Originally Posted by le_ptit_diablotin
Dear Iloveroyals, I agree what you're feeling about that. The cultural about school and feelings between US and Europe is a bit different. Well, the BAC is very important and big stressed if accepted or lose. If accepted, you can go to University or Hight Graduate School.
Yeah, I really like the real way of life that the Princess Caroline came often unaccompanied without bodyguards during shopping or dining in Paris or anywhere in London, she really like to take just "anonymious" but a bit risked indeed...
Never seen any pictures if Princess Caroline has got BAC from Sorbonne in Paris. I don't remember if her mother Princess Grace had accompanied or no.
I will research any pictures about that ;-)
I'll see if I have scanned my own pictures in photobucket or will look for them and scan them. Otherwise, someone may direct you to them on the 70's thread, which may be a lot quicker! One paparazzi was clever enough to actually take a picture of her in the room (!) where she was taking the test. There are several others where she is outside, with other students, obviously discussing the test they just took or were about to take. She was very neatly dressed, very "professional looking" one might say today, as if it were an interview rather than a written test taken in a classroom.
It's interesting that neither Pierre nor Charlotte were photographed accompanied by their mother, on their way to the bac. I don't want to read too much into this, especially since we don't know whether there were paparazzis around or whether the pictures were "killed".
It occurred to me, my translation of "maman" (which is entirely based on Paris-Match's captions anyway) was not right. It's hard to translate "maman". When you're little, it's "mommy", when you grow older (as Andrea was), it's "mom", I am not sure what it would be in British English ("mummy" I guess). Anyway, I didn't want to make Andrea sound like a little kid.
When Caroline took the bac, she had already taken the equivalent test in England (Level A, I think ?), so I guess she was an old pro at it. And from my understanding, until the fateful "Sciences Po" competitive exam, she always aced all her exams, so that was probably one area in which she never felt too much anxiety. Nvertheless, it is true that her poise, from the age of 13 or 14 on, was just incredible.