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Re: the Royal Family
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There is no formal definition. By tradition, the Royal Family is limited to the HMs and HRHs and their spouses. This is generally the definition found at on-line sources.
But my understanding is that the Civil Lists remunerates members of the Royal Family who perform public duties in support of HM. The Michaels of Kent, indubitably members of the Royal Family, do not perform (generally) or receive.
Has a royal spokesman or the relevant Government spokesman ever equated membership of the Royal Family with the Civil List, or have you simply assumed/asserted a connection?
I should have thought that the Queen's invitation list to her annual Christmas lunch was pretty definitive, as I previously mentioned. In addition, I clearly recall group portraits of the Royal Family in the 1970s which included all of the descendants of the sons of Geoge V - photographs that were intended to be formal portraits of the Royal Family.
And before you allude to the Royal Family and the Royal House, may I say that in the UK that is a distinction without a difference.
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