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Old 06-06-2004, 10:33 AM
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Originally posted by ienxl@Jun 6th, 2004 - 7:42 am
I wouldn´t say that the belgian en dutch royal family speak the same language. The dutch of the belgian royal family is realy bad. An axample: Maxima speaks better dutch than all the members of the belgian royal family together. Mathilde did improve her dutch since she married filip, but paola, claire, astrid (I don´t about her kids) and fabiola are the worst!!!
That's absolutely not true!!

Máxima still makes mistakes (mathilde doesn't), and she has an accent, but it's a different one from Mathilde's. Maybe because Mathilde has a French accent, the Flemish are ultra sensitive about it??

Astrid does have a very hard accent, and Paola' Dutch is nearly inexistent, that's a real disgrace.

But Albert, Philippe and Astrid's children are perfectly bilingual without any accent.

I can't tell about Claire, I've never heard her say anything.

Anyway, maybe this is more a topic for the Belgian section, if you want to continue this discussion, it's perhaps better to do it there...
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Old 06-06-2004, 10:52 AM
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Your right . And I think also that there is a different anyway , because Mahtilde speaks French ,Maxima Spanish .But the best thing is that they realy want to speak Deutch!
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Princess Maxima and Princess Mathilde excellence friends
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Old 06-07-2004, 11:27 AM
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Maxima doens't make mistakes anymore in speaking Dutch.

Mathilde does, I notice sometimes on TV
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Old 06-07-2004, 11:57 AM
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Maxima doens't make mistakes anymore in speaking Dutch.

Mathilde does, I notice sometimes on TV
When I watch tv, I notice it exactly the other way around :)

Oh well this discussion could go on forever. Both ladies speak it nearly perfectly, I think we can agree on that one :P
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They both are doing their best, basta! ;-) Philippe & Mathilde are close friends with Archduke Simeon of Austria and his wife Princess Maria of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies. Queen Beatrix is said to be extremely close friends with King Juan-Carlos of Spain. I don t know where one gets the story that QEII dislikes her dutch collegue. Queen Beatrix pays various private visits to the british Queen (one during the summer Diana died, at Balmoral) & Queen Beatrix was given the seat of honour during the funeral service of the queen-mother. I believe the late Prince Claus was friends with Prince Richard of Sayn-Witgenstein-Berleburg (husband of the danish princess Benedikte) and as Prince Willem-Alexander asks CP Victoria as a godmother for his child I presume they are friends as well.
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I have a book about H.M. Queen Elizabeth II. It is called Queen Elizabeth II, A Celebration of Her Majesty's Fifty-Year Reign. It is by Tim Graham. It is loaded with Pictures and talks about how close Elizabeth and Sonja of Norway are. Also how Elizabeth and Juan Carlos I of Spain are good friends. It also talks about how H.M. King Constantine (former King of Greece) and Prince William are close friends. Click here and then on the book to take a look inside.
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I read in Queen Noor's book that she and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece are good friends. In fact, it was at Anne-Marie's home in England at which Queen Noor began to suffer her miscarriage. And it was King Constantine that phoned the absent King Hussein.
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I know that QEII and King Hussein were quite close. Probably because they came to the throne around the same time although Hussein was considerably younger than HM.
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The Queen & the Maktoum brothers also share much in common, given their love of horse racing.
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I read in Queen Noor's book that she and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece are good friends. In fact, it was at Anne-Marie's home in England at which Queen Noor began to suffer her miscarriage. And it was King Constantine that phoned the absent King Hussein.
I read that too. I think that Queen Sophia of Spain was there too. I think Queen Noor and Queen Sophia are close also.
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The Queen & the Maktoum brothers also share much in common, given their love of horse racing.
what queen are you referring to?

I believe that The Prince of Wales and Queen Beatrix are close as well. Alexandra of Kent used to be close to the Orleans family....
Diane of Wurttemberg to Juan-Carlos
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I have a book about H.M. Queen Elizabeth II. It is called Queen Elizabeth II, A Celebration of Her Majesty's Fifty-Year Reign. It is by Tim Graham. It is loaded with Pictures and talks about how close Elizabeth and Sonja of Norway are. Also how Elizabeth and Juan Carlos I of Spain are good friends. It also talks about how H.M. King Constantine (former King of Greece) and Prince William are close friends. Click here and then on the book to take a look inside.
There was a show in the US all about QEII´s 50 years on the throne and they talked to a good number of people but the one who seemed to be the closest to Elizabeth is Queen Margrethe. Well, I mean among the foreign royals.. Well, she is her cousin too and her English is excellent and she knows all about the travails of being a Queen Regent so all of that could have played a part in the show.
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Originally posted by Dennism+Jun 8th, 2004 - 10:57 am--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Dennism @ Jun 8th, 2004 - 10:57 am)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-bct88@Jun 7th, 2004 - 9:52 pm
I have a book about H.M. Queen Elizabeth II. It is called Queen Elizabeth II, A Celebration of Her Majesty&#39;s Fifty-Year Reign. It is by Tim Graham. It is loaded with Pictures and talks about how close Elizabeth and Sonja of Norway are. Also how Elizabeth and Juan Carlos I of Spain are good friends. It also talks about how H.M. King Constantine (former King of Greece) and Prince William are close friends. Click here and then on the book to take a look inside.
There was a show in the US all about QEII´s 50 years on the throne and they talked to a good number of people but the one who seemed to be the closest to Elizabeth is Queen Margrethe. Well, I mean among the foreign royals.. Well, she is her cousin too and her English is excellent and she knows all about the travails of being a Queen Regent so all of that could have played a part in the show. [/b][/quote]
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Originally posted by Dennism@Jun 8th, 2004 - 10:57 am

There was a show in the US all about QEII´s 50 years on the throne and they talked to a good number of people but the one who seemed to be the closest to Elizabeth is Queen Margrethe. Well, I mean among the foreign royals.. Well, she is her cousin too and her English is excellent and she knows all about the travails of being a Queen Regent so all of that could have played a part in the show.
That show (I can&#39;t remember the title, I think it was a four part series, focusing on different aspects of her life) was excellent and was the only time I have heard Margrethe speak. She had the most beautiful English accent, and did seem to hold Elizabeth in great affection.

It looks like Queen Elizabeth is close with King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie. They are at each other&#39;s big family events, and also Elizabeth allowed them to have Pavlos&#39; wedding reception at Hampton Court Palace.
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4 parts? Okay. I did not remember that. I watched it in one night. Well, it was episodic but I don´t remember it being more than 2 hours long.
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4 parts? Okay. I did not remember that. I watched it in one night. Well, it was episodic but I don´t remember it being more than 2 hours long.
I guess we are thinking of different shows, but there was a good series on PBS last year or 2002 on PBS to commemorate her Jubilee and it focused on her not the whole family. I will check the titles later today.
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That sounds like it. Maybe I just saw the second part of it. I think I saw from the 60s onwards. Must have been the second part then.
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I believe it was called The Windsors? I did watch it.
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THe series I&#39;m referring to is called "Elizabeth: Queen and Country." It was produced by the BBC and William Shawcross, c. 2002.

It had different segments, about 45 minutes each, such as "Enduring Loyalties," "Private Passions", "Servant of the People." Amongst those interviewed were PRincess Anne and the Duchess of Grafton. It was excellent. I don&#39;t remember any interview clips from foreign royals, but many of those interviewed are friends of royalty, so maybe I am not going off the posted topic too much&#33;


bct88: I think you are talking about "The Windsors: A Royal fAmily" hosted by Brian Blessed. That was good too.
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