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Old 04-06-2017, 02:34 PM
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"Pencilling in another engagement! Spain's Queen Letizia looks chic in a fitted skirt as she visits a hospital during a state visit to Japan"

Queen Letizia of Spain visits a hospital in Japan | Daily Mail Online
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Old 04-06-2017, 09:13 PM
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Despite my interest in royalty, I often think while browsing these forums that I wouldn't want to be royal, (born or married in), for any amount of love or money. I especially think it when following threads about state visits like this, and especially when it's about a family like the Spanish, who know they have to keep their noses to the grindstone or they may well become ex royals.

I spent three weeks in Japan last year and it must be one of the most beautiful, most fascinating and gracious places I've ever been. I felt I barely had enough time to scratch the surface and feel privileged to have the possibility of going back in the future. Royal couples like Felipe and Letizia go everywhere and see nothing - they get three days of meetings, exhibitions and meals with everyone staring at them and then they fly back to Madrid to prepare for more of the same, at home or abroad. That's their life until Felipe dies or abdicates, (or the monarchy is abolished).
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Old 04-06-2017, 10:46 PM
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Letitzia is behaving beautifully, is obviously a great support to her husband, yet the knives are always out for her. There wasn't no impatient gesture with the empress, from my viewing or all but one posters viewing yet it leads the discussion. Her dress had no cleavage at all, You have to have a lot going on to actually cleave, see queens Elizabeth, Silvia. Time to ignore the negativity
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Old 04-07-2017, 02:42 AM
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King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Emperor and Empress travel on the Shinkansen train to the city of Shizuoka

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Visit to the study, awareness and prevention center of natural disasters caused by seismic movements

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They observe an original clock given by His Majesty the King Felipe III to the governor Tokugawa Ieyasu (1611)

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Visit to the Sengen Jinja Temple

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Farewell in Shizuoka

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Old 04-07-2017, 04:45 AM
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Despite my interest in royalty, I often think while browsing these forums that I wouldn't want to be royal, (born or married in), for any amount of love or money. I especially think it when following threads about state visits like this, and especially when it's about a family like the Spanish, who know they have to keep their noses to the grindstone or they may well become ex royals.

I spent three weeks in Japan last year and it must be one of the most beautiful, most fascinating and gracious places I've ever been. I felt I barely had enough time to scratch the surface and feel privileged to have the possibility of going back in the future. Royal couples like Felipe and Letizia go everywhere and see nothing - they get three days of meetings, exhibitions and meals with everyone staring at them and then they fly back to Madrid to prepare for more of the same, at home or abroad. That's their life until Felipe dies or abdicates, (or the monarchy is abolished).
I kind of agree and disagree at the same time. Unlike you and I, royals are constantly on the move institutionally. Their professional life is about learning and engaging with other countries.,business and cultural institutions.. It must be a demanding but wonderful job,

I've traveled in Europe and Asia extensively but I know I can't compare to them. Not only they have the Prime Minister's office to their disposal but have a diplomat cultural attache to provide answers in a moment's notice. I'd love, just for one day, to have access to the expert advice they have on tap.
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Old 04-07-2017, 06:06 AM
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"Imperial Couple accompany Spanish royals on trip to Shizuoka"

Imperial Couple accompany Spanish royals on trip to Shizuoka | The Japan Times

"Going somewhere nice? Queen Letizia of Spain looks stylish in top-to-toe teal as she and King Felipe board a bullet train with the Japanese Emperor and Empress"


Queen Letizia of Spain boards a bullet train in Japan | Daily Mail Online
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Old 04-07-2017, 05:30 PM
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When you looked at the passage of all guests, Japanese and Spanish, to be presented to the imperial- and royal couples, Letizia was by far "the most nude" of all attendees. By far. And that is surprising. One would expect that from a Gunilla von Bismarck in Marbella, not so from the Queen of Spain in Tokyo. But as usual, opinions will always differ on appearances.

