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Old 07-28-2011, 12:26 PM
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He's doing a great job being Victoria's helpmate.
Yes I agree. The question is, does he or the court see his role beyond that. I see him more as part of the Prince Claus type of consort (helpmate to bring up the children - not so much the part of political advisor because in comparison to Claus Daniel is lacking the background), rather than the Prince Philip type, who - within his limitations - was very active and able to establish a successful "consort career".
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Old 07-29-2011, 02:13 PM
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What a strange topic!

Of the many strange topics, I think this is among the strangest thing I've ever seen! Again, I'll stoop to those members who have supernatural powers and influence to see into the future, because otherwise, I write things that certainly will be refused by the moderator. I note however that the Swedish people up to now are very happy with Daniel's efforts. To write that, I do not need to use my supernatural abilities...
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:54 PM
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Can anyone answer the question of what the King had against Daniel and Victoria getting married? I can only assume that he got over it a few years back and is now onboard. George VI and Elizabeth were against Prince Philip and that turned out fine. I feel for men who marry the Queen or future Queen because men are taught to be the bread winners the providers, the leaders and being a consort to a Queen leaves them with no role and people expect them to just deal with it happily.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:04 AM
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I think that the king had nothing against Daniel in person, he just thought that a man with his background (the middle class family) can´t support the crown princess the best possible way at her job. The king and the queen were with Daniel and Victoria at a concert in Borgholm at summer 2003. The king was also seen with his children and their boy-/girlfriends at a karting track driving a friendly karting competition in April 2004.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:06 AM
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Yes , why he not be suitbale ?
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:09 AM
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That seems a bit strange since his own wife came from similar background as Daniel. She certainly seems to have done a great job supporting him. I am convinced the so called "dislike" of Daniel was made up by the press because they waited so long to get married.




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I think that the king had nothing against Daniel in person, he just thought that a man with his background (the middle class family) can´t support the crown princess the best possible way at her job. The king and the queen were with Daniel and Victoria at a concert in Borgholm at summer 2003. The king was also seen with his children and their boy-/girlfriends at a karting track driving a friendly karting competition in April 2004.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:45 PM
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That seems a bit strange since his own wife came from similar background as Daniel. She certainly seems to have done a great job supporting him. I am convinced the so called "dislike" of Daniel was made up by the press because they waited so long to get married.
I agree and do not think that the Royal couple disliked Daniel. But he did the first school in the very complicated life that was waiting and they wanted to give him and the princess some time. I personally believe that the King by his cousin Margrethe (the Queen of Denmark) has been told how difficult it can be for a man to "walk a step behind his wife." This is something that is also expressed by other royal families. Moreover, I think it was wise that they had time for themselves outside the public spotlight.
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That seems a bit strange since his own wife came from similar background as Daniel. She certainly seems to have done a great job supporting him. I am convinced the so called "dislike" of Daniel was made up by the press because they waited so long to get married.
Even if Silvia is of middle-class background, her education when it comes to languages and her work experiences (for example she was Deputy Head of Protocol for the Winter Games in Innsbruck) made her quite able to take on the role as Queen, while Daniel had very little formal education, and if what the papers have been writing, his knowledge in English wasn't very good. I think that much of the last couple of years have gone into "educating" Daniel to become a suitable royal consort, he have had mentors from different paths of Swedish society and how he is today is quite different from how he was a couple of years ago when it comes to dressing, meeting people and speaking English.

One other reason may also be the fact that Daniel is a Swede, do remember that the king was brought up by a grandfather who had two sons and a nephew who had lost their royal titles because they married Swedish commoners, until not so long ago Swedish royals could not marry commoners, especially not Swedes, without loosing their title.

As for comparing Daniel with other prince consorts, prince Philip was born royal and both prince Claus and prince Henrik had an aristocratic background and had been involved in the diplomatic world, making them more suitable as royal consorts.
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