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Old 03-12-2016, 04:15 AM
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Originally Posted by maria-olivia View Post
Few pictures in newspaper, and on TV. they asked people of the street who is this Man, = Joachim Gauck , nobody knew who he was.
He was on State Visit in our Country, few german flags..... no interest.

We are living at a time where not even every german knows who his/ her head of state is...
People being asked on the street anywhere would most likely say "Angela Merkel"

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Old 03-12-2016, 04:45 AM
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There is often a poor public interest in Belgium anyway. Only for some occasions there is a public interest. Remember the desolate empty streets during Queen Fabiola's State Funeral... pic

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Old 03-12-2016, 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by RoyalOutcast View Post
IMO these types of events are offensive - unnecessary displays of wealth and privilege.
They have no place in the 21st century IMO

Sometimes royal jewels are owned by the State and held in trust by the Sovereign to perform his/her ceremonial representation role on behalf of the State. That is not the case though in Belgium. The tiaras worn by Mathilde and Astrid on the German banquet are both privately owned. If they want to wear them, it is nobody else's business then.
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Old 03-12-2016, 09:50 AM
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Here are two more galleries of the second and third day of the state visit:

** pm: Mathilde trinque à l’Allemagne **

** pm: Mathilde se fait remarquer par ses chaussures **

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