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Old 01-26-2005, 07:35 PM
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and i met princess mary before she was a princess
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Old 01-26-2005, 09:02 PM
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I've met a number of royals because of where I work. I remember meeting Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, she had come to South Africa and her assistants wanted to have a photo call for her at the hospital. I remember it created a fuss because of the security requirements. At that time the matron of the ward was really not happy about the amount of celebrities that were popping in for photo ops. But despite this warning, I was excited by the visit, as were most of the staff and children in the hospital. Diana arrived late, about an hour or more. She was in a mood, you could see it. She briefly spoke to the children and than asked who was critically ill, as she wanted to be seen near him in the photo. The press took the photo and Diana and her entourage were gone. The visit made a lasting impression on me. It is possible that there were other things on her mind, but I only saw her using sick children as a PR stunt and that hurt.
I met Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip together, my grandmother wanted to go see the couple, actually she wanted to go Britannia as when it was last in South Africa in the 1940's she was ill and couldn't go. My Gran even put on all her medals to attract the Queen to her and it worked the trick :) The Queen wanted to know what she did during the war. She also drove trucks and the Queen joked with her that their contribution was very valuable to the war effort. My gran than showed her the medal she had received from George VI and the Queen Mother, and I think the Queen was genuinely interested. She even noted that the medal had been changed later. We then told her that we had recently visited Jan Smuts House and the Queen laughed noting that the royal family had spend a wonderful time there. The Duke of Edinburgh at this time was collecting flowers from the gathered people, until he remarked that the florists should be empty.
I went to see Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex at the last moment. There was relatively nobody there, besides the security. It was before Edward was married. Edward shook hands with those of us there, took a few gifts. But he came across was very unhappy and terribly shy. Like he was going through the motions, without anything else to it - His mind seemed far away. While he was inside the building, I spoke to an elderly black man that had been standing near me. I was anxious to move him closer to the security barrier as he was eager to speak to Edward. I asked him why as I doubt he even knew who Edward was. I was greatly shocked when he told me that he was there to tell Prince Edward that he had met King George VI and had been greatly in awe of him. He wanted to met the man's grandson as he wanted to tell how much his grandfather had meant to him and that Edward must always remember that he is his mother's son and that great blood runs in his veins. I don't know if Edward got the message - I had to go as I had to catch a bus.
Thank you for sharing these GREAT first-hand stories, Claire.
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Old 01-27-2005, 12:08 PM
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I have met Princess Mathilde and King Albert and I have seen Princes Letizia before her wedding , and Princess Christina with her oldest son , when she was on holiday
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Old 01-27-2005, 12:21 PM
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Thank you for sharing these GREAT first-hand stories, Claire.
One great story indeed - many thanks, Claire. :)
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Old 01-28-2005, 01:00 AM
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I've met a number of royals because of where I work. I remember meeting Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, she had come to South Africa and her assistants wanted to have a photo call for her at the hospital. I remember it created a fuss because of the security requirements. At that time the matron of the ward was really not happy about the amount of celebrities that were popping in for photo ops. But despite this warning, I was excited by the visit, as were most of the staff and children in the hospital. Diana arrived late, about an hour or more. She was in a mood, you could see it. She briefly spoke to the children and than asked who was critically ill, as she wanted to be seen near him in the photo. The press took the photo and Diana and her entourage were gone. The visit made a lasting impression on me. It is possible that there were other things on her mind, but I only saw her using sick children as a PR stunt and that hurt.
I met Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip together, my grandmother wanted to go see the couple, actually she wanted to go Britannia as when it was last in South Africa in the 1940's she was ill and couldn't go. My Gran even put on all her medals to attract the Queen to her and it worked the trick :) The Queen wanted to know what she did during the war. She also drove trucks and the Queen joked with her that their contribution was very valuable to the war effort. My gran than showed her the medal she had received from George VI and the Queen Mother, and I think the Queen was genuinely interested. She even noted that the medal had been changed later. We then told her that we had recently visited Jan Smuts House and the Queen laughed noting that the royal family had spend a wonderful time there. The Duke of Edinburgh at this time was collecting flowers from the gathered people, until he remarked that the florists should be empty.
I went to see Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex at the last moment. There was relatively nobody there, besides the security. It was before Edward was married. Edward shook hands with those of us there, took a few gifts. But he came across was very unhappy and terribly shy. Like he was going through the motions, without anything else to it - His mind seemed far away. While he was inside the building, I spoke to an elderly black man that had been standing near me. I was anxious to move him closer to the security barrier as he was eager to speak to Edward. I asked him why as I doubt he even knew who Edward was. I was greatly shocked when he told me that he was there to tell Prince Edward that he had met King George VI and had been greatly in awe of him. He wanted to met the man's grandson as he wanted to tell how much his grandfather had meant to him and that Edward must always remember that he is his mother's son and that great blood runs in his veins. I don't know if Edward got the message - I had to go as I had to catch a bus.
nice story,Claire

