November 9; and the December 7 NYC dinner (all of which may have been “unofficial” and shouldn’t actually be counted).
The OCC did not count 13 engagements I counted: five on April 14 in Christchurch; three on April 17 in Blue Mountains; four on May 29 in Scotland; one on August 5 at the Tower of London. **Does anyone else think it’s weird that the OCC didn’t include events that were so heavily covered by the press?
That’s where the 16 engagement difference in total numbers came from between my numbers and the OCC. However, I have no idea where the two engagement difference came from between the OCC and O’Donovan. Nor do I have any idea where the difference between O’Donovan and my numbers came from. And I have no idea where the DM number came from in general (the DM report was super off for everyone’s numbers).
There’s also a discrepancy between O’Donovan and the OCC for Prince William (143 v 125) and Prince Harry (94 v 89). Weird.
Anyway… For comparing year over year numbers, it’s easiest to use O’Donovan’s numbers. Let’s talk O’Donovan’s numbers:
Prince Charles was the most active royal again this year with 533 engagements (435 in UK, 98 abroad). Princess Anne was a close second with 528 (431, 97). Next was Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex with 426 (320, 106).
Kate, as I’ve said, had 91 engagements (40, 51), while William had 143 (73, 70) and Harry had 94 (58, 36).
The Queen and Prince Philip are still chugging along with 393 (375, 18) and 273 (254, 19), respectively.
The trend of “Sophie works more than Camilla” continued in 2014 as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall had 224 (167, 57) while Sophie, Countess of Wessex had 307 (248, 59).
Interestingly enough, almost every single royal upped their workload in 2014. The only three who didn’t were the Duchess of Gloucester whose numbers were flat, and Charles and Camilla who both dropped. Charles only decreased by 4, while Camilla dropped 22 engagements.
William more than doubled his engagements from 2013 to 2014 – even with that agriculture course I don’t think he finished, and his EAAA tests I’m not sure he ever did. I don’t think it will last, though, as I fully expect William’s engagements to drop in 2015 as he runs and hides at his air ambulance job.
Kate also more than doubled her engagements from 2013 to 2014 with the help of a nearly three-week tour that was almost half of her numbers. In terms of days worked the tour was 1/3 of her total, which was 49. I fully expect Kate’s numbers to drop dramatically in 2015 as well since she’s giving birth in April.
Harry almost doubled his engagements from 2013 to 2014, doing 42 more in 2014 than his 52 in 2013. The Invictus Games were a major part of that, as well as his tours to Estonia, Italy, Brazil, and Chile.
Of course, it’s easy to double one’s workload when one’s numbers were so ridiculously low to begin with.
I want to go back to Camilla for a moment. Sophie did 83 more engagements than Camilla, who dropped 22 from 2013 to 2014. What’s going on!? I’m actually warming to Camilla due to her choice in charities, so it’s upsetting that her numbers are so low. I would expect her to at least be in the 300s every year. We keep telling Kate to step up her role, but Camilla needs to step up hers as well.
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