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Old 11-03-2013, 03:31 PM
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Lacking in the intelligence department is very difficult to judge but i think King Charles II of Spain is generally thought of as intellectually impaired (but than he was impaired in other ways as well...)
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Old 11-03-2013, 03:39 PM
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Princess Kiko is another royal with a MA. People always forget to mention this.
Would Prince Carl Philip be regarded as one of the lesser intelligent ones?
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Old 11-03-2013, 03:43 PM
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Would Prince Carl Philip be regarded as one of the lesser intelligent ones?
I don't know him well enough to judge this; to me he seems to be a bit undecisive in what he wants to do with his life, but this says nothing about his intelligence-level...
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Old 11-03-2013, 03:56 PM
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As Lumutqueen and others have pointed out there is not just one type of intelligence, and the ability to obtain a university degree is not always a reliable barometer of how smart a person is.....or isn't.
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Old 11-03-2013, 03:59 PM
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Absolutely; there's book smart and then there's street smart.
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:16 PM
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Okay then, who is just the smartest, regardless of college degree?
I don't think Prince Carl Philip is dumb, but he comes across as a bit shy.
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:39 PM
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Okay then, who is just the smartest, regardless of college degree? I don't think Prince Carl Philip is dumb, but he comes across as a bit shy.
Eh? How are we determining "smart" if not by education? Even then having a thousand degrees only makes you appear book smart. I'm also not sure how you can connect shyness and intelligence.

Bottom line is we don't know these people nor have never met them or spent a decent length of time with them to judge "smartness", street or book or anything else.
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:21 PM
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Eh? How are we determining "smart" if not by education? Even then having a thousand degrees only makes you appear book smart. I'm also not sure how you can connect shyness and intelligence.

Bottom line is we don't know these people nor have never met them or spent a decent length of time with them to judge "smartness", street or book or anything else.
I don't see why we can't discuss it here - I'm detecting argumentativeness on your part. I was not trying to argue - I was merely asking a question. And the reason I mentioned Carl Philip's shyness is because IME sometimes shy people are perceived as being unintelligent.

You are right - we don't know any of these people. And if that's the case, why have the forum at all, based on your logic? Everything else concerning royals is discussed here.

If you don't like the thread subject, you don't need to respond to it if it bothers you so much!
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:33 PM
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Common sense is the most important. It is also important as to how these people's intelligence is used to improve their country. That is their job after all. I think it's ridiculous that many of the royal houses are paid millions of dollars and most of what they do is fluff. They should be doing things like promoting their countries around the world. eg. trying to attract tourists and promoting industry.
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I agree!
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Good gracious just answer the question or don't. Whatever you define as smart educated or books smart then answer it that way. Why all this debate over what this or that means.
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:11 PM
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I'm wondering too, if part of what should be looked at as far as who is the smartest - is who is the wisest? You can have someone who is intelligent, book smart and maybe even have some common sense, but when put all together, make some really no-so-smart decisions. I think that's where wisdom comes in.
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Common sense is the most important. It is also important as to how these people's intelligence is used to improve their country. That is their job after all. I think it's ridiculous that many of the royal houses are paid millions of dollars and most of what they do is fluff. They should be doing things like promoting their countries around the world. eg. trying to attract tourists and promoting industry.
I think that's the purpose of most of the royals. It's a matter of how successful they are at attracting tourism and commerce. By it's very nature and it's known history the British royals are the most successful...but does that make any of the more intelligent than the mother royal families?
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I think its fair to say Prince Harry is not academic but that doesn't necessarily make him not so smart,
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you will have to excuse me, but to me teaching your own native language is no particular sign of smartness.
So teaching those of potentially multiple different native tongues and explaining the rules of a new language to them does not require brains? Hmm.. I'm pretty sure there are a lot of people who would disagree with you.
One has to be able to understand both the verbal and non-verbal idiosyncrasies of whatever language their student speaks and then teach them a new set of rules of grammar, new vocabulary, and perhaps difficult pronunciation when they are already past the age where this comes naturally to them.
Teaching English as a foreign language to adults is much more difficult than you assume.
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:39 AM
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And the reason I mentioned Carl Philip's shyness is because IME sometimes shy people are perceived as being unintelligent
Funny imo the shy ones are often the intelligent ones..
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:11 AM
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There are definitely different perceptions of people- for instance there are a lot of people who believe Prince Charles to be a little bit "dumb" because he did not acchieve impressive grades and academic laurels,but on the other hand you have a lot of people who are impressed with his knowledge about agriculture,history,art etc.

I would also agree that smart people are often more reserved and less talkative,but we also see highly intelligent people who are articulate and socially active. It probably depends on the personality and character wheter one enjoys talking a lot and standing in the spotlight. What we have to keep in mind is that a lot of highly intellectual people are introverted and therefore they rather prefer to keep a low profile and only talk when it is necessary.
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"From multilingual Queen Mathilde of Belgium, a former speech therapist who has a masters degree in psychology to Queen Maxima of The Netherlands who held high ranking positions at big banks, these women have very impressive academic credentials and career achievements."

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One of the most gifted certainly was the late Prince Friso: academic degree in Mechanical Engineering (Berkeley University, United States), academic degree in Economics (Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands), academic degree in Aeronautical Engineering (Technical University Delft, the Netherlands), post-academic degree in Business Administration (INSEAD Fontainebleau, France). As he was second in line, he took courses in Law as well (Leyden University, the Netherlands), for the eventuality that his brother Willem-Alexander would drop out of the succession.
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The European royals don't even start to compare to ,any of their middle eastern and Asian counterparts when it comes to education levels. You will find multiple masters and doctorates in many houses.

But for Europeans, the Dutch have definitely done a good job like eith Friso in ensuring younger kids are educated and set for private lives.
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