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Old 06-07-2013, 05:25 PM
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If you look at the Swedish Kings siblings, they do not do much official stuff. Why would anyone expect Victoria's sibling to do much official work. I personally think Maddie and Chris will live in NY and drift further and further away from royal life. She could see the future and chose for herself what she wanted.
Totally agree. There does not seem to be a need in Sweden for anyone other than the monarchs and the heir & spouse to perform engagements and represent the nation on a regular basis. CP does not seem to have a very burdensome schedule of engagements. Maddy has been living away for a couple of years now and Sweden has been ticking along quite nicely without Madeleines presence. As long as she is only funded by the state for official engagements she is quite entitled to live her life as she sees fit in NYC or elsewhere and marry whomever she wants.
I do think a private non televised wedding would have been better but I seem to recall reading that it was her father who wanted a bigger event.
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:26 PM
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If you look at the Swedish Kings siblings, they do not do much official stuff. Why would anyone expect Victoria's sibling to do much official work. I personally think Maddie and Chris will live in NY and drift further and further away from royal life. She could see the future and chose for herself what she wanted.
The king's sister's aren't at the succession order. Princess Christina does quite much work, but the court doesn't inform about it at the website, because she isn't a member of the Royal House. Princess Christina is involved with charities and she inaugurates often exhibitions etc. She meets more "common" swedes than Madeleine has met for a long time.
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:27 PM
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Sorry but what does 'being broke' have to do with going to a potential friends wedding?
Um- it costs money to attend? And as Spain is in a very bad place economically and there's an ongoing PR crisis related to a scandal involving misuse of government money- it makes sense for them to avoid looking extravagant at the moment
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:34 PM
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Um- it costs money to attend? And as Spain is in a very bad place economically and there's an ongoing PR crisis related to a scandal involving misuse of government money- it makes sense for them to avoid looking extravagant at the moment
Not disagreeing, but there is such a thing as discount flights. Sofia has been known to use Ryan Air for trips to London. Hotel and ground transportation likely picked by by King CG. Most princesses probably have a gown or 2 that could be used again and there are alreadyfamily jewels. The trip could have been done on the cheap if the SRF really wanted to be there.
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:37 PM
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I hVe to say that I am quite surprised at the under-Royal representation on this wedding. :(
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:27 PM
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"chose for herself what she wanted"

Well, yes. She clearly doesn't want to bother with all this royalty stuff and is happy to leave her sister to deal with it. I thought siblings helped each other out, supported each other, etc.. Victoria, one day in the hopefully distant future, is going to be Queen Regnant of Sweden. It might be nice for her to have a sister around for moral support, for someone in addition to her husband to talk to as a way to vent all the stuff she won't be able to say in public, and maybe to help with the royal chores that will fall on her when she is Queen.

If Madeleine doesn't want to do that, sure, she's entitled to choose the life of a wealthy hedge fund manager's wife in New York. And I am also entitled to have my own feelings about her and that choice. Let's just say I prefer Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband, who somehow managed to get married, have a good life together, Pieter Van Vollenhoven had a good career, while staying in Holland and helping out Queen Beatrix.
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:35 PM
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:38 PM
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"chose for herself what she wanted"

Well, yes. She clearly doesn't want to bother with all this royalty stuff and is happy to leave her sister to deal with it. I thought siblings helped each other out, supported each other, etc.. Victoria, one day in the hopefully distant future, is going to be Queen Regnant of Sweden. It might be nice for her to have a sister around for moral support, for someone in addition to her husband to talk to as a way to vent all the stuff she won't be able to say in public, and maybe to help with the royal chores that will fall on her when she is Queen.

If Madeleine doesn't want to do that, sure, she's entitled to choose the life of a wealthy hedge fund manager's wife in New York. And I am also entitled to have my own feelings about her and that choice. Let's just say I prefer Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband, who somehow managed to get married, have a good life together, Pieter Van Vollenhoven had a good career, while staying in Holland and helping out Queen Beatrix.
I agree you are entitled to your opinion but, to be fair, it would help if you compared like with like. Pieter and Margriet are both Dutch and supported the Dutch RF. Very different from Madeleine living and working in the US and now marrying an American.

