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Old 12-27-2010, 04:28 AM
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I don´t know why you are complaining that the asturias don´t go skiing or so. first of all its their business and also where they go.
As far as I remember there were even pictures of leonor skiing in switzerland last year. If somebody is liking sports (there are so many to choose) or not really is not a royal matter - I appreciate that they keep it low key and secret.
Of course for the tourism-regions its a good advertisement when they are there, but lets sty fair - its a private matter.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:48 AM
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Cristina, Elena et leur six bambins : la colonie princière voit Noël en blanc !

Infanta Elena enjoys a day skiing at Baqueira Beret with her son Felipe Juan Froilan and Victoria Federica

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Old 01-08-2011, 10:25 AM
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Old 01-09-2011, 08:32 AM
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Of course for the tourism-regions its a good advertisement when they are there, but lets sty fair - its a private matter.
It's a delicate matter, since the company that manages the ski resort of Baqueira-Beret has just enlarged and completely refurbished the King's house in Baqueira, which was given by that company to the royal family back in the seventies. According to El Mundo, a new addition of about 200m2 was built to attract the Prince's family to Baqueira once again, since the family didn't feel confortable enough in the limited space of the original house.

The company has also plans to build three other houses in a separate location for Elena, Cristina and their families. The King himself went to see the land in which those houses are to be built and gave his approval. This second project is at a standstill because of the current crisis in the building industry.

Allegedly, the purpose of this generosity by a business company is to attract the royals to the resort in order to raise its profile worldwide as a lot of people would see the pictures. Of course, this purpose gets lost if they'd just go there in secret and there are no pictures to be seen. Therefore, it makes sense that if they want absolute privacy they don't go to Baqueira, where they would have to make themselves seen to compensate for the house that has been built for them.
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:51 AM
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its not much different to Majorca, where either sponsor companies or the island goverment provide the boats or housing etc and the SRF are seen in public as royal tourists or sailing (King, Prince).
unfortunately for the industries the Prince has chosen a wife who doesnt sail or ski therefore the "tradition" is likely to disappear at some point what in my opinion is not a bad thing.

who knows what ties are behind the kings' approval of the housing in baqueira, and of course the companies want compensation for their investments in form of royal presence. The King is too old to ski by now and course eyes will be on the Asturias' family in that matter. Same in Majorca, the media started moaning when Felipe didnt do a full schedule on the Cam and the King had to bow out due to illness.

I personally think that vacation should be free of choice and behind closed doors unless of course you sell yourself out to other people and have to give compensation by showing up. To expect freebies and privacy is a bit much.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:45 PM
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I never knew the Royal Family has a residence at Baqueira .

Are there any photo's or is it top secret like the homes of the Infantas ?
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:00 PM
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I believe that it is inevitable that the things change. The King started going to Baqueira being a Prince, the things have changed very much. The model of the King vacations created 30 years ago have to change because the circumstances are different. The presence of the Royal Family attracted tourism ... and ultimately it has turned against the own Royal Family ... tourists, famous people, politicians, journalists... What at first were calm refuges for the vacations, they turned into places where it is impossible to have tranquility.

For the Infantas it is good ... they have free house, free ship ... and the press there does not concern for them much what they do, they do four photos to them and already they are calm... there is no harassment, critiques, or requirements... the interest in them is every time minor and the pressure also.

But I think that it is inevitable that the Prince changes this model, because the model it is not valid now. The problem is that the King acquired commitments, and those who benefit from the royal presence do not want that it gets lost.

I remember the year that the Prince and the Princess were 5 days to house of the grandmother of the Princess in Asturias, or when the prince decided not to take part in the ditches to accompany his 7 months pregnant wife ... in Mallorca all kinds of barbarities were said.
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The problem is that the King acquired commitments, and those who benefit from the royal presence do not want that it gets lost.
Exactly and its the kind of commitments that the King may have acquired but the Prince and his family have to stand in for. The King wont be going to Baqueira anymore to ski and it wont take long until he has to cut his sailing activities. Regarding the Infantas, they should take care of themselves, using the money they earn working in the lucrative jobs created for them when going on holiday.

It will be tough for Felipe to change such habits, even more so as he himself will have his own commitments or dependencies that are out of the public eye. The Asturias will have the same rich friends who provide them with freebies and privileges as other royals do, only behind closed doors. If Felipe will annoy the wrong people things can turn against him since media and public dont hold the same respect for him as they do for his father. When the old man goes, most connections and prerogatives will go with him. Good and bad for Felipe. He certainly wont get 8 Mio Euro by the government with the comment "spend as you like".
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:10 PM
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Spanish Royals Enyoing Christmas Holidays In Baqueira Beret

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Felipe and Letizia stopped going to Baqueira Beret after Leonor was born. They probably don't want their daughers to be harrassed by the paparazzis all day long. Kids could get scared, or even developed the resentment towards the press (for example, like their cousin Froilan), that would be terrible in a long run.
I think they will go once Leonor and Sofia can 'ski away' from the paparazzis .
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Here are some more pics of Cristina and her family skiing:



** pp: Cristina d'Espagne : Répit à la neige avec ses quatre enfants, avant les ennuis **
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Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca skiing with family at Baqueira-Beret - 03 Jan 2013

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Infanta Elena with Froilan and Vitoria Federica on vacation in Baqueira Beret, Spain, january 1st, 2013

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Iñaki Urdangarín and children in Baqueira

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Thanks for all the wondeful pictures, I am really struck by how sad Juan and Pablo seems to be since they returned from the US. I think this thing with their father has really affected the two older children. Cristina's children always seemed so happy, Elena children always seemd sad, now Cristina's children seem the same way. I hope that it is just that it is the present of the press that makes them seem that way. At their ages, I am sure they have to hear the talk and stories about their Father, Mother and Aunt. I feel bad for them.
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Infanta Elena skiing in Baqueira with her secretary (and charged in Noos) Carlos Garcia Revenga

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I am not surprised after he went to visit the King in the hospital. He knows far too much about everything to be alienated.

On the other side, wasnt the SRF once famous for being dicreet? These days they are shoving their feeling of entitlement into people's faces.
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I am not surprised after he went to visit the King in the hospital. He knows far too much about everything to be alienated. On the other side, wasnt the SRF once famous for being dicreet? These days they are shoving their feeling of entitlement into people's faces.
The Spanish Royal family has been seen skiing in the Pyrenean resort of Baqueira Beret for many years, as this is the location of the King's only privately owned home. It is not as if they are jet-setting off to Switzerland. Yet I agree, even though they can stay there rent free, skiing is an expensive sport. I thought it was particularly insensitive that Cristina and family were seen vacationing there last month. They don't seem to get it.
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