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Old 05-02-2016, 06:40 PM
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Since this is a semi state occasion...who even knows if the BRF was even invited? And why send the Cambridges? Have they even met the King? I Know they have met Victoria and Daniel (who attended their wedding) but do they know anyone else in the BRF? Again, if anyone should have gone it should have been the Wessexes. But maybe they had something to do?

But only if they were invited.
I'm sure an invite was extended to the BRF. Perhaps they were too busy to attend. I just think the heirs of the British Royal family should attend these events. The only way for the Cambridge's to get to know their Royal counterparts is to attend events like this and mingle with them. If Charles and Vamilla can't go, it should be the Cambridge's.

The Wessexs go often, it looks totally odd for other heirs to attend and the BRF sends a Prince way down the list.

I just think people treat the BRF like they are way better than the other European royals and make all kinds of excuses for them when it come time to attend foreign Royal events.
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Old 05-02-2016, 06:56 PM
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Although I am British, I have no idea why no one from our royal family attended the 70th Birthday events. Who knows what the answer might be, but I was more than happy to see all the other attendees there and all the fantastic pictures and links posted the last few days.
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Old 05-02-2016, 07:09 PM
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The British royals are not that insular. Charles and Camilla were in Amsterdam for two days (Investiture King Willem-Alexander). The Earl and Countess of Wessex were at the weddings in Stockholm and Monte-Carlo. It can happen that they excuse for an event. The Luxembourgers were also not present. Sending William and Catherine, the same age as Madeleine, to the birthday of a 70-years old gentleman is not logic.
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Old 05-02-2016, 07:14 PM
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The king started his speech with "Dear people of Stockholm, dear friends!" He thanked all that had came there and made the day. Not only for him but to all his guests who had come from abroad. The king said that "it is great to be able to show Stockholm at its best. All of you, who have come here, it is you who make it, you make Stockholm. Congratulations. And above all, just today, this fantastic choir below me. You are very skilled. But I have observed something – that there are almost only women there in your choir, and I begin to understand why". (The swedish royal experts were wondering what the king meant with this). The king thanked warmly for the homage and wished everyone a nice continuing Walpurgis night.
Thanks a lot, that was helpful. I was almost right, then!
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I know Prince Henrick is retired but wonder why he wasn't there?
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Old 05-02-2016, 08:06 PM
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I know Prince Henrick is retired but wonder why he wasn't there?
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Well, you are not exactly alone. But there is an entire thread devoted to PH's interpretation of his retirement.
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Old 05-02-2016, 08:45 PM
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Considering he didn't attend Harald's event earlier this year, it really isn't surprising he sat this one out as well.
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Old 05-03-2016, 01:46 AM
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70 ans du roi de Suède _ Carl Philip et Sofia à la fête, Estelle turbulente !
70 ans de Carl XVI Gustaf de Suède _ Entouré de son clan et des têtes couronnées
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Old 05-03-2016, 02:57 AM
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I know Prince Henrick is retired but wonder why he wasn't there?
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From what I see the Prince escorts the Queen during parts of an incoming State Vist, an incidental event here or there and for the rest he keeps a low profile. It is the same pattern followed by royals whom have withdrawn more or less from public life.
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:49 AM
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But considering the amount of years Henrik and CG have known each other I would have thought he'd attend the birthday as a friend and a relative. The celebrations were grand but birthday is still a birthday, not official state occasion.

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Does anyone know who is the gentleman who accompanies Princess Takamado?
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:08 PM
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I'm sure an invite was extended to the BRF. Perhaps they were too busy to attend. I just think the heirs of the British Royal family should attend these events. The only way for the Cambridge's to get to know their Royal counterparts is to attend events like this and mingle with them. If Charles and Vamilla can't go, it should be the Cambridge's.

The Wessexs go often, it looks totally odd for other heirs to attend and the BRF sends a Prince way down the list.

I just think people treat the BRF like they are way better than the other European royals and make all kinds of excuses for them when it come time to attend foreign Royal events.
I think the British have warm relations with a number of royal families and meet them often, but just not publicly. A clear example of this was in a recent documentary re QE2'S 90th, Queen Margarethe talked about meeting QE2 in December when she was in London. These meetings are rarely disclosed publicly.

