The Royal Forums Coat of Arms


Join The Royal Forums Today
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
  #281  
Old 07-10-2007, 10:19 AM
ysbel's Avatar
Heir Apparent
TRF Author
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: New York, United States
Posts: 5,387
Quote:
Originally Posted by Regina View Post
Well, I always thought Queen Elizabeth was a cold person with the public, but that's me. And yes, of course Mary has a regal look and that's why I like her. I wouldn't like to see Mary as a jolly good fellow, sorry. That's not my concept of monarchy..
I wouldn't like to see Mary as a jolly good fellow either but I don't think Queen Elizabeth II has a cold personality compared to Mary.

I think they both are elegant and regal as well befitting both their positions and they are doing a wonderful job.

Neither one of the women are teddy bears - no they don't look that huggable - and I am really grateful for that. I don't like huggable royals, I like elegant royals!
__________________

__________________
"One thing we can do is make the choice to view the world in a healthy way. We can choose to see the world as safe with only moments of danger rather than seeing the world as dangerous with only moments of safety."
-- Deepak Chopra
  #282  
Old 07-10-2007, 02:23 PM
Regina's Avatar
Serene Highness
TRF Author
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Posts: 1,646
Quote:
Originally Posted by ysbel View Post
I wouldn't like to see Mary as a jolly good fellow either but I don't think Queen Elizabeth II has a cold personality compared to Mary.

I think they both are elegant and regal as well befitting both their positions and they are doing a wonderful job.

Neither one of the women are teddy bears - no they don't look that huggable - and I am really grateful for that. I don't like huggable royals, I like elegant royals!
I don't think Queen Elizabeth is a cold person, not at all.(I think she has a very good heart and she must be a very warm gradmother. I just think she is a bit shy and cold only when she is dealing with people. We saw Mary jumping with the kids and I can't imagine Queen Elizabeth doing the same but I agree with you, ysbel, when you say Mary is doing a wonderful job.
__________________

  #283  
Old 07-10-2007, 02:44 PM
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Melbourne & Sydney, Australia
Posts: 3,978
I like a royal to be elegant and composed, though 'huggable' royals are just as charming.

I actually believe Mary is an effectionate lady, and from having access to various sources which are no longer able to be published on the main forum, I have seen many photo's which support my perception of her.

Of course, I'm sure she has her limitations as to what is appropriate and what is not. We all do.
  #284  
Old 07-10-2007, 05:08 PM
GrandDuchessOlga's Avatar
Gentry
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Horsens, Denmark
Posts: 71
Itīs funny to see how Australians defend Mary till the very end and cannot seem to find a flaw about her (not being offensive as I think Iīve been mistaken for before)

I would like to say that Iīm not so much against Mary now as before. But I still donīt like her as much as I would like to. I would however like to defend my opinion on her.

About her Danish skills. They are not very good! As a Dane living in Denmark among other Danes I have to say that many have trouble with understanding her when sheīs speaking Danish. Many ppl I know have commented on her poor Danish, so itīs not just the magazines claiming it. A few days ago dr1 aired the documentary filmed right before the wedding and her Danish was excellent considering her short time with the language. Everyone was impressed but not anymore. The same thing happended to prince Henrik. At his wedding he was extremely good at Danish but it has gone down hill ever since then. Really a shame.

I think itīs quite a contradiction when saying that ppl donīt want a CP who acts too warm and friendly and then saying Mary is the opposite of HM Q. Elizabeth II who seems to be too cold and regal in public. JMO.

I would like some feed-back on this post but would really appreciate not being slaughtered because I come with criticism. As it is allowed to speak positively about Mary it is just as fair to speak negatively (without being rude I mean). Itīs part of a discussion... Hope I can still call Mary-lovers for friends on this board
  #285  
Old 07-10-2007, 05:17 PM
H.M. Margrethe's Avatar
Courtier
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Odense, Denmark
Posts: 825
Quote:
Originally Posted by GrandDuchessOlga View Post
Itīs funny to see how Australians defend Mary till the very end and cannot seem to find a flaw about her (not being offensive as I think Iīve been mistaken for before)

I would like to say that Iīm not so much against Mary now as before. But I still donīt like her as much as I would like to. I would however like to defend my opinion on her.

