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Old 10-17-2017, 01:41 PM
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It does seem like we see Prince Albert in England often enough...wonder if he has any close friendships with the members of the BRF.



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Albert and Charlene are close to Edward and Sophie.

Edward and Sophie have many friends among the European royals and hopefully the Cambridge's will be able to develop similar friendships with the Euro royals in the future.
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:49 PM
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I don't see the Cambridges striking up close ties with other European royals.
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Old 10-17-2017, 03:03 PM
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I don't see the Cambridges striking up close ties with other European royals.
William and Kate have been to Denmark and Belgium together, and Kate has made solo trips to Luxembourg and the Netherlands. I definitely see the Cambridges striking up a relationship with continental royals and the official visit to Sweden and Norway will reinforce that. Mathilde, Máxima, Mary, Victoria and Stéphanie seem very friendly and I'm pretty sure they could become good friends with Kate. William is a more reserved kind of person though and I don't see him forging friendships with other monarchs or crown princes beyond normal protocol.
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Old 10-17-2017, 03:39 PM
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Mbruno, I agree with your assessment of William. I also have never seen Kate as being friendly or welcoming.
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:11 PM
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William and Kate have been to Denmark and Belgium together, and Kate has made solo trips to Luxembourg and the Netherlands. I definitely see the Cambridges striking up a relationship with continental royals and the official visit to Sweden and Norway will reinforce that. Mathilde, Máxima, Mary, Victoria and Stéphanie seem very friendly and I'm pretty sure they could become good friends with Kate. William is a more reserved kind of person though and I don't see him forging friendships with other monarchs or crown princes beyond normal protocol.
I agree Mbruno that the Cambridges' relationships with their European peers will expand over time. Up until recently, it's been Charles/Camilla and his siblings that have been dispatched as QEII's representatives on these visits. Now that they're considered full time William and Kate are likely to take on more of these types of trips to Europe as HM and the DoE cut back on their travel. Eventually they will likely be Charles' primary representatives overseas when his reign begins and they are the Prince and Princess of Wales. AFAIK the Cambridges have always gotten along with their European counterparts when they've been on official visits.
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:57 PM
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As far as the Windsors-particular the Cambridges-relationships with their European peers I can only hope to see the continuation of these "goodwill" tours to the Continent. I don't see how it serves Britain or the Windsors to distance themselves in this day and age...even if I understand perfectly the reason for wanting to do so at the beginning of the 20th century.
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:05 PM
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Yes that's the pics, thanks for posting them TLLK!


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Here is another photo of Felipe and William chatting from that same event.

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/21/3a/fa/2...sh-royalty.jpg

Felipe might remember when a very young William, Harry and their parents visited the Spanish royals at Marivent Palace in 1987.
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:10 PM
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As far as the Windsors-particular the Cambridges-relationships with their European peers I can only hope to see the continuation of these "goodwill" tours to the Continent. I don't see how it serves Britain or the Windsors to distance themselves in this day and age...even if I understand perfectly the reason for wanting to do so at the beginning of the 20th century.

We really have no idea what they get up to out of public view...they could be Skyping each other or sending emails. I am sure hoping the visits continue... to include some of the other European royals coming to London.


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Here is another photo of Felipe and William chatting from that same event.

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/21/3a/fa/2...sh-royalty.jpg

Felipe might remember when a very young William, Harry and their parents visited the Spanish royals at Marivent Palace in 1987.
I'm sure he probably does remember...after all not ever day you meet a future King, even if you are going to be one too!


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Old 10-17-2017, 05:21 PM
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Mbruno, I agree with your assessment of William. I also have never seen Kate as being friendly or welcoming.
Ok you can't stand them, point taken
But to rehash your feelings in every possible thread, i mean, really ?
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:34 PM
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I've deleted and moved a number of posts. This thread is about the British Royal Family. If you wish to discuss the friendship between other royals, please do so in the Which Royals are Good Friends thread.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:24 PM
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Here is another photo of Felipe and William chatting from that same event.

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/21/3a/fa/2...sh-royalty.jpg

Felipe might remember when a very young William, Harry and their parents visited the Spanish royals at Marivent Palace in 1987.
A young Felipe and very young William--
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:04 PM
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Great photo find and thank you for sharing it.
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:40 PM
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William and Kate have been to Denmark and Belgium together, and Kate has made solo trips to Luxembourg and the Netherlands. I definitely see the Cambridges striking up a relationship with continental royals and the official visit to Sweden and Norway will reinforce that. Mathilde, Máxima, Mary, Victoria and Stéphanie seem very friendly and I'm pretty sure they could become good friends with Kate. William is a more reserved kind of person though and I don't see him forging friendships with other monarchs or crown princes beyond normal protocol.
CP Mary did personally (I think via a phone call) congratulate Catherine when Prince George was born.

