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Old 12-15-2014, 12:32 PM
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Indeed Princess Claire is British.
Prince Laurent's Children are going to the expensive Lycée Français in Bruxelles.
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:53 PM
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Princess Claire was born in England and moved to Belgium when she was three years old.

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Old 12-15-2014, 01:43 PM
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I don´t know if this has been discussed here before, but I was pretty much shocked of the appearance of Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand!
Can you imagine one of the european princesses appearing at a formal royal event like this http://static1.purepeople.com/articl...rn-950x0-1.jpg

without a storm of indignation breaking out? I don´t know what it is, but people seem to be very tolerant when it comes to the Thai monarchy (which is not our subject here, of course), I´m just referring to the Princesse´s, forgive me, messy clothes and hair at this royal funeral....
What a difference to royal ladies like Empress Michiko or Queen Mathilde!
i think this is a bit harsh. Sirindhorn's style at the funeral is irrelevant: this lady travelled on a 10+ hous flight to be there for the funeral of the queen, made an effort to be present at short notice and to represent her country, and that's what matters. the fact that she isn't a fashion horse and that she stays true to the clothes she believes are best is rather positive too. i very much prefer someone who dresses normcore but has ethics than a fashionista with little in his/her head.
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:52 PM
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Sorry, but this is not the 1st time I thought that way about her, not "only at this funeral"

She is who she is, not all royals are supposed to be fashion icons, to me she has always seemed to be someone who takes her responsibilities seriously. I think it was very nice of the Thai Royal Family to send a member to the funeral. And she looked the way she always does.
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Old 12-15-2014, 05:39 PM
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The fashion choices of the princesses of Thailand or of other countries can be discussed in the fashion forum.

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Old 12-16-2014, 01:34 PM
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The Empress of Japan was one of the first, if not the first who were escorted out of the cathedral.

The ordinary citizens (I was one of them) were, strange enough, the first who were permitted to stand up and go wherever they wanted. I was very surprised. That's what caused all those people on the stars and throughout the church. I was standing on the steps of the church when the Empress was leaving. A little later I got back in the church and saw other royals walking past me. A strange but unique experience!

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Old 12-16-2014, 02:02 PM
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The ordinary citizens (I was one of them) were, strange enough, the first who were permitted to stand up and go wherever they wanted. I was very surprised. That's what caused all those people on the stairs and throughout the church. I was standing on the steps of the church when the Empress was leaving. A little later I got back in the church and saw other royals walking past me. A strange but unique experience!

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I believe the royal guests stayed inside to avoid having to wait outside for their cars to come. Considering the weather outside, that was a wise decision IMHO.
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Old 12-16-2014, 02:06 PM
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As far as I know Pcs Claire, is British, I'm persuaded that she speaks English tp her kids, so it is absolutely normal that Pcs Louise is fluent in English, she should be fully bilingual.
I didn't say it wasn't normal for Princess Louise to be fluent in English, and I wasn't surprised that she was. I was just impressed as learning a foreign language can be difficult for children and to perform a speech in front of a large crowd, especially one that includes world monarchs. But, I guess having an English mother helps. I wonder what language they speak at home. English is one of the major languages of the world and is taught in many schools across the globe so it is indeed understandable that Princess Louise is fluent.

I had forgotten that Princess Claire is indeed British. She's been a member of the Belgian Royal Family for a while now, so these things are easily forgettable.

I also didn't realise that about Princess Louise going to an English school. I'd always thought she went to a French school.
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Old 12-16-2014, 02:19 PM
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I didn't say it wasn't normal for Princess Louise to be fluent in English, and I wasn't surprised that she was either. I was just impressed as learning a foreign language can be difficult for children and to perform a speech in front of a large crowd that includes world monarchs is excellent at a young age. But, I guess having an English mother helps. I wonder what language they speak at home. English is one of the major languages of the world and is taught in many schools across the globe so it is indeed understandable that Princess Louise is fluent.


We can't tell from the funeral mass alone if princess Louise is "fluent" in English, as she was just reading a short prayer written on a piece of paper. I can tell though that princess Elisabeth and prince Gabriel are fluent in French (their home language) and Dutch (the language they use at school).