About her Danish skills. They are not very good! As a Dane living in Denmark among other Danes I have to say that many have trouble with understanding her when sheīs speaking Danish. Many ppl I know have commented on her poor Danish, so itīs not just the magazines claiming it. A few days ago dr1 aired the documentary filmed right before the wedding and her Danish was excellent considering her short time with the language. Everyone was impressed but not anymore. The same thing happended to prince Henrik. At his wedding he was extremely good at Danish but it has gone down hill ever since then. Really a shame.

I think itīs quite a contradiction when saying that ppl donīt want a CP who acts too warm and friendly and then saying Mary is the opposite of HM Q. Elizabeth II who seems to be too cold and regal in public. JMO.

I would like some feed-back on this post but would really appreciate not being slaughtered because I come with criticism. As it is allowed to speak positively about Mary it is just as fair to speak negatively (without being rude I mean). Itīs part of a discussion... Hope I can still call Mary-lovers for friends on this board
I think you are rigth about her speaking skills and it migth be because they are speking english to eatch other she and Frederik...the reason for Prince Henriks very poor danish skills is because he and Queen Margrethe is speaking in Frence when they talk to eatch other and that is not the best way to intigrate another person onley speaking his/her mothertunge in another contry.
__________________
Long live the royal family in Denmark

  #286  
Old 07-10-2007, 05:36 PM
UserDane's Avatar
Royal Highness
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,967
I don't agree about her language skills; I work with languages myself and when I studied my incredible clever now deceased English professor quite openly admitted that he had almost given up ever being able to master the Danish language - even though he had lived almost 10 years in the country, mastered other languages besides English and really had made an effort.
I have for many years acknowledged that learning Danish is just d*** hard for some people; Mary does not sound like a Dane, probably never will, but even queen Ingrid who came just across the sound and lived here for decades had an accent when she spoke Danish - and she was born and raised speaking a brother tongue.

I don't have a problem with Mary's grasp of the Danish language; IMO she is steadily improving which is what matters. Even pre-school children could understand her when she had an event about the importance of being protected against the sun - and I have no problem understanding her either - even if she does pronounce her 'd's!

Just an afterthought: why is Mary's language skills considered part of her personality - or even the reason for why some like her and some don't? I cannot imagined what it would do to me as a person if I were judged e.g. on my mathematical skills....
Have anyone for example ever questioned Alexandra's drawing skills? And made the results of that part of an assesment of her personality?
__________________
Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well.
  #287  
Old 07-10-2007, 05:48 PM
GrandDuchessOlga's Avatar
Gentry
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Horsens, Denmark
Posts: 71
Iīm not claiming that Danish isnīt a hard language to learn because it is. All Iīm saying is that she is hard to understand even when she is reading from a piece of paper. As I said before she was unbelievably good before the wedding (almost better than Alexandra who had learned many languages before) but my point is that it has then gone down hill. Of course she knows a lot more grammar and words to communicate on a much better level but she has become more difficult to understand.
  #288  
Old 07-10-2007, 05:57 PM
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: .a, United States
Posts: 3,345
As a native English speaker, like Mary, learning Danish is incredibly frustrating.

It might take years before Mary will perfect her tone, pronunciation, etc., but until then I believe she is doing quite well. To expect her to speak perfect Danish, without tone mistakes and so forth, is unreasonable.

Give her a break, she is doing her best.

  #289  
Old 07-10-2007, 06:04 PM
UserDane's Avatar
Royal Highness
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,967
Quote:
Originally Posted by GrandDuchessOlga View Post
....Of course she knows a lot more grammar and words to communicate on a much better level but she has become more difficult to understand.
Might that not be the proof that her Danish has become better? If she begins to be just as hard to understand as the rest of us Danes who excel at 'swallowing' large chunks of what we are actually saying
__________________
Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well.
  #290  
Old 07-10-2007, 06:13 PM
GrandDuchessOlga's Avatar
Gentry
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Horsens, Denmark
Posts: 71
Hehe I think weīre on different paths here. I NEVER expect Mary to ever get rid of an accent. Even having spoken English since the age of 10 I still have an accent and donīt know every word. I still have a lot to learn. My essays are not flawless BUT my point is that she has gone backwards with her pronounzation (sp?) and the ability to speak so at least I can undestand her. Donīt know if itīs me, my family or friends who are being a bit deaf or something to nor understand her.

