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Ariel 07-01-2006 08:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Larzen
Infanta Elena in Oscar de la renta

yahoo

Wao, that dress looks great on her. She looks stunning.

Maxie 07-01-2006 08:02 PM

I think that Maria-Teresa, Alexandra, Claire and Elena are looking really gorgeous. Not too sure about Mathilde, though. It looks like a giant tutu, it looks like she can enter the Swan Lake ballet any moment. A classic princess indeed. :)

Alisa 07-01-2006 08:03 PM

I'm surprised about Infanta Elena's presence.She wasn't on the official guestlist, has she replaced Felipe and Letizia?

lis 07-01-2006 08:06 PM

I hope not but it seems so :(

Heiress Victoria 07-01-2006 08:09 PM

hahahaha... mathilde looks just like barbie in the swan lake.. tight hair, the make up and that huge dress makes her look like a little doll..

Ariel 07-01-2006 08:10 PM

Well, maybe they couldnt make it and asked Elena and her husband to take their place. According to Felipe, they were supposed to be there. It is also strange that Mette Marit didnt make it. And I havent seen pictures of Fredrick, Mary and Albert either. Anyone from the british family?

mybags 07-01-2006 08:12 PM

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Maxie 07-01-2006 08:13 PM

I think we just have to wait a little longer. I also haven't seen any pics of Willem-Alexander and Maxima yet. That's a pity, because I'm off to bed now. Let's see what tomorrow will bring us! ;)

Zonk 07-01-2006 08:13 PM

Elena looks great! So far I am impressed by all of the ladies. I even like Mathilde's. Alexandra of Luxembourg looks lovely. How can we get her talking to Beatrice and Eugenie :) OMG....I just saw the picture of Anne..she looks fabulous!

Like many I am curious why Felipe and Letizia don't attend events outside of Spain. Yes, I realize that the King and Queen represent Spain on many of these occassions...but it does seem strange.

The Grand Duchess has looked lovely on both nights! Happy Anniversary to them both :)

kwanfan 07-01-2006 08:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Ariel
Well, maybe they couldnt make it and asked Elena and her husband to take their place. According to Felipe, they were supposed to be there. It is also strange that Mette Marit didnt make it. And I havent seen pictures of Fredrick, Mary and Albert either. Anyone from the british family?

The reason Mette-Marit didn't make it is that she is still nursing and it was felt that traveling to Luxembourg this month along with the other travels (Thailand, all over Norway for the Crowning journey) would be too much for Sverre Magnus.

mybags 07-01-2006 08:17 PM

Rosario is lovelier tonight than last night.

christinacg 07-01-2006 08:25 PM

MT and Rosario are my favs. Very dissapointed that Maxima and Letizia arent there. Excited to see what Mary will wear.

Mathilde1286 07-01-2006 08:33 PM

Mathilde looks so beautiful!! I LOVE her dress! :) And Elena looks stunning!!

Thanks to all who posted pictures!

johann 07-01-2006 08:33 PM

Well, guess she is not the best dressed women tonight: Princess Kalina of Bulgaria (getty)
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mybags 07-01-2006 08:34 PM

As soon as I saw the pic of Kalina, a look of terror came over my face. What was she thinking?

johann 07-01-2006 08:37 PM

Some more (getty)
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Adry 07-01-2006 08:37 PM

Oh my God!..what a horrible outfit and make up :eek:

lis 07-01-2006 08:38 PM

Oh my god.... that is so horrible that I can not call it her

Alisa 07-01-2006 08:39 PM

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Originally Posted by johann
Well, guess she is not the best dressed women tonight: Princess Kalina of Bulgaria (getty)

The horror!:eek: :eek: :eek:

Everyone looked great up to now and she had to come and ruin it.:cool:

Zonk 07-01-2006 08:39 PM

Kalina looks a hot mess! What is her deal? She looks like she had a bad nose job. I need to check out her thread.

kate14 07-01-2006 08:39 PM

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Originally Posted by johann
Well, guess she is not the best dressed women tonight: Princess Kalina of Bulgaria (getty)



No Comment:eek:

laduchesse 07-01-2006 08:41 PM

Princess Anne looks great - love the dress and the jewels (although I wonder what's on her mind because she looks either perplexed or nervous). Is that a new dress she is wearing?

mybags 07-01-2006 08:42 PM

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christinacg 07-01-2006 08:47 PM

Kalina looks like Michael Jackson! What happened to her?

