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Old 08-16-2012, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Alondra View Post
I don't think is a pity. I think royals guard their private relationships as much as we all do.
I don't mean private visits,what I'd like to see the Spanish Royals attending more royal events,birthdays,christenings ect.

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Old 08-16-2012, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by An Ard Ri View Post
I don't mean private visits,what I'd like to see the Spanish Royals attending more royal events,birthdays,christenings ect.

There are cultural differences in between countries in respect to christenings, birthdays, anniversaries etc...there are also cultural differences on royal expectations.

Maybe because we don't see the Spanish Royals mixing with their counterparts often (kind of like the British), I enjoy seeing pictures of Felipe and Letizia being so much at ease with everyone.

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Old 08-16-2012, 09:05 AM
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Summary of quite a few articles in Billed Bladet #33, 2012.
All written by our athletic reporter Ulrik Ulriksen.

During the stay in London QMII was interviewed by TV2 and she was indeed ready but equipment wasn't! Okay, so she sat down and waited patiently. And wouldn't you know, som pig had left a popsickle lying around! QMII quickly disposed of that thus making her contribution to keeping the Olympic Village clean and tidy.
To the reporter she said about the village: "I think the village is very fine/neat. It seems extraordinary appealing. There is room, but that big distances as far as I can tell.
And people strolled about as if they felt comfortable. That's nice. And that was what I noticed in particular.
I met various Danish athletes. Among them some of the handball girls".

But there was also time for some time out for Mary and Frederik, sort off.
Because they went to a Danish restaurant in Lombard Street, owned by their friend Søren Jessen. He happens to be chairman for Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce and once in a while he hosts Great Danes events, this time in honor of M&F.
Among the guests were Caroline Heering, Ditlev Ahlefeldt-Laurvig and Prince Pavlos with his Marie Chantal.
The dinner lasted to way in the evening.
M&F strolled to the restaurant. Mary in a navy-blue (I think) knee long dress, Frederik kept his hands in his pockets thus preventing his arms from floating up in the air....

Shortly before Joachim and family arrived in London, Mary left with Bella and Christian. Escorted by a stern looking and muscular female protection officer (*) they opted to go by the Underground/Tube, rather than in a car at the South Quay station ti minutes walk from Dannebrog. Mary in a short summer dress and Isabella in a long bright red dress and sporting a ponytail. Christian politely waved goodbye to our reporter.

Joachim and our Marie arrived towards the end of the games as you know. They settled in onboard Dannebrog, where Frederik was also staying. (**)
The next morning the whole family took a stroll along the quay, and posed. Marie wearing her dalmatian-dress.
Joachim and bette Henrik were observed playing on the deck. While Marie and her LiW, Britt Siesby, took a closer look at the London, not least Regent Street and Oxford Street. (***) - Before returning home to a kiss and hug by Joachim on the deck. (****)
J&M weren't alone. Quite a few of their friends visited them onboard Dannebrog for a little dinner. Frederik was there, so was Caroline Fleming who lives in London, Nina Wedell-Wedellsborg with son, Ditlev and Jean Ahlefeldt-Laurvig and J&M's very good friends, Charlotte Sparre and Jens Wittrup Willumsen.

Joachim and his Marie also visited the Danish exhibition St. Katharine Docks. With them they took bette Henrik. He soon charmed everone in sight when he was equipped with two red baloons with a stick between them. He began to play weightlifter, or something... Whatever it was it took concentration, so his tongue was sticking out.
Finished with his body-building session he baloon-boxed with first Charlotte Sparre and then Britt Siesbye, so that was a cool day.
Daddy Joachim tested how fit he was on an excersize bike. He was visibly pleased with the result.

Joachim said about Frederik's work in the IOC:
- "There are ten billion opinions about the International Olympic Comittee which my brother is a part of. But in the end it depends on the individual member and the work he is doing. And I don't think there from Danish side is any doubt whatsoever about in the effort the Crown Prince puts in his work. (*****) He is takning it very seriously and he is putting in a heck of a lot of work into it, because it's not something that you just do. It demands that you really pull yourself together and it also demands that you view things in a very, very wide scale.
I'm not for a moment in doubt that IOC in general and Denmark in particular is extremely well served with the Crown Prince as an Olympic profile".

(*) We need a Secret Service-smiley.

(**) Perhaps he sailed back to DK as well? That would explain why he wasn't Regent until Tuesday.

(***) Shopping fever! I can just see it: "Would you like to go with us, Joachim"? Joachim turning pale: "No! - Ehh, no, I'd better look after the children. - I'll take ten orphans if need be".

(****) Wait until he sees the credit card bills.

(*****) Well, there is actually.
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:20 AM
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Another gallery from BB, this time mainly the DRF:

Here with Mary and Christian and Bella departing by train:

Bette (=wee) Henrik with his boxing-baloon, which he used to beat up two adults. That was fun:

Prince Henrik, the old one, trying to hit a rolling potato with a hammer. - He missed...

Prince Henrik being amazed at how well a boy from the Tivoli Guard (a music band) is speaking French. The boy lived in Belgium:

And for those interested in trivia.
Notice the phalarope's mate saluting. This is an incorrect army salute:

The female phalarope's mate here is giving a correct navy salute. (She incidentally wrote an article on the navy site):

QMII sitting down and having a breather - after having cleared the area for discarded popsickles:

Mary and Frederik on their way to a restaurant in Lombard Street:

And a little aww-moment. Notice Isabella, she appears to be hungry:
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:48 AM
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Thanks Muhler!

This picture is so sweet. Christian kisses his mother's hand
The Crown Prince Couple's children seems to me like some very affectionate children.

First, Marys dress is beautiful, but look how Frederik's shoes match the dress
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thanks Muhler
and really Frederik blue shoes and his red pants from years ago
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:56 PM
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Found this on my twitter:

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"My guiding principles in life are to be honest, genuine, thoughtful and caring".
~Prince William~

I'm not obsessed with royalty...I just think intensely about it.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:11 AM
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Photos of the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg at the Olympics, from their official website
Jeux Olympiques - Londres 2012 - Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg - Juillet 2012
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:19 PM
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Finnish marathon runner Leena Puotiniemi tells at her blog, that she saw princes Daniel and Carl Philip eating with the athletes at the Athlete Village canteen.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:42 AM
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More photos about MM and Haakon:

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I saw Kate and William along with Harry watching gymnastics at the olympics.
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video of Haakon and Mette-Marit celebrating the Gold Medal with the Norwegian Women's Handball Team at Gibson Hall in London
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