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Old 10-09-2007, 07:42 AM
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I am not in Spain and do not want to make any comments that would of the offense to the royal family or to the members of the board. I read much of the comments about Letizia having the separate agenda from Felipe. I believe very much in the equal rights and education of the female and do not think this is a matter of Letizia having the ability to handle the agenda designed specifically for her.

I think this is the strategic decision of the royal family because of the publicity and the attention Letizia gets whereever she makes the appearance. The people that are of the interest in following the royal family are the one group of people that follow for their position on matters. Then there is the group of people that follow Letizia for the fairytale if you will. The female that marries the prince and is most beautiful. She is now the mother of the two beautiful daughters and this gives some of the people the interest to see her.

On this board we discuss the political issues all the way to the wardrobes of both Felipe and Letizia. However, the papparazzi is of the most interest in Letizia. Why? Because Letizia sales and makes the money for them. They can critique her outfit, shoes, handbag, hair, jewelry and much more that is of the interest to the female reading population.

I would not think the Royal Family would be happy if Letizia events on her own agenda created the more attention that Felipe agenda. In fact it would see if I make this decision I would schedule Letizia to join Felipe as much as possible at the most important of events with the message Felipe has to deliver. This assists in the popularity of Felipe and in this way his wife his a great asset to him and the Royal Family.

Again I do not want to offend anyone. I think the decision we may not have agreement with but it is probably a good decision to promote Felipe and his wisdom in continuing to represent Spain as King in the future.
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Old 10-09-2007, 02:37 PM
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Forgive me for my ignorance, but what is the point of this thread?
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Old 10-09-2007, 03:39 PM
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Forgive me for my ignorance, but what is the point of this thread?
In all of the Felipe and Letizia threads, it seems to come up different topics about Letizia's agenda, for example, I've read many about how she doesn't have that many current events outside Felipe. Instead of wasting space in the thread by getting off topic, I'm assuming that the mods thought it would be a good idea to let people vent their anger() or give their opinions here.
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I am not in Spain and do not want to make any comments that would of the offense to the royal family or to the members of the board. I read much of the comments about Letizia having the separate agenda from Felipe. I believe very much in the equal rights and education of the female and do not think this is a matter of Letizia having the ability to handle the agenda designed specifically for her.

I think this is the strategic decision of the royal family because of the publicity and the attention Letizia gets whereever she makes the appearance. The people that are of the interest in following the royal family are the one group of people that follow for their position on matters. Then there is the group of people that follow Letizia for the fairytale if you will. The female that marries the prince and is most beautiful. She is now the mother of the two beautiful daughters and this gives some of the people the interest to see her.

On this board we discuss the political issues all the way to the wardrobes of both Felipe and Letizia. However, the papparazzi is of the most interest in Letizia. Why? Because Letizia sales and makes the money for them. They can critique her outfit, shoes, handbag, hair, jewelry and much more that is of the interest to the female reading population.

I would not think the Royal Family would be happy if Letizia events on her own agenda created the more attention that Felipe agenda. In fact it would see if I make this decision I would schedule Letizia to join Felipe as much as possible at the most important of events with the message Felipe has to deliver. This assists in the popularity of Felipe and in this way his wife his a great asset to him and the Royal Family.

Again I do not want to offend anyone. I think the decision we may not have agreement with but it is probably a good decision to promote Felipe and his wisdom in continuing to represent Spain as King in the future.
I do not think you will offfend anyone. I agree with your insightful comments. As I said in another thread Zarzuela knows what they are doing and Letizia's schedule/agenda is deliber so as not to overshadow her husband or the issue/cause.
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Old 10-09-2007, 07:49 PM
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Forgive me for my ignorance, but what is the point of this thread?
Well, if you read Avalons first sentense it would become clear enough: finding a place where this topic can be discussed for those who are interested. The current events thread and other threads can that way be dedicated to the topics they were created for and not for this particular discussion. Added to that, the people who are getting annoyed by the agenda discussion won´t be confronted with it unless they want to. So a win-win situation
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Old 10-09-2007, 09:12 PM
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I think this is the strategic decision of the royal family because of the publicity and the attention Letizia gets whereever she makes the appearance.
I think your statement above just about sums it up. Those who criticize the princess for not having her own agenda seem to conveniently forget that she operates within the confine of the establishment. I don't have a doubt that Letizia is an independent woman; she got married and divorce when she was young. It takes a strong independent person to admit I made a mistake and move forward. For whatever reason, the court seems to limit her role at the moment. She married him knowing who he was, and if she's required to perform her functions only with Felipe, then she's securing her husband’s future position. She promised to love him for better or worse, if the worse is not having her own agenda, I say she’s damn lucky.
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:27 AM
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....... For whatever reason, the court seems to limit her role at the moment. She married him knowing who he was, and if she's required to perform her functions only with Felipe, then she's securing her husband’s future position. She promised to love him for better or worse, if the worse is not having her own agenda, I say she’s damn lucky.

