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Old 12-27-2005, 03:45 PM
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Marie-Chantal designs clothes and accessories for children but they are really expensive-i saw in a catalogue a necklace which costed 350$ so we can consider her a business woman(but not exactly self-made..).Pavlos is a very good Economist his work will be appreciated in a few years
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Back in the 80's, when I started reading magazines with my eyes, I remember it was said that it was Queen Ingrid who made it economicly possible for her daughter and son-in-law to buy a place and set up an appropriate life style for themselves in London.
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It wouldn't be surprising if Ingrid helped a bit. She had an inheritance from her parents and husband that probably included a trust fund. It would be surprising, though, if Anne-Marie had blown through her own inheritance that she would have received either upon marriage in 1964 or her father's death in 1972. Especially as the family was supposedly supported by the Shah until 1979. You'd think they'd have had the common sense to put some of the money away for hard times, but this is Constantine we're talking about and he's not known for his financial acumen (he apparently lost loads on some failed business ventures in the 70s or 80s).
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What is a dowry?
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What is a dowry?
Traditionally in some cultures (e.g. Hinduism), the bride's family gives a gift to the husband's family : usually money, jewellery; in some areas of the world, dowries can include animals like camels, cows, pigs, etc.

Sometimes, if the dowry is not high enough, the husband's family will reject the bride and the wedding won't go through.

In some situations, husbands marry only for the dowry, and the bride can sometimes be subjected to slavery...sad events. I've heard of brides (in Afghanistan, I think) who have torched themselves to escape their life.
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Old 01-09-2006, 04:56 AM
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You'd think they'd have had the common sense to put some of the money away for hard times, but this is Constantine we're talking about and he's not known for his financial acumen (he apparently lost loads on some failed business ventures in the 70s or 80s).
Lol!You're SO right.I think it was 1992 when Greece's former President of Republic Konstantinos Mitsotakis helped him a lot by sending many masterpieces of Art from the Greek palace in London.He(Constantine)gave them for a great amount of money but he has absolutely nothing now.He actually used to work in London for the late Giannis Latsis(i think i'm not sure..)At least Pavlos is a good Economist
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A dowry is seen nowadays as a gift to the bride and bride-groom by the bride's family (it can money or property) The irish still give a drowy to the bridegroom and bride. It is not a selling of the bride to the bridegroom. People in upper society still give dowries when a daughter marries. It's just a tradition.
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Old 01-17-2006, 11:54 PM
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Constantine and Anne-Marie have plenty of money and are certainly very well-off. We don't have to worry about them.
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I think the most ironic thing about their Majesties, is even without crown and country, they are certainly VERY royal. If you look at their blood lineage, it is extremely impressive.

Their children are certainly wholly royal and not half...like the heirs of Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and The Netherlands.
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Constantine and Anne-Marie have plenty of money and are certainly very well-off.
They are financially dependent on other people. That's not my definition of "having plenty of money" or being "very well-off". They aren't worrying where their next meal will come from, but, by royal standards, they aren't wealthy at all.

Their eldest son, however, is a different story altogether...
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Oh to have married an American heiress....

Taking a cue from the some of the British nobility in the 19th century..
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Unhappy How royal is their life?

There was a mention of the royal family in the January 2006 issue of Majesty. It mentioned that the Greek culture ministry recently announced plans to restore Tatoi,the former private residence of the Greek monarchs. The house has been boarded up for 38 years and is in a dilapidated condition. According to the writer, "The house still contains many of the royal family's personal possessions, although the government claims that they 'belong to the people'. This seems unfair--it is one thing for the authorities to claim the official palace in Athens but Tatoi was always the personal property of the monarch, much like Sandringham and Balmoral...It is reported that the tombs are overgrown and have been vandalised."
Can you believe that! I really feel sorry for King Constantine. Imagine having your family burial ground vandalised! Is there no respect!?!
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They are financially dependent on other people. That's not my definition of "having plenty of money" or being "very well-off". They aren't worrying where their next meal will come from, but, by royal standards, they aren't wealthy at all.

Their eldest son, however, is a different story altogether...
The only European royal houses that have true wealth are the Windsors, the Grimaldis, and the Grand Dukes of Leichenstein and Luxemborg. The rest of the European royal houses are not well-off at all, with the possible exception of one or two German families who were lucky enough to invest well in post-war West Germany.
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Constantine is king of the Greeks, not just a rich familial to deal with what they do and how they live.The King Constantine performs an important work for his country.The Greeks live with the dream of restoring the leadership of the State.40 years away from the lead of power, have brought the country to destruction, the decay in politics to take precedence over human rights,and the rest of the other involved with gossip's???
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Constantine and Anne Marie have relatives(siblings) in Spain and Denmark that´s why They attend a lot of events with reigning houses.
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The only European royal houses that have true wealth are the Windsors, the Grimaldis, and the Grand Dukes of Leichenstein and Luxemborg. The rest of the European royal houses are not well-off at all, with the possible exception of one or two German families who were lucky enough to invest well in post-war West Germany.
What utter nonsense.
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What utter nonsense.
Maybe it isn't accurate, but not utter nonsense. the personal wealth of the other Royal families (excluding The Oranges, who were not mentioned) are not more than a few millions each! ($10 million max) Their palaces, art and even many of their jewels are state owned. If CP Frederick would be deposed, I don't know if he could afford a more than upper class lifestyle. Definitly not a tycoon lifestyle. even his wife's clothes are funded by the Danish Tax Payer. Even if King Frederick and Queen Ingrid had 30 million, (maximum) they had to divide it between 3 children and to make trust funds for grandchildren etc., so how much would the current Queen have for her children and grandchildren?
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I remember reading more than half a dozen years ago that Beatrix was the richest monarch, with a small pile of billions behind her. But reports of the wealth of royal families in general often varies wildly. I've read that the Spanish royals are fabulously wealthy, and that they are not rich at all. Ditto the Danes. At least one news report shortly after Mary Donaldson's marriage reported that she was marrying into a billion-dollar family fortune; but most sources put their wealth as much more modest.

The Swedish royals are usually referred to as among the poorer ones - with a fortune between 8 and 20 million US dollars - but King Carl Gustaf's toys and Queen Silvia's fabulous clothes appear to me to refute the need to watch their pennies. Much of their wealth is surely vested in their jewels (one of the largest private collections in Europe) and is not, therefore, "liquid".

I think the reason that royal families' financial assets are so hard to gauge is that, when they are said to be rich, it is attributed to private investment and not to civil list incomes that would be public record (though I know in Sweden, at least, everyone's income is public record; I'm not sure if the same is true of personal assets).

I know little of the finances of the Greek royals. That they are floated by rich Greeks is what I've most often read. What I do know is that they've held onto the jewels, are all VERY well-dressed (see the Romanian royals for an example of exiles who clearly don't have a lot to spend on clothes), and appear to have an enormous travel budget.
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Especially as the family was supposedly supported by the Shah until 1979.
I did not know that the Shah had helped Constantine and AM...

Do you now why?? there was a special relationship between them, friendship, etc.?
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Does Constantine have any hope to again become King, the way Greece is now maybe bringing back the King would be best as a way to calm things down, at least symbolicly.
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