Everyone else looks fantastic.

Mathilde1286 07-01-2006 08:49 PM

Getty and ANP
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soCal girl 07-01-2006 08:56 PM

I think Claire and Alexandra look gorgeous! I still can't believe that Claire had twins less than a year ago. Miriam also looks lovely, the white dress looks wonderful on her.

I think it's safe to say that Felipe and Letizia are not in Luxembourg :(.

kate14 07-01-2006 09:00 PM

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Originally Posted by soCal girl
I think Claire and Alexandra look gorgeous! I still can't believe that Claire had twins less than a year ago. Miriam also looks lovely, the white dress looks wonderful on her.

I think it's safe to say that Felipe and Letizia are not in Luxembourg :(.


and also the Danish CP and Dutch CP, no pics yet.

mtbcm 07-01-2006 09:01 PM

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Originally Posted by mybags
As soon as I saw the pic of Kalina, a look of terror came over my face. What was she thinking?

She wasn't thinking... at all!:eek:

Thank you for sharing all the (other;) ) great pictutes of the Celebration. OMG Luxembourg siblings are gorgeous :p.

Regards,
mtbcm :)

soCal girl 07-01-2006 09:03 PM

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Originally Posted by kate14
and also the Danish CP and Dutch CP, no pics yet.

I'm hoping that we might see Frederick and Mary because they were in Luxembourg the day before. Some royals, however, might not have stayed for all of the celebrations. We haven't seen Felipe/Letizia and WA/Maxima at all which is a shame.

christinacg 07-01-2006 09:06 PM

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Originally Posted by soCal girl
I'm hoping that we might see Frederick and Mary because they were in Luxembourg the day before. Some royals, however, might not have stayed for all of the celebrations. We haven't seen Felipe/Letizia and WA/Maxima at all which is a shame.

it really is a shame. I would be suprised if Fred and Mary didnt stay for the gala b/c they were there earlier in the day. I know Albert left to go back to Monaco but I would hope that Mary and Fred would stay since they were there for everything else.

Is the Bulgarian royal family close to the Luxembourg royal family? B/c I noticed that most of the Bulgarian family is in attendance and thats sort of rare for them isnt it.

Mathilde1286 07-01-2006 09:16 PM

On the Danish website, it states that Mary and Fred are in Lux from Friday June 30 - Sunday July 2.

johann 07-01-2006 09:18 PM

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Originally Posted by christinacg
Is the Bulgarian royal family close to the Luxembourg royal family? B/c I noticed that most of the Bulgarian family is in attendance and thats sort of rare for them isnt it.

Well - would have been better, they had sent Kalina to the annual gothic convention instead.

lis 07-01-2006 09:42 PM

I really want to know if Felipe and Letizia and Fred and Mary and Maxima and William weren´t there

Laura 07-01-2006 09:53 PM

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Originally Posted by johann

Does anybody know who this man talking to CP Mary of Denmark is?

Heiress Victoria 07-01-2006 10:18 PM

still no news of the crown couples??? what a pitty I really wanted to see mary's outfit... she is so elegant..

GlitteringTiaras 07-01-2006 10:30 PM

Maybe the Danish couple had an emergency of some sort and as a result were not able to make tonight's event. They were scheduled to show up, but something must have happened at the last minute.

This is only a guess and mere speculation. Not a fact.

loving silvia and carl gustaf 07-01-2006 10:44 PM

no pictures of the swedish royal couple :s ?

Roxsteve 07-01-2006 11:10 PM

https://img156.imagevenue.com/img.php...0290_267lo.jpg

Does she have a mental problem? Seriously.

JessRulz 07-01-2006 11:11 PM

Thanks to everyone for the pictures! :)
Congratulations Henri & Maria-Theresa on your 25th Wedding Anniversary!!
The GDss looked has looked very nice at all the events
Mary looked nice as well, surprised there are no pics of her and Frederik at the gala banquet. Maybe some emergency back in Denmark? Or Christian got sick? Still, fingers crossed for some pics!
No W-A either? Wasn't he scheduled to attend, before Maxima went to NY?
Kalina of Bulgaria: :eek: There are no words
Claire's green dress was extremly nice and suited her very well, but can she please do something with her hair? It's always down the same way!!
Mathilde's black/white poofy dress was not my cup of tea, it made her look like a ballet dancer.
Pss Alexandra is growing up to be quite a gorgeous young lady!

m 12 07-02-2006 12:01 AM

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Originally Posted by christinacg
Kalina looks like Michael Jackson! What happened to her?

