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Old 06-27-2011, 10:38 AM
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william looked fine at his wedding, but i don't think albert will look good. the uniform is white, and it will maybe look fatter than he is.



with that sad and scary eyes you see her dynamic????
No, Albert does not have a boyish physique, because he is no longer a boy. It is not terribly important how he looks, but I think he will make a fine looking groom and a darned good husband.
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:43 AM
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If indeed NO member of the Spanish Royal Family attends this wedding of a reigning Catholic sovereign, then it would be quite inexplicable and a snub of major proportions.

The late Queen Victoria Eugenia was Prince Albert's godmother, relations between the Borbons and the Grimaldis remained friendly even at a time when most European Royals tended to ignore them, and various Grimaldis attended Prince Felipe's wedding... which makes this decision not to send a single representative all the more surprising, to put it very mildly.
I agree. And I hope that this article is mistaken.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:27 AM
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The spanish media writes that no one of the SRF will attend to the Monaco wedding, because the invitations are send to the heads of State only, because Albert is a head of State. Since king Juan Carlos has not yet recovered from his surgery and hasn´t returned to work yet, so no one of the SRF will attend the wedding.
Informativos Telecinco.com - La Familia Real no irá a la boda de Alberto de Mónaco
Ni los Reyes ni los Príncipes asistirán a la boda de Mónaco - ABC.es

This sounds weird, because Norway is represented by Haakon and Mette-Marit.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:49 AM
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Indeed: This reason given does not make sense.
The monarch's invitation to an occasion like this one is definitely expected to be handed over to other members of the royal family who act as the monarch's representatives if s/he is unable to attend.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:02 PM
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It's a bizarre explanation that makes no sense. If only heads of State are invited, how to explain the presence of the entire Belgian and Swedish Royal families?

The only other European RF I can think of who will not be represented at all is the Greek.

Perhaps there has been some sort of rift.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:15 PM
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I am wondering if the King has more health problems that is being told. Earlier the press said that Prince Philippe and Letizia would be going. Or maybe their is a political problem with them going to glitzy Monaco when Spain's economy is in such poor shape.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:26 PM
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I think the King is either very, very ill or perhaps near death. I would not go to a wedding out of the country if my father was in danger of dying. I'm sure Filipe wouldn't either. I'm sure a private conversation has been had between Spain and Monaco in this matter.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:34 PM
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I am wondering if the King has more health problems that is being told. Earlier the press said that Prince Philippe and Letizia would be going. Or maybe their is a political problem with them going to glitzy Monaco when Spain's economy is in such poor shape.

I suppose that could be it......

But couldn't one of the Infantas attend so at least someone from the SRF is there?
The two families are known to be friendly, and as someone else pointed out both Catholic(monarchy and Principality)

The entire thing sounds suspect.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:52 PM
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I suppose that could be it......

But couldn't one of the Infantas attend so at least someone from the SRF is there?
The two families are known to be friendly, and as someone else pointed out both Catholic(monarchy and Principality)

The entire thing sounds suspect.
Its very,very odd that there will no one from the Spanish Royal Family present?

What is going on a Zarzuela?
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:04 PM
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The only straw that I can grasp at(other than some sort of rift between the families, which I don't believe btw) is that the sensitive political situation in Spain would become even more tense if members of the SRF were seen to be enjoying themselves at two very high profile weddings in such a short space.

The economy in Spain(as in much of the West) is in dire shape, and if Spaniards saw the heir and his wife or even other members of La Familia Real quaffing champagne and living it up with extremely wealthy wedding guests on the French Riviera it might not go over well at all.

It's a stretch, but it is the only thing I could come up with.
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I think you've got something there, Moonmaiden !

I take it the barricades are still up in Madrid ?

If so, the Court would be foolish to allow LFR to attend such an opulent event.
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:21 PM
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Well, Felipe is reported to be sailing in Valencia on Saturday. Hardly anything that can be called "low profile" with regard to bad economy.
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Oh God...BARRICADES??!

I didn't know anything about that.
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I think you've got something there, Moonmaiden !

I take it the barricades are still up in Madrid ?

If so, the Court would be foolish to allow LFR to attend such an opulent event.
If they don't send anyone it will look even more bizzare,especially as every other Royal House (reigning & non reigning) will have at least someone there .
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WoW! The weekend before her wedding, Charlene was in Athens (Prince was at home) for the Special Olympics opening ceremonies. Such confidence. I'm proud of her.

I'm proud of Albert too, for including her in official events once she became his fiancee.
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Well,maybe the spanish royals are still holding some grudge towards Prince Albert after he questioned Madrid's capacity to host the olympic because of some security issue,but that incident already happened years ago.In any case,their non attendance is still bizarre coz they might be the only reigning family without any representation to this wedding,which I think is awkward to say the least.

The economic situation of Spain,could also be one of the reason as MoonMaiden already stated.There are strikes and barricades at Puerta del Sol because of the proposed cuts on spanish spending.It would'nt be nice to the taxpayers to see their royal family sipping champagne,partying for two days with all their fineries while the country and the common people are experiencing some major economic changes.

But also bear in mind that when Queen Victoria of Spain and family were overthrown from Spain,the Grimaldis were one of the few families who accomodated them by giving the old Queen a Villa in Monaco to be used every summer,rent free.The Grimaldis were also very generous towards the former King Constantin of Greece(and sister of Queen Sofia of Spain) when the same thing happened.
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Well,maybe the spanish royals are still holding some grudge towards Prince Albert after he questioned Madrid's capacity to host the olympic because of some security issue,but that incident already happened years ago.In any case,their non attendance is still bizarre coz they might be the only reigning family without any representation to this wedding,which I think is awkward to say the least.

The economic situation of Spain,could also be one of the reason as MoonMaiden already stated.There are strikes and barricades at Puerta del Sol because of the proposed cuts on spanish spending.It would'nt be nice to the taxpayers to see their royal family sipping champagne,partying for two days with all their fineries while the country and the common people are experiencing some major economic changes.

But also bear in mind that when Queen Victoria of Spain and family were overthrown from Spain,the Grimaldis were one of the few families who accomodated them by giving the old Queen a Villa in Monaco to be used every summer,rent free.The Grimaldis were also very generous towards the former King Constantin of Greece(and sister of Queen Sofia of Spain) when the same thing happened.

Similar economic situation in the Republic of Ireland but the President & her husband are going!

Its all very,very bizzare
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It's not surprising that internet mistakes are persistent and get copied again and again.

Moonmaiden23, I also still remain sure that it's been Prince Louis de Polignac
It has been in every book I have read. I also found these
Monaco, Rivera Magazine MadforMonaco also has it correct as several other sites. It also use to be on the original Palace site.
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That's Monaco for you !

Some snippets: The giant screens will be out - not only on the 1st and the second, but also the third.

And the buses will be free over the weekend.
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Similar economic situation in the Republic of Ireland but the President & her husband are going!

Its all very,very bizzare
As in almost every european countries and yet they are sending representatives.Very very bizarre indeed.
Also,the Spanish media should also quit with their "'no other hereditary princes are going to attend"' cause they are just going to make the spanish royal look silly if other royals from other countries do attend the wedding.

To quote Shakespeare,Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Anyway,as long as the bride and groom are present and my favourite Princess Mary of Denmark is there,I'm a happy camper lol
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