Iīve been studying 5 languages myself and I certainly do not speak them fluently but am understandable despite not living in the countries where they speak those languages Hope my point is a little clearer now
  #291  
Old 07-10-2007, 06:55 PM
Aristocracy
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Berlin, Germany
Posts: 102
Quote:
Originally Posted by highpriestess View Post
I am not a fan of Mary. I understand why some people feel she's "fake", "shallow", "arrogant" etc.

Mary is probably the one who changed the most after dating/marrying her prince. She changed her accent, skin (thanks to a well-published skin consultant), style (thanks to a well-published stylist), lost weight etc. in order to look more royal. Sure, other princesses also become more polished with more money. But Mary changed the most. That gave the impression of her being fake. She's no longer the a bit chubby, sporty, tan Australian woman in tank top. She's now a creation all the money can buy.

As for being shallow, this has a lot to do with all the "fashion icon" business. She did much more than just attending several fashion shows "in support of Danish fashion industry". She's actively hyped as a fashion icon by Danish, Australian press and perhaps, Danish court. She modeled foreigners' clothes and posted for fashion magazines. No other princesses in recent memory have ever done that. (Diana did the fashion shoots after her divorce. Plus, if I remember correctly, Diana wore her own clothes for the shoot.) When she acts more like a celebrity than a royal, it's not surprising that a lot of people have the impression of a shallow person. The fact that she was shown as "turing it on" for the camera but no interest in the event she's attending doesn't help.

Mary also has a very haughty body language. The chin-in-the-air is well noted, even by the painter of her portrait. She also extended her hand in this very hauty way that I just found very offputting. She would hold her hand out in a 45 degree angle down from her wrist. It seems to show her superiority or reluctance to shake the other person's hand. She's caught on photos like that often before.

I personally don't think she's arrogant. I do think she's very insecure. A confident person wouldn't have changed so much after marriage. She seems to think the haughty body language is how a princess supposed to be and she wants to be seens as a true princess. It's another new thing she adapts after marriage. She's the most at ease interacting with children because she knew children were star-struch and wouldn't judge her poor Danish or lack of intellectual capacity. I don't think she has much intellectual depth from all the interviews she gave. She's inarticulate even in her native English. But again, since Fred isn't exactly an intellectual giant himself. Mary suits him just fine.

These are just from my observations. I don't mean to offend any Danes or Aussies.

THANK YOU FOR THIS POST. I am very glad that someone else is sharing my feelings towards Mary. Don't get me wrong: I like her and Fred , but I do not see the two of them being King and Queen. They might be a nice couple , and a perfect little family at first sight. But don't expect them to be more than this, you might get dissapointed.
  #292  
Old 07-10-2007, 09:02 PM
ysbel's Avatar
Heir Apparent
TRF Author
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: New York, United States
Posts: 5,387
Quote:
Originally Posted by GrandDuchessOlga View Post
Hehe I think weīre on different paths here. I NEVER expect Mary to ever get rid of an accent. Even having spoken English since the age of 10 I still have an accent and donīt know every word. I still have a lot to learn. My essays are not flawless BUT my point is that she has gone backwards with her pronounzation (sp?) and the ability to speak so at least I can undestand her. Donīt know if itīs me, my family or friends who are being a bit deaf or something to nor understand her.

Iīve been studying 5 languages myself and I certainly do not speak them fluently but am understandable despite not living in the countries where they speak those languages Hope my point is a little clearer now
That's interesting. It may be that when she was first learning she was trying harder and so sounded better. Now that she's got the hang of it more, she doesn't have to try as hard and so it doesn't sound as good.

I think Mary would definitely want to be understandable in Danish but perhaps the people around her have figured out how to understand her mistakes and all whereas when she speaks in public, people that have never heard her may have problems understanding her. That is not good.

When I lived in Germany, there was a certain point at which I became lazy in speaking German. I knew enough to get around so I didn't try very hard and I could still make myself understood. However, being in the public eye, that's not the tack that I think Mary wants to take.

Now to answer your other question:

Quote:
I think itīs quite a contradiction when saying that ppl donīt want a CP who acts too warm and friendly and then saying Mary is the opposite of HM Q. Elizabeth II who seems to be too cold and regal in public. JMO.
I think both HMQEII and Mary are perfectly regal and I don't see Mary as the opposite of HMQEII. I did mention I was surprised how often and openly Mary laughed and smiled at the christening which led me to believe that she has some more warmth than I had reckoned on but it wasn't distracting to her overall dignified bearing.