i never know that Princess Diana got in mood before she died when she was in Angola.

I did met Prince of Wales at Prince's trust in Nov.2002 but he nice man and friendly man i shake him and he hurried for his show and meet people who is play at show but he is president at Prince's trust.

I never meet his family before and include HM Queen also but i would meet more Royals also! but you very lucky!

I told my mom about i will go England again for Princess Diana's childhood and i told my mom about if i would watch Prince Charles's polo if my mom said can allow by public or private? if you have polo policy for guests of visits but my mom wanted know.

but i never met Princess Diana before! but she very beautiful woman! and also im asking about Balmoral but i will go Scotland also if have Balmoral policy when Royal Family empty for public engagement or whatever have websites of Balmoral Castle policy

let me know

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Old 01-28-2005, 01:13 AM
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I've seen King Mohamed VI of Morocco back in december 2000 in Casablanca couple of times during ramadan ( Holy Month) , before the Iftar ( breaking the fasting) he used to go to the beach ( La corniche) , he was driving his own car and was followed by bodyguards in an other car ...he was saying hi by waiving his hand ...it was really cool...
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Old 01-28-2005, 03:06 AM
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Did anyone that met a royal get a picture? When I met prince felipe i didn't and i have regetted it since :( So the moral of this story always carry a camera and remember how to use it when you do meet that royal of your dreams. :)
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A taste of royalty...

I have always wondered this... Has anyone seen a glimpse of any royal before? If so how did you feel and where were you. If not, then if you could meet one royal in all of history who would it be and why? Also if any royal asked for your hand in marriage would you say yes and why or why not?
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Old 04-25-2005, 11:01 PM
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We're lucky in Canada to have so many visits from our Royal Family that I've met a few of them. There hasn't been a foreign monarch to Canada since King Harald and Queen Sonja visited in 2001 (2000?). The royals I have met are:

Queen Elizabeth II (Twice -- once during a walkabout in June 1997 and during the Festival of Ontario in October 2002. There weren't any barriers at this last event as was an invitational so it was especially exciting being so close to HM!)

The Princess Royal (at a reception in her honour given by the Monarchist League of Canada in June 2004. I had seen her but not met her a few months previously during her visit to Ottawa)

The Duke of York (at a reception for youth members of the Monarchist League and the opening of the Golden Jubilee rose garden at the Ontario Legislature)

The Earl and Countess of Wessex (after a Duke of Edinburgh's Award ceremony in Scarborough, ON. They were both very nice as there was a VERY small crowd. I hope to meet them again in June)

Prince Michael of Kent (at the Monarchist League's Golden Jubilee banquet in Toronto).

I have also seen the Duke of Edinburgh (twice), the Duke of Kent, and Queen Noor.
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Old 04-25-2005, 11:31 PM
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I met and interviewed Queen Noor of Jordan when she was here around this time last year for a speaker series on the lives of women (it was an extended part of her book tour), and I met and interviewed Prince Joachim of Denmark in the fall of 2004 when he came to Toronto to open an an art exhibition of Danish artists and works, SUPERDANISH.

