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Old 01-26-2016, 04:24 PM
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maria teresa speaking in luxembourgish in this interview:

RTL.lu - Kloertext - Thema: Léieren, mat Dys-en ze léieren!

also a short clip of her with pope francis, where we hear her speaking in spanish and telling him she has 5 children, a girl and 4 boys:



another interview of maria teresa, interestingly her accent here seems very spanish at times:



and a speech in english:

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Old 01-26-2016, 04:37 PM
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Bhutan's Queen speaks english:
i like hearing jetsun pema speaking in english :)
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Bhutan's Queen speaks english:
She studied English in secondary school and went to Regent's college in London before her marriage.
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:46 PM
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i enjoyed seeing this video of kind abdullah and barack obama, where the king speaks in a very british english:



letizia's speech in english in austria: her accent is also very british, i believe she was assigned an english tutor when she joined the RF. her english sounds better when she is citing her speech than when she speaks spontaneously, so i am inclined to think that she gets some sort of support to practice and perfect her speeches before she has to pronounce speeches in english.

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Old 02-25-2016, 09:17 PM
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Not surprising Abdullah speaks English with a British accent. Between his British mother and later going to school in the UK, first at St Edmonds and later Sandhurst, would have had a huge influence on his language patterns.

I remember when I was a foreign student in Cuba, the grandpa of the family I lived with was fluent in English but hard to understand at times. He spoke it with an English accent but with Jamaican slang. Turned out he had spent 7 years learning it in Jamaica before the revolution. His teacher had been a British lady so he spoke with her accent but picked up the slang/terms of Jamaica.
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^^^Not surprising that he has a bit of a British accent, but sometimes I hear an American one as well when he speaks. That might be do to the years that he spent in the U.S. as a teenager.
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Old 02-25-2016, 10:38 PM
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I wish William and Harry had been taught to speak a couple of European languages so they were fluent, although I agree that unless you actually live in a foreign country you are likely to forget its language very quickly.

Which royals speak English with an American accent? I know Victoria of Sweden does as does King Felipe of Spain I believe, but are there more?
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^^^Definitely Albert of Monaco and I'd expect that Caroline and Stephanie sound a bit American as well.

It appears that apart from QEII, DoE, PoW, Edward Kent, Brigitte Gloucester, and the Michael Kents that most of the BRF only has conversational French as a second language. (However if I am mistaken I hope that someone will correct me!)
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Old 02-26-2016, 12:04 PM
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^^^Not surprising that he has a bit of a British accent, but sometimes I hear an American one as well when he speaks. That might be do to the years that he spent in the U.S. as a teenager.
i agree, he sounds very british most of the time, but can hear some american accent in him!
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Prince Daniel inaugurated today "Future Focus: Exponential Technologies" in Nasdaq Stockholm (Stockholm Stock Exchange). He gave a 7.30 minutes speech in english without notes.
It starts at 2.12.
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Old 04-28-2016, 07:54 AM
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That's a slap in the face for those who used to criticize Daniel because he didn't speak english ;-)
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Well done it amazes me how well Daniel is doing in his role.


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Old 06-30-2016, 11:26 AM
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i liked this video where you can hear letizia speaking bits in english informally with michelle obama - not all of it is audible, but it is nice to hear royals speaking other languages freely, outside from speeches:



also sweet to see how michelle runs towards letizia to meet her :)
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maxima, holding a press conference on microcredits in her native language, spanish, in her native country, argentina.

Mauricio Macri recibió a la reina Máxima en la quinta de Olivos - 12.10.2016 - LA NACION
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What Languages Do The Royals Speak?

Grace's evolution in French at 45:40, 58:50 and 1:05:06

https://youtu.be/T-W5jhtqHVg

Charlene speaking French

https://youtu.be/d49ndqTtI9o
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On a side note, apparently William and Kate don't speak French.
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On a side note, apparently William and Kate don't speak French.
Just curious. Did either of them take second-language courses in college? Are they mandatory in the U.K.?
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Just curious. Did either of them take second-language courses in college? Are they mandatory in the U.K.?
I don't believe so, and they aren't mandatory in the UK.
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Personally I think is a disgrace they cannot speak French...
If I were HMQ I would INSIST they learn it, and get competent at it PDQ...
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Personally I think is a disgrace they cannot speak French...
If I were HMQ I would INSIST they learn it, and get competent at it PDQ...
Frankly i'm quite surprised they don't. The Queen, the DOE, Charles and Camilla are all fluent in French. I guess it's a generation thing ...
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