I think I did see Mary jump a trampoline once but that picture is not likely to precede Mary running naked down the street so I think Mary's reputation for dignity and decorum can remain intact despite a little trampoline jumping every now and then.

To your question of people defending Mary for everything, that happens with every Crown Princess and Mary is no different. I personally prefer to see the good traits and bad traits of all the Crown Princesses even though I am drawn to some more than others. All the Crown Princesses have enough people who like everything they do and enough people who like nothing that they do that it can make one's head spin.
__________________
"One thing we can do is make the choice to view the world in a healthy way. We can choose to see the world as safe with only moments of danger rather than seeing the world as dangerous with only moments of safety."
-- Deepak Chopra
  #293  
Old 07-10-2007, 09:05 PM
ysbel's Avatar
Heir Apparent
TRF Author
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: New York, United States
Posts: 5,387
Quote:
Originally Posted by Santacruz View Post
Don't get me wrong: I like her and Fred , but I do not see the two of them being King and Queen. They might be a nice couple , and a perfect little family at first sight. But don't expect them to be more than this, you might get dissapointed.
Well they ARE going to be King and Queen if Fred lives long enough. The fact that they seem to have a happy family and look very regal in the traditional Danish royal events is enough for me.
__________________
"One thing we can do is make the choice to view the world in a healthy way. We can choose to see the world as safe with only moments of danger rather than seeing the world as dangerous with only moments of safety."
-- Deepak Chopra
  #294  
Old 07-11-2007, 12:20 AM
Nobility
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Micky's, United States
Posts: 286
Quote:
Originally Posted by UserDane View Post
...get ready for the upcoming CIFF in August; all your prejudices will be confirmed when you'll see Mary attend one of the shows and being officially greeted by one of the organisers behind it. And get ready for yet another round in the February version of CIFF when the same will take place again. Should you be curious as to what is actually going on, or should you harbour doubts whether Mary is there to enlarge her wardrobe (which by all accounts must beat any other CPss' wardrobe ten times)
I would appreciate it if you can respond without the word "prejudice" or sarcasim. And let me refresh my points one more time since you don't seem to get it.

Mary modeled for fashion magazines and was hyped as fashion icon long before Danish court came up with the lame excuse of "supporting Danish fashion industry" as the reason for her doing fashion shoots in mostly foreign designers' gear no less. That sort of trapped her into the responsibility of promoting Danish fashion.

Once again, I didn't criticize her for improving her wardrobe or attending fashion shows (BTW, she's attending more fashion shows than the CIFF shows.). The point I made was that people thought of her as "shallow" because all of her activities associated with fashion, including her fashion shoots, her wearing designers' gear right off the ad and attendance of various fashion shows. It's an impression. So far, I don't see too much positive world press generated for Danish fashion because of Mary, okay, maybe in Australia. I did see some negative press about Mary's seemingly exuberant spending on clothes.
  #295  
Old 07-11-2007, 12:20 AM
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Melbourne & Sydney, Australia
Posts: 3,978
Quote:
Originally Posted by Santacruz View Post
THANK YOU FOR THIS POST. I am very glad that someone else is sharing my feelings towards Mary. Don't get me wrong: I like her and Fred , but I do not see the two of them being King and Queen. They might be a nice couple , and a perfect little family at first sight. But don't expect them to be more than this, you might get dissapointed.
And who is it, you believe shall take their place?

This should be interesting...
  #296  
Old 07-11-2007, 12:32 AM
Nobility
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Micky's, United States
Posts: 286
Quote:
Originally Posted by Regina View Post
And yes, of course Mary has a regal look and that's why I like her. I wouldn't like to see Mary as a jolly good fellow, sorry. That's not my concept of monarchy.

Your "regal" struck other people as "haughty". Same body language gives different impression.



I agree, I really need to enlarge her photos because you're the first person I heard saying that Mary wears heavy make up!! What do you see? heavy blush? Heavy red lipstick? Tons of eye shadow? (???). For me, she's always very natural.
Really? You don't see stage-strength foundation on her snowy white face? Or glittering silvery eye shadow on her brow bone? She wore that during her Australian trip. Or her black eye liners?
  #297  
Old 07-11-2007, 12:46 AM
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Melbourne & Sydney, Australia
Posts: 3,978
Quote:
Originally Posted by highpriestess View Post
Really? You don't see stage-strength foundation on her snowy white face? Or glittering silvery eye shadow on her brow bone? She wore that during her Australian trip. Or her black eye liners?
Heavy foundation? Would be good if you could actually provide an accurate and high quality picture which supports your contention.

