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Old 11-02-2011, 07:44 PM
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Maybe someone could explain to me why the Crown Princess of Denmark may be takenaback or 'starstruck' by the Cambridge couple?

We anticipate that Mary met William in 2008 at his father's 60th birthday and Catherine, while a highly publicised woman herself, married into the position she now finds herself which is no different to Mary.

Intrigued? I highly doubt it. A friendly hostess? Most certainly.
A friendly hostess is absolutely correct! Remember these 2 couples had lunch first and were able to enjoy each other's company in total privacy. I could imagine that the atmosphere in the Crown Prince Couple's home was very welcoming and enjoyable!
And why would Crown Princess Mary appearing to be smiling and enjoying the event should be interpreted as being "starstruck"! The Duchess of Cambridge was smiling and enjoying the event as well...so wouldn't she be as "starstuck" as Crown Princess Mary?
I could imagine the hailstorm of criticism and condemnation that would have erupted if CP Mary hadn't smile at all!
Thank goodness that the Crown Princess knows how to act like the Queen that she is destined to be!
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:48 PM
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I dunno but I get the feeling that alot of people will remember the crisis and hopefully want to help. I've already gone ahead and donated some money this afternoon. Also wanted to add they all looked great and happy to see Will and Kate with Fred and Mary and I hope in the future we see them together more often.

Also to Tiggersk8 thank you so much for that lovely post I agree with you whole heartedly
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:55 PM
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A great event, kudos to the royal couples and those who planned it to bring more exposure to a needy cause, and thanks also to Tiggersk8 for your comments.
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:57 PM
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On one of our TV channels here they said that Roger Moore [aka james bond once apon a time] also had lunch with them, as he is a representative of UNICEF and has just returned from Africa. So maybe the lunch was not as intimate as we expect. There may have been many others at the lunch also, we don't know about yet.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:11 PM
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And Countess Alexandra was nowhere to be seen .......

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Yeah...I noticed that too! But since this visit was the initiative of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and they made direct contact with the Crown Princely Couple, it is apparent now that Countess Alexandra would not have been there after all. One of the pitfalls of being an ex-member of a royal family. It must be hard to see the patronage that you have represented for so many years having such a huge media event and you aren't able to be present.
But at least UNICEF received a great deal of attention and hopefully, more money for a very worthy cause...and that's what is important.

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On one of our TV channels here they said that Roger Moore [aka james bond once apon a time] also had lunch with them, as he is a representative of UNICEF and has just returned from Africa. So maybe the lunch was not as intimate as we expect. There may have been many others at the lunch also, we don't know about yet.
We may yet find out who was present at the lunch from the Danish magazines.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:19 PM
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Tiggersk8, and Baroness of Books, thank you for being voices of reason and bringing the focus where it belongs.

And now, a lighthearted moment of the day.

http://ow.ly/i/ks9y

And an article from Express, dealing with today's visit to Copenhagen. Overall, short, sweet and to the point.

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/...war-on-famine-
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:57 PM
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Duchess of Cambridge plans to follow in Diana's footsteps with Africa aid visit

"A royal source confirmed that the Prince and Kate Middleton were “considering” a visit to the region to further boost Unicef’s efforts to raise money to help the 13 million people affected by the crisis."
The media is so crazy sometimes with their Diana comparisons. They should give it a rest.

As for their anniversary, I am far more skeptical so i say since it is only six months, let's wait until they hit the two decade mark and still act all lovey.

As for her increase in charity work I believe that given her press attention she can do good work if she wants to. I hope she gets really involved with the causes and not just for photo reasons. As for her work so far she is doing the work the Royals always do. For example, it is not unusual for royals to write follow-ups to people they visit. It is nice to see her continue the tradition though.

I will say though that It would be nice to see a royal get involved in something that teaches people in Africa to be self-sufficient. This will help to end the cycle of dependency in so many ways.
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Oh good grief!! Can't some of you focus on what's important here? UNICEF got badly needed exposure to it's Relief Efforts in East Africa. According to some, their Twitter site crashed due to the mass amount of people checking it out after the coverage of the Cambridges and Crown Prince and Princess hit the airwaves/Internet and that UNICEF has recieved a massive amount in donations for just one day.

That is NOT nothing. Surely there's some site out there for people who hate Kate regardless of what she does. Go and find it so the rest of us can have discussions about what is actually going on w/out the vicious agenda certain posters here seem to have.

Sorry for that, but enough is enough!!
I don't think anyone said they hated Kate. I think people are just making comments on whether or not UNICEF is a fit charity to support, how she did her job or how successful royal/celebrity visits are. It's hard to argue with the notion that even with the increase in funds that it will not eradicate the famine issue there. That doesn't mean people shouldn't donate but until the government/economic/social problems in the region are fixed this problem will keep going.

Just because some people are not lavishing praise on the royal couple does not mean they do not care about the situation in Africa.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:23 PM
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William is so very similar to his mother when he's speaking. Same facial expressions, gestures, speech patterns. I find in photos he's got traits from both parents but whenever I see a video of him he's all Diana.

