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Old 03-03-2021, 03:36 AM
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Meeting each other as fellow heirs, and now as fellow monarchs, is very different then having a private/personal relationship with each other.

We're not talking couples like the Swedish and Norwegian royals who will holiday together in the past. Meeting each other on state visits, or official visits, or when there is a meeting of the heirs, is very different.

Most of these events the children would not have been with them. The chances Leonor and Alexia have interacted much if at all are slim.

There are only 350 students at the school, so they will surely have some classes together and see each other. It stands to be seen how much more then that.
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Old 03-03-2021, 04:06 AM
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Meeting each other as fellow heirs, and now as fellow monarchs, is very different then having a private/personal relationship with each other.

We're not talking couples like the Swedish and Norwegian royals who will holiday together in the past. Meeting each other on state visits, or official visits, or when there is a meeting of the heirs, is very different.

Most of these events the children would not have been with them. The chances Leonor and Alexia have interacted much if at all are slim.

There are only 350 students at the school, so they will surely have some classes together and see each other. It stands to be seen how much more then that.

They have a private relationship, see the last picture of a private diner at la Zarzuela and the picture of them enjoying a weekend a the King's hunting lodge in the Netherlands. The last visit of King Felipe to King Willem-Alexander at Huis ten Bosch also was private, he was the first guest to see the spic-and-span restored Huis ten Bosch.
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:31 AM
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They have a private relationship, see the last picture of a private diner at la Zarzuela
What is this photo?
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Old 03-03-2021, 02:02 PM
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No one said it was a requirement of being a good monarch

But boarding school in many ways is much more beneficial to royals. Especially a monarch. Or at least a foreign university. It gives them a chance to be a student where they are just another kid. In the Netherlands, Amalia is always the 'future ruler' of all of her classmates. No matter how much kids are told to treat her no different, there is no escaping that. In another country she would be just another student, no one would focus on her title. Her classmates would be her classmates not her future subjects. Its a chance at anonymity not able to gain at home, and a chance to have a regular experience in life.


Happy to see Alexia will be going to Wales.


Her father obviously has fond memories that he can share with his daughter.


I know Alexia and Leonor may not become close friends, but it is great to see two young royals going to school with each other. It would be neat to see a photo of them together at school but thats just wishful thinking.


I saw the debate on their Spanish being different. They have two languages in common. Even if their Spanish is a bit different, they both speak English. And must quite well as the lessons in Wales will be in English.

Exciting time for both girls this fall.
I'm sorry. I got the impression that studying abroad was the only option for future monarchs based on the conversation. I misunderstood

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Even if the Spanish spoken in Argentina is different from the Spanish from Spain, both are still "Spanish". If it were that different, it would be two different languages. I speak Portuguese from Portugal, and I can easily understand Portuguese from Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola and Mozambique (different accents and some different verb/structures, but still Portuguese). I bet that's the same in the Spanish countries, or French-speaking countries (I had a college classmate who was born in the French-area of Switzerland and she clearly understood the French spoken in France, she even said that the accent spoken at the south of France was very cute).


And if Alexia and her sisters are fluent in Spanish or not. Might not be at the level of their Dutch (as they use Dutch on their daily lives and at school), but they certainly have a conversational Spanish level. They kind of remind me of Elisabeth and her siblings (fluent at French but with difficulties in writing/reading because Dutch was their language at school).
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Old 03-03-2021, 02:10 PM
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What is this photo?
This one, a private visit to the Pabellón del Príncipe at La Zarzuela.

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Old 03-03-2021, 06:59 PM
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Beatrix and Claus sent Willem-Alexander to the boarding school in Wales because he was an unhappy teen in The Netherlands. The reason is well known in The Netherlands. Sending a Dutch princess to a boarding school makes Dutch people wonder if the princess is unhappy. Which is probably also the reason why Amalia continued her education in The Netherlands. It gives the people the feeling she is happy and stable. Both good qualities for a queen. Today I saw a Dutch article and the writer wondered if the boarding school was an escape for Alexia, just like it was for her father. Alexia is not the crown princess, so such articles will not affect her like it would affect Amalia. If Amalia didn't need a boarding school in Wales, it's the right decision to continue her education in The Netherlands because the boarding school in Wales would affect her reputation as future Dutch Queen.
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:38 PM
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This one, a private visit to the Pabellón del Príncipe at La Zarzuela.