It's a very clever point of vew! It's a while that I'm telling that, may be not so clear as you!
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:01 AM
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I've considered this when it has come up in the other threads, and most of my thoughts have already been mentioned here at the least so I'll be brief:

I agree that it is right that Letizia has an agenda as is appropriate to the royal house of which she is a member.
I also agree that were she to have more solo engagemetns, she would overshadow Felipe, just as Mary does Frederik. (I am not saying that this is a bad thing, or a reflection upon either of the couple's popularity, its just the way it is.)

Another thing to be considered (and now please ignore my comments about M&F above - I do not believe that this holds true for them) is that, by having a vast majority of appearances together, they put forward a united front and are used to working together, certainly something which I would consider to be an attribute for a King and his Queen!

Edit: Just to clarify, I certainly believe that F&M are putting together a "united front" etc
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Another thing to be considered (and now please ignore my comments about M&F above - I do not believe that this holds true for them) is that, by having a vast majority of appearances together, they put forward a united front and are used to working together, certainly something which I would consider to be an attribute for a King and his Queen!
This I would like to add is a most intelligent comment. I think it is back to the strategy of the Royal Family that Felipe and Letizia present this united front and ability to have the good working relationship together for the role of future King and Queen.

I have the suspicion in the years ahead Letizia will have more of her own so called agenda. I say so-called because a member of a royal family does not sit down and make the decisions about what they will or will not do in my opinion. I believe the levels may be reached for them to express the opinion and preference; however, I believe there exists an establishment that makes these decisions for the strategic purpose of the entire monarch.

For now they schedule Felipe with and without his most beautiful of assets, Letizia, to successfully remove from the minds of the people of Spain that Felipe is the playboy bachelor and has matured to much the loving and devloted husband and father. This is what the people like to have in their future King.

This is only the thoughts of my mind though.
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Old 10-11-2007, 07:10 AM
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To me the court seems to limit her role at the moment because they are afraid that she can achieve mucht more popularity than the future King! I'am not saying that she prefers to have her own agenda, we don't know that, but I think that this couple does what the court demand them to do, their lifes are really in charge of the court, so they must to what the court says!
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The princess of Asturias has a solo activity next Friday according to SRF agenda:
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Now that princess Letizia has started working again, maybe she will have more solo activities.
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Old 10-28-2007, 12:05 AM
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In one part I agree with you, but they need to understand the title of Princess of Asturias hasn't responsabilities becasue pass a long of time to a person obtained... In this case Princess Letizia has a good work and desempain her a good paper with Felipe...

But the truth is the monarchy not sell and Letizia has the carisma needed and experience because she was reporter and I think Prince Felipe looks better than a few years ago... In 3 years Letizia has desempained an excelent work of Princess of Asturias but the constitucion and protocol designed Prince Felipe is the first and she need to maintain second...
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I think your statement above just about sums it up. Those who criticize the princess for not having her own agenda seem to conveniently forget that she operates within the confine of the establishment. I don't have a doubt that Letizia is an independent woman; she got married and divorce when she was young. It takes a strong independent person to admit I made a mistake and move forward. For whatever reason, the court seems to limit her role at the moment. She married him knowing who he was, and if she's required to perform her functions only with Felipe, then she's securing her husband’s future position. She promised to love him for better or worse, if the worse is not having her own agenda, I say she’s damn lucky.
That has to be one of the most balanced statements I've read on this forum, thanks!
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I still wonder why Letizia has so little number of solo engagements.
Beacause there's no need for more than around 20 per year?
Because she is a host of her husband's activities and more for her is no need for more?
Because she is a mother of two little and she doesn't want more activities?
Because she doesn't have many patronages?
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posted by Lady Finn I counted Letizia´s solo engagements of the year 2008 and got alltogether 28 events in Spain. Plus she also had a couple of solo engagements during the visit to Poland.
This is correct but inclusive Poland and each audience counting seperately. With some good will we can make it 29, Letizia did a speech when receiving the Ladie's bow in Seville, but Felipe was present.

