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Old 06-19-2017, 05:47 AM
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The Spanish Royal Family seem to be closest to the Greek cousins and the Bulgarian RF ,in the past they were close with the Princely Family of Monaco.I'm not sure if Letizia really has any close friends with the European Royal houses.
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:04 PM
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I don't think a decade or more of an age gap precludes friendship. I'm 52 and very good friends with a 35 year old. I'm sure Sophie Wessex is just as interested in fashion as Catherine of Cambridge, and though her children are a little older, they aren't adults, indeed I think she could give advice to Kate on what to expect as George and Charlotte get older.
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Old 06-21-2017, 01:22 PM
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Mette-Marit and Beatrice Borromeo are friendly. Privately Queen Elizabeth enjoys friendly relationships with Queen Margarethe and Beatrix of the Netherlands. There was some socialising with Constantine and Anne-Marie as well.
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Old 06-21-2017, 01:50 PM
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Whilst I am not suggesting that Mary and Catherine are close friends, what we can be absolutely sure of is that we do not know who, in royal cirlces, has met whom, when and where. They do meet privately and outside the glare of the camera, and we tend not to know about it at all. In 2012, we heard that Silvia had spent time at Highgrove with C&C, but only when the KIng referred to the meeting / weekend when at an official dinner in Stockholm when C&C were visiting.
I don't think Mary and Kate are particularly close. At least not yet, that may come. They have AFAIK only met a handful of times and mostly on the job.
Mary is however very close to Victoria and Daniel and Mette-Marit Haakon and Queen Maxima and King W-A.
And in recent years obviously also King Felipe, Queen Mathilde and Prince Albert. - Certainly close enough to visit them privately and appearing very much at ease in their company.
And more discreetly though also Marie-Chantal.
- The names here are those I will personally label as "confirmed personal friends".

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I don't think a decade or more of an age gap precludes friendship. I'm 52 and very good friends with a 35 year old. I'm sure Sophie Wessex is just as interested in fashion as Catherine of Cambridge, and though her children are a little older, they aren't adults, indeed I think she could give advice to Kate on what to expect as George and Charlotte get older.
I agree. As you get older (30+) the age-gap doesn't mean that much.
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:09 PM
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Mette-Marit and Beatrice Borromeo are friendly. Privately the Queen enjoys friendly relationships with Queen Margarethe and Beatrix of the Netherlands. There was some socialising with Constantine and Anne-Marie as well.
QEII is also a very good friend of Queen Sonja.
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Old 07-06-2017, 06:44 PM
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I would say Queen Elizabeth would be a good friend.
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:17 PM
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I do know Maxima is close to the heirs to the Japanese throne, particularly the Crown Princess.
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I do know Maxima is close to the heirs to the Japanese throne, particularly the Crown Princess.
Honestly I believe that Maxima is closer to her European heirs due to the fact that they're on the same continent. It's easier for W-A and Maxima to invite them for private weekend events at Het Loo or to go see them.(There have been more photos of the Dutch royals with their European counterparts than with the Japanese ones.) With Japan, it's not as relaxed as the European courts.
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I'm sure Charlene said in an interview that she includes Sophie as one of her good friends.
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:46 PM
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Charlene seems to have said the same about Máxima but I haven't seen anything that suggests even remotely that (she even didn't attend Willem-Alexander's inauguration). So, so far Charlene's close relationships with other royals mainly seem to be wishful thinking on her part (or her wish to please the media of the country she is talking with by stressing good relationships with one of their royals).
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:55 PM
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Honestly I believe that Maxima is closer to her European heirs due to the fact that they're on the same continent. It's easier for W-A and Maxima to invite them for private weekend events at Het Loo or to go see them.(There have been more photos of the Dutch royals with their European counterparts than with the Japanese ones.) With Japan, it's not as relaxed as the European courts.
The father of Crown Princess Masako is a Lord Justice at the Interantional Court of Justice in The Hague, reason for her to make frequent trips to the Netherlands. Once the Crown Prince and his family stayed for a holiday at the mediaeval hunting lodge of the Dutch royal family. As the late Prince Claus (spouse of Princess Beatrix, father of King Willem-Alexander) suffered severe depressions from 1982 until his death in 2004, there is a lot of empathy and understanding towards the Japanese Crown Princess. Reason for the couple to attend the three days of festivities around the Investiture of the King in 2013. So I think the relationship with the Japanese CP couple is intensive.
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:11 PM
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Charlene seems to have said the same about Máxima but I haven't seen anything that suggests even remotely that (she even didn't attend Willem-Alexander's inauguration). So, so far Charlene's close relationships with other royals mainly seem to be wishful thinking on her part (or her wish to please the media of the country she is talking with by stressing good relationships with one of their royals).
I've been observing the former Charlene Lynette Wittstock for almost a decade. I honestly don't believe she cares about closeness or relationships with any of her Royal peers, still less about pleasing their respective medias. That might have been true for about the first year of her marriage but now she can't seem to be bothered. She ducked out of King Harald's birthday celebrations without even an explanation.

