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Old 10-18-2003, 06:57 AM
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The Family of Countess Alexandra - The Manleys

has alexandra sisters or brothers?
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Old 10-18-2003, 07:04 AM
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:P has two sisters

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with her partents
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Old 10-18-2003, 08:35 AM
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her names and birthdays?
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Old 10-22-2003, 09:48 AM
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They are 3 in all. I think the eldest is Princess Alexandra then followed by Martina and then Nicola.
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Old 11-01-2003, 09:24 AM
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where did everyone find these pixs?
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Old 11-15-2003, 08:48 AM
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During a circus performance with her sister Martina and their sons.

Her mother is really gorgeous! Of all the three sisters, I think the girl to her left is the tallest!
I like their pics! They are really very close.
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Old 11-30-2003, 12:47 PM
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One of her sisters live in Denmark. I think its Martina while Nicola lives in UK. Not so sure. :)
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:00 PM
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Does anyone know anything about Alexandra's paternal grandparents? I had read somewhere that she had visited family in Shanghai before. I'd be interested in knowing how they met and whether Alex's grandmother gave her dad a Chinese name. Or if Alex has a Chinese name? Do either her dad or her speak Chinese at all?
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I think Chinese is one of the languages Alexandra speaks, though I'm not sure if it Mandarin or Cantonese. Maybe both since she worked in Hong Kong for a while before marrying Joachim?
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Old 12-02-2003, 09:08 PM
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Alexandra's dad, Nigel, is partially from Hong Kong. I'm pretty sure they speak Mandarin. I know that Alexandra has visited Hong Kong a few times with Joachim, Nikolai and once with Felix.
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Alexandra and her sisters attended an international school in Hong Kong, she speaks the language...and does have relatives there.
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Alexandra and her sisters attended an international school in Hong Kong, she speaks the language...and does have relatives there.
But which dialect (is that the right word?) of Chinese does Alexandra speak? Mandarin or Cantonese or both?
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Well, Hong Kongese people generally speak odd-sounding Mandarin and some speak Cantonese. However, I'm pretty sure Alexandra speaks Mandarin...
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Old 12-02-2003, 10:53 PM
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Well, Hong Kongese people generally speak odd-sounding Mandarin and some speak Cantonese. However, I'm pretty sure Alexandra speaks Mandarin...
This might be off-topic, but people in Hong Kong primarily speak Cantonese, not Mandarin. Cantonese and English are its official languages, and very few of the people I know from that country have a good speaking ability of Mandarin (or so they tell me).

I don't know whether Alexandra can read or speak any Chinese. I'd assume she has at least an elementary grasp of the language if she was raised in Hong Kong, but it looks as though she was educated in foreign schools, so who knows?
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Old 12-03-2003, 12:08 AM
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I'm not Chinese so I'm not 100% sure, but my friend who was originally from Hong Kong found it difficult to get a job in Hong Kong because she wasn't fluent in Cantonese and couldn't write Chinese characters very well.

So since Alex worked in Hong Kong (even though she worked for an international company), she would know at least Cantonese and very likely know how to write Chinese. Her Cantonese is likely to be fluent - it would be hard for her not to know Cantonese growing up in Hong Kong.
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Old 12-03-2003, 03:44 AM
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Alexandra's dad, Nigel, is partially from Hong Kong. I'm pretty sure they speak Mandarin. I know that Alexandra has visited Hong Kong a few times with Joachim, Nikolai and once with Felix.
I'm sorry, but what do you mean when you said her dad was partially from Hong Kong? Her dad is half Chinese and half British and from Hong Kong and being so they would speak Cantonese and English. Also, she visits in Hong Kong for a month every year since she's moved to Denmark. This is all from an article, where they interviewed her, that I read a while back! =)
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Old 12-03-2003, 03:55 AM
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Alexandra's dad, Nigel, is partially from Hong Kong. I'm pretty sure they speak Mandarin. I know that Alexandra has visited Hong Kong a few times with Joachim, Nikolai and once with Felix.
Actually, his name is Richard Manely. Nigel is his middle name (although it may also behis usual name). His mother's family is originally from China (I read a biography somewhere).

And people in HK tend to speak Cantonese.
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Hmm...well I'm just stupid then. Yea...I meant to say that Richard was half Chinese so there we go then. I'm having fun...Don't Alexandra's parents live on a house on the Shackenborg grounds now?

Yea...I was thinking Cantonese...said Mandarin. Yep...hmm...I heard that Alexandra speaks Mandarin but I guess it's just as likely that she speaks Cantonese too.
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I believe she speaks Cantonese fluently. I remember reading that Prince Henrik speaks some Mandarin but couldn't converse with Princess Alexandra as she speaks Cantonese and not Mandarin.
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Old 12-03-2003, 10:39 PM
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Richard Nigel Manley, Alex's father is from Hongkong. He is half-Chinese and half-British. He was raised in Hongkong. I think his parents when he was young migrated to Hongkong from another country.

Princess Alexandra was born in Hongkong. As what I have observed in various news captions, it always says British-born Princess Alexandra of Denmark. That's because Great Britain only returned Hongkong to China last 1997. So, Honglong was like a British protectorate before 1997. So, it's citizens were British. Martina and Nicola, Alex's sisters, were born in Hongkong.

Princess Alex was raised in Hongkong. It was there that she studied her early education but she also studied in foreign schools outside Hongkong.
HRH Princess Alexandra attended :
Quarry Bay Junior School, Hong Kong (1969-71)
Glenealy Junior School, Hong Kong (1971-74)
Island School, Hong Kong (1974-82)
Wirtschaftsuniversität, Vienna, Austria (1983-84)
and studied in Tokyo, Japan (1984-86) and London (1989-90).

She speaks Cantonese. It was also in Hongkong that she worked for a number of years and then she met Prince Joachim.

Princess Alex doesn't visit Hongkong monthly for she is very busy in Denmark with all her royal functions but she does visits there with Joachim, Nikolai and Felix. Usually she goes there during summer or winter.
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