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Old 11-16-2004, 05:59 PM
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I live in the US and I tell ya- I'd love to have a monarch for a head of state. Beats a president any day.
Haha! Agree.

As for "if Europe was to become one great kingdom ruled by a royal family who do you think of all European royalty should rule it" ? I would like it to be the Royal family of Belgium, or Sweden or Denmark.
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Old 11-16-2004, 07:08 PM
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No way...I'm from the US and I would choose a republic everytime if ever given the option.

Just think, whenever we (Americans) don't like out heads of state we can easily get rid of him. However those in monarchies don't have that option.:p
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Old 11-16-2004, 11:32 PM
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No way...I'm from the US and I would choose a republic everytime if ever given the option.

Just think, whenever we (Americans) don't like out heads of state we can easily get rid of him. However those in monarchies don't have that option.:p
This is true! :) I don't know, I guess I just like the idea of a constitutional monarchy. Call me crazy. It would never work in this country anyway, so I've gotta be happy with what I've got!
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Old 11-17-2004, 06:05 AM
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if europe would become united i do not think there would be a king or queen of europe
I agree. Although European monarchies have evolved with the times, the entire notion of a monarch is an archaic one. Im pretty sure most monarchies will go the way of the dinosaur eventually.
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Old 11-17-2004, 06:08 AM
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How about we make the USA the 11th province or 4th territory instead?
im sure Canadians haven't done anything to deserve that...I know I havent

its funny though, I heard that with all the talk of many Americans wanting to move to Canada because of the election, one American newspaper jokingly suggested that the "blue states" join the Canadian confederation.
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Old 11-17-2004, 06:17 AM
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wow...this thread is still around? O___O hahaha
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Old 12-02-2005, 10:52 AM
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I agree. Although European monarchies have evolved with the times, the entire notion of a monarch is an archaic one. Im pretty sure most monarchies will go the way of the dinosaur eventually.
i do not think there will be a united europe the contries are so much different from one and other
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Old 12-06-2005, 12:08 PM
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Haha! Agree.

As for "if Europe was to become one great kingdom ruled by a royal family who do you think of all European royalty should rule it" ? I would like it to be the Royal family of Belgium, or Sweden or Denmark.
Charles the Gaulle suggested that the house of Luxembourg would become the hereditairy heads of state of a united europe. They are Nassau's so acceptable for The Netherlands and Germany, The then Grand Duchess was married to a Prince of Bourbon-Parma, which would cover Italy and France, the then heir was married to a belgian and Luxembourg was such a small country that a head of state from there would not cause envie among the other reigning heads of state.
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Old 12-06-2005, 10:24 PM
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This is an interesting topic. But I have to add that during the reign of Philip II of Spain, his empire was so vast that one particular saying, "The sun never sets on the British empire" was originally linked to him (change British for the Holy Roman Empire).

I thought that Luxembourg was an interesting choice, due to all the links they have. However, can't that be the argument of every, single royal house since they are all connected?
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Old 12-06-2005, 11:28 PM
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HM Queen Elizabeth II still rules for over 50 years since her dad's death and she never let down as head of state
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Old 12-06-2005, 11:43 PM
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I'm going to ignore the dynamics with how the USE would work, but I think the Danish Royal Family would be a great contendor. They are really popular right now, are the oldest family, and they have been pretty much scandal free. Oh I like the Princely Family of Monaco a lot too but how much is a princely family respected in royal circles? They have more scandals, obviously, but they're very interesting. (And if it should be considered...stylish and attractive also!)
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Old 12-07-2005, 03:05 AM
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This is an interesting topic. But I have to add that during the reign of Philip II of Spain, his empire was so vast that one particular saying, "The sun never sets on the British empire" was originally linked to him (change British for the Holy Roman Empire).

I thought that Luxembourg was an interesting choice, due to all the links they have. However, can't that be the argument of every, single royal house since they are all connected?
In the 60-ties (when de Gaulle proposed it) the european community consisted of Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The Luxembourg dynasty was the only one who had connections to ALL these countries.

As Luxembourg is one of the countries who founded the union, is at the very heart of it, and because the country is so small (and a monarch from this country would not create envie from other nations) it would still be the most logical choise (the Belgian RF would be the 2nd most logical choise as Brussels is the base of the EU).

The empire over which Phillip II ruled was the Spanish empire btw, he never ruled over the Holy Roman Empire of German Nations. is father Charles V did, and he handed this over to his brother (Ferdinand?) and not to his son Phillip II.
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Old 12-07-2005, 03:32 AM
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No royal family would rule over a united Europe, hopefully. There are so many republics out there who wouldn't want to go back to being a monarchy. Besides, monarchies are based on tradition (granted, they had to start somewhere), so you just can't go and say, okay, you guys, you get to rule us all, sorry for the rest, just go home and don't make a fuss! And who'd decide? Nah...never!
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Old 12-07-2005, 04:51 AM
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I'm not even European, but this is one very scary concept!

Napoleon tried to accomplish such a "goal" (anyone can see how catastrophic such a dictatorial power would have been had he succeeded) and look where he ended up!...

No, I sincerely hope (and very much doubt...infact I completely doubt) there shall ever be a united Europe under a single Sovereign power.

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Old 12-07-2005, 04:57 AM
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No, I sincerely hope (and very much doubt...infact I completely doubt) there shall ever be a united Europe under a single Sovereign power.

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I have to agree with you on that, in fact it is more likely that the monarchies in Europe will become republics at one time in the future (hopefully, it is a long way into the 22nd century )
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Old 12-07-2005, 05:21 AM
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I have to agree with you on that, in fact it is more likely that the monarchies in Europe will become republics at one time in the future (hopefully, it is a long way into the 22nd century )
Agreed :)

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Old 12-08-2005, 10:32 AM
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Princess Alexandra of Hannover! :p Because she is connected to both Monaco and Hannover (thus to most of Europe's royal houses)... LOL, not good enough a reason to rule over an entire continent but good enough for fun.
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Old 12-08-2005, 12:30 PM
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Princess Alexandra of Hannover! :p Because she is connected to both Monaco and Hannover (thus to most of Europe's royal houses)... LOL, not good enough a reason to rule over an entire continent but good enough for fun.
yeah, and maybe she could marry Nikolai of Denmark that way their heir would have a scandinavian connection as well.

to be honest, I think if Europe were to become united under one monarchy, the leading contender would be the Oranjes. Queen Beatrix has been a leading champion of European integration. she won the Charles V prize for her work in this area.

I think a lot of other royal families would put themselves out of the running for being too attached to their individual country. (the windsors come to mind) but Beatrix has a strong pan-european orientation. plus, she's widely respected for her brain and leadership. not to mention that she has a fabulous son and daughter in law and they have adorable daugthers...
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Old 12-08-2005, 12:36 PM
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I say bring back who USED to rule most of Europe - the Habsburgs!
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I think, and this being a weird idea.
That Prince Charles should have had a daughter, and Britain should have equal primogenture. She would be allowed the marry CP Frederik of Denmark and those 2 could rule them all hehe.

But as Prince Charles did not have a daughter.
CP Frederik and CP Mary I think, they are the most prepared, outstanding, selfless, duty bound, royals i know.
They are a perfect pairing. But I don't know how they'd divide their time between so many countries hehe.
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