Everyone else looks fantastic.

I tought exactly the same:eek: :eek:

Britney Spears 07-02-2006 12:25 AM

That's what I'm saying Mette-Marit has to stay at the crib taking care of her baby boy until baby boy is at least a 3 year old.

planetcher 07-02-2006 01:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Roxsteve
https://img156.imagevenue.com/img.php...0290_267lo.jpg

Does she have a mental problem? Seriously.

I bet she's getting whispers from the royal circle there.

crisiñaki 07-02-2006 01:12 AM

1. Thanks everybody for the pics, every time some royal event is on you people are reaaall fast finding the pics...;)
2. Elena got her hair straightened and got rid of her "helmet-pig-tail" and that red dress is awesome, well it works in someone tall, slender and elegant as her:)
God knows what happened with the Asturias this time and their absence from royal gatherings is getting a patron; since the jordanian wedding in 2004 they haven't gone to any royal event, weird, very weird...:rolleyes:
3. Matilde (as always) looked like the ultimate "fairytale princess", awesome, she's sooooo beautiful and classy...
4. Kalina was :eek:, is she on drugs?, that's the only explanation...:eek:

puresnow 07-02-2006 01:22 AM

Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures!

mybags 07-02-2006 02:02 AM

there are some more great pictures at rexfeatures if anyone has an account and is willing to share with us...

lise 07-02-2006 02:13 AM

Kalina looks awful What was she thinking? :eek:

HRH Mims 07-02-2006 02:35 AM

https://img156.imagevenue.com/img.php...290_267lo.jpg-
this reminds me Bjork!

viola 07-02-2006 03:16 AM

Infanta Elena looks fantastic in red.

stellad 07-02-2006 03:42 AM

I screamed out aloud when I saw the pic of Kalina. My husband came running to the computer and wanted to know if she went to a Fancy Dress ball and he just wouldn't believe me when I said she went to a gala dinner and dance.

I'm sure whoever tries to commit her into an institution for wearing that outfit will be committed themself for a 'late arrival'

Stellad

CASSARD 07-02-2006 03:43 AM

No foto of Maxima, Letizia and Mary the night?

purple_platinum 07-02-2006 04:12 AM

Thanks for the wonderful pictures so far, everyone! I honestly hope with the guestlist of the many royal guests, they would stick around and participate in all the events, but what can we do?
The Luxembourg GD Family looks very great. Alexandra is turning to be a such beautiful princess, while her brothers are becoming handsome young mans (if not already). Maria-Teresa looks fabulous in all the events, as do the Grand Duke.
It's great to see Grand Duke Jean to still have high spirited life, and miggling with his family.

fanletizia 07-02-2006 04:16 AM

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wartenberg7 07-02-2006 04:36 AM

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Originally Posted by lis
I really want to know if Felipe and Letizia and Fred and Mary and Maxima and William weren´t there

It would be a miracle if Prince William was there; he´s doing it like his granny:
never go abroad for a foreign royal event. Why? Really can´t answer it.

Other royal youngsters start their official duties when they come of age
(with breaks for studying or for the army), but Britain seems to be, like so often, different.:(
I think it would be more and more important for William to mingle with his
continental counterparts for he has to "deal" with them in later times...

ursulajohanna 07-02-2006 04:45 AM

No pictures of the swedish royal couple last night? Was the king and queen not attend, why?

wartenberg7 07-02-2006 04:54 AM

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Originally Posted by johann
Well - would have been better, they had sent Kalina to the annual gothic convention instead.

