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At 85, Queen Elizabeth II will not slow down in 2011

Posted by on January 2, 2011 0 Comment

London, Jan 2:  British Queen Elizabeth II, who increased the number of her public engagements in 2010, is set to be busier this year, a media report said Sunday.

Most people of her age would have retired long ago, but the 84-year-old monarch carried out 444 engagements in 2010 – 69 more than in 2009. Her workload featured 57 overseas engagements, the Daily Mail reported.

Palace officials say 2011 will be busier still, with the royal wedding, Prince Philip’s 90th birthday and two “significant” overseas state visits.

“She won’t be slowing down,” said a spokesman.

Prince Philip has been active too, increasing his workload to 356 engagements last year.

Prince William’s official workload also grew, despite his demanding job as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot. He had 73 official engagements, up 27 in 2009.

Prince Harry was also busier than last year. Like his brother, most of his 53 engagements were overseas.

The hardest-working royal was Prince Charles, with 585 engagements — 71 more even than famously industrious Princess Anne.

The Duchess of Cornwall, once dubbed the “laziest woman in Britain” by a former aide, notched up 243, her highest-ever figure.  –(IANS)

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