27 NOVEMBER 2008 In these tough times the royals are determined to do all it can to support the people of Britain it seems. The Queen has called on members of her family to get behind the credit crunch-affected nation - bringing to mind the solidarity with the people demonstrated by the late Queen Mother when she insisted on remaining in the captal to share the risk of Londoners during the Blitz.
The 82-year-old has encouraged her family to try and boost morale and advised against public displays of extravagance. Her official engagements have been altered, too, to reflect the new concerns. In future they will include more visits to people in the caring professions and those helping the hardest hit financially.
William and Harry also have a their role to play apparently, and have been given permission by the Army to bump up the number of official engagements they perform.
Earlier in the month, during a visit to the London School of Economics, the concerned Queen had a question about the situation for the academics she met, asking: "Why did nobody predict it?".