Royals, mini busses and environment

Being from a big family, when I took my beloved up to the state to be with me for better or for worse, until death would depart us, we stepped with our brothers, sisters and parents into a decorated coach. At that time the family Buick with chauffeur belonged already to the past long gone and we thought of the environment and economical impact if everybody would be accompanied by a limousine with chauffeur.

Last Friday when hundreds of thousands of people converged on London’s streets, craning for a glimpse of the royal family and the 1,900 other invited guests holding the hottest ticket in town inviting them to the ceremony at the centuries-old abbey, the financial part would not be a problem, but it was nice that those would have to keep up their status did not bother to take a CO2 friendly measure and opted for minibuses instead of posh individual cars.

Down-to-earth fleet of Volkswagen minibuses

Perhaps lots of people would have dreamed of fairytale carriages and footmen in full costume but this ecological solution of the House of such a big empire who also has economical difficulties is worth taken in mind.

A little over one hour after they arrived at Westminster Abbey to be married, the newlyweds emerged on a red carpet and onto the streets to a peal of bells, stepping into the 1902 open horse-drawn Royal Landau carriage. Though still lots of pomp and glory was given Buckingham Palace also organised the trip to the church by the minibuses for Peter, Autumn and Zara Phillips, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, the King of Bhutan, the Queen of Denmark and the Sultan of Brunei and to my mind it looked not bad. Though some cruel commentators sniped “Must be the Middletons,” when the vans were first spotted, but while the commoners arrived in classy limousines, Princess Michael of Kent struggled to fit her hat into one of the practical hire vehicles, and other royals such as Zara Phillips, her fiancé Mike Tindall and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester jostled for space.

A courtier said: ‘The buses have been sorted and have been deemed the most appropriate form of transport. Buses were used for the Golden Jubilee and Prince Charles‘s wedding to Camilla in Windsor and were deemed a great success.
The buses operated a shuttle service all morning to get everyone to the church on time. And would you not agree that this was very practical because they helped eliminate traffic on the morning as there were no carriages and cars creating a backlog. Eliminating a fleet of the Queen’s limos for guests also kept the costs down.
Both William and Kate are understood to be mindful of costs and have approved the use of buses on their wedding day. (The price of hiring a bus is £400 a day.)[1] [2]

It is a pity the upper lip press did not recognise the good thing about it. It was a moment of classic British awkwardness. The BBC’s Huw Edwards desperately tried to avoid the vulgar term: “Here are other royals arriving in mini … coaches,” he tried, with little conviction. One commentator said that the mini-buses would give a connection to the people. London Taxi drivers will probably have some thoughts about the chosen mode of transport. One or two red London Buses, (low level entry platforms) would have been perfectly acceptable and easier for the less agile guests. Perhaps it would have been good fun to see those older red double-deckers, though they would not be so ecological.

But it was good to notice that the Royal family took care of the ecological aspects for the attributes, decoration and food. The four tons of foliage, including eight 20-foot-high English field maple trees will not be lost and been useful for just one day.

That seasonable and homemade products were used some people found ridiculous, but it helps to keep a good ecological footprint. There’s nothing like fresh fruit and vegetables at their seasonal best. A lot of people also do not understand why they get so many food allergies, but they like to eat strawberries in December and tomatoes any time of the year. People should also be more aware were the goods come from. They want every day food on their plate even when it does not grow at time of the year in their region. For lots of eaters it does not matter that so much energy is wasted to get the goods to their plate. They forgot the goodness of the just been picked food, though it tastes better, it’s better value and it’s a better deal for the planet.[3]

The Metropolitan police estimated that crowd numbers peaked at one million along the route, with around 500,000 people in and around the Mall trying to catch a glimpse of the couple’s kiss. We all can hope lots of them took public transport or ecological coaches to come to this major celebration. In any case the coach or minibuses rentals did not bad.

In a convertible Aston Martin with red, white and blue wedding bunting, L-plates and a “Just Wed” sign William and Kate drove out of Buckingham Palace.
Just days after the couple’s picture-perfect wedding captivated much of the world. Kate Middleton, now the duchess of Cambridge, does their shopping while William trains and works on the base. He shall be again the search-and-rescue helicopter pilot and both shall be able to come cosy together in their rented whitewashed farmhouse close to a private beach on the island of Anglesey, and away from snooping camera lenses.[4]

The heir to the British throne resumed his public duties following his son Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding last week, beginning with a three-day trip to the other side of the pond. Yesterday landed in Washington, D.C. and during his three-day trip is expected to make several stops related to agriculture, including making the keynote address at Georgetown University during a conference on sustainable agriculture.[5] The Prince of Wales spent about 35 minutes touring Common Good City Farm on Capitol Hill. Wearing a gray, double-breasted suit on a muggy, windy day, he shook hands and made small talk with farm staffers, volunteers and dozens of onlookers who crammed against a picket fence.[6]

Charles, Prince of Wales outside the White Hou...

