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Old 09-05-2007, 08:31 AM
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Though this is not the right forum for it, just to set something straight, Maxima isn´t promoting Dutch fashion, so she doesn´t need to wear dutch designs (thank god, just see what a dutch designer does to poor Laurentien).
Though this is not the right forum for it, just to set something straight,
Mary isn't patron of Danish fashion (if that's what you meant). She is patron of Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, which means she is promoting Copenhagen as an international fashion spot.
So, she doesn't need to wear Danish designs only but she does wear them a lot and that way she is indeed promoting Danish fashion.

I personally think Maxima should follow Mary's example here because I see this as one of the main tasks of a cp - promoting your own country in every possible way. IMO Maxima really stands singular here, all the other cps try to wear designers of their own countries.
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Old 09-05-2007, 10:54 AM
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I personally think Maxima should follow Mary's example here because I see this as one of the main tasks of a cp - promoting your own country in every possible way. IMO Maxima really stands singular here, all the other cps try to wear designers of their own countries.
I don't think that royalty should consider one of its main tasks to promote commericial activities, they are not a PR agency. Of course it can be done sometimes but as I said it is not and never has been one of the main tasks of royalty, and I don't think that any RF would like to change that.
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Old 09-05-2007, 11:00 AM
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I personally think Maxima should follow Mary's example here because I see this as one of the main tasks of a cp - promoting your own country in every possible way.
A Princess represents a country, or a kingdom. Promoting a country is a different thing, and there are Chambers of Commerce, for instance, in order to fullfil that task.
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Old 09-05-2007, 11:05 AM
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Let's move away from the fashion industry! This thread is about sailing and birthday parties.

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Old 09-05-2007, 11:53 AM
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You're right Mandy!

I think I can resume my opinion like this: Let's let the poor guy sail, if he likes it! I'm sure it must be ten times funnier than a birthday party for which you have to fly two hours for!
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Old 09-05-2007, 12:29 PM
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You're right Mandy!

I think I can resume my opinion like this: Let's let the poor guy sail, if he likes it! I'm sure it must be ten times funnier than a birthday party for which you have to fly two hours for!
Or we could rephrase it in accordance with actual facts: Let the poor guy fulfil the obligation he entered into more than a year ago - and which involved not only him but a lot of other people - if he likes it!
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Old 09-05-2007, 03:02 PM
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Here's my 2 cents on this one.

At first glance, my thoughts were: wel geez, this guy is CP which means a big part of his job is schmoozing with other CPs and what does he do? He goes sailing!

Well, I adjusted my opinion on this one because as others have pointed out: this is not just some sailing event.

Rather, Frederik personally did a lot of 'corporate development' in ensuring the event taking place in Copenhagen. That means it's completely logical that he attended the event. He is after all as it seems, <the> person responsible for bringing the event to his country!

Plus, the other thing of course is that he would likely have attended Alex's b-day party if it had taken place at the original date. The fact the date had to be changed was beyond the control of Frederik, who already had a prior commitment - and stuck to it.

I'm not arguing CPs should push corporate events or anything, but in this case, the guy stuck with the commitment he'd made as the main organizer/champion of a big event. So I can certainly understand his sticking to that commitment in this case.
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Or we could rephrase it in accordance with actual facts: Let the poor guy fulfil the obligation he entered into more than a year ago - and which involved not only him but a lot of other people - if he likes it!
exactly, although whether he likes it or not may be irrelevant in this case: he just stuck to his commitment, that's probably all. I'm pretty sure Alex of all people would be the first to grok that.
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Princess Olga you made a point that I was going to post as well. Since William's birthday is in April and I'm sure if he had a birthday bash then, Fred would have attended. Prince William and his wife changed it due to the birth of their daughter. By then Fred had already committed himself to the sailing event. As some have already stated if you commit yourself to something you stick to it.