We also need to remember that Catherine and William may be in regular contact with continental royals - as a general public, we wouldn't know about it. I very much doubt that, as a future Regent couple, Catherine and William have not already started developing close contact and friendships with their current and future Regent peers.
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Old 10-17-2017, 09:13 PM
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How do we know that CP Mary made any contact with Kate when George was born?

Unless you were in the room when the phone call occurred or there was an official statement from one or other of the palaces then it is 'reported' and not definite.

There are many, many reports out there about the royals and most of them are complete garbage.

The only thing to believe is official communications and not from the so-called sources who are often figments of reporters imaginations.
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Old 10-18-2017, 05:34 AM
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I think relations between the royal families of Europe and the BRF were very strong during and post WWII. I think a lot of the relationships have their roots in that era and geographical distance has made it less than easy to maintain close relations with the main characters having aged out of the monarchies.
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Posts relating to languages have been moved to the following thread: What Languages Do The Royals Speak?
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The relationship between the British and Norwegian royal families was mentioned in the ''How do the Royal Houses Compare/Contrast?'' thread last week:
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The Norwegian royals are the closest relationship the British royals have with Europe but in an age of Parliamentary democracy what difference does blood relationship make.
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I wish there were strong friendships/relationships between the BRF and other royal Houses besides King Harald and Queen Sonja, as there are between all the Scandi royals and between some Continental Houses. I think it would be fabulous.
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Anne is Haakon's godfather I believe.
Well, let's go through it:

According to Norwegian royal expert Kjell Arne Totland and Norwegian author Tor Bomann-Larsen (both known to be very reliable), the relationship between the Norwegian and British Royal Houses is like this:

During the reign of Haakon VII:
Very close due to the fact that his consort Queen Maud was the daughter of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.

During the reign of Olav V:
Very close due to the fact that he was the son of Queen Maud and grandchild of a British monarch.

Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester attended the funeral of King Haakon VII in 1957.
The Queen Mother was due to attend the Wedding of Harald and Sonja in 1968, but the unexpected death of Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent two days before the wedding, made the attendance of any member of the BRF impossible.
Charles attended King Olav's 75th birthday celebrations in 1978, and the Queen Mother attended his 80th birthday celebrations in 1983.
Anne attended the confirmation of Prince Haakon (her godson) in 1988.
And King Olav always visited the Queen Mother when he was in London.

During the reign of Harald V:

Closeness between the royal houses:

Charles and Anne attended the funeral of King Olav V in 1991.
Anne and Edward attended the regent couple's Silver Wedding Anniversary in 1993.
Charles attended the regent couple's joint 60th Birthday celebrations in 1997.
Charles (church only), Edward, and Sophie attended the Wedding of Haakon and MM in 2001.
Anne, Timothy Laurence, Edward and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended the King's 70th Birthday celebrations in 2007.
Sophie (alone) attended the regent couple's joint 80th Birthday celebrations in 2017 - which led Norwegian commentators to say that the relationship was not what it used to be, and that the Brits alone had to take responsibility for it.

Closeness between the royals:

The King and Queen:
Well, despite the age gap, they are ''close'' (if we can call it that) with Charles/Camilla and Anne. - How? By sometimes spending time with them personally in the UK.

They are not that close with QEII - but they meet her sometimes for tea (as QMII also does) when they are in London.

The CP couple:
Not close with any of them.

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BTW, since this was a post that mostly was about the relationship between two royal houses, I chose to put it here, and not in the ''Which Royals Are Good Friends?'' thread.
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Old 04-03-2018, 02:26 PM
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The perception that the Windsors have distanced themselves from the continental royals is greatly exaggerated IMHO.

As I mentioned in the "How the Royal Houses compare/contrast" forum, Prince Charles attended Haakon's, Philippe's, Willem-Alexander's, Felipe's and even Infanta Elena's weddings. He also attended the funeral of Prince Claus. It was only after 2005 that the PoW stopped attending royal events in the continent for some unknown reason.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the hand , either alone or as a couple, have recently visited Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway and Sweden, and they seem to have become much better acquainted with several CP couples or younger monarchs.
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They are not that close with QEII - but they meet her sometimes for tea (as QMII also does) when they are in London.
Who is QMII?

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The CP couple:
Not close with any of them.
Why not Anne? Haakon's godmother?

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As I mentioned in the "How the Royal Houses compare/contrast" forum, Prince Charles attended Haakon's, Philippe's, Willem-Alexander's, Felipe's and even Infanta Elena's weddings. He also attended the funeral of Prince Claus. It was only after 2005 that the PoW stopped attending royal events in the continent for some unknown reason.
Seems to coincide with his marriage to Camilla. Might that have something to do with his abstention?
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Who is QMII?
QMII = Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
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