Her world seems to revolve around her babies, her charities and her roots to preserving her ties to her South African homeland, period
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:29 PM
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I've been observing the former Charlene Lynette Wittstock for almost a decade. I honestly don't believe she cares about closeness or relationships with any of her Royal peers, still less about pleasing their respective medias. That might have been true for about the first year of her marriage but now she can't seem to be bothered. She ducked out of King Harald's birthday celebrations without even an explanation.

Her world seems to revolve around her babies, her charities and her roots to preserving her ties to her South African homeland, period
Well good for Charlene for following her own path and pleasing no one but herself. I think her priorities are sound.
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The father of Crown Princess Masako is a Lord Justice at the Interantional Court of Justice in The Hague, reason for her to make frequent trips to the Netherlands. Once the Crown Prince and his family stayed for a holiday at the mediaeval hunting lodge of the Dutch royal family. As the late Prince Claus (spouse of Princess Beatrix, father of King Willem-Alexander) suffered severe depressions from 1982 until his death in 2004, there is a lot of empathy and understanding towards the Japanese Crown Princess. Reason for the couple to attend the three days of festivities around the Investiture of the King in 2013. So I think the relationship with the Japanese CP couple is intensive.
Yes I agree with what you have shared regarding the Dutch and Japanese families, but I would argue that TM's European counterparts have more flexibility when it comes to "get-together" opportunity than their Japanese ones. IMO distance is not the only thing that keeps the Imperial family apart from their European peers. They live a far more structured life based upon the protocol of the Imperial court.
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:26 PM
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The Scandi royals-Denmark, Sweden and Norway-seem to treat one another as family. It's really fun to watch them all together.

Pierre Casiraghi is good friends with Felix of Luxembourg. They attended each other's lavish weddings. Guillaume was on hand for Prince Albert's Enthronement ceremony in 2005 and I remember seeing a photo of Gui, Andrea and Pierre enjoying some type of sporting event at Stade Louis II during the week of the ceremony.

Speaking of Guillaume, before his marriage he seemed to enjoy a brother/sister type closeness with CP Victoria of Sweden, and the same with Mette-Marit of Norway.

No idea if he is still that close to the two of them but he certainly was at one point.

Princess Caroline of Hanover is good friends with GD Henri of Luxembourg....I have seen old photos of them socializing in their late teens/early 20's. At Albert's wedding night gala Henri and MT were seated at the family table.. Henri and Caroline were in animated conversation at one point.

During the lifetime of their late Majesties Baudouin and Fabiola of Belgium they were quite good friends with the Japanese Imperial family. Baudouin and Fabiola hosted the Japanese royals at their summer home Villa Astrid in Spain on several occasions. The frail Empress of Japan made the long journey to Belgium for Fabiola's funeral and made a memorable, striking impression on everyone. Baudouin and Fabiola were also very close to Juan Carlos and Sofia of Spain. The two couples went sailing together almost every summer in the 1960's and 1970's.
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:32 PM
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Speaking of Guillaume, before his marriage he seemed to enjoy a brother/sister type closeness with CP Victoria of Sweden, and the same with Mette-Marit of Norway.

No idea if he is still that close to the two of them but he certainly was at one point.
I don't remember him being close to Victoria but could his closeness to Mette-Marit be partly due to his relationship with Haakon's cousin (queen Sonja's niece) Pia Haraldsen in the early years of MM's marriage to Haakon?
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Speaking of Guillaume, before his marriage he seemed to enjoy a brother/sister type closeness with CP Victoria of Sweden, and the same with Mette-Marit of Norway.
I would assume they all still get along well:
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:41 PM
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I don't remember him being close to Victoria but could his closeness to Mette-Marit be partly due to his relationship with Haakon's cousin (queen Sonja's niece) Pia Haraldsen in the early years of MM's marriage to Haakon?
I think that's exactly true....he reportedly met Pia at Mette-Marit and Haakon's wedding.

There was a photo of him on this Forum walking on the beach with Victoria smoking a cigarette when he was in his late teens early 20's. Also I saw brief video clip of Marta-Louise's wedding to Ari Behn where Gui was sort of standing off alone to the side and Victoria pulled him into the group where she was chatting, to include him. It was very sweet.

When Victoria christened Estelle she made an exception for Guillaume by allowing him to bring Countess Stephanie de Lannoy, to whom he had only just become engaged. Normally it is against protocol for fiances/girlfriends to attend events like that.

Victoria made the same exception for Albert and Charlene, who were not even engaged yet. when they attended her wedding to Daniel.

Victoria attended Albert's Enthronement in 2005.
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I would assume they all still get along well:
https://theroyalcorrespondent.files..../09/norway.jpg
I interpreted that as a continuation of the 'crown princely couple' retreats (but without the former crown princely couples of the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain as they had become kings and queens), nonetheless, it is good that the Scandinavian royals made a point of continuing them by including Guillaume and Stephanie in their meetings. So, yes, I do think they stay in touch and get along well; not sure how 'close' they are (one-on-one; or couple-to-couple), but close enough I would guess.
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One thing I have always wondered: do other royal families look down on the Monaco royal family?

Also is it true that Romanian royals are all but reinstated? Is the same true of the Serbian and Bulgarian royal families?
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