H.R.H. Charles, Prince of Wales

The prince of Wales his ideas about ‘green’ and the attitude we do have to take in this world to our environment is not always taken in thanks. He always has been interested and concerned with the relations of climate and living organisms as well as with the construction and preservation of buildings around the world. Also biological theft; illegal collection of indigenous plants by corporations who patent them for their own use has got his interest. Spatial planning directly affects the food system from decisions to protect land for farming, to giving planning permission for food retailing and waste management facilities to encouraging urban food production. His interest and his works to protect the environment from destruction or pollution created sometimes ill feelings or set bad blood with the industrial world.

Being a higher placed person it is important that he dares to come up for the poorer or weaker creations and those created elements which have no voice, as plants and animals. He also knows a royal family can play an important role in the protection of the environment as it relates to living organisms. For him it is clear that we also should be aware of a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their physical environment. The ecosystem is one of the priorities of the coming generation. With his long-standing interest in community affairs and close connections with leading figures from the business world, The Prince of Wales is well-placed to use his position to support the development of corporate social responsibility initiatives throughout the UK and abroad. He believes that the private sector has the ability to make a real difference too many of the issues and problems facing communities.
In October 2007, The Prince of Wales had already launched The Prince’s Rainforests Project to find practical solutions to slow tropical deforestation and combat climate change. The Project’s work was largely concluded in Oslo in May 2010 when over fifty Governments launched the R.E.D.D. + Partnership. The PRP is now part of The Prince’s Charities’ International Sustainability Unit, a programme of work to help build consensus on how to develop durable solutions which will underpin the mechanisms required to meet the challenges of climate change and natural resource depletion.

That you can get a unique collaboration of brands and businesses working together to secure a sustainable future for agriculture and the wider rural economy proves the Prince’s Countryside Fund. It was The Prince of Wales’s long-held concerns for the future of Britain’s rural areas that led to the idea of raising funds to help them become more sustainable. He challenged the business leaders that comprise his Prince’s Rural Action Programme at BITC to see what they could do about it. The Prince of Wales has long been a supporter of British farming and rural communities and for 25 years as President of Business in the Community, he has promoted responsible business and the power of business to be a positive force for change.

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales his desire to protect and sustain the natural environment is matched by his interest in the built environment and how it affects the quality of people’s lives. The Prince believes more can be done to create urban areas that encourage a sense of community and pride of place, and which foster the well-being of those who live there and alleviate social problems. He created The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment which seeks to put people at the centre of the design process and The Prince’s Regeneration Trust which delivers heritage-led regeneration across the United Kingdom, through the conservation and re-use of redundant historical buildings, primarily in areas of social and economic deprivation.

The Royal family has the possibility to take care for nature with Balmoral Estate in Royal Deeside, with the Sandringham Estate and Sandringham Country Park. Sandringham Country Park, open free all year since 1968, is an area of 250 hectares (over 600 acres) of carefully managed woodland and heath. The grounds belonging to the Queen are run commercially by the Land Agent, on The Queen’s behalf. Over half of the Balmoral Estate is let to farm tenants, the remainder being farmed in hand or used for forestry (the Estate has its own sawmill). There are also two studs, a fruit farm and a country park. These, together with the house’s gardens, employ over 100 full-time staff. They take care to conserve the delicate natural ecology of the Estate.

19th Century status symbols at Dumfries House Estate

In June 2007, The Prince of Wales headed a consortium of charities and heritage bodies to purchase Dumfries House, one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes in the pristine Scottish countryside and with a 2,000 acre estate. Built between 1754 and 1760 by the Adam brothers for the 5th Earl of Dumfries, with a unique collection of Chippendale furniture, the House has been described as an 18th Century time-capsule since the building and its contents have remained virtually unchanged for 250 years.

For all of us, the world we live in, the nature around us, is a source of our food and water, not to mention the vital role it plays in capturing carbon in the fight against climate change. Perhaps many people run around from home to work and are more interested in gaining as much money they can instead of living a life living worthwhile. For those who can find time to open their eyes at the creation and see its breathtaking beauty it is important that every person, big or small, poor or rich, becomes aware of our duties to protect our living quarters, mother earth.

We should be increasingly looking for renewable ways to produce our energy and many of these resources we need; wind, water, sunshine, agricultural waste, and the space for developments are found in the countryside, though in Belgium you cannot find that much anymore. Rural areas should be set to contribute considerably to renewable energy targets and the fight against climate change. Industries should be willing to invest and to produce possible assets to reach the right goals.

We all should also be aware that buildings, like people and places, need to adapt to survive and we should give redundant buildings a viable and long-term future keeping them at the heart of the communities in which they stand.

Let us always keep our eyes on the important things of life and live in respect to all the things we have around us.

Prince William and Catherine Middleton wrote a prayer for their ceremony: “God our Father, we thank you for our families; for the love that we share and for the joy of our marriage.

In the busyness of each day keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy.

Strengthened by our union help us to serve and comfort those who suffer. We ask this in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen.“

Watch the video: Royal family members arrive to Westminster in mini-buses

Have a look at the Cars (and carriages) of the Royal Wedding 2011


[2] With the “Wings” logo beamed to 4 billion eyeballs across the world, the owner of Wings Luxury Travel Mini coaches who supplied the mini buses for the Royal Wedding collapsed with joy.

[3] Please do find out more about season food on: http://eatseasonably.co.uk/ and find out what is best to eat in each month of the year.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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