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/_zx_1r0Dca.../Felipe870.jpg
Private is a relative term are you taking liberties with.

WA and Maxima didn't pop into Madrid for date night with the other couple. They were in Spain on an official trip, and the Spanish crown prince couple at the time hosted a 'private dinner' aka not a big function with officials, at their residence. Felipe did not pop in for a weekend to go hunting with WA. He was in the Netherlands to attend an art exhibit, and was invited to dinner.

It is common procedure when other royals are visiting to host a 'private dinner'. Victoria and Daniel hosted William and Kate. Do we think Kate is calling Victoria for advice on Charlotte and her schooling? Camilla and Charles will host a similar meal at Clarence house for visiting. Its how its done.


To consider a sign that they are close friends, and are calling each other up for advice on parenting is a stretch. Though perhaps discussed the last visit.


Also to note the kids were not involved in these events, so they would not have been mingling with each other.

Its far from the private relationship like between the Scandinavian royals.


Who knows we may have Alexia and Leonor become friends while there.
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Old 03-04-2021, 05:13 AM
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Alexia strikes me as the more outgoing and wild one of the 3 princess. She probably wanted to get out of the Netherlands not necessarily to attend UWC. Perhaps she wanted to attend NYU or UC-Berkeley and UWC was a happy medium. Out of the Netherlands, still in Europe and experience with dealing with royals.
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Old 03-04-2021, 05:52 AM
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Alexia strikes me as the more outgoing and wild one of the 3 princess. She probably wanted to get out of the Netherlands not necessarily to attend UWC. Perhaps she wanted to attend NYU or UC-Berkeley and UWC was a happy medium. Out of the Netherlands, still in Europe and experience with dealing with royals.

Princess Alexia's cousin Count Claus-Casimir chose to swap from his Dutch secondary school (Liberal-Christian Lyceum in The Hague) to Gordonstoun in Moray (Scotland). Alexia herself chose to swap from her current secondary school (Sorghvliet Gymnasium in The Hague) to the United World College in Wales.

Alexia's cousine Countess Eloïse succesfully ended her secondary education at the Maerlant Gymnasium in The Hague but instead of enrolling into university (the usual route) she opted for a MBA-program at a Hotel Management School in Amsterdam.

Alexia's sister Princess Amalia is ending her Gymnasium in two months. In media it is rumoured she will have a gap year, to discover the world, before enrolling into university.

King Willem-Alexander himself went to Leyden University, his brother Prince Friso went to Delft Technical University and the College of Engineering at Berkeley (California), his brother Constantijn went to Leyden University, alike the King. Both younger brothers did a post-academic study in Fontainebleau (France).

All choices seem very personal (as it should be). Eloïse is the eldest grandchild of Princess Beatrix and she was the first to be faced with the end of secondary school. The rest is now following fast track, all making their own life choices.
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Alexia strikes me as the more outgoing and wild one of the 3 princess. She probably wanted to get out of the Netherlands not necessarily to attend UWC. Perhaps she wanted to attend NYU or UC-Berkeley and UWC was a happy medium. Out of the Netherlands, still in Europe and experience with dealing with royals.
But Berkeley and NYC are universities - tertiary education. Atlantic is still secondary education, it's basically a 6th form college in UK terms and Alexia is only 15. If its something she wants she can still attend a uni/college in the US when she's 18+ just as many royals have done.

Perhaps it is an escape from The Netherlands, just like it seems to have been for her father but she'd have had to have been actively involved in the application process for a UWC school, it's not a pay and go and they are in general not schools that are for everyone.
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Old 03-04-2021, 06:13 AM
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Who knows we may have Alexia and Leonor become friends while there.

