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Old 05-12-2017, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Countessmeout View Post
unfortunately that was how things were done with royal daughters in the day. Alexandra who went to boarding school in ascot was the first female British Royal to attend boarding school. Even with Anne she was schooled by a governess for the first years of school, unlike her brothers, she was thirteen when sent to boarding school.

Shame, as with continental royals we see a difference. Beatrix and margrethe both had proper educations, public and boarding, and spent time at university. Not sure margrethe ever finished any university, she went to a few including Cambridge, the Sorbonne and London school of economics, but Beatrix has a law degree.

I think education needs to be made a higher importance for the heir as well as younger siblings now a days. See royals I. Asia and the Middle East and they have amazing education backgrounds. Even a future king of queen wouldn't suffer for having a good education base. Same goes for their spouse.

The only issue with an educated consort is their career. we have to remember these consorts will have to give up their own career and ambitions when they wed. It would have been easier years ago when most brudesmaid would have been looking to be a housewife anyways. But if you marry the heir, or even the sPate in most monarchies, being a riyal is your life. A woman would really have to love a man, to give up a career she was passionate about. Happens, see it with Letizia, maxima and Mathilde, but not easy. Kate is educated but didn't have a career to speak of. Compared to the wives of the hours of Kent and Gloucester. They are married to a professor and pediatrician. Would a doctor be willing yo give up ekeven years of education to cut ribbons and attend parties?pethaps, but it would not be easy to find.

I am pretty sure the era of royal women lacking a proper formal education is over. It lasted longer in the UK than in continental Europe, but eventually the UK also caught up. Beatrice and Eugenie both have university degrees and I expect Charlotte to have one too.

Many current or future European royal consorts also have degrees (e.g. Máxima, Mary, Mathilde, Letizia, Stéphanie, Kate), but there are still exceptions like Camilla (who is from an older generation) and Charlene (who was a professional athlete ).

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Old 05-12-2017, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by XeniaCasaraghi View Post
Its so disheartening how some posters on a royal forum think the only royalty are the British.
At least 2 of the ones I posted were NOT British until they married and moved to the U.K.


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Old 05-12-2017, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by XeniaCasaraghi View Post
Dream consort in a dream world: Commoner from a mega rich family who would look at her husbands wealth as nothing special. Her family are overachievers who admire education (not just through books) and a hard work ethic. She is college educated and speaks a variety of languages. Had an impressive career but was willing to give it up because she saw it as a career change and not a step down.
Sounds like Claire Lademacher. I've always thought Prince Felix married very well, someone truly princess material. Though of course, we will never know how she'll do if she'd have to give up her career and be consort.

It seems to me that origination is perhaps instinct, not intellect. -Joe Strummer

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