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Old 03-11-2016, 02:34 PM
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I don't understand why the French made a dressing code exception for the British monarch and not for King of the Netherlands or the King of Sweden. There is no reason to give special treatment to one monarch over another.
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Old 03-11-2016, 02:36 PM
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Queens Juliana and Beatrix did they also prononce prononce a toast in French during their State Visits?
Was it expected that the King would do it in French ? He did well.

Duc do you speak french as well as your King ? or even better ??
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Old 03-11-2016, 02:49 PM
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I don't understand why the French made a dressing code exception for the British monarch and not for King of the Netherlands or the King of Sweden. There is no reason to give special treatment to one monarch over another.
It was her 5th, and probably last, visit to France. Plus it was during the 70th anniversary of the DDAY landings, where she was guest of honor.
A visit of QEII is always an exception, not only in France : in 2007 she was entertained at the White House with a white tie banquet, the only one in the entire Bush administration.
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Old 03-11-2016, 03:05 PM
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Queens Juliana and Beatrix did they also prononce prononce a toast in French during their State Visits?
Was it expected that the King would do it in French ? He did well.

Duc do you speak french as well as your King ? or even better ??
Yes, Queen Beatrix often spoke in French in France as well as in other countries like Spain.

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It was her 5th, and probably last, visit to France. Plus it was during the 70th anniversary of the DDAY landings, where she was guest of honor.
A visit of QEII is always an exception, not only in France : in 2007 she was entertained at the White House with a white tie banquet, the only one in the entire Bush administration.
I guess I could take the D-Day and Queen Elizabeth's seniority excuses, but your example of the white-tie White House banquet seems to confirm that Queen Elizabeth II outranks her fellow Heads of State or, at least, is treated that way.

From a certain point of view, I understand that, as the HoS of 16 different countries and the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II does enjoy a special status. However, she is no longer the head of a worldwide empire as the British Empire used to be in the early 20th century. The exceptional deferrence accorded to the British monarch seems to be an outdated relic of a past that is long gone now. I wonder if it will apply to Charles too when he is King (probably not, I guess).
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Old 03-11-2016, 03:24 PM
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As usually, President Hollande looked budget in crumpled trousers and a poorly-fitted jacket. Was it difficult to look the part?
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Old 03-11-2016, 03:40 PM
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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CdSoSx6UYAAhKg9.jpg:large
https://twitter.com/JeroenSnel/statu...74851258556416 (nice arrival video)

So this is how we do it: the return concert in black tie! I see some nice diamond earrings and a necklace! Hope Hollande learns something from this, with his stupid state banquets in business suits.
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Old 03-11-2016, 03:57 PM
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So this is how we do it: the return concert in black tie! I see some nice diamond earrings and a necklace! Hope Hollande learns something from this, with his stupid state banquets in business suits.
No, he will not.
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:15 PM
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https://twitter.com/JeroenSnel/statu...74851258556416 (nice arrival video)

So this is how we do it: the return concert in black tie! I see some nice diamond earrings and a necklace! Hope Hollande learns something from this, with his stupid state banquets in business suits.
Thanks for the links!
Queen Maxima looked ravishing.
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:20 PM
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No, he will not.
I know, just joking

First better pictures from ANP: https://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1926594

I really think I like the dress. It really looks cool. And the Queen is so slim!
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:35 PM
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No, he will not.
As we see from the pictures he doesn't even follow the dresscode for the Return Event. Really a shame.
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:39 PM
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I know, just joking

First better pictures from ANP: https://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1926594

I really think I like the dress. It really looks cool. And the Queen is so slim!
So let's be clear : it was a black tie event and the President of the French Republic just showed up with a business suit (and apparently the same from last night).
Ok i'm done with him, i mean really.
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:50 PM
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So this is how we do it: the return concert in black tie! I see some nice diamond earrings and a necklace! Hope Hollande learns something from this, with his stupid state banquets in business suits.
Splendid how the Dutch King brought dozens of footmen with torches with him! Thát is decorum.

It is rare that the dresscode for the contra-prestation is higher than the dresscode of the evening before! It is beyond belief that the Président de la République appears in that awful wrinkled polyester sweaty suit. The Dutch guests did their best to wow Paris but in turn the French President.... Good heavens!
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Old 03-11-2016, 05:06 PM
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So let's be clear : it was a black tie event and the President of the French Republic just showed up with a business suit (and apparently the same from last night).
Ok i'm done with him, i mean really.
Yeah, me too. Worst thing of all: he showed up, ten minutes late, went in and left ten minutes later, before the concert had even started. I really can't believe this. It's really stupid and arrogant.

I mean: what does this man think?
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Old 03-11-2016, 05:09 PM
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Yeah, me too. Worst thing of all: he showed up, ten minutes late, went in and left ten minutes later, before the concert had even started. I really can't believe this. It's really stupid and arrogant.

I mean: what does this man think?
Wait WHAT ?????
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Just saw M le Président.... It is beyond belief that the Président de la république française appears in an awful wrinkled polyester sweaty suit. In the city of Hermès, of Gaultier, of Lanvin, of Gustavolins...

The Dutch guests did their best to wow Paris but in turn the French President.... My annual corporate dinner has a better dresscode than the Palais de l'Élysée last evening!
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Old 03-11-2016, 05:19 PM
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You know what ? Im must apologize to some. I was ready to defend my country, ready to avoid to blame systematically my current head of state for the lack of panache during state visits, ready to explain the somewhat casual dress code during state dinners.
But tonight, TONIGHT, when the President of the French Republic came to an event where apparently the hosts made such efforts and showed in the wrong attire and just left 10 mins later ! Well i'm desperate to say that tonight i'm totally ashamed.
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You know what ? Im must apologize to some. I was ready to defend my country, ready to avoid to blame systematically my current head of state for the lack of panache during state visits, ready to explain the somewhat casual dress code during state dinners.
But tonight, TONIGHT, when the President of the French Republic came to an event where apparently the hosts made such efforts and showed in the wrong attire and just left 10 mins later ! Well i'm desperate to say that tonight i'm totally ashamed.
I know M Hollande is a socialist but hey... there are tens of thousands people earning their bread in couture. Is thát not socialist too???? Why taking pride in driving a nice Renault, Citroën or Peugeot limousine, why flying in a plane or helicopter from Airbus but not showing equal pride in French products like a well-tailored cravate-noire suit from Maison Arnys, Rue de Sèvres, Paris?????

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On the Glittering Royal Events Message Board some Dutch posters nagged that King Willem-Alexander presented himself as the CEO of The Netherlands Inc. instead of being His Majesty The King. But this evening, being in charge himself, you can see that he has eye for decorum and style, see the footmen, the flower decorations, the choice of the Petit Palais as venue. It is not his fault that the diner at the Palais de l'Élysée was so low key. I am sure Máxima had dazzled with her best jewels when M Hollande had said "It will be cravate-blanche".
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