I can only hazard a guess as to why the BRF keep there distance. This goes back to after Ww1, when George V decided to distance himself publicly from the European royals. They also don't want to be seen publicly with very ostentatious jewellery or too many tiaras either, for similar reasons, IMO.
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:21 PM
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I think the British have warm relations with a number of royal families and meet them often, but just not publicly. A clear example of this was in a recent documentary re QE2'S 90th, Queen Margarethe talked about meeting QE2 in December when she was in London. These meetings are rarely disclosed publicly.

I can only hazard a guess as to why the BRF keep there distance. This goes back to after Ww1, when George V decided to distance himself publicly from the European royals. They also don't want to be seen publicly with very ostentatious jewellery or too many tiaras either, for similar reasons, IMO.
I understand the PR move during the war, but I just think it's odd when the European royals gather for celebratory events, the British royal family aren't really represented well. I just think The Queen's immediate heirs should attend. I don't expect her to go, but she should at least send Charles, William or even Harry over.

Unless The Queen think she should only send an heir for official state events.
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I think the British have warm relations with a number of royal families and meet them often, but just not publicly. A clear example of this was in a recent documentary re QE2'S 90th, Queen Margarethe talked about meeting QE2 in December when she was in London. These meetings are rarely disclosed publicly.

I can only hazard a guess as to why the BRF keep there distance. This goes back to after Ww1, when George V decided to distance himself publicly from the European royals. They also don't want to be seen publicly with very ostentatious jewellery or too many tiaras either, for similar reasons, IMO.
Prince Charles actually used to attend quite a lot of royal events in the continent up to Willem-Alexander's investiture in 2013, which is the last major event he attended if I am not mistaken.

There is a theory, sometimes mentioned in the press, that Charles stopped attending because he feels "uncomfortable" in the presence of the younger European monarchs who have ascended the throne in recent years following the wave of abdications in the continent. I know many TRF members dismiss that theory as baseless gossip, but there may be some truth to it. In any case, as far as CG's birthday is concerned, Charles would have no reason actually to feel awkward about attending it as the only "younger" monarch present was King Philippe (Charles of course couldn't know that a priori though when the British court got the invitation).
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:35 PM
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I think the BRF like to keep things private, i was mentioned during Charles and Camillas visit to Sween a few years ago that Silvia had visited Highgrove not long before. If they weren't bothered they wouldn't do things in private.
I hope it doesn't turn into a whole thread about the BRF not being there.
I wondered about the gentleman with Princess Takamado, a Japanese official? Ambassador maybe?
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Is the medal that all the guest are using made of gold?
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:47 PM
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The Royal Dramatic Theatre has put to their Dramaten play the video of the whole seminar "An Evening about The Baltic Sea - Hopefulness and Threats" on Monday 25th April.
In the beginning the king, queen, prince Daniel and prince Carl Philip arrive. The king's thank you speech begins at 2.42.38.
En afton om Östersjön – hoppfullhet och hot _ Dramatenplay

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From Friday's concert, the king with Gunhild Carling, one of the performers, photo from her Facebook
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:52 PM
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It was a beautiful gathering for the King's birthday. I think some people of different ethnic backgrounds should've been included, but it was a nice gathering though. I know the King must have felt very touched by the best wishes he received.
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I loved when the people sang to him during the balcony apperance.
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Yes it was a nice celebration of Carl XVI Gustaf and Swedish media covered this in a good way in contrast to Norwegian media who talked/complained about the unpopular scandal King and empty streets in the good weather during the cortege, but the good wishes/praise that he received from the media/people was nothing compared to what our beloved monarch received when she turned 90 last month. And the people who song to him during the balcony appearance was a choir, not ordinary people.

And to those of you who complain about the lack of British participation during royal celebrations abroad should do it in The Windsors and Europe thread.
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I stand corrected, as ever.

Wasn't there a big security issue with it reported ISIS terrorists had entered Sweden just a day or two before the celebrations? Likelihood is that put some people off being part of big crowds. In fairness in the pictures I saw there seemed a lot of people about. I guess with the celebrations being spread over so many days and there being quite a few hours between some of the events it meant people were unlikely to hang around all day.

I don't think people are complaining, merely noting a fact that a particular Royal House was not represented. (Similarly there was no representation from Luxembourg but they had their own important event to attend)
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