That's almost nothing for her position, a joke that after almost 5 years she does so many events as her husband's arm candy, walking behind him, listening to the speeches he does and trying not to look too bored. Some of these events don't make any sense at all for her but still she's not allowed to stay at home and spend the time with her children. All people talk about is what she's wearing and how she looks, as little else can be said about her. I am afraid Letizia is the only CP of her generation who doesn't have an own profile or stands for something; we can argue about substance here and there regarding the profile others have, but at least there is one.

When looking at where Letizia came from and what could have been because of her personality or assets, she's one big lost opportunity. In earlier days people always pointed at her "substance" or the "seriousness" of her agenda, unlike her consort colleagues, who were branded as fluffy, superficial or fashion addicts. These days Letizia is actually the one who is lacking an own agenda and in the headlines because of cosmetic surgery or platform shoes. I guess if that pretty and straight talking young woman in the white Armani pant suit we saw on Nov 6th, 2003 could have made a look into the crystal ball what would have become of her only 5 years later she would not have believed her eyes.
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Letizia should have her own official solo duties nothing too big that would take the attention from Felipe being he is the heir and furture king.Just about 15 I guess she does not need that many because she's a mother and needs to spend time with
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I have to say, perhaps I am old fashioned, but I think it is nice to see Letizia supporting her husband and the both of them doing engagements together. I'm not sure there is any real need to criticize her for supporting her husband. Additionally, with regard to Letizia and Felipe--their children are ages 4 and not quite 2 years--perhaps Letizia wants to enjoy their childhood rather than a nanny enjoying her children's first big moments. I'm sure that as the children enter school we will see Letizia take on more of a solo agenda, but until then she has the right to be a mother and wife, too. She has the rest of her life to be Princess Letizia and the Queen of Spain but only a few short years before her children go off to school. I think she is making the correct choice.
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No one is criticizing her for suporting her husband as she should.I just think she should be able to have her own official functions to give back to the communtiy.If she has a few official functions not many and still put time in of her children.
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Every Royal House has its own way of working, with its things good and bad, according to the perspective. I do not understand activities and attitudes of other Royal Houses.

The Princess has commented that she first is a mother, later wife of the Prince and finally Princess of Asturias. It is easy to deal inside the structure that the King Juan Carlos has imposed in Zarzuela, the own Queen has commented that initially the King did not want that she had acts in solitarily and that only when her children became old she had the time and the opportunity to develop her own activities, now she lives overturned in a Foundation that develops many projects.

Probably that the Princess does fewer acts in solitarily, and more accompanying the Prince, it harms a bit her image, but it is a benefit to the institution. In all the countries the acts of the Princesses have more repercussion in the press that the acts of the Princes, if the acts are joint this situation balances. The Princes of Asturias seem to work together of comfortable form, and probably today it is the best thing, the Princess has had very good influence in the public image of the Prince, and it eventually is the best thing for the Monarchy.
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I have to say, perhaps I am old fashioned, but I think it is nice to see Letizia supporting her husband and the both of them doing engagements together. I'm not sure there is any real need to criticize her for supporting her husband. Additionally, with regard to Letizia and Felipe--their children are ages 4 and not quite 2 years--perhaps Letizia wants to enjoy their childhood rather than a nanny enjoying her children's first big moments. I'm sure that as the children enter school we will see Letizia take on more of a solo agenda, but until then she has the right to be a mother and wife, too. She has the rest of her life to be Princess Letizia and the Queen of Spain but only a few short years before her children go off to school. I think she is making the correct choice.
How do you know it was her choice to be Felipe's "arm candy" and "the only CP of her generation who does not have her own profie"? I think a lot of people don't know who really runs Zarzuela and who has the last word on everything. Letizia only has a small voice in that House and it's actually the gray-haired military men that she responds to and of course the King's last word. That's why it boggles my mind when the press and her detrators always put the blame on her whenever there's an unpopular decision. IMO, I feel that she doesn't really get the support from those royal advisors and sad to say even the King, and there really isn't anything Felipe could do because they are his "bosses" too. Maybe when it's Felipe's turn things will be a whole lot different?
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