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Old 01-03-2015, 09:01 AM
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I'm in the middle then :-D I like following royalty because it's something I've always felt attracted to... But they are flawed human beings like everyone else and thus they shouldn't be worshipped or excused for everything...
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:32 AM
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There are a variety of reasons people are interested in royalty. For me, I've always had a fascination with royalty as they don't live the same lifestyle as you're average person. I didn't know until I was in my 20's that I had royal blood (I used to think it would be interesting if I did) and this made the interest more intense.
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Old 01-03-2015, 06:26 PM
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To me it's a natural part of my passion for history. The royals are so intertwined with the history of my country that you cannot ignore them.
It's also a part to learn about traditions and ways to do things, because they are mostly based in something practical.

And through that interest came a natural interest for other royals in their roles in the history of their countries.
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Old 01-03-2015, 07:48 PM
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I follow the royals as a social observation. I'm an only child with no cousins, so large family dynamics have always been a curiosity to me. I'd rather spend my time following the activities of the Windsors than the Kardashians or the Duggars. Besides history is a favorite subject of mine so I get a secondary bonus from following the BRF.

I've noticed that many royal watchers are very conservative sociopolitically . I myself am a dyed in the wool ultra-liberal, and I enjoy the juxtaposition. Also I get a giggle at watching certain posters trying to justify their sexist and plutocratic views. It's even more fascinating when they project mental illness/sinister motives onto the royals in random assumption, or when they come up with conspiracy theories. Every time you deal with the subject of history, tradition and religion the looney bigots and zealots come out of the woodwork, various royal forums on the internet are a testament to this. Royal watchers can be just as interesting as the royals themselves. For better or worse.
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:04 PM
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About 90% of my interest in royalty is linked with my passion for history and genealogy.

I also find royalty a much more interesting alternative to Hollywood and pop culture celebrities.
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Old 01-05-2015, 02:20 PM
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Royalty gives us a glimpse into another world that most of us will never experience. Also, the historical ties and the traditions are interesting. I have followed the British royals for a long time - I was a fan of Diana, but I could see that she was not without faults. My interest in royalty got kicked up a notch when I was watching royal weddings on YouTube (I'm a church organist so I'm interested in the music, etc.) and, lo and behold, there are other royal families out there! They are just as interesting and colorful as the Brits. So I've done a lot of reading, both books and the internet. And I've learned a lot of history in the process. While it's a harmless and escapist hobby, it's not one that you can talk to others about, at least not in my circles. Most people just think it's silly - after all, Americans revolted against the monarchy in the 18th century, so why bother with them now? Although I can see the value of having a nonpartisan head of state. The American president functions as both head of state and head of government, not always successfully. I remember the flap when President Obama bowed to the Japanese emperor - didn't help his popularity at all.

BTW, an interesting book is ''The Great Survivors'' by Peter Conradi. Good insight into European royalty.
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:05 PM
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what an interesting thread. i have always wondered why people are interested in royalty, yet have never seen this thread, even though it was started in 2005 and the person who reopened it only recently reposted - after being left untouched since 2005.

i guess i find royalty appealing because of several reasons:

- they embody 'proper' behaviour, which people rarely see or experience in everyday life: how to behave appropriately, how to drink and eat appropriately, how to present yourself appropriately and how to interact with others appropriately. i find the protocol that surrounds them fascinating.

- they are present in a wide variety of 'high profile' events, so it's quite easy for anyone to spot them when they watch the news or any events they may follow and to become interested in them. whether you are interested in charity work, in sports, in history, in industry... it's quite likely that at some point you were reading the news of a royal being present at that really crucial football match, the funeral of an important person you liked who changed history or at a history-changing event.

- they dress in amazing clothes, meet the brightest and best of people, live in beautiful palaces, travel to great holiday destinations... what's not to like about that? :) i guess we all are more or less interested in being "nosey" and knowing what other people do to get inspiration. as someone else said, i'm more interested to know where royalty goes on holiday than britney spears.