Well, this is nothing new about her - she always looked, at least in the last 10 years, let´s be polite, "a little excentric"...
This outfit reminds me of a domina mistress, only the whip is missing;)

This appearance is, IMO, embarrasing to her parents, the royal guests
and for herself!

purple_platinum 07-02-2006 05:06 AM

more from Getty

Princess Alexandra with her parents, Henri & Maria-Teresa

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Bulgarian Prince Kyril & Princess Rosario
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Princess Margarita & Prince Radu
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Belgian Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, & Queen Fabiola, also Prince Laurent & Princess Claire

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Larzen 07-02-2006 05:20 AM

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This is very strange is it not, we are not seeing any pics of the "top" royals
Beatrix, Silvia and Carl Gustaf, Haakon, Felipe and Letizia , Willem ALexander and Maxima? Have they taken an other entrance i wonder, but then we have seen Philippe and Mathilde:confused:
Here is a better one of Noor and Hamzah yesterday, from Isifa

planetcher 07-02-2006 05:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Larzen
This is very strange is it not, we are not seeing any pics of the "top" royals
Beatrix, Silvia and Carl Gustaf, Haakon, Felipe and Letizia , Willem ALexander and Maxima? Have they taken an other entrance i wonder, but then we have seen Philippe and Mathilde:confused:

I was thinking the same thing. It's weird.

Maxie 07-02-2006 05:48 AM

Yes, i definetely is weird. Last night I was thinking: well, when I get up in the morning we'll get to see some pics, but no. I'm missing Mary too, btw. :(

lula 07-02-2006 05:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Larzen
This is very strange is it not, we are not seeing any pics of the "top" royals
Beatrix, Silvia and Carl Gustaf, Haakon, Felipe and Letizia , Willem ALexander and Maxima? Have they taken an other entrance i wonder, but then we have seen Philippe and Mathilde:confused:
Here is a better one of Noor and Hamzah yesterday, from Isifa

Yes, it is very strange. I have thought that probably since they will have been the last ones to come their photos they have not put them still. Normally, I believe that the most important persons come the last ones, not to have to wait. Because of it the Kings and the Princes inheritors would be the last ones to come. It can be that the Belgians were coming first, after the ducal family because they are a very direct family.

On the Princes of Asturias, their absence would be strange and a bit worrying, because it would mean, that there was a problem of last hour that it prevented them from travelling. The own Prince, the list that has appeared on the guests, and the Agency Efe in this note of yesterday to the midday (state agency of news Spanish which covers all the information of the Royal House) mentioning sources of the own Royal House has confirmed the trip.
https://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...0-post133.html

So there will be necessary to expect for the photos from everything the lost ones.;)

purple_platinum 07-02-2006 05:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Larzen
This is very strange is it not, we are not seeing any pics of the "top" royals
Beatrix, Silvia and Carl Gustaf, Haakon, Felipe and Letizia , Willem ALexander and Maxima? Have they taken an other entrance i wonder, but then we have seen Philippe and Mathilde:confused:

I'm beginning to doubt whether they attend the gala dinner at all. It seems kinda strange because we see the Belgian RF arriving together (but no Astrid & Lorenz), and the Netherlands are represented (with Margriet & Pieter), and the Spanish too (Elena & Jaime). It would be strange if the other royals we haven't seen arriving separately & not with the family. The press coverage is not as big as i might've thought.
I wonder whether Haakon, Carl Gustaf & Silvia only attend the 1st day.

On the bright side, at least even though the gala dinner is held at their home, the Grand Ducal Family made an appearance.

lula 07-02-2006 06:13 AM

Sincerely, I believe that the photos not been placed, because many and all confirmees are absent

SWEDEN
https://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/462333-post48.html

DENMARK
https://www.kronprinsparret.dk/2000f/.../Month/7/Day/2

SPAIN
https://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...0-post133.html

HOLLAND
https://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/content.jsp?objectid=16257

NORWAY
https://www.kongehuset.no/
H.K.H. Kronprinsen er til stede ved markeringen av DD.KK.HH. Storhertugen og Storhertuginnen av Luxembourgs sølvbryllup - Luxembourg (varer til lørdag 1. juli)


It can trump one but not all;)

nordishbynature 07-02-2006 06:27 AM

I think there will be an official portrait as 5 Years ago...so we will see if Mary, Letizia etc. were there.