And now 'we' move onto eyeshadow and and eyeliner...Your argument (though welcome of course) re Mary's makeup isn't a very strong one it would seem.

And on the topic of Fred and Mary acceding the throne, they are in a most secure position, I believe, it's safe to say. Moreso than their Spanish, Norwegian and Belgian counterparts. Health abiding (As I'm sure it shall), Frederik will reign and his consort by his side.
  #298  
Old 07-11-2007, 02:21 AM
Nobility
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Micky's, United States
Posts: 286
Quote:
Originally Posted by Madame Royale View Post
Heavy foundation? Would be good if you could actually provide an accurate and high quality picture which supports your contention.

And now 'we' move onto eyeshadow and and eyeliner...Your argument (though welcome of course) re Mary's makeup isn't a very strong one it would seem.
If you don't count black eyeliners and sliver eye shadow, what other things you count as "makeup"? As for foundation, you would have to look for photos yourself. You can start with her Australia trip.
  #299  
Old 07-11-2007, 02:36 AM
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Melbourne & Sydney, Australia
Posts: 3,978
Quote:
Originally Posted by highpriestess View Post
If you don't count black eyeliners and sliver eye shadow, what other things you count as "makeup"? As for foundation, you would have to look for photos yourself. You can start with her Australia trip.
Oh its makeup alright, but heavy? I think not.

I have seen a large quantity of photos from the Australian trip (amongst many other trips undertaken by the royal couple in an official capacity) and needless to say, the heavy use of makeup you so obstinately refer to, seems to remain elusive.

Not being able to back up your claim with substantiative evidence, gives your argument very little credibility.

I'm not denying she wears makeup, not at all It's clear she does (eyes, mouth, cheeks) as it is with any other woman who wears it.
  #300  
Old 07-11-2007, 04:05 AM
Aristocracy
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Berlin, Germany
Posts: 102
Quote:
Originally Posted by Madame Royale View Post
And who is it, you believe shall take their place?

This should be interesting...
Well, there isn't much of a choice, hmm?
Which takes me back to the question if getting a job just by being born into a certain family is a good concept....
Well, we will see in a couple of years if there is any substance whatsover in Fred & Mary. They look nice now, but they will get older and they won't be pretty royal images anymore.I doubt that they will develop strong personalities like Margrethe is f.e.

They are definetely both no leaders , they don't have this " together we are strong as a rock " aura around them like Willem and Maxima f.e..They look nice and sweet and pretty . But Fred wants to go sailing and Mary wants to look good and that's it pretty much. They doesn't hurt anyone, well except the Danish taxpayers who care.
__________________

Closed Thread


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Crown Princess Mary's Ladies-in-Waiting Jasl Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Family 426 05-13-2015 07:51 PM
Princess Letizia's Personality Guido King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and Family 77 06-23-2011 11:15 AM




Popular Tags
ascot 2016 best gown best gown september 2016 best hat best outfit camillas outfits catherine middleton style coup d'etat courtship crown prince haakon crown princess mary crown princess mary fashion crown princess mette-marit current events december 2015 duchess of cambridge dutch state visit e-mail fashion poll grand duke jean greece haldane kate middleton king abdullah ii king felipe king felipe vi king willem-alexander member introduction monarchy new zealand nobel gala norway november 2016 october 2016 opening of parliament picture of the week prince bernhard prince charles princess marie princess mary princess mary daytime fashion princess mary fashion princess mary hats princess victoria fashion queen letizia queen letizia casual outfits queen letizia daytime fashion queen letizia fashion queen letizia style queen mathilde queen mathildes outfits queen maxima queen maxima casual wear queen maxima daytime fashion queen maxima fashion queen maxima hats queen maxima style queen rania royal fashion september 2016 state visit state visit from mexico state visit to denmark succession sweden the duchess of cambridge the duchess of cambridge casual wear the duchess of cambridge daytime fashion the duchess of cambridge fashion the duchess of cambridge hats


Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:58 PM.

Social Knowledge Networks

eXTReMe Tracker
Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2016
Jelsoft Enterprises