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Old 09-13-2009, 02:08 AM
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I think a consort should not only be another public figure that does charity work and represents the state but also someone who is there for the monarch themselves when they need some support during what can be a very difficult job

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Old 09-22-2014, 10:28 PM
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A royal consort should have a knowledge and understanding of social conditions in her (his) country.
It is wonderful to have charities in which to partake of.

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Old 11-24-2014, 02:07 PM
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Looking back over the last century, it's interesting to note that some consorts stand out, revealing perhaps what makes a good consort - and what doesn't!

UK - Although most would think of the Elizabeth, I'm not sure how much of that is due to what happened before (in the abdication crisis) and after (as Queen Mum) she was Queen consort. Certainly her steely character was of great support to her husband during the war. Queen Mary was probably equally as important during George V's reign.

Romania - Queen Marie: glamorous and artistic, charismatic yet profoundly dedicated to serving her country and a real player in the politics of the post-WWI era.

Belgium: Astrid a beautiful young mother tragically killed.

Monaco: Grace - beautiful, glamorous and charismatic, very active in charitable work and perhaps the archtypal fairytale princess.

On the negative side, Alexandra of Russia and Frederica of Greece are perhaps the two most villified consorts of the C20th: aloof, interfering and anti-democratic.

Prince Claus is probably the most successful male consort of the last century.
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Old 11-24-2014, 02:28 PM
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I think the Duke of Edinburgh has been a brilliant consort to HMQ. Over 60 years at the job
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Old 11-24-2014, 02:44 PM
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IMO the role of a consort depends greatly on being a man or a woman... I think that for a woman the role may be more demaning: constant scrutinity, While for a male consort is all about not be too much in the shadow.... I also think a male consort appeals far less than a woman...(press point) but Prince Philip is the epitome of a royal consort IMO. Prince Daniel of Sweden has done good so far, even though he will need more charisma once Victoria ascends... my 2 cents anyway

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