Jose 07-02-2006 06:39 AM

I am see great pretty photo Crown princess Mathilde is wow beautiful dress and his husband Crown prince philliphe with his aunt Queen Fabiola. Aunt Queen Fabiola is love prince Philliphe. Queen Fabiola is much beautiful dress with bag.! She is perceft dress and grand old lady royal family of Belgium!

purple_platinum 07-02-2006 06:40 AM

Dressed like a princess, Mary is all style

Crown Princess Mary left her eight-month-old son, Prince Christian, at home while she stepped out in style at a regal European reception this week.
With her handsome husband, Crown Prince Frederik, by her side, the Tasmanian-born Danish royal attended the 25th wedding anniversary celebrations on Friday night for Luxembourg's Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa.
https://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/...174437869.html

photo by : AP
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johann 07-02-2006 06:51 AM

PPE has the first pictures online. Astrid and Lorenz were there too.
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purple_platinum 07-02-2006 06:53 AM

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now... Nieboer's photos are coming.. they're via PPE

Larzen 07-02-2006 06:59 AM

Im having a very bad idea, what if the "Top royals" for security reasons stayed at Castle Berg, so simply they did not have to arrive:eek: because they were already there, it is curious that it is only the most high ranking royals that we have not seen, especially since Nieboer dont have them either.

purple_platinum 07-02-2006 07:03 AM

also from PPE

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2 - Edouard Vermeulen
4 - Prinzessin Stephanie und Prinz Erbprinz Bernhard von Baden

lula 07-02-2006 07:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Larzen
Im having a very bad idea, what if the "Top royals" for security reasons stayed at Castle Berg, so simply they did not have to arrive:eek: because they were already there, it is curious that it is only the most high ranking royals that we have not seen, especially since Nieboer dont have them either.

It also I have thought it, because except the Belgians (and here it is not necessary to forget that they are a family and there is more confidence), all the most important prominent figures are absent, and they might be installed in the own palace. They are many guests and in some place place they would have to install them.:confused:

Stefan 07-02-2006 07:13 AM

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Originally Posted by purple_platinum
now... Nieboer's photos are coming.. they're via PPE

Picture 2 are archduke Carl Ludwig and Archduchess Yolanda of Austria, parents-in-law of Princess Marie-Astrid,
Picture 5 Fürst Alexander and Fürstin Gabriela zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn with their daughter Alexandra, former Hereditary Princess zu Oettingen-Wallerstein

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3 are Archduke Michael and Archduchess Christiana of Austria not Bernhard and Stephanie of Baden, they are much younger.

monica 07-02-2006 07:34 AM

Dukes de Lugo go elegance, Elena this fantastic one, it enchants its dress and its hair to me :D :D !!!!!!!!!

LaChicaMadrilena 07-02-2006 07:43 AM

Thanks for the pics! The most beautiful were Mathilde, Rosario and Claire IMO. I was really dissappointed not to see F&L, Mary with Fred and W-A and Maxima. Maybe we should wait for the official family photo to know if they were their or not. It was great to see Elena, who looked very glamourous (perfect hairdo), but now we can judge that the Princes of Asturias didn't come eventually:(:(:(

As for Princess Kalina... "Hard rock hallelujah"!:eek::eek::eek:

marilla 07-02-2006 07:48 AM

I like all gowns (minus Kalina), especially Grand Duchess by Saab, CP Mathilde dress remind me Princess Grace dress from Rear Window. Finally beautiful hairstyle for Princess Rosario.

johann 07-02-2006 07:54 AM

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Originally Posted by lula
It also I have thought it, because except the Belgians (and here it is not necessary to forget that they are a family and there is more confidence), all the most important prominent figures are absent, and they might be installed in the own palace. They are many guests and in some place place they would have to install them.:confused:

The “top royals” locked in for security reasons? I don´t think so. Why should they separate them? I guess the explanation is simple: they are not there.
Well my favourite royal couple attended – so it´s easy for me to accept this ;-)

lula 07-02-2006 08:03 AM

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Originally Posted by johann
The “top royals” locked in for security reasons? I don´t think so. Why should they separate them? I guess the explanation is simple: they are not there.
Well my favourite royal couple attended – so it´s easy for me to accept this ;-)

If a couple was absent it is possible to say that it was not there ... but when several persons are absent, and they all had confirmed their presence ... it is that there is something, and there has to be a logical explanation ... I do not believe that the Kings of Sweden, the Queen of Holland, the inheritors of Holland, the Danish and Spanish inheritors, and the Norwegian inheritor .... disappear. They have put on all in agreement????????:confused:

Larzen 07-02-2006 08:06 AM

Ofcourse they are there, the royal houses are not in the habbit of lying to the press, a spokesperson for Casareal said Felipe and LEtizia would be there for the dinner, the dutch web says WA, Maxima and Beatrix would be there, the danish web have even listed Frederik and Mary for beeing there today even if there is not engagements today. The Swedish couple is also listed for yesterday, none of them wanted to be there for the main event:confused: it does not make sense, ofcourse they are there.