And I get the impression that Victoria and Madeleine are not close - Madeleine has been away for over 3 years. But that's just an impression and I could be wrong.
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:56 PM
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[QUOTE=AnnieCat;1560079
If Madeleine doesn't want to do that, sure, she's entitled to choose the life of a wealthy hedge fund manager's wife in New York. And I am also entitled to have my own feelings about her and that choice. Let's just say I prefer Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband, who somehow managed to get married, have a good life together, Pieter Van Vollenhoven had a good career, while staying in Holland and helping out Queen Beatrix.[/QUOTE]

The difference would be that Margriet, unlike 2 of her sisters, is a Dutch princess who lived in The Netherlands and married a Dutchman. Madeleine is Swedish princess who lives in the US and is marrying an Anglo-American.
If Victoria needs support from a sibling she has her year younger brother who seems likely to marry a Swedish woman and live in Sweden.
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:58 PM
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"chose for herself what she wanted"

Well, yes. She clearly doesn't want to bother with all this royalty stuff and is happy to leave her sister to deal with it. I thought siblings helped each other out, supported each other, etc.. Victoria, one day in the hopefully distant future, is going to be Queen Regnant of Sweden. It might be nice for her to have a sister around for moral support, for someone in addition to her husband to talk to as a way to vent all the stuff she won't be able to say in public, and maybe to help with the royal chores that will fall on her when she is Queen
The last few years have probably been very clarifying for Madeleine, with the breakup of her prior engagement and especially with Victoria's marriage and the birth of Estelle. Madeleine no doubt knows what kind of a life she could expect to lead in Sweden as a supporting royal. Do too little and she'd be accused of wasting the tax payers' money. Take on too much and she'd be accused of trying to upstage the sainted, (but much less photogenic), Victoria and Daniel.

Madeleine can lead a much more free, much more anonymous life in New York. She'll have all the benefits that wealth and social prominence bring but won't have to constantly watch her step and worry about how her actions will be perceived by the public.
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:22 AM
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There aren't any official wedding souvenirs. The Gift Shop of the Royal Palace sells these cones filled with candy.
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So bummed out that I won't be able to watch it live:(
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Do too little and she'd be accused of wasting the tax payers' money. Take on too much and she'd be accused of trying to upstage the sainted, (but much less photogenic), Victoria and Daniel.
And how Madeleine could upstage Victoria and Daniel? She may be photogenic, but she doesn't have charisma like Victoria, and not close contact with people of Sweden like both Victoria and Daniel have. But there would still be a lot of work to do in Sweden for Madeleine.
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I don't know why people think Victoria and Maddie aren't close. Maddie lives in New York there are phone and they can skype and see and talk to each other which I am sure they do. You don't have to live in the same country to be close .
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Old 06-08-2013, 06:41 AM
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I am coming a bit late^_^ Somebody can tell me who are the royals who are attending?
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:12 AM
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Sofia Hellqvist preparing herself for the wedding, at 10.00 she went for a make up and hairdo.
http://www.expressen.se/nyheter/prin...r-brollopet-1/

Marie Fredriksson was also at the rehearsal at the Royal Chapel yesterday, so perhaps she is singing at the wedding too.

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Old 06-08-2013, 07:29 AM
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I am coming a bit late^_^ Somebody can tell me who are the royals who are attending?
The highest ranking besides family: the heirs+spouses of Norway, Denmark and Luxembourg, Charlene of Monaco.
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Live isn't fair: the blokes enjoying themselves in the sunshine, while the ladies are probably toyling away with their makeup and hairdos.

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Old 06-08-2013, 08:42 AM
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The Wessex's arrived late last night:

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I wonder how the paparazzi's were able to find her so quickly . Anyway, this means that the stories that she would be a bridal attendant are untrue.
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