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Old 06-22-2012, 02:12 AM
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Royal Hobbies and Interests

I know that queen Margrethe of Denmark is very skilled as an embroiderer (as well as in other artistic pursuits) and her maternal great-grandfather, Gustav V of Sweden, was also fond of stitching, http://jabbojabbo.files.wordpress.co...pg?w=240&h=138 Several other members of the Swedish royal family have had an interest of sewing. Here's a dress princess Margaretha made in the 1960:ies, 1960-tal. Foto Erik Lernestål | Cision Wire , at Märthaskolan, a dressmaking school named after princess Märtha of Sweden, later crown princess of Norway, who once was a student there.

The Bernadotte family have had many members interested in painting and drawing, music and design, maybe the most well-known designer was count Sigvard Bernadotte and today prince Carl Philip have studied design and princess Madeleine have university studies in art history.

The prince of Wales is also a royal with an interest in art, his watercolours are well-known.

Are there other royals interested in creating art and in doing different crafts?
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:43 PM
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I had no idea that members of the Swedish Royal Family liked to sew and stitch. Very talented people. I know that the Prince of Wales loves to paint and has some really lovely watercolors. I've read that Margrethe II of Denmark was a very talented artist (I've never seen any of her works though).
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:54 PM
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Queen Margrethe is reknowned for her love of arts and crafts. Apart from painting and lithographs, she enjoys making Christmas decorations and decoupage, designing theatre costumes and undoubtably designing some of her own clothes. She also enjoys flower arranging and of-course designing monograms.

Queen Beatrix enjoys sculpture and is very good at it.

The Prince of Wales is the only British royal I know of who paints (Queen Victoria used to draw). Prince Andrew was very much into photography at one point.
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Queen Margrethe is reknowned for her love of arts and crafts. Apart from painting and lithographs, she enjoys making Christmas decorations and decoupage, designing theatre costumes and undoubtably designing some of her own clothes. She also enjoys flower arranging and of-course designing monograms.
Yes, she is very talented. She has embroidered several robes to Danish churches too. I remeber reading an article about her and her embroideries in a Swedish sewing magazine some years ago. Here you can find some examples of her artistic works: http://www.studiolauraeus.com/margarethe_koko.pdf

The artistic talent in the Bernadotte family goes back at least as far as the children of Oscar I, his son Gustaf was a known composer and his daugher Eugénie made water colours showing her everyday life, there are some of her works at the art museum in Visby, Gotland. The most well-known painter in the Bernadotte family was prince Eugen, son of Oscar II. His home in Stockholm, Waldemarsudde, is now an art museum. Here ar some of the works of Eugénie and Eugen: http://www.waldemarsudde.se/xpress_bernadotter.html
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Thanks for the link Meraude. Yes, I forgot about the robes - she also designed an alter cloth as well I believe. Very talented indeed and it's amazing she is able to find time to pursue so many interests. I read in a Hello! Magazine interview a couple of years ago that she reserves Thursday afternoons for her art.
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Queen Margrethe is reknowned for her love of arts and crafts. Apart from painting and lithographs, she enjoys making Christmas decorations and decoupage, designing theatre costumes and undoubtably designing some of her own clothes. She also enjoys flower arranging and of-course designing monograms.

Queen Beatrix enjoys sculpture and is very good at it.

The Prince of Wales is the only British royal I know of who paints (Queen Victoria used to draw). Prince Andrew was very much into photography at one point.
Don't forget the Duke of Edinburgh, Jack. He's been known to dabble in painting also.
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:28 PM
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I believe Queen Mary was fond of needlework as well. She taught her son, later the Duke of Windsor, the craft as well and he was an expert.
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Well, you learn something everyday EIIR! I had no idea that the Duke was a painter - and what a great painting that was of the Queen at the breakfast table!
Seeing the arts and crafts made and created by people is interesting because I think it lets you in on another dimension of the person's character. I think most people are potentially creative even if it's just a few blotches on a piece of paper, because it's still something unique to that person. Of-course another royal we should mention is Lord Linley who designs and makes wooden objects - expensive wooden objects but nonetheless very beautiful!
Gosh, when you start to think about it there are many royals who do arts and crafts! I've just remembered the IRF of Japan's poetry and there must be some artists among them aswell.
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I know that princess Grace of Monaco was interested in flower arrangements and she made dried flower arrangements and sold some of them for charity.
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I know that princess Grace of Monaco was interested in flower arrangements and she made dried flower arrangements and sold some of them for charity.