purple_platinum 07-02-2006 08:11 AM

Well, we cannot do a lot except for waiting. Let's just hope there'll be an official photo like this one posted on this post. I honestly don't think they'll differentiate their guests based on the security reason, if this is the case, then, the Belgian CP couple should be protected as well right?

marilla 07-02-2006 08:11 AM

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Originally Posted by purple_platinum
Well, we cannot do a lot except for waiting. Let's just hope there'll be an official photo like this one posted on this post. I honestly don't think they'll differentiate their guests based on the security reason, if this is the case, then, the Belgian CP couple should be protected as well right?

I agree we must wait for official photos.

lula 07-02-2006 08:32 AM

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Originally Posted by purple_platinum
Well, we cannot do a lot except for waiting. Let's just hope there'll be an official photo like this one posted on this post. I honestly don't think they'll differentiate their guests based on the security reason, if this is the case, then, the Belgian CP couple should be protected as well right?

Does someone know the palaces of the ducal family? Did dinner be in the palace where they reside or in another place? Are guests in palaces or in hotels?
I imagine that they will have distributed the guests between different places. I say it because the Belgian inheritors, being a very direct family, are cousines, they could be installed in some palace by the family. It would explain that they should come with the family.
:confused:

Noelia A.V. 07-02-2006 08:48 AM

Woww! the Infanta Elena Very very very beautiful and elegant, spectacular!!! :D

paul-louis1998 07-02-2006 08:58 AM

give me please the link of p.p.e.

give it picture of princess sibilla

Jackswife 07-02-2006 09:09 AM

I've been enjoying the pictures so much I hadn't had much chance to comment. It seemed the ladies really outdid themselves in the fashion department for this occasion (except for Kalina but maybe she was going for the :eek: :confused: look!) Infanta Elena, Mary, Anne-Marie, Silvia, the Grand Duchess herself, Mathilde: so many beautiful dresses worn so stylishly.
As for the "absences": maybe there were security concerns, maybe there were scheduling conflicts, maybe there were last-second emergencies that came up. Elena did a wonderful job representing Spain but the position I think should be being filled by Felipe and Letizia. Same with Princess Anne for Britain. I think William should be encouraged (if he's not already) to attend events abroad in preparation for his eventual succession. He's already 24 and I think his duties with school ,etc, are not so demanding that he could not be allwoed from time to time to participate in activities. Sure, it may just be "only" an anniversary party but it's good to build and maintain contacts among the various nations for the future monarchs and royals.

Boris 07-02-2006 09:16 AM

I also can't believe that all the 'Top Royals' entered into a conspiracy to lie about their schedule on their respective own websites! I'd agree they were there & that we have to wait for more (official) pics & hope it's not wishful thinking.
Thank you Marilla: I was scratching my head wondering which dress CP Mathilde's reminded me of and yes: It's almost a copy of the dress designed by Edith Head for Grace Kelly in Hitchcock's 'Rear Window', with the difference that Grace Kelly's dress was cocktail-length.
CP Mathilde's dress is my favorite of the 2nd night, along with Infanta Elena's.
Can't say I like the GD's Ellie Saab dress - not flattering for her at all! It's really a design meant for a taller woman, IMO.
I wonder if CP Mathilde is wearing costume jewelry (unlikely) or is it a completely new necklace?

GrandDuchess 07-02-2006 09:35 AM

Maybe it could be as someone said, that some of the royals were residing at Castle Berg during their stay in Luxembourg, and therefore didn't have to arrive the normal way as the others did (who stayed at another place)... Royals and other dignitaries usually stay at palaces or other residences when they're visiting another country, but I don't know how it works in Luxembourg really.

