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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 04-26-2007, 07:45 PM
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Post Favorite European Royal Head of State

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Old 04-26-2007, 08:02 PM
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QE II. She's been at it for more than half a century and never waivered. Now that's dedication.
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:37 PM
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Queen Elizabeth- the oldest and yet still the hardest working of all the European monarchs through all the 55 years of her reign.
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:45 PM
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Well I need some time to think about just one fave. As I get more accustom to more and more royalty my faves kind of change a little from time to time. I would have to say that Queen Beatrix, King Juan Carlos, and Queen Elizabeth are among my faves. I shall return to officially put in my vote. This is a tough choice!
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:07 PM
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I really like Queen Margrethe. She seems very nice and laid back. Just seeing a picture of Queen Elizabeth makes me feel like I need to stand up straight and tuck my shirt in and curtsy!

I'm just kidding, I love Queen Elizabeth as well, she's my second favorite.
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:08 PM
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As I live in a republican country away from Europe we don't receice much information about royal families, exception to the United Kingdom, Spain and Monaco royal families. Because of that I can't say King Albert, King Harald or Queen Margrethe are good monarchs or not. But I think King Juan Carlos is the perfect example of what a monarch should be: imponent, charismatic and charming. And he has a wonderful family, what is a bonus.
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:22 PM
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I actually surprised myself when I selected Queen Beatrix as my favorite. Overall I like the Swedish family (with the Dutch right behind them). In considering monarchs, I almost put QEII because even with everything that has happened in her family, she will forever be something of a royal icon (and I haven't seen the movie).

I chose Beatrix because the more I study her, the more I find that her qualities are very extreme (read BIG) just like her hair and her hats. She definitely commands authority but she also seems to be one of the most approachable monarchs. She wears some outrageous get-ups but always manages to look appropriate, professional, and elegant (attributes that many of us attribute to Sofia and Silvia). She appears to genuinely care about her family very deeply, including her extended family of cousins (in the pics of QEII's visit, it looks like she almost couldn't contain herself to get there and greet Liz with a warm hug). And in almost every event, you gotta love a broad that loves to let loose with a hearty laugh. In the next generation, I think what I like in Victoria and Maxima are these same qualities. That is why I chose HM Queen Beatrix.

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Old 04-26-2007, 11:17 PM
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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.
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Old 04-26-2007, 11:47 PM
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King Juan Carlos of Spain!!
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Old 04-27-2007, 02:27 AM
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Queen Beatrix

I have voted for Queen Beatrix.

Not because she is my own Queen, but mainly because she personifies my own idea of a lady Sovereign: distant but still approchable, full of majesty but still human, being affable but always with a sunny smile.

And besides that: the way she outs herself in her garderobe, no matter it is a visit to the zoo or the opening of a new gevernment building, the way she modernized her Household but keeping it 'royal' (do not replace Hofdames, Dames du Palais, Chamberlains, by something banal as a 'PA'), the continuation of old traditions (Prinsjesdag, the use of a horsedrawn hearse during funerals, the impeccable grand events (weddings, funerals, state visits), the way she gives her daughters-in-law all chances to sparkle, to glitz and to glam, the wonderful and warm doted grandmother in her...

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Queen Elizabeth.
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Queen Elizabeth -the best !!!!
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I have voted for Queen Beatrix.

Not because she is my own Queen, but mainly because she personifies my own idea of a lady Sovereign: distant but still approchable, full of majesty but still human, being affable but always with a sunny smile.

And besides that: the way she outs herself in her garderobe, no matter it is a visit to the zoo or the opening of a new gevernment building, the way she modernized her Household but keeping it 'royal' (do not replace Hofdames, Dames du Palais, Chamberlains, by something banal as a 'PA'), the continuation of old traditions (Prinsjesdag, the use of a horsedrawn hearse during funerals, the impeccable grand events (weddings, funerals, state visits), the way she gives her daughters-in-law all chances to sparkle, to glitz and to glam, the wonderful and warm doted grandmother in her...



I couldn't agree more!!!
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Old 04-27-2007, 04:50 AM
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Henri, I don't think it could be said any better about Queen Beatrix.

The Dutch RF has always been the one, with Norway right up there, that I have been interested in the most. The more I learn about Her Majesty, the more I like her and have great respect for her. She is every inch what I beleive a queen should be. Traditional and very regal yet there is something about her that makes her seem not so removed and unreachable, there is that slight bit of mystery to her as well. Maybe its that natural and warm smile she has or the obvious love she has for her family (her and Claus made the best couple) and the time she devotes to her kids, and now her adorable grandchildren.

If I ever had the chance to pick a royal head of state for my country, I would want it to be Queen Beatrix. She is just a truly fascinating person who understands her role and has done an amazing job at that.
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Old 04-27-2007, 05:08 AM
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I vote for Queen Margrethe of Denmark .
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Old 04-27-2007, 05:48 AM
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My vote goes to my queen Queen Margrethe
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Without a doubt, King Juan Carlos. He works extremely hard for Spain, despite at the beginning when people had little faith in him and this helped him to win many admirers and supporters along the way.
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I have immense respect for most of the Current European Royal heads of state, with Queen Beatrix, King Harald, Queen Margarethe, King Juan Carlos and Grand Duke Henri among my favourites.

However my most favourite was and is Queen Elizabeth.
For many years Her Majesty has been the symbol of duty and dedication.
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...I chose Beatrix because the more I study her, the more I find that her qualities are very extreme (read BIG) just like her hair and her hats. She definitely commands authority but she also seems to be one of the most approachable monarchs. She wears some outrageous get-ups but always manages to look appropriate, professional, and elegant (attributes that many of us attribute to Sofia and Silvia). She appears to genuinely care about her family very deeply, including her extended family of cousins (in the pics of QEII's visit, it looks like she almost couldn't contain herself to get there and greet Liz with a warm hug). And in almost every event, you gotta love a broad that loves to let loose with a hearty laugh. In the next generation, I think what I like in Victoria and Maxima are these same qualities. That is why I chose HM Queen Beatrix.
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I have voted for Queen Beatrix.
Not because she is my own Queen, but mainly because she personifies my own idea of a lady Sovereign: distant but still approchable, full of majesty but still human, being affable but always with a sunny smile.

And besides that: the way she outs herself in her garderobe, no matter it is a visit to the zoo or the opening of a new gevernment building, the way she modernized her Household but keeping it 'royal' (do not replace Hofdames, Dames du Palais, Chamberlains, by something banal as a 'PA'), the continuation of old traditions (Prinsjesdag, the use of a horsedrawn hearse during funerals, the impeccable grand events (weddings, funerals, state visits), the way she gives her daughters-in-law all chances to sparkle, to glitz and to glam, the wonderful and warm doted grandmother in her...
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.
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King Juan Carlos
Great King, funny and wonderful person, loving husband, great father and sweet grandfather. He is doing a great job, especially in the beginning of his reign during the transition from dictatorship to democracy. Great guy
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