I gave that a shot once and it takes someone w/more patience than I had at 12 to do it well. :)

I know that King George VI did Petit Point needlework and is reputed to have made the seat covers for the Dining Room chairs at York Cottage. Of course when you talk Royal and Needlework, you have to bring up Mary, Queen of Scots. In fact it was my fascination w/Mary when I was in my Tweens that got me doing Needlepoint. I wanted to try something that she had done and has led to many projects being made since then. Mostly Counted Cross Stitch, but I also do Crewel as well and I'm in the planning stage of making a banner w/the House of Tudor Coat of Arms for my room. Which considering who it was that got me into Needlepoint...

Does anyone know how or even if there's a way at all for me to find a copy of The Lord of the Rings that Queen Margarethe of Denmark translated *and* also illustrated? I'd love to get one for both my Royalty side of interests and my Ringer side of interest. Thanks in advance!! :)


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I like art. The painting looks like it is something someone would have in a journal. One of those private seeming paintings. Of course we would say it's great and how we like it. However paint and pencils are a hard combo to get a look like that. Watercolors too. I like knowing that art like that is possible for them. Stress drains the artist right out of me, as a result I never got the pencil to do as I'd like. I appreciate art because I have a hard time with it. It's a challenge to get what I want out on anything like canvas or even paper, but I can write.
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Hobbies, talents, interests and skills of Royals

Hello,

I've noticed that members of many Royal families are avid sports fans and some are into arts (artistic things like music, dance, drawing, etc.), languages, reading etc.

According to the Cour de Grand Ducale (the official website of the Grand Ducale family of Luxembourg) most members of the immediate family are avid sports fans. And many of them are interested in Spanish language.

The Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry like football (soccer) and rugby. And The Duchess of Cambridge played hockey during her schooldays.


I would like to know about the hobbies, interests, skills and talents of the members of other Royal/Princely/Imperial families 😊
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King Boris III of Bulgaria loved to drive a train locomotive.
King Louis XVI enjoyed lock making.
Queen Juliana enjoyed playing theatre.
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Among the artistic royals there are for example:
- Queen Margrethe II, who is a painter, designer of stage costumes, has designed altar cloths, tapestries, etc.
- Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands is a good sculptor
- Queen Sonja is a photographer and also has exhibited some of her work
- The Prince of Wales is known to paint in water colours
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In a recent interview with the Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple of Luxembourg, the Hereditary Grand Duchess said she likes History and Arts; and also that she's quite interested to know about the past.
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Old 04-15-2017, 09:29 AM
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Queen Mathilde of Belgium plays the piano and so does her daughter, The Duchess of Brabant.

In a new video taken on King Philippe's​ 57th birthday (15th April 2017, i.e. today!), his younger daughter, Princess Eleonore is seen playing the violin.

Most of the European Royals seem to be interested in skiing.

I've read somewhere that Prince Antônio of Brazil paints. His son Prince Rafael once said in an interview that he likes to draw and play football (soccer!). I read somewhere that Princess Maria Gabriela, daughter of Prince Antônio and sister of Prince Rafael, is a gifted musician.
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All the Begian kids enjoy playing sports like cycling, skiing, sailing and swimming. But some others

The Duchess of Brabant is quite creative. As well as the piano, she draws and takes ballet classes.

https://www.monarchie.be/en/royal-fa...ess-of-brabant

Gabriel plays the piano and is in a hockey club.

Emmanuel plays the flute and enjoys hiking.

Eleanor plays the violin and like her sister, likes to draw.

The Dutch girls all enjoy hockey and horseback riding.

Amalia enjoys singing.

Alexia singing and guitar.

Arianne plays guitar, draws and does jazz ballet.

Lady Louise as well as riding, she is a member of the girl guides.
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Somewhere on TRF, I've read that Princess Maria Laura of Belgium loves fashion. Prince Amedeo is into rugby, he and his father, Prince Lorenz took part in New York marathon.

Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg likes playing tennis.

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume plays the piano and violin/cello.

Prince Felix of Luxembourg likes Martial arts and plays cello.

Prince Louis of Luxembourg took sword fighting lessons.

Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg is a member of a swimming club, he played rugby.
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The Jordanians are very athletic.

The king is said to be a huge football fan. He is into motorcycles. He was an avid sky diver but isn't allowed since King.

The crown prince shares an interest in football and motorcycles with dad.

Iman is an equestrian. She also won her schools top student athlete award.

Extended family of the king

Hamzah does Brazilian martial arts as well as shooting, sky diving, , motorcycles and a number of physical activity.

Princess Haya us a former equestrian.

Ali was an accomplished wrestler in school. He also rides.
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CP Naruhito plays the viola, and jogs, hikes and mountaineering.

Aiko plays the violin and piano, and seems to enjoy poetry.

Prince akishino is an accomplished tennis player and calligrapher

Princess Kako competed in figure skating

Princess Mako has an interest in art history and has pursued a career
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