Does anyone know if that would be possible?

johann 07-02-2006 09:36 AM

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If a couple was absent it is possible to say that it was not there ... but when several persons are absent, and they all had confirmed their presence ... it is that there is something, and there has to be a logical explanation ... I do not believe that the Kings of Sweden, the Queen of Holland, the inheritors of Holland, the Danish and Spanish inheritors, and the Norwegian inheritor .... disappear. They have put on all in agreement????????:confused:

It does make no sense: Locking Felipe and Letizia or Willem-Alexander, Maxima and Beatrix inside the castle and sending Elena and Jaime or Princess Margret and Mr. Pieter down the red carpet instead? Queen Fabiola or Princess Anne second class royals? This would be bad style. And why should there be security problems. It can’t be that difficult to protect a castle and on Friday evening and Saturday morning we saw all the guest entering the hall, so why should they have changed this proceedings yesterday evening? And did any of us see an official and final guest list?
So I guess we have to wait; there will be an explanation – sooner or later.

lis 07-02-2006 09:43 AM

I hope they release an official photo

purple_platinum 07-02-2006 10:04 AM

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Originally Posted by lula
Does someone know the palaces of the ducal family? Did dinner be in the palace where they reside or in another place? Are guests in palaces or in hotels?
I imagine that they will have distributed the guests between different places. I say it because the Belgian inheritors, being a very direct family, are cousines, they could be installed in some palace by the family. It would explain that they should come with the family.
:confused:

Well, as far as i can tell Luxembourg has 3 main castles, which are the Berg Castle (the principal residence of the Grand Ducal Family, where many of their official family pictures are taken from), Fishbach Castle (where GD Jean lives, i think), and the actual Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg City.
There is also a thread on TRF about the castles & palaces of Luxembourg here

The gala dinner itself is held at the Berg Castle, so the logic is that the Grand Ducal Family (perhaps with their immediate family relatives, like the belgian) doesn't need to move from one castle to another because Berg Castle is their home. ;)

a picture of Berg Castle today by PPE :
https://img301.imageshack.us/img301/3...01919lj.th.jpg

Zonk 07-02-2006 10:09 AM

I am guess I am confused...when did Princess Anne, Princess Margariet, Queen Fabilola, and the Infanta Elena become second class royals? Three are daughters of queen/king and one is a Queen herself. They are members of their respective houses.

Yes, its a shame that William, Haakon and Fred/Mary didn't attend all the events...but they did show their support. Let's not forget for the three "popular" couples..they have been doing a lot of traveling lately. I am actually not surprised not to see Felipe and Letizia...I am not trying to start something...but other than a visit to the World Cup..have they traveled out of Spain at a formal event?

monica 07-02-2006 10:10 AM

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johann 07-02-2006 10:11 AM

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Originally Posted by lula
If the guests are installed in this palace, it does not seem to be very logical that they go out for a door to enter other one ... to it we refer. Probably there are more photos inside and it will be necessary to wait for them.

On the Belgians, I have repeated several times that they are a different case because they form a part of the direct family.
On the princess Anne, yes she is lower than the Swedish Kings, the Dutch queen, and the inheritors of average Europe.

Also the Princes of Liechtenstain are absent. ;)

I´m still not convinced of this theory. If you think it through to the end: why did the grand ducal family followed by the Belgian relatives walk down the carpet - just because they are the hosts? They are for sure placed at Castle Berg.
But again it’s pure speculation and I understand your disappointment;).

lula 07-02-2006 10:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Zonk1189
I am guess I am confused...when did Princess Anne, Princess Margariet, Queen Fabilola, and the Infanta Elena become second class royals? Three are daughters of queen/king and one is a Queen herself. They are members of their respective houses.

Yes, its a shame that William, Haakon and Fred/Mary didn't attend all the events...but they did show their support. Let's not forget for the three "popular" couples..they have been doing a lot of traveling lately. I am actually not surprised not to see Felipe and Letizia...I am not trying to start something...but other than a visit to the World Cup..have they traveled out of Spain at a formal event?

They are of the second class in comparison with the guests who are absent, with Kings and inheritors of reigning Monarchies, are not of the second class if you compare them with the not reigning monarchies.

The Princes of Asturias were in visit deprived in Jordan in a party previous to the wedding of the Prince Hashem, a few months ago. They have been recently in Palermo to inaugurate the Institute Cervantes, this month they travel to China and Israel. It without the times tell that the Princes has crossed the Atlantic Ocean for the changes of government in Latin-American countries (stillthere will be several trips like that this year). If besides you bear in mind that Spain is a country much bigger than Belgium or Holland (really Belgium and Holland you join they are smaller than only Andalucia), for example, and that the Princes travel from a extreme to other one from the country every week .... I assure you that they have travelled very much, for all their activities out of Madrid they must use helicopter or plane (This week they will travel to Murcia, Zaragoza, Cadiz and Valencia ... every trip approximately 1 hour in plane)

purple_platinum 07-02-2006 10:52 AM

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They are of the second class in comparison with the guests who are absent, with Kings and inheritors of reigning Monarchies, are not of the second class if you compare them with the not reigning monarchies.

