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pollyemma 01-12-2006 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Emily
I have read that French is the "diplomatic" language and that English is the "international" language. Does anyone know if French is assumed to be spoken at an event like this?

I think it is english at these sorts of events. its just documents that are written up in french. though of course since the coburgs are all french speakers they will opt for that first.

Alisa 01-12-2006 04:10 PM

Thanks for all the photos. I agree that the Queen and Princess Mathilde look very elegant (but doesn't she always?;) ). I especially like the Princess' hair, very lovely.

pollyemma 01-12-2006 04:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Alisa
Thanks for all the photos. I agree that the Queen and Princess Mathilde look very elegant (but doesn't she always?;) ). I especially like the Princess' hair, very lovely.

I agree. her hair has been great recently. its so beautifully curled up in the back. i wish maxima would emulate her belgian counterpart in the hair department.

Cathérine Bergeyck 01-12-2006 05:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Emily
I have read that French is the "diplomatic" language and that English is the "international" language. Does anyone know if French is assumed to be spoken at an event like this?

French used to be the diplomatic language worldwide in the 19th and early 20th century, but English has since long taken over that role. I suppose the members of the Belgian RF speak French to those who most easily speak French and English to the others.

Emily 01-12-2006 07:08 PM

OK - great to know. Thank you!

Danielle 01-12-2006 07:55 PM

Well, we've reached over 10 pages now, so it's time to go to a new thread. Thanks to everyone who participated. New thread can be found here.


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