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Old 10-23-2007, 06:15 PM
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Mary looks mad in this photos, she should be used to being photographed by now. I think that they have plenty of private moments that they enjoy without the media intruding. Also, she is lucky that they get to take vacation whenever they want and money is not a problem.
Nah, she doesn't look mad, in my humble opinion. I think if she looks a bit stressed, it's probably because she is having to hold Christian to keep him happy while getting things organized for the trip. you know when you're trying to concentrate on remembering things and doing this and that, and you have a two year old on your hip yapping about and pointing at nonsense....
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Old 10-23-2007, 07:01 PM
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Being photographed comes with the territory, the same way it is for a politician, an actress, etc. I think that they have enough privacy, a few photographs when they are on private events is a small price to pay for the life of privilege that they lead. I am not saying that they don't work, they do work, but people are interested in what goes on with their lifes without the public facade. And you are right, most of us don't want to spend our lives being photographed, but then most of us are not princesses who live in a castle.
This comment always interests me. I don't think that being photographed comes with the territory at all. I think it is the media that has made it that way and it really all started with Diana. Before Diana the royals, certainly the British royals, kept their private lives very private only being photographed at certain events. The papparazzi, over the years, have became a nuisance. They are now (IMO) in royals, celebrities, polititians faces constantly and no matter how often they are asked to back off they just keep coming back. Unfortunately I don't think the papparazzi are in it for the right reasons any more. They aren't there to give the public a brief insight into the lives of the rich and famous they are there to sell their pictures to the highest bidder. As for the Christian's birthday photo subject, I personally don't mind that they didn't release photo's. I find it far more exciting when I open the forums and find pictures that I hadn't been expecting. These are my personal thoughts.
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Well, the paparazzi actually pre-dates the Diana years, although I suppose you're partially right in the sense that the Diana years saw escalation of the paparazzi problem. Princess Margaret was one of the earliest paparazzi targets in the 60s and 70s. Although paparazzi pics back then were nothing like today's HiRes quality, the same stalking principle applied: Catch them off guard, track their movements, rent overlooking balconies into their back yards, that sort of thing.
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:45 AM
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People are always very interested in royals because they have such a different life from us, apparently, but real life is very similiar than ours. We know almoust everything regarding their public life and public events so we are fascinating about their private life and we are more fascinating in knowing how their private life could be similar than ours!
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:54 AM
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People are always very interested in royals because they have such a different life from us, apparently, but real life is very similiar than ours. We know almoust everything regarding their public life and public events so we are fascinating about their private life and we are more fascinating in knowing how their private life could be similar than ours!

And this is why the papparaziaes are overstepping the lines between public life and private life of royalty. There is a market for these photos, which the sense of entitlement expressed by some posters on this thread, verify.

I am pleased that this entitlement isn't expresses by the danish posters - as I firmly belive that the ralationship, between the DRF and the people of Denmark, has to be based on mutual respect.

Of course the DRF have to show themselves to the public - with the media in the role as go-between. But we have to respect thire privacy. If we don't they might one day consider there role as to demanding - especially if the privacy of the royal children isn't respected. This could result in abdication, which is a right they have. As they are pritty wealthy and well-educated they can easely make themselves a new life outside the royal role. Just look at Countess Alexandra.

IMO overstepping the line is intruding upon the lives of the royal children. This includes Christians second birthday party.
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And this is why the papparaziaes are overstepping the lines between public life and private life of royalty. There is a market for these photos, which the sense of entitlement expressed by some posters on this thread, verify.

I am pleased that this entitlement isn't expresses by the danish posters - as I firmly belive that the ralationship, between the DRF and the people of Denmark, has to be based on mutual respect.

Of course the DRF have to show themselves to the public - with the media in the role as go-between. But we have to respect thire privacy. If we don't they might one day consider there role as to demanding - especially if the privacy of the royal children isn't respected. This could result in abdication, which is a right they have. As they are pritty wealthy and well-educated they can easely make themselves a new life outside the royal role. Just look at Countess Alexandra.

IMO overstepping the line is intruding upon the lives of the royal children. This includes Christians second birthday party.
I think that even if that happens Mary and Frederick will still be public figures and still be in the public eye for ever!There is no escape now
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Well, gotta say this, I respect everybody's opinion because everybody has a valid point. Having said that, I feel that the media and the royals need each other. The media to make money and "keep the public informed" and the royals to promote their causes and show the world (and their own country) "hey, I am working". If there are no pictures, and I am not talking about this particular instance, people will start wondering if they are on vacation yet again. Now, in this particular instance they could've released a couple of their own private pictures to the public. No need to have a photographer following the family around. Anyways, hopefully they will release some for Christmas, unless Fred and Mary once again decide that its a private holiday and no pictures will be released.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:34 AM
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I think that there should be a standard decidions each year. If they release photos during Christmas they should release all Christmas! Even if we are talking about only one photo. Although I think Christimas is time for a formal photocall so there will be plenty of photos and not only of Christian has we expected to see this year from his birthday! Well we only had Christian first birthday and now the second so we cannot find a pattern here yet, but IMO maybe now we can expect not to see photos next year again too!
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The question about birthday photos or not may appear a silly or insignificant question but in reality it may be quite important in the bigger context of keeping the monarchy or not. The monarchy is unique in that it passes down generation to generation and is not open to peoples vote unless it is to keep or abolish. Unless the population in general - and not just a few participating on a website - feel connected and part of the cultural and historical significance of the monarchy will it be able to remain. Being in peoples lives then becomes important - as in celebrating Prince Christian's birthday with pictures and thereby keeping the interest in the continuation of the royal family alive. The issue of privacy and personal choice for royals is very different from the rest of us - just as our lives and privileges are very different. It should be in the interest of the royal family to publish photos of the little prince - after all most people respond to cute kids and look forward to seeing them grow up. So perhaps Prince Christian's birthday is a bigger to-do than just someone's two-year old party.
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