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Old 06-10-2010, 09:42 AM
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When the coffin of Princess Dina passes in front of the Queen of England, Queen inclined her head. Was gesture of Queen Elizabeth II hypocritical?
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Old 06-10-2010, 10:04 AM
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Queen Frederika did not just bow or acknowdge the new queen of Greece, she performed a curtsy which is an entirely different story - please consult the video again
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:29 PM
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I think that the problem is not in gesture, it is in the word that you have used for define the gesture of Queen Federika "hypocritical".It is true the Queen Federika was the Queen, she had not to make a curtsy, but it is not a hypocritical gesture, she wanted that her gesture symbolized the fact that Greece had a new Queen.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:45 PM
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Many people then viewed that gesture as hypocritical in a way . When Frederika curtsied in from of Anne Marie she made a statement, she acted in a way that showed she believed Greece had another Queen from that moment and that she was nothing more that the Dowager Queen, the King's mother. Yet many people, including royalists didn't believe that the Queen ment it, they were sure that she would not remove herself from the spotlight and that she would not stop interfering with matters that were unconstitutionally irrelevant to her, the same way she acted during Paul's reing. That's why that gesture was characterized as hypocritical by many many people
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:11 AM
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I think that the problem is not in gesture, it is in the word that you have used for define the gesture of Queen Federika "hypocritical".It is true the Queen Federika was the Queen, she had not to make a curtsy, but it is not a hypocritical gesture, she wanted that her gesture symbolized the fact that Greece had a new Queen.
What I said was that it was considered which means that this is how it was perceived by various parties at the time not how it is perceived by me, although I do not disagree with that interpretation. And I fully agree with Sunflower's analysis.
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:35 PM
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When the coffin of Princess Diana passes in front of the Queen of England, Queen inclined her head. Was gesture of Queen Elizabeth II hypocritical?
No the gesture was not hypocritical but you know the Greek saying "Greece eats its children"So no matter what Frederika did even to be positive; like knowing about five languages.perfect protocols etc.. was always regarded badly by the Greeks for some reason.She curtseyed and I think it was genuine.
People love to speculate do they not?
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:26 PM
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Yes, they do love to speculate and I think Queen Elizabeth was literally "bowing" to public pressure by inclining her head as the coffin of her ex-daughter-in-law passed before the Queen. What Frederika did was acknowledge a new reigning consort, although not reigning for long, unfortunately.
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:43 AM
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[QUOTE=Vlaha Karatsokaros;1091589]A majesty does not bow to another majesty except in the case I indicated above.



Used to think this way, too. But both Queen Mary curtseyed her son and daughter-in-law at their 1937 coronation, as well as she did when she met her granddaughter Elizabeth for the first time after she came home from Africa after the sudden death of King George VI.
Elizabeth, the Queen Mother curtsey twice at her daughters coronation in 1953.
So you cannot say a Majesty never curtseys another Majesty in general.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:32 AM
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You are wrong. In fact, I have already quoted precisely what you claim above as exceptions. So you are only agreeing with me.
The difference, lies with the fact that Frederika was correct to bow to her son, but incorrect to bow to her daughter-in-law.
When Queen Mary bowed to Queen Elizabeth II and so did her mother at the coronation in 1953, the rationale was that these majesties were just consorts of sovereigns, while Elizabeth II was sovereign majesty. Thus, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother were bowing to the sovereign ruler of the United Kingdom.

There is a huge difference, between a queen-consort and a sovereign queen.
Both Frederika and Anne-Marie were consort-queens. Thus, the did not have to bow to one-another, except perhaps Anne-Marie to her mother-in-law, as brides do their mother-in-law [Greek custom].
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You may have a point there. Elizabeth II is Queen regnant, whereas both Mary and Elizabeth were queen consorts. But since the queen consort is also acknowledged as "Your Majesty" wouldn't it be proper for a dowager queen to curtsy to her daughter-in-law if that daughter-in-law is the queen consort? Wouldn't the current queen consort be the first among equals when compared to a dowager queen?
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Old 08-26-2010, 05:49 PM
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You may have a point there. Elizabeth II is Queen regnant, whereas both Mary and Elizabeth were queen consorts. But since the queen consort is also acknowledged as "Your Majesty" wouldn't it be proper for a dowager queen to curtsy to her daughter-in-law if that daughter-in-law is the queen consort? Wouldn't the current queen consort be the first among equals when compared to a dowager queen?
A first among equals for sure, but this would be no reason to declare obedience to. Obedience is declared only to the sovereign ruler of a country/nation. Neither Frederika, nor Anne-Marie were symbol of the nation nor did they play a specific constitutional role.
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The correct term is obeisance, not obedience.
An obeisance is a bow or curtsey or other respectful gesture, homage or deference.
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:13 AM
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The correct term is obeisance, not obedience.
An obeisance is a bow or curtsey or other respectful gesture, homage or deference.
And obeisance it is, with my apologies for the error. Obeisance, usually through curtsy or other gesture, indicates respect toward the sovereignty of a monarch and, by extrapolation, his/her representatives.
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:09 PM
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And thus, why not have a dowager queen show obeisance not only to the sovereign but also the sovereign's consort? Is this something which is simply not done?
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And thus, why not have a dowager queen show obeisance not only to the sovereign but also the sovereign's consort? Is this something which is simply not done?
It is not done. And it is not done, I think, because a sovereign's consort holds no cosntitutional office such that another majesty should show obeisance to. But I would love to hear dissenting opinions on the matter.
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Old 08-30-2010, 01:22 PM
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I don't believe others show obeisance to the King because of the constitutional office but they bow and curtsy because he is the King. The Queen is the wife of the King, his consort, and is addressed as "Your Majesty." Again, what is wrong with a dowager queen bowing or showing obeisance to the wife of the King. Wouldn't this be similar to a show of order of precedence?
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Yes, a curtsey from one family member to another seems an odd point of criticism.
I'm sure there are greater issues for which the late Queen can be held to task rather than her gesture of showing homage/deference/respect to the new Queen Consort.
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Hear, hear! Well put.
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Is the bowing you are talking about the one around minute 4 of this video?
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Is the bowing you are talking about the one around minute 4 of this video?
Thank you for posting this video! If Frederika is the woman wearing the feathered hat, then it appears both women (Anne-Marie and Frederika) curtsied to one another, which is nice, and supports my opinion that it is a show of respect from one queen who is now a dowager to the queen consort. And vice versa.
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