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View Poll Results: Favorite European Royal Head of State
King Carl Gustaf of Sweden 8 3.92%
King Harald of Norway 16 7.84%
Queen Margrethe of Denmark 32 15.69%
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands 37 18.14%
Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom 58 28.43%
King Albert of Belgium 3 1.47%
King Juan Carlos of Spain 30 14.71%
HSH Prince Albert of Monaco 7 3.43%
Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg 8 3.92%
HSH Prince Hans-Adam of Liechtenstein 5 2.45%
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Old 04-27-2007, 12:47 PM
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Very well said Henry and Mapper.
Queen Beatrix certainly deserve every single word in your posts. I have to admit, with all my immense love and respect for Queen Elizabeth, it was a tough choice - I almost did end up voting for Queen Beatrix.
I'm glad I wasn't the only one who had so much trouble. Thanks for the feedback, Avalon.

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Old 04-27-2007, 02:07 PM
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Queen Magrethe II of Denmark
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Old 04-28-2007, 01:07 PM
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I like Queen Margrethe.
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Old 04-28-2007, 02:21 PM
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Definitely Queen Elizabeth II-perfect example of what it means to be a monarch
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Old 04-28-2007, 02:44 PM
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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is the exemplar of sovergnity, thus my reason for voting for her. I found Queen Beatrix's ability to connect with her subjects and those people whom she encounters through her life's work commendable. Her manner with people seems almost effortless unlike some heads of state whom it appears to take something from them simply converse with common folk.
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Old 04-29-2007, 12:09 PM
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King Harald .
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Old 04-29-2007, 06:52 PM
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Interesting question - I think I can separate it into two: who do I respect the most, and I would like to have a drink in a pub with. My answer for the first, QEII, without doubt. She represents to me all that is best about such old-fashioned values as discipline and commitment. Dame Helen already summarised all that perfectly in her Oscar speech My favourite drinking partner would, on the other hand, definitely be Q Margarethe, who appears creative, intelligent, non-conformist and funny. GD Henri would be welcome to join, just because he is rather easy on the eye
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Old 04-29-2007, 07:05 PM
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Definitely Queen Elizabeth
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Old 04-29-2007, 07:48 PM
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Of course, I choose only one of the Monarchs, but I respect and like most of them. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is great as a head of the State, but I also likes King Harald and King of Sweden...Hard, very hard to choice just one!

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Old 04-30-2007, 12:11 AM
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Without a doubt, King Juan Carlos.
A year ago, I would have leaned to agreeing with you mostly.

But he loses out for two reasons. Yes, he united Spain and has been a real leader with charisma on one hand.

On the other hand, the incident not too long ago when he went to Russia to do what would have been more than illegal on his home turf: shoot and kill a tame bear who was fed drunk, was an act that was absolutely off base. Especially for someone who is supposed to provide an example to his fellow Spaniards, and fellow men and women too. Thumbs down, way way down, for this low low behavior of this king. If it hadn't been for this incident, he'd hav e been high on my list, despite point nr two, see below.

The other thumbs down is the way he's always treated his spouse. Running around with mistresses is the rumor that's dogged this man for eons. Of course, this is a rumor, hwoever where there's smoke, there's probably fire, more likely so than not in this particular case. With a wife like Sophia, I am very disappointed in JC's conduct as a husband, I have to say. He has been so lucky to have her by his side, she's never ever ever put a foot wrong. But he has.
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Old 04-30-2007, 12:13 AM
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So who did I vote for? Well, Beatrix but of course! Although I have to say it was a close tie between her and Elizabeth the Second! These ladies rock!!
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Old 04-30-2007, 12:25 AM
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Queen Margrethe and Queen Elizabeth II. Both extraordinary women with whom I admire.
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Old 04-30-2007, 02:49 AM
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Rainier of Monaco..
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Old 04-30-2007, 08:08 AM
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Queen Elizabeth II

Has this woman ever made a single misstep or public error in over 55 years on the throne? sheesh, there is not any training in the world that can make someone so good at what they do.
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Old 04-30-2007, 08:13 AM
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I voted for HSH Prince Hans-Adam of Liechtenstein because very few other people would and I do like him. He's quite the diva.
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Old 05-01-2007, 04:36 AM
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A year ago, I would have leaned to agreeing with you mostly.

But he loses out for two reasons. Yes, he united Spain and has been a real leader with charisma on one hand.

On the other hand, the incident not too long ago when he went to Russia to do what would have been more than illegal on his home turf: shoot and kill a tame bear who was fed drunk, was an act that was absolutely off base. Especially for someone who is supposed to provide an example to his fellow Spaniards, and fellow men and women too. Thumbs down, way way down, for this low low behavior of this king. If it hadn't been for this incident, he'd hav e been high on my list, despite point nr two, see below.

The other thumbs down is the way he's always treated his spouse. Running around with mistresses is the rumor that's dogged this man for eons. Of course, this is a rumor, hwoever where there's smoke, there's probably fire, more likely so than not in this particular case. With a wife like Sophia, I am very disappointed in JC's conduct as a husband, I have to say. He has been so lucky to have her by his side, she's never ever ever put a foot wrong. But he has.
There are also rumours about a number of other heads of states regarding affairs etc. Some people believe them, others don't. I do think that if they are true, the way JC treated Queen Sofia is awful and I would hope that he doesn't do it anymore.

But for me, the hunting issue, while it was not in good taste at all, did not get to me in the same way it did you. I am not a cold hearted person, I thought it was wrong, but for me, that did not alter my opinion of him.

As I previously said, he is my favourite head of state because he is a hard working man and I admire him for that.

But as they say, each to their own and I am not looking for a debate here, I just wanted to explain
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My vote goes to Prince Hans Adam II. The tiny principality became a member of the United Nations under his regime. Besides his offspring and their spouses don't seem to cause any scandalous headlines.
As usual, we're in agreement where the Liechtensteiners are concerned. In addition to all that you mentioned, he's a really handsome man with a lovely smile.
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Old 05-02-2007, 09:45 AM
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Old 05-02-2007, 10:38 AM
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It has to be the one and only Queen Beatrix, so human and down to earth. Last year we took my little 5 year old neice to The Hague for Prinsjesdag and we gave Beth a Scottish flag to wave so that the Queen would know she had come all the way from Scotland to see her. We were standing in a narrow street just along from the palace and as the golden coach came along you could see Beatrix point ahead and say something to Willem Alexander and Maximina. As the coach passed by only a few feet from us, all three turned and looking straight at Beth waved and smiled at her. Beth was over the moon. An English lady standing near by said "wasn't that lovely, you wouldn't get our lot doing that." So, for making a little girl very happy it has to be the great Queen Beatrix.
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