I'm glad this visit seems to have been successful. I think what royal visits can do in situations like these is give people a nudge towards doing something they may otherwise not have gotten around to, such as donating money. A lot of people, IMO, are inclined to be generous and want to help in situations like this but aren't sure where to start. the press reports that go along with royal visits like we saw today are helpful in that people may tune in initially to see the royals but wind up getting practical suggestions on how they can contribute.
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I wonder what they were doing to night a private dinner? may be not so formal?
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned to London immediately after their visit...so anything is possible.
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I think that Catherine has gained back some weight and that she looked really healthy on this trip.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:04 PM
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Tiggersk8, and Baroness of Books, thank you for being voices of reason and bringing the focus where it belongs.

And now, a lighthearted moment of the day.

Ow.ly - image uploaded by @RoyaltyOnline

And an article from Express, dealing with today's visit to Copenhagen. Overall, short, sweet and to the point.

Scottish Sunday Express | UK News :: Duchess of Cambridge joins war on famine
Thank you for the image and link, Daria. Those four people are just so attractive.

And thank you, Ghost Night, for the YouTube link on UNICEF. Those images from Africa are really so poignant.

All in all, a day's work well done by the Danish and British royal couples.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:42 PM
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I'm sorry, but there are certain members of this board that it *never* fails. Their postings are nasty, vindictive and just plain tiresome. It would be one thing if the tone was once in awhile, but it's not. It's constant and not just in threads about the Duchess of Cambridge.

Behaviour such as that does not serve this board and only brings it down. I hate people who post fawning comments just as much as the other person, but when someone goes out and does their job w/out putting a foot wrong, how does saying nothing but negative nasty things about that person or the event come across?

At least I don't cringe or take a deep breath before clicking a thread link w/their names beside it most of the time since the weekend. As I said, the Ignore feature here is a wonderful thing. Sadly, they end up getting quoted and...

And I stand by what I said earlier. If you feel that much venom towards someone so famous, you're not alone in your twisted jealousy, so go and find a board w/others who share your "feelings".

Leave this one for those who not only admire the Royals and what they do, but know the difference between criticism when it's deserved and someone's sad and bitter agenda against a person they'll never meet.

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I don't think anyone said they hated Kate. I think people are just making comments on whether or not UNICEF is a fit charity to support, how she did her job or how successful royal/celebrity visits are. It's hard to argue with the notion that even with the increase in funds that it will not eradicate the famine issue there. That doesn't mean people shouldn't donate but until the government/economic/social problems in the region are fixed this problem will keep going.

Just because some people are not lavishing praise on the royal couple does not mean they do not care about the situation in Africa.
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I know it might be a horrible thing to say but I will say it anyway...From the videos and photos,I get the impression that Mary was a bit 'starstruck' by Wills & Kate...OMG, it is the son of Diana, the first royal wedding I watched as a kid and Kate is so tall and pretty, I am not worthy...(Jokes people, no rotten tomatoes OK) It was just an impression and maybe I am mistaking Mary natural friendliness and enthusiasm for fawning...
I think it's just that Mary looked very comfortable and Kate still looks a bit standoffish- but it's very obviously because of still being a bit self-conscious and getting used to the spotlight.

Also, Mary was in her own country and playing hostess.
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The media is so crazy sometimes with their Diana comparisons. They should give it a rest.
I think they are going to continue to try and cast Catherine as some creepy incarnation of Diana for a good few years yet. I think the only thing that will end it is if Catherine finds her own voice and a presence that is unique to her, and having nothing whatsoever in common with Diana. Until then they can and will continue on their creepy way.

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will say though that It would be nice to see a royal get involved in something that teaches people in Africa to be self-sufficient. This will help to end the cycle of dependency in so many ways.
According to news sources, UNICEF has already reaped financial benefits from the Copenhagen double-hit with the Danish Crown Princely couple and the Cambridge's visit to the UNICEF depot.
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I just wath the report on TV2 (link provided by Muhler). All for were good on interview. I didnt find Kate nervous at this point. She was very nervous and shy at other moments and Mary very friendly, but in the interview she did very well; dont forget Mary has 7 years of practice. So be indulgent
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Maybe someone could explain to me why the Crown Princess of Denmark may be takenaback or 'starstruck' by the Cambridge couple?
She wasn't IMO! Now please give CP Mary some credit, thank you!
In fact her voice was unfaltering when she summed
up the core of the East Africa problem at the end of the short
'interview! I'm also convinced that CP Mary knew that the
barrage of media people had not flown into Copenhagen for her
sake!
I watched one of our evening talk-shows, where Danish
celebrity commentator Jim Lyngvild dismissed the comparison/competition/formingfriendship
'girliestuff nonsense' we've seen since the visit was announced
by saying, that what he saw was two professional royal couples
focusing on an emergency. ' This is not about forming royal
friendships, this is about promoting on a good cause',
Lyngvild summed up!
Another voice of reason!

oh, and by the way: Some of the recent posters seem to forget that we've discussed whether ex-royal countess Alexandra - the patron of the Danish Unicef - would be present yesterday. Maybe it would be a good idea to scroll back the thread before making hasty, snap comments?

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