The IB program requires that the students take six subjects (three or four at Higher Level and the rest at Standard Level). One subject must be taken at each of Groups 1-5, where Group 1 is Language and Literature, Group 2 is an additional language, Group 3 is Humanities and Social Sciences, Group 4 is Natural Sciences, and Group 5 is Mathematics. The sixth subject may be from Group 6 (the Arts), or a second approved subject from one of the Groups 1-5.

There are obviously several possible combinations of subjects that satisfy the requirements above. Therefore, even if they are in the same year, Princess Leonor and Princess Alexia will not necessarily take the same classes and may not interact academically.

Now I don't know how the housing arrangements at the college are. Alexia and Leonor probably won't be roommates either, but I wonder if they will live in the same house or interact in the dorms, common halls, etc.
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Old 03-07-2021, 06:10 PM
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I saw pictures of King WA when he went to the school (like a photosession of sorts). Princess Elisabeth also shared some pictures when she enrolled in the school. So my question is, even though it is unlikely, is there a chance that both girls will take pictures together when they enroll? Like for example, arriving around the same time, and both families wanting to take pictures to release to the media. They might want to take pictures together, who knows...I know it is unlikely, and we'll probably have individual pictures, but just saying...
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I've thought about it before, but I also think it's unlikely they'll take pictures together, but it's not impossible.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima and King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia are close. Alexia and Leonor should start classes on the same day and should also go enroll maybe on the same day, so they can even take a picture together.
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Since we have no idea what public health will be like when term starts, there's also the possibility that any pictures will involve masks or them being two meters apart. Unfortunately.

While it would be nice, unless they actually want to do it, isn't it also a terribly embarrassing thing to make two teenagers do on the first day of school?
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Old 03-07-2021, 07:28 PM
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I saw pictures of King WA when he went to the school (like a photosession of sorts). Princess Elisabeth also shared some pictures when she enrolled in the school. So my question is, even though it is unlikely, is there a chance that both girls will take pictures together when they enroll? Like for example, arriving around the same time, and both families wanting to take pictures to release to the media. They might want to take pictures together, who knows...I know it is unlikely, and we'll probably have individual pictures, but just saying...

Willem-Alexander is said to have met privately with Queen Elizabeth II when he was a student at Atlantic College. Do you think there is any chance Princess Alexia or Princess Leonor might do that too?
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Old 03-07-2021, 07:35 PM
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Willem-Alexander is said to have met privately with Queen Elizabeth II when he was a student at Atlantic College. Do you think there is any chance Princess Alexia or Princess Leonor might do that?
Queen Elizabeth and Beatrix were/are close. They are said to visit each other. They have a private relationship outside of royal duties.

It doesn't seem odd that she would have had Beatrix's son for a visit.

She has also been close to Juan Carlos and Sofia.

But she doesn't have the same personal relationship with Willem Alexander or Felipe. Different generations playing a part. I don't see either of their daughters getting a private invitation to tea at Windsor or Buckingham palace with the queen. I don't recall Elisabeth getting an invite.

The girls should be focussed on being students in Wales anyways. Other then trips home for any royal duties there. Not going to visit the Queen in London.
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I don't see either of their daughters getting a private invitation to tea at Windsor or Buckingham palace with the queen. I don't recall Elisabeth getting an invite.
We don't know if Elisabeth got an invite. Maybe she did, but then it was a private one. The royals often meet up without us knowing about it.
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We don't know if Elisabeth got an invite. Maybe she did, but then it was a private one. The royals often meet up without us knowing about it.
Maybe the invitation would and will come to these young royals from William and Kate as they are the closest heirs in age and likely to reign at similar times
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Princess Catharina-Amália is turning 18 in December. Will she take on more prominence and participate in more official activities? who knows an official solo commitment like it happened today with Leonor?
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Princess Catharina-Amália is turning 18 in December. Will she take on more prominence and participate in more official activities? who knows an official solo commitment like it happened today with Leonor?
She will start participating in Prinsjesdag and will be installed as a member of the Raad van State.

Other than that, I expect she will continue to focus on her studies; but might take on an occasional event (but I expect them to be sparse and far between).
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