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Old 03-27-2013, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by donnaK View Post
The bar would be set a lot higher for the Queen regent, I never got the impression that Elena liked to work that hard, had any interest at politics or foreign relation.
She never had to, at least not after 1968 when Felipe was born. Felipe has been groomed all his life to become what he is now, same would have happened to Elena.

Even today, I think she makes a good & regal figure when representing her country.

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Old 03-27-2013, 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade View Post
She never had to, at least not after 1968 when Felipe was born. Felipe has been groomed all his life to become what he is now, same would have happened to Elena.
She couldn't make it at school. Cristina was studying politics and foreign relation like her brother. I'm sure JC and Sofia would have loved to prepare Elena the same way in case something happened to her younger brother since she was next to the line of succession after her brother until Leonor was born.

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Even today, I think she makes a good & regal figure when representing her country.
Wearing designer clothes, smiling, shaking hands, saying a few words are not enough to be the Queen regent in Spain, maybe she is OK in other smaller countries with a stable monarchy, not in a country like Spain.

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Old 03-27-2013, 07:52 PM
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Well, this is an interesting thread.......

But seriously, we don't know how anyone's life would turn out if they were on a different path. We don't know what causes people to lead exemplary lives, or to commit crimes, etc, and when that turning point was.

Just because she is in the position she is in now does not mean Cristina would not have made a great Queen. She certainly would not make a great queen NOW, but if she had not veered down the path she did, who can say? Felipe is thought to lead an exemplary life, but if he had been born into different circumstances, a different family, a country with equal primogeniture, who can say how he'd turn out?
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Before the scandal, who was more popular in Spain? Elena or Cristina?

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