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Old 09-05-2007, 06:44 PM
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If Willem's party had been closer to his actual birthday, I still doubt that Fred would have attended. I'm not Danish I don't know how the people would respond to that. But lets remember it wasn't just Ariane that was born during this time frame of when Willem's actual birthday was. Fred's daughter Isabella was born on April 21st. And Felipe's daughter was born on April 29th. Had the party originally been in April it is almost certain both Fred and Felipe would have missed the birthday party.

I don't know but I can't imagine Fred leaving Mary with a 6 day old daughter and Christian to attend a birthday party. Like I said before I'm not Danish but I would think that would draw some criticism had that happened.

However, one thing I'm almost certain of is that if the party had been in April and Fred cancelled due to Isabella's birth, this thread would not exist. Because surely everyone would be understanding to that!

p.s this is only my opinion but I doubt the party was postponed due to only Ariane's birth it could also be likely that these other births played a small part in deciding to postpone the party.
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Old 09-05-2007, 09:12 PM
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I don't think that Frederik's and Mary's absence from the party has any sort of hidden meaning to it. He had a previously scheduled event. Plain and simple. I am sure that Willem-Alexander understood. What was Frederik supposed to have done? Cancel his participation in a regatta he was playing a vital role in? And as for Mary not going, obviously supporting her husband was of more importance. Nothing wrong in that! Their will be plenty of more parties for them to go to.
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i agree that he had too say in denmark.
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A Princess represents a country, or a kingdom. Promoting a country is a different thing, and there are Chambers of Commerce, for instance, in order to fullfil that task.
On itself the Princess represents nothing of course. She is just married to a guy who happens to be the hereditary successor. In essence that is all.

The State of Denmark has not placed an advert with an application form to look for suitable candidates to represent Denmark. They have an excellent working diplomatic and consular service for that, with professionals working all over the globe. It is nice that the wife of the Crown Prince becomes a famous person, but that does not change the fact that she essentially is 'just' the wife, of course.

The same applies to Máxima, Mathilde, Letizia, Camilla, Mette-Marit and the whole rataplan. Because they, as spouse to the Heir, have the highest standing possible, it is -in general- seen as a honour when the lady in question is pleased to accept your invitation for an opening, a first-stone-laying, to visit an exhibition, etc. It gives extra cachet to the festive occasion. But, 'to represent the State'? No. Not exactly.

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I can understand Frederik not attending, I guess. But why wasn't Mary there then? She wasn't on that sailing boat right?
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I can understand Frederik not attending, I guess. But why wasn't Mary there then? She wasn't on that sailing boat right?
Mary was there watching Frederik sail with Christian and Isabella
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Mary was there watching Frederik sail with Christian and Isabella
Well, actually I think she wasn't totally unable to skip that. She could have attended the birthday party. I know she breastfeeds Isabella, but she could have taken Isabella with her or leave her at home with a fridge full of bottles with milk. But maybe she thought it wasn't that important to attend and skip watching Frederik sailing for it. Who knows.
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I don't see why some people are soo concerned with Frederik's absence. He had an important and already programmed regate in Denmark for that day. His presence here is much more important to him and to Denmark than attendind a private birthday party of Prince William Alexander.
I don't know why mary didn't go, maybe because she didn't want to come. Maybe she prefered to stay in Denmark supporting her husband, taking care of her children than to go to the Netherlands to eat a piece of cake and sing "happy birthday". What's the problem about that?
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Anyway. I suspect there are no hard feelings with Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima. Maybe the Danes will spend a weekend wirh the Oranges on the private sail yacht. On on the Friesian lakes or something.

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I look forward to see the Danish couple attending the festivities and the Enthronement ceremony.
Are you comparing a Enthronement ceremony to a private birthday party?...
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to go to the Netherlands to eat a piece of cake and sing "happy birthday".
That is a quite limited description of the three day celebrations!


We can say the same about weddings, baptisms, jubilees, of course. Wat is the point to sit on bench number seven in Church and have a waltz and then go back home? Then all the royals and non-royals better no longer accept invitations. There will always be more substantial cases asking for their time.
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