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Old 06-06-2014, 08:14 AM
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Just saw King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima on my tv on the Italian all news channel RaiNews24
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:27 AM
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Always interesting to see how tall everyone is! I read somewhere that HM outranks just about everyone because of time on the throne, AND service in WWII. Had any other of these leaders served? Or even were alive?
Is it King Harald who is in uniform? Why are the others not in uniform?
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:32 AM
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Always interesting to see how tall everyone is! I read somewhere that HM outranks just about everyone because of time on the throne, AND service in WWII. Had any other of these leaders served? Or even were alive?
Is it King Harald who is in uniform? Why are the others not in uniform?
King Harald was very young at the time but surely alive and the Italian president Giorgio Napolitano didn't serve the army during the war but was an university student at the time fighting against Italian Fascism.
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Always interesting to see how tall everyone is! I read somewhere that HM outranks just about everyone because of time on the throne, AND service in WWII. Had any other of these leaders served? Or even were alive?
Is it King Harald who is in uniform? Why are the others not in uniform?
In terms of protocol, all heads of state are ranked the same. But when posing for photos or entering a building, those who have reigned / held office for the longest are given higher precedence. In this aspect, Queen Elizabeth holds the top position on the precedence list of all those attending (bar Hollande as host) as she has been sovereign for 62 years. However, precedence is not always adhered to (see Obama's closer position to the centre of the photo when compared to Italy's Napolitano, who has been in office longer).

Yes, that's King Harald in uniform next to Obama. I guess it was personal choice for what they wore. The Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales are both in uniform.
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:01 AM
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The Queen will be the last Head of State to arrive at Sword Beach, an honour accorded to the most senior dignitary. #SwordBeach

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William and Catherine will attend the veterans’ tea party in Arromanches in 2 hours’ time-followed by Gold Beach engagement few hours after.

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The Queen has refused an interpreter for the state visit - of course, she speaks fluent French.
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I admit I am rushing out the door, and my monitor is small compared to many of yours. Is Maxima the only spouse in this photo?
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:43 AM
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Queen Margrethe is walking very slowly because she is suffering terribly from back problems.

Beautiful applause for President Obama. Had a laugh at the split screen of the President and Putin.
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Zimbio gallery of the D-Day celebrations
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Old 06-06-2014, 10:04 AM
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I admit I am rushing out the door, and my monitor is small compared to many of yours. Is Maxima the only spouse in this photo?
The photo is of Heads of State and Government, Maxima should not be in it, as they are not Queen Mathilde, Grand Duchess and the Duke of Edinburgh. It's a real lack of discretion and protocol on her part.
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The poor woman next to David Cameron is being blocked by the guy in front of her. If Philip wanted to be in the photo, he could have. I don't think anyone would kick a WWII vet out of the picture.
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Prince Philip looked thrilled to see video of Queen during wartime service in ATS. The Queen less so,

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Interesting to remember that The Queen is also nominally ‘Duke of Normandy’ too.
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A brilliant HQ pic of the Prince of Wales at the D-day commemmoration from Royalista: http://royalista.com/wp-content/cach...xauto@1.5x.jpg

And here metting WWII veterans. In this gallery he is greeting a former paratrooper who performed a jump today: Prince Charles greets D-Day parachute veteran | Royalista

QMII (born in 1940) is here honoring Danish sailers who died in Allied service: Dronningen: Danske krigssejlere blev ufortjent glemt | Nyheder | DR
6.300 sailors sailed in Allied service, mainly on the Atlantic convoys, 1.087 died.
About 800 were onboard ships at Normandie on D-day.

ADDED: An 11 pic gallery from BT. The focus here is on QMMII: http://www.bt.dk/royale/se-billedern...e-i-normandiet
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The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in France (@AeroportDeCaen) #DDay70 #william #kate

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William and Kate arrive in Arromanches for tea party. One of two engagements for them today (via @byEmilyAndrews)
Kate chats to some veterans at Arromanches tea party."You've got lots of stories to tell" pic.twitter.com/hQsBwY893O
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King Harald was very young at the time but surely alive and the Italian president Giorgio Napolitano didn't serve the army during the war but was an university student at the time fighting against Italian Fascism.

Napolitano joined the Italian Communist Party in 1945. During his university years he was a member of the GUF (Fascist University Students Group). IMHO he shouldn' t have been taken part in the celebrations. It would have been more appropriate to send Matteo Renzi to represent Italy instead.


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The President elect Proroshenko needs to learn how to stand properly. I wonder why Prime Minister Cameron was in the last row and why Chancellor Merkel was in the second row.
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I thought the re-enactment of the Allied beach landings was exquisitely done, and very moving indeed !
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Napolitano joined the Italian Communist Party in 1945. During his university years he was a member of the GUF (Fascist University Students Group). IMHO he shouldn' t have been taken part in the celebrations. It would have been more appropriate to send Matteo Renzi to represent Italy instead.




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I know that...there's been quite a controversy on the matter. If you read the article in Wikipedia he says many anti fascists joined the group at the time. It was probably the only way to avoid internment or worse..
During the fascist dictatorship Prince Vittorio Emanuele was a Balilla but his parents were notably against of Benito Mussolini. at the time it was a matter of survival
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The President elect Proroshenko needs to learn how to stand properly. I wonder why Prime Minister Cameron was in the last row and why Chancellor Merkel was in the second row.
Cameron and Merkel are not Heads of State
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