In any case, all 3 children did remarkably well considering they were speaking in front of a packed church full of royal guests and in a moment of emotional stress.
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Old 12-16-2014, 02:19 PM
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Arrjann, I left the Cathedral after the belgian Royal Family(Group1)because I wanted to see the Car with the late Queen leaving for always the Cathedral . It was terribly windy and I did not know if I could enter the Cathedral again. So I did not see the Royals leaving.... I saw then entering next to me.
I hope the Royals of Goup II ( dinner hosted by the King in Laeken )were escorted by an important Security Service when they left.
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Old 12-16-2014, 02:25 PM
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Arrjann, I left the Cathedral after the belgian Royal Family(Group1)because I wanted to see the Car with the late Queen leaving for always the Cathedral . It was terribly windy and I did not know if I could enter the Cathedral again. So I did not see the Royals leaving.... I saw then entering next to me.
I hope the Royals of Goup II ( dinner hosted by the King in Laeken )were escorted by an important Security Service when they left.

It was strange indeed, to be able to walk in and out of the church. It was in contradiction with protocol, but I had a great time. :-)


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Old 12-16-2014, 04:39 PM
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Besides the Prince and Princess of Ligne, the Imperial House of Brazil had three other representatives at the funeral, as Princess Maria da Graça of Orleans-Braganza attended it, alongside her daughter, Princess Isabel and son-in-law Count Alexander of Stolberg.

Princess Maria da Graça is the wife of Prince Fernando of Orleans-Braganza, younger brother of Prince Luiz, Head of the Imperial House of Brazil. The paternal grandmother of Her Royal Highness was a Belgian aristocrat born in Portugal, Baroness Bertha de Baère.

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Accordign to the Flemish press her parents didn't want her to learn Flemish.
Euh... isn't that weird, that a Prince and Princess of Belgium do not want their children (Two Princes and one Princess of Belgium) to learn the language of 2/3rd of the Belgian population but prefer English? They have no any problem whatsoever with accepting the lavish dotation, paid for them by Dutch speaking Belgians...

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It was strange indeed, to be able to walk in and out of the church. It was in contradiction with protocol, but I had a great time. :-)


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Thank you for your first-hand witness account. This is in line with what I saw on television: in the end a nice funeral with before and after an organization which left a chaotic and ad-hoc impression on me.

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Thank you for your first-hand witness account. This is in line with what I saw on television: in the end a nice funeral with before and after an organization which left a chaotic and ad-hoc impression on me.

I like that intertwined crowned C in your avatar. Very stylish.


Thanks! It really was amazing. It all went chaotic and against protocol, but because of that I had a unique chance to see many royals very closely. Fantastic.


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Arrjann and I were in touch the day before for attending together the Royal Funerals but we missed each other perhaps because I said I would wear a black hat but I wore a skarf it was to windy.!!
I left immediately and Arrjann stayed until the end.
So we complete our comments and both will never forget this Royal Event.
Arjann, I am not connected on Twitter..
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Euh... isn't that weird, that a Prince and Princess of Belgium do not want their children (Two Princes and one Princess of Belgium) to learn the language of 2/3rd of the Belgian population but prefer English? They have no any problem whatsoever with accepting the lavish dotation, paid for them by Dutch speaking Belgians...


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Wouldn´t believe everything is said and written! There´s so much nonsense circulating everywhere these days....!
Oh I certainly wouldn't believe a word that is written or said about Claire or Laurent
I still haven't watched the funeral but am amazed that the children were able to speak so well.
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Arrjann, I left the Cathedral after the belgian Royal Family(Group1)because I wanted to see the Car with the late Queen leaving for always the Cathedral . It was terribly windy and I did not know if I could enter the Cathedral again. So I did not see the Royals leaving.... I saw then entering next to me.
I hope the Royals of Goup II ( dinner hosted by the King in Laeken )were escorted by an important Security Service when they left.
The idea that people did not want to wait outside in dreadful weather for their cars does indeed make perfect sense to me. I certainly would not have done it under those conditions.
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Thank you for your first-hand witness account. This is in line with what I saw on television: in the end a nice funeral with before and after an organization which left a chaotic and ad-hoc impression on me.

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