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How long before engagement?

How long did Royal couples wait/ did Royal Couples have to wait until they got engaged?

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Harald & Sonja
Meeting: 1959 (They already "met" in the late '40s as young kids, but they weren't friends)
Engagement: 1968
(9 years)

Beatrix & Claus
Meeting: 1964
Engagement: 1965
(1 year)
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Old 12-28-2006, 04:27 PM
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Did Harald and Sonja really date for 9 years before getting married, or were they friends at first? Seems like a long time for them to be dating before getting married, esp. for a future King.
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Old 12-28-2006, 04:33 PM
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Did Harald and Sonja really date for 9 years before getting married, or were they friends at first? Seems like a long time for them to be dating before getting married, esp. for a future King.
They were really dating for 9 years.
King Olav first didn't allow the marriage because Sonja was a commoner.
You can find some information about their very long courtship in this thread.
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Old 12-29-2006, 09:20 AM
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Carl Gustav and Silvia Sommerlath
Meeting: 1972
Engagement: 1977
(5 years)

Frederik and Mary Donaldson
Meeting: 2000
Engagement: 2003
(3 years)

Sofia and Juan Carlos
Meeting: 1961 (They already met in 1954, but in 1961 they started dating)
Engagement: 1962
(about 1 year)

Máxima and Willem-Alexander
Meeting: 1999
Engagement: 2001
(2 years)
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Old 12-29-2006, 12:30 PM
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What about Phillipe and Mathilde, Haakon and Mette-Marit?

I believe:
Phillipe & Mathilde
Meeting: 1997
Engagement: 1999? ( I know they got marrid in '99)
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:45 PM
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Felipe and Letizia Ortiz
Meeting: Late 2002 (?)
Engagement: 2003
(about 1 year)

Haakon and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby
Meeting: 1999 (they first met in 1996. Mette was expecting Marius back then. They started dating in 1999.)
Engagement: december 2000
(about 2 years)
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Old 12-30-2006, 12:21 AM
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What about Phillipe and Mathilde, Haakon and Mette-Marit?

I believe:
Phillipe & Mathilde
Meeting: 1997
Engagement: 1999? ( I know they got marrid in '99)
CP Phillipe and Mathilde met in 1996 10 years ago they both dating for 3 years.

CP couples got married on December 6th 1999 i think so
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Old 12-31-2006, 12:10 PM
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If I good remember I've read in some thread about Mathilde or Phillipe or about their wedding thread that they had started dating or meet first time about 1995 when Mathilde was 22.
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What about Louis and Tessy or Henri and Marie-Theresia?
Does anyone know how long they were dating until they married?

Felipe and Letizia had the fastest engagement of the Crownprincely couples. They were only dating about 1 year!
I just wondered how long Felipe was dating Eva Sannum!
It seems he was quite sure that Letizia is THE ONE!
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What about Louis and Tessy or Henri and Marie-Theresia?
Does anyone know how long they were dating until they married?

Felipe and Letizia had the fastest engagement of the Crownprincely couples. They were only dating about 1 year!
I just wondered how long Felipe was dating Eva Sannum!
It seems he was quite sure that Letizia is THE ONE!
It also seems that King JC and Queen Sofia had the shortest courtship of the current Kings and Queens
I read that the first time JC and Sofia met, Sofia didn't like him because she thought he was a show off
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Old 12-31-2006, 01:38 PM
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What about Louis and Tessy or Henri and Marie-Theresia?
Does anyone know how long they were dating until they married?
Maria Theresa and Henri met when they was studying in Geneva a political sciences. For four years they both carried on similar studies, working sometimes in the same study groups. They end it in 1980 and married on 14.02.1981.
About Louis and Tessy they've met around 2004 during his visit to the troops in Kosovo.

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Felipe and Letizia had the fastest engagement of the Crownprincely couples. They were only dating about 1 year!
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It seems he was quite sure that Letizia is THE ONE!
He know her before they've met - he watch her in TV
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Carl Gustav and Silvia Sommerlath
Meeting: 1972
Engagement: 1977
(5 years)
King Carl XVI Gustav and Silvia Sommerlath married in June 1976, but it´s correct that they met in 1972 (Olympic games in Münich)
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Prince Bertil and Lilian Davies

Meeting 1943
Married 1976 (assume they were officially engaged in the same year)

33 years
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King Carl XVI Gustav and Silvia Sommerlath married in June 1976, but it´s correct that they met in 1972 (Olympic games in Münich)
I wasn't sure about that. So, Thanks for correcting me!
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Old 01-04-2007, 04:38 PM
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Period between engagement and marriage...

...is in this connection also interesting. Some of the shortest engagement periods are about three months (Silvia and Carl Gustav, Mathilde and Phillippe). Others last almost a year (Alexandra Berleburg and Jefferson, Maxima and Willem Alexander), others two years: Anne-Marie and Konstantin of Greece - and some will last forever : Olga of Greece and Aimone of Savoy.....
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um, Stefanie, King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia and CP Mathilde and CP Phillipe were dating three years. :)


oh... I just realized that you meant the period between engagement and marriage! Sorry.
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Prince Bertil and Lilian Davies

Meeting 1943
Married 1976 (assume they were officially engaged in the same year)

33 years
Oh wow! I thought Harald and Sonja were dating a long time... I never knew that Bertil and Lilian waited 33 years!
Were they really dating 33 years or did they live seperately in some periods?
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Can someone say exactly why Lilian and Bertil didn't marry for so long? I remember that there was a reason that they couldn't, that they weren't allowed, but I'm not sure exactly what.
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Old 01-05-2007, 11:26 AM
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This is a really short version, at the time when they met 1943 swedish princes couldn't marry commonors. Two of his brothers married and lost there positions and then the Carl Gustaf father died in a plance accident leaving only the Carl Gustaf (who was a baby) and Bertil in the line of succession, so he didn't get married because it was likely one day he would need to be regent for Carl Gustaf his grandfather died before he turned 18.

Once Carl Gustaf became King he allowed Bertil and Lilian to marry.

They lived together for most of those 33 years.
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Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven got engaged in 1965.
Does anyone know when they met?
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