This dress looks so NOT "Gunilla of Bismarck"-like - it´s quite the opposite of it! It´s by far one of the most queenly-royal dresses Ive seen in the past 5 or 10 years.
It reminds me rather of one of the dresses the british Queen wore as a young woman doing her Commonwealth tours in the 1950s. Even Michiko wore dresses like these in 1959/ beginning of the 1960s. So what the heck are you bachward people from the 19th century talking about....?!

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Thanks for the links!
Mrs Abe, Princess Kiko, and her daughters looked stunning.

stuffy, old fashioned, way too old for their age. I mean they´re not as old as their grandmother, are they...?!

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Letizia being unhappy with her conversation with the Empress, obviously she didn't understand what Letizia was explaining to her and the interpreter came in late.

Where did you get yor impression Letizia was "unhappy with her conversation with the empress" or Michiko not understanding what the sp. Queen was saying? The Queen said something and the empress nodded. The interpreter just sat there listening...!
The speculations circulating and spreading on these boards are "fascinating"
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Old 04-07-2017, 05:54 PM
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stuffy, old fashioned, way too old for their age. I mean they´re not as old as their grandmother, are they...?!
The Imperial court has been maintaining a strict dress code. It is great to see the Imperial court adhering to traditions. Mrs Abe wore kimono, a traditional garment. European countries lack traditional garments, which are as elegant as Indian saris or Moroccan caftans or Japanese kimonos.

European queens can opt for more modern/avant-garde things to make their subjects happy.

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Empress Michiko may have more say about her clothes and while the IHA appeared to follow some trends in the 80s and 90s, it seems they have settled on a conservative, lasting style. Like their mothers, the younger princesses will be repeating outfits for the next 10+ years.

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Old 04-08-2017, 02:06 AM
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It has been interesting to follow this visit, Felipe and Letizia are doing a good work for Spain.
How Queen Letizia of Spain proved she is the reigning champion of modern regal style The Telegraph
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Old 04-08-2017, 03:13 AM
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[...] Royal couples like Felipe and Letizia go everywhere and see nothing - they get three days of meetings, exhibitions and meals with everyone staring at them and then they fly back to Madrid to prepare for more of the same, at home or abroad. That's their life until Felipe dies or abdicates, (or the monarchy is abolished).
They actually see a gigantic lot. From shaking hands with a robot to witnessing the most rare flesh-eating plant in a botanic garden. From seeing a fabulous ballet in the royal loge of a theatre to watching a tennis final at Roland Garros. From enjoying a sun-soaken holiday on Mallorca to engaging in an exploring session in Antartica. From watching Jheronimus Bosch' paintings in the Museo del Prado to opening a futuristic building by Santiago Calatrava. From kissing the Pope's ring to shaking hands with Meryl Streep. From having a weekend at the hunting lodge of the Dutch royal family to a sail regetta in the Mediterrean. They have an extremely interesting, eventful and privileged life.
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They actually see a gigantic lot. From shaking hands with a robot to witnessing the most rare flesh-eating plant in a botanic garden. From seeing a fabulous ballet in the royal loge of a theatre to watching a tennis final at Roland Garros. From enjoying a sun-soaken holiday on Mallorca to engaging in an exploring session in Antartica. From watching Jheronimus Bosch' paintings in the Museo del Prado to opening a futuristic building by Santiago Calatrava. From kissing the Pope's ring to shaking hands with Meryl Streep. From having a weekend at the hunting lodge of the Dutch royal family to a sail regetta in the Mediterrean. They have an extremely interesting, eventful and privileged life.
They are very privileged but they're also very restricted in many ways, and some of the things you describe don't seem hugely satisfying while others seem like the sorts of things that many well off people do on their own time and without the constant media glare and pressure to perform.

To be clear, I don't pity any royal couple - they are very privileged people in many ways. But if we're comparing different sorts of privilege I think those who enjoy the anonymous kind have the better deal.
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