The Royal Forums Coat of Arms

Join The Royal Forums Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-29-2011, 06:44 PM
Warren's Avatar
Administrator in Memoriam
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 15,497
Happy New Year!

2011 is almost over and it’s worthwhile recounting some of the events and milestones we’ve seen in the past 12 months.

First off, we have had a bumper year for royal weddings: the long-anticipated marriages of William & Catherine and Albert & Charlene attracted the most attention and comment while two others were significant, colourful and moving in their own right: the King of Bhutan & Jetsun Pema and Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia & Princess Sophie of Isenburg. The day of the British Royal Wedding set a TRF record for the greatest number of users online at the same time – just under 14,000, while the threads in the William & Catherine Wedding subforum have attracted close to half a million member views (make that almost 800,000, if the last ‘Wedding Suggestions and Musings’ thread is included!). Acknowlegement is due to the Forum's owner - Andy R - for beefing up the hardware, software and communications which ensured there were no system crashes or glitches during the peak periods.

The interest in the weddings contributed to the Forums reaching two major milestones during the year: our 50,000th member and the number of posts surpassing one million. The latter figure will help to explain why the site has to be fairly tightly structured and organised, and why the Mods encourage members to keep posts on topic!

This year we’ve also seen some notable royal deaths, from the last Crown Prince of Austria and Hungary (the Archduke Otto, former Head of the Imperial House of Habsburg, at the venerable age of 98) to the Crown Prince and de juré King of Albania (Leka I, son of King Zog). The Archduke’s passing saw the last great Imperial funeral that will ever be held in Vienna.

While 2012 will bring us some expected and highly anticipated royal and royal-related events (such as Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, the London Olympics, Queen Margrethe’s 40th anniversary as Queen of Denmark) there are sure to be some surprises, both good and bad, along the way. Needless to say the events, the personalities, the fashions and the jewels will all be covered, commented on, discussed and argued about in the same manner we are so familiar with. The Admins and Mods are keenly aware that while some members claim we are too “sugary” (“only nice comments are allowed”), others will state the opposite (“there are too many negative and nasty posts”). As always, the moderators try to steer a middle path while always welcoming posts that contain considered and constructive criticism.

On that note, a big thank you to all those members who have actively participated throughout the year. Whether it be just the one post or many hundreds, without such participation there would be no discussion, and with no discussion there would be no Forums. I’d encourage the more timid to get that debut post out of the way and join in any of the many diverse discussions with the most internationally and culturally diverse membership of any royal-related message board.

Lastly, later in the year there will be another jubilee of sorts - it will be ten years since the creation of Les Tribune Royales, soon renamed The Royal Forums, which has steadily grown into the vibrant Forums we have today. To mark and celebrate our decade on the internet, various retrospectives are planned and will be presented throughout the year.

Thank you to our loyal members and regular readers, Happy New Year to you all!

from The Royal Forums Team

Seeking information? Check out the extensive Royal A-Z
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Day Month Year & Captions, Please! Thomas Outt Member Introductions and Updates 1 01-20-2011 01:06 AM
Happy New Year! Warren Forum Announcements and Admin 30 01-08-2011 07:12 AM

Popular Tags
beatrice borromeo best outfit birth camilla catherine middleton style chris o'neill crown prince frederik crown prince haakon crown princess catharina-amalia crown princess mary crown princess mette-marit crown princess victoria current events death duchess of cambridge duchess of cornwall fashion fashion poll felipe vi funeral general news hereditary grand duchess stéphanie infanta leonor king carl xvi gustav king felipe king felipe vi king harald king philippe king willem-alexander letizia maxima norwegian royals official visit photo session picture of the week president hollande prince carl philip prince daniel prince frederik prince of wales princess alexia (2005 -) princess beatrice princess catharina-amalia princess charlene princess eugenie princess madeleine princess marie princess mary princess mette-marit queen elizabeth ii queen fabiola queen letizia queen letizia daytime fashion queen letizia fashion queen letizia style queen mathilde queen maxima queen maxima fashion queen rania queen silvia queen sonja royal royal fashion sofia hellqvist spanish royals state visit sweden the hague wedding willem-alexander

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:11 PM.

Social Knowledge Networks

eXTReMe Tracker
Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2015
Jelsoft Enterprises