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Old 03-03-2010, 02:16 PM
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Adorable... she's so lucky, seems to enjoy everything she's doing and do them with ease (Imagine if my mother is "Caroline" and watch me compete, I cant help but ... nervouzzzzz...)

just curious, is/was there any royal ever compete in figure skating?
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And as to the paparazzi, it's a little disconcerting and frankly creepy that they seems to know her whereabouts most of the time. Men hiding away in old second hand cars and under grandstands taking photos (or at least that's what I imagine ) - it just makes my skin crawl a little. How do they know where she is all the time? I don't mean to accuse, but Caroline should be looking to see if someone's tipping them off. That's not just luck, I don't think.
No, you're spot on. It's not just luck. This was the kind of public event most likely open to the media. AP and UPI photographers probably were there. Not just paps.
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:34 PM
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You just brought up an interesting question for me, poppy7. So the Hanover brothers stayed with their mom? I always thought they lived with the Casiraghis as they often accompanied them to public and whatnot---the circus and the Grand Prix.
They spent time with both growing up, but were at school in England.

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I also think it would have been great if Ernst and/or Alex's many siblings (or just one or two of them) had been at her big event. I think in good time the family will all be on easy terms again. Maybe there are deep wounds that need healing.
She is a kid and its a kids event. Why on earth would they be there (her siblings). It would be the type of thing I would go to if I lived in the same city but I certainly wouldn't travel for it. Alexandra's siblings are grown up and have their own lives. It happens.

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I totally agree with seeing Alex go to Olympics - she's showing a lot of talent for skating and it's about time the Olympics yielded another royal star. It's a long way off yet though. I think she's just incredibly lucky to be as grounded as she is. It can't be easy to raise a girl with privilege and a title and still keep her relatively "normal" child. Caroline and Ernst have done a good job on that front.
And as to the paparazzi, it's a little disconcerting and frankly creepy that they seems to know her whereabouts most of the time. Men hiding away in old second hand cars and under grandstands taking photos (or at least that's what I imagine ) - it just makes my skin crawl a little. How do they know where she is all the time? I don't mean to accuse, but Caroline should be looking to see if someone's tipping them off. That's not just luck, I don't think.
However, returning to our original topic, she certainly looks very happy to have won a silver medal (cup? ) and so does Caroline! I have to say it again - Congratulations Alex!
Alexandra is a kid with a hobby that she is good at. Lets not get a head of ourselves.

As for how they know where she is. How do you think they know? They know where she lives; they know Alexandra's school and Monaco is a small place.

Seriously these pictures of Alexandra are nothing compared to what went on in the 90's with Caroline and her kids.
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Old 03-03-2010, 03:23 PM
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Just because it happened with Grace's kids doesn't make it right IMO.

If Alexandra is out and about with Caroline who is working, doing a walkabout, attending Monaco day, going to the Red Cross Ball, etc. that is okay.

If the child, because she is a child is ice skating with friends or doing something that has nothing to do with Monaco she should be left alone IMO.

ETA: The line needs to be drawn somewhere. I mean everyone EVERYONE is entitled to some form of privacy. And it doesn't need to be when you are in your house.
Yes. A line has to be drawn. There must be boundaries. But here, in this case, it seems to have been an event open to the press, because it was Monaco's annual ice skating competition. And Alexandra is ten, and her sibs who don't even have royal titles were photographed at sports events and going to school at the same age. It may not be ideal or proper but unfortunately, because of the Hanovers' pending divorce, it seems that the press has its eye particularly on Caroline and Alex for the moment. I think there will always be something like this for Alex to deal with but the intensity of this period will likely pass into something more or less tolerable.
The media can't stick too long with one story. They must move the intensity of their focus in order to keep the interest of their readers' short attention spans.
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Old 03-03-2010, 03:23 PM
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And thank you GOD...

That you give us a princess like Princess CAROLINE.
FANTASTICA simplicemente.
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Old 03-03-2010, 03:45 PM
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Didn't know it was open to the press and that this is the annual event in this category!