Queen Noor!!! Ah, I love her, pleae give more details

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Old 07-04-2005, 12:16 AM
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Have you ever met a Royal family member?

Personally I have never been lucky enough to meet a royal. :( It just seems they visit at all the wrong times for me! (example: during my exam week there is a visit to a nearby memorial) :o

But have any of you been *lucky enough* to meet a member of a royal family? Or even a member of the British royal family? If so, who was it?! [img]file:///C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5CAbdullah%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsohtml1%5C01%5Cclip_image001.gif[/img]

What was your experience like?
Which function were you at...?
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Old 07-04-2005, 01:14 AM
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im met Prince Charles at Prince's trust when im in England for tours in Nov.2002 and he really nice man and i shake him in the crowds of outside in Prince's trust.

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Old 07-04-2005, 06:22 AM
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im met Prince Charles at Prince's trust when im in England for tours in Nov.2002 and he really nice man and i shake him in the crowds of outside in Prince's trust.

Sara Boyce
I met CP Frederik and Queen Margrethe of Denmark in the 1980s.
Nice people to talk with i must say. :) :)
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Old 07-04-2005, 02:38 PM
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I've met King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia and Queen Beatrix a couple of years ago.. Very nice people:)

Juan Carlos was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Utrecht where I was a law student at the time. I was lucky enough to get an invitation from my professor.. He was presenting Juan Carlos with the Doctorate.
I got a chance to talk to both Juan Carlos and Sofia. They were very nice and seemed interested in me. Why I was there and what I thought of the ceremony and so on..:)
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Old 07-04-2005, 03:12 PM
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Ive seen all members of the swedish royal family "upclose" (once I even got a nod from the King ) at several occasions like Victorias birthday, the gathering at Sofiero in june...
And once I said a few words to Victoria on her birthday. She was really nice towards me and all the others who were there
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Old 07-04-2005, 03:26 PM
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I met and shook hands with Prince Felipe of Spain in Oct of 2000 in New Mexico.

And what, pray tell, was he doing in New Mexico??
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I saw the Danish family up close when they visited the Faroes recently, but I didn't shake their hands. Later, my grandmother looked through the door and saw Frederik playing fussball with some children. She said he was very eager and exited, just like a little boy.

My eight-year-old cousin shook Mary's hand twice and gave her flowers, I believe.

Oh, and my uncle shook hands with Prince Edward at the Islands Games on the Isle of Man (my uncle was the assistan coach of the Faroese women's football team).
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Old 07-06-2005, 12:31 AM
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Thanks for the great stories, everybody! If by some chance a royal ever decides to pay a visit to my area of the country I'll have to try and see it!
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I met and interviewed Queen Noor of Jordan when she was here around this time last year for a speaker series on the lives of women (it was an extended part of her book tour), and I met and interviewed Prince Joachim of Denmark in the fall of 2004 when he came to Toronto to open an an art exhibition of Danish artists and works, SUPERDANISH.
Alexandria, Are you a journalist?
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Old 07-21-2005, 03:37 AM
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I saw Diana twice when I was traveling in London.

The first time was in Feb. 1989 and she attended a luncheon at a hotel. There was a small crowd of fans including me. She didn't come over to us.

The next time was in March 1993. Again I was in a crowd of fans outside the Queen Elizabeth Conference Center, across the street from Westminster Abbey. It was a pretty large crowd, maybe 200 people. That day she gave a speech for Turning Point. Again I was disappointed - despite people having flowers for her and calling her name, she did not come up to the crowd, and came and left in a hurry. I remember thinking, where is going to that she can't spend a few minutes with us?

So my encounters were thrilling ("I'm finally seeing her!") but also a little disappointing....a lot of waiting for some distant pictures. She was definitely super-slim.
There surely couldn't have been any members of the press there because if there had Diana would have been all over the waiting crowd. I remember reading that Diana was an actress who played to the press and that "caring Di" was all an act. If the press weren't around there then you seen the real Diana in action.
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