however, i have to disagree with other people in that the reason we follow royalty is because we 'envy them' or want to be like them 'because they live perfect lives'. yes, they are privileged, but with privilege comes responsibility, pressure and intrusion. i wouldn't swap places with any of them - at least not for long.
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:58 PM
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Father grew up learning about Royal Families.
I like the names of Royalty. However, not just their first names. I like the additional middle names.
The historic aspect is nice due to the fact that some Royals married foreign Royals. You get to learn about additional Royal Families.
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Old 10-24-2017, 04:18 AM
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Way back when in 7th grade a history teacher realized I hated reading and he discovered that I did not know how to read at all, so he kept me after school and brought out a history book on ancient Egypt, a duck took to water then real quick, to this day I have a deep love of the ancient world and the near east, well later on I saw a picture of my favorite queen in a magazine riding a bike around Copenhagen with bodyguards following her on their bikes, Queen Daisy, fell in love with her right then and there and have followed her ever since and that lead me to all the ancient and current history of Europe. Today here on TRF it is what I call *living history* right at our finger tips each day and from my view they are just like you and me, only they live on a different scale of finances, they have the same issues and problems and joys and desires and wants and needs like all of us do. One thing that I look for in reading is I want to find and learn about women during these times, I search for strong intelligent women and look for ways that they change the lives of the people around them.

And for me the best is learning and reading about the ancient past of Europe and all the people down through the ages. What a wealth of information there is here to learn and talk about all the time. I just wish I could remember all the things that I have read through the years yet most of it has escaped me and can't seem to find it....
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Old 04-11-2018, 10:16 PM
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I started with the British Royals, because I was interested in the Queen, as well as the work Prince Harry, Prince William, and Catherine are doing with mental health (which is very important to me as I have an anxiety disorder and am often ostracized but oh well), especially how they are trying to take the stigma away, then I started with Wikipedia pages, then found other royals, and now I'm obsessed.
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Old 04-11-2018, 10:35 PM
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Old 04-11-2018, 11:40 PM
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I started following the BRF back when Diana and Charles married.


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Old 05-07-2018, 01:33 PM
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For me, its been from the time I was in grade 1 (1961!) and they were pictures of the Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Princess Anne & Prince Andrew up on our classroom walls - Prince Edward had not been born yet. (The British monarchy was much more visible in Canada then.)

I'm not a royalist at all. I don't agree with the class system and a hereditary monarchy. I disagree with the concept that some people are born into certain positions. I wish the Governor General of Canada (our symbolic head of state) represented the country of Canada, not the Queen. (I don't want to see a combined symbolic and actual head of state like the American President.) As well, I think that in our Canadian citizenship oath, we should swear an oath of allegiance to the country of Canada and its laws, not the Queen.

However, I'm intrigued by the British monarchy and its history. I'm interested in how their lives differ from our others and how they adapt (and struggle to adapt) to changing times. I do like the ceremony although part me feels sorry for them for living in a "guilded cage".

Personally, I admire Queen Elizabeth II for her devotion to duty (and her father George VI).
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:16 PM
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Old 05-18-2018, 11:12 PM
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I grew up in England with the BRF always present. I'm also a history buff so as I grew those interests merged. It's fascinating to read about all the Royal families of the world.
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Old 08-17-2018, 03:44 PM
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There's always something fascinating about royality.
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Old 08-17-2018, 07:06 PM
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In 1997 I bought Point de Vue because I wanted to practice my french.

I chose it as Diana was in the front page, it was a time before the terrible accident.

Ever since, I sticked to this magazine. I learned about all the royals, I learned also french!! and then I found this forum...
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Old 08-17-2018, 07:35 PM
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When I was a little girl my grandmother used to bring Point de Vue at my home every thursday...the people Inside became friends !
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:04 AM
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I only started to get interested in the RF with Prince William's and Prince Harry's adulthood. I like both of them very much. I guess it's better late than never, right? haha
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Old 10-31-2018, 06:07 PM
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My mom was a fan of Diana, I heard my mom talk about Diana all the time, she even had pictures from her young adulthood days where she cut her hair short like Diana's. I had an idea about royalty from early on because of it even though Portugal is not a Monarchy.


But my interest in royalty and this forum came with the Spanish Royal Family, my mom loved royal weddings and made me watch Infanta Elena and Infanta Cristina weddings on TV (Portugal always loved to show on tv stuff about the Spanish Royal Family). I can't remember Infanta Elena's one since I was a child but I have vague idea about Cristina's. So my interest began then. When Felipe announced his engagement to Letizia, I started to become a real royalty fan. Even though I had only 13 years old back then, I watched and followed everything, their wedding and the birth of Leonor on TV. I remember so well that I was so excited to get my hands on Hola magazine when something special happened. I had Felipe and Letizia wedding Hola, but my father threw it to the trash when we moved homes (he threw Frederik and Mary wedding Hola too) :( but I still have the Hola from Leonor's birth! I have a big collection now ahahah


The interests started, became stronger with the years, I found this website, and the feeling never fade away since.
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