More than likely Ernest probably didn't show in order to keep Alexandra from being nervous --because kids can sense when their tension between parents which often translates into a distraction for the child.

Yes, Ernest & Caroline have done a beautiful job with raising Alexandra and that is to their credit as a individuals & as a couple.
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:40 PM
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# 148 - Drawing a line...:

Another factor is the tendency of most "people" magazines and newspapers to give far more coverage to actresses, actors, "celebrities", than to royals.

When I get my BUNTE email newsletter (*please don't laugh*), the front page is always full of starlets, and marriage/divorce news of people I've never heard of.

Judging by the avalanche of celebrity news in my local supermarkets in Scotland, there is barely room left for royals - apart from some specialist royal families mags.

There seems to be a trend (started decades ago by the Scandinavian royals) for these families to show themselves as "normal" and human, rather than lofty or untouchable, and this trend will continue until there is no royal "mystique" or "aura" left.

It'll be a sad day when that happens.

Still, little Alexandra will probably benefit from this in the long run.
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:33 PM
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More than likely Ernest probably didn't show in order to keep Alexandra from being nervous --because kids can sense when their tension between parents which often translates into a distraction for the child.
That's a good point. Anyway, I didn't notice in any pics that Caroline was taking pics, but I hope she took some pics or had someone take some pics/video (what other purpose for her fancy blackberry?) of Alex in her performance outfit, because I'm sure Ernst would have appreciated the vicarious experience. Of course he can see the photos in a magazine, but I bet it's not the same as seeing your family's own private pics.
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German "aktuelle" has some of the lovely figure skating pics
from last week, the article content isn't worth mentioning ,
but here are the pics. The biggest one of Alexandra is my
favourite, so great to see her joy!


** Alexandra figure skating in Moncao **
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Old 03-06-2010, 11:06 AM
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She is the cutest, happiest girl ever! I love her!
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Here are some more additional and bigger pics from February
27, especially the one with the three proud girls is great:


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** belga **
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Thanks for the addition. Alexandra seems to really like figure skating. Most pictures we see of her doing figure skating, which is great, beacause is a great and elegant sport. I'm glad that Alexandra won that silver medal
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Heh, Caroline's got her video camera out. She's a normal proud sporting mom like the rest of us! Lovely to see more pics of Alex - she does seem to have a real passion for figure skating, and she obviously has talent to win a medal. She could well the next royal Olympian, even if it is far too early to be thinking about it. Let's just say I won't be shocked if she does! And the more I see of it, the more I LOVE Caroline's coat! A fashion win for sure.
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You know i was just thinking the same thing!

It's really good to see Caroline out enjoying herself and getting involved more with Alexandria activities! Alexandra's red and white outfit is super even nicer than the shorts outfit which was delightfully multi-colored.

However, the red and white outfit really gives her a sophisticated air or flair --that is so necessary when involved in skating competitions! Great job on choosing the outfits!
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In "Pic 3" the gold medalist is like, "Yes I beat the princess, I'm awesome!"
But Alex really seems genuinely happy and proud. She knows she achieved a great honor to have the bronze and she's proud of her accomplishment and focuses on that. I like her attitude! It's a winner's attitude!
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In "Pic 3" the gold medalist is like, "Yes I beat the princess, I'm awesome!"
Haha, true!!
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Red and white - a clever outfit which the Monegasques will love!

Remember the red tights she wore on a previous year's National Day ??

She is a star - though I doubt that she has this appeal from her father ?!?!
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^ that appeal, she inherited from her mother, I guess, who was a star since she was born
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This whole ice skating event with Alex winning Silver reminded me almost immediately of October 13, 2001. For some reason, this date stuck to my mind. Charlotte's longtime admirers will remember the occasion of the Stars Race when Pierre was the family's video camera operator to capture the event for their private enjoyment. Nine years later, Alex has this extraordinary achievement but only her mother is there to film it. I know all of the family have their own lives, but it still would have been even better to see some of them there. Then again, maybe they all thought their presence would detract from Alex. If Ernst had been there, the press would be all about this first appearance of the parents together since the separation rumors. And Charlotte detracts everywhere she goes!
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