I understand your opinion, lula, but we don't know this for sure. I think they think of this event as more of a family event, after all it's a wedding anniversary, a joyful family celebration with gathering of their royal friends, so, as far as 1st class or 2nd class royals goes, i'm not sure about this. I don't know how would i feel if i'm told i've to walk down the red carpet just because i'm not a monarch or hereditary couple. That would certainly made a bad impression on how they differentiate their royal "friends". :) ;)

lula 07-02-2006 10:58 AM

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Originally Posted by purple_platinum
I understand your opinion, lula, but we don't know this for sure. I think they think of this event as more of a family event, after all it's a wedding anniversary, a joyful family celebration with gathering of their royal friends, so, as far as 1st class or 2nd class royals goes, i'm not sure about this. I don't know how would i feel if i'm told i've to walk down the red carpet just because i'm not a monarch or hereditary couple. That would certainly made a bad impression on how they differentiate their royal "friends". :) ;)

Probably you can find a better explanation to what it has happened ... because evidently this is not normal. Probably only they have faded away...How someone has said previously the conspiracy of all the Royal European Houses to lie ... it does not seem to be logical:rolleyes:

Marengo 07-02-2006 11:15 AM

It is very weird indeed, especially the number of supposed absenties. i ratehr think that they were staying in Castle Berg themselves. Not because they are 'higher' or anything, but just coincidence.
Anyway, let's hope for a grouppicture of this event...

On a lighter note: Princess Margriet looks so young for her age!!! And Margaretha of Liechtenstein, her daughters and their cousins Princess Alexandra and Archduchess Marie-Christine are so beautiful.

lucys 07-02-2006 11:33 AM

The Gala was held at a castle -- maybe it has a super secret centuries old entry that only royals with the super secret password can use for the single purpose of smashing the hopes of diligent royal watchers.

Boris 07-02-2006 11:54 AM

On a light note: Yeah I love that idea, lucys - This is 'Mission Impossible 4' achieved, with all the 'Top Royals' crawling into Castle Berg through secret tunnels in order to get away from our Royal Fan species!
Regarding strict protocol: We really only saw the Grand Ducal family, their close relatives (The Belgians fall under this category), minor Royalty (Princess Anne is - same rank as Infanta Elena) and members of non-ruling houses outside the Castle. No other CP's or reigning monarchs.
Since the Swedish King & Queen as well as the Danish CP took part in the daytime events before and were officially scheduled to stay on, it really would make little sense if they had suddenly left.

msfroyste 07-02-2006 12:33 PM

gotta say i loved what alex, mt, and margaretha and her kids had on. kalina looked like she stepped out of the rocky horror picture show. i must say that i was happy to see the lack of tiaras and orders b/c it shows just how down to earth this royal couple is. i think they wanted to keep it relaxed to add further emphasis to that point.

Mathilde1286 07-02-2006 01:34 PM

Elena looks wonderful!!!

I can't say enought about how great the Grand Ducal family all looked. :)

Alexandria 07-02-2006 01:54 PM

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Originally Posted by lula
Yes, it is very strange. I have thought that probably since they will have been the last ones to come their photos they have not put them still. Normally, I believe that the most important persons come the last ones, not to have to wait. Because of it the Kings and the Princes inheritors would be the last ones to come. It can be that the Belgians were coming first, after the ducal family because they are a very direct family.

I have to say that I am bothered by this concept that Elena and her husband, the ever hard-working Anne, and one of my favourite royals, the ever elegant and understated Princess Margriet and the steady and strong as a rock Pieter van Vollenhoven are considered less important or "second class" to the likes of their older siblings -- or in the case of Margriet and Pieter, to their nephew and niece-in-law.

Queen Juliana must be rolling in her grave knowing that some think her daughter is second class. And I'm sure that Queen Sofia and Queen Elizabeth II would not be too thrilled either that their eldest daughters are considered this.

While Kings and Queens and Crown Princes and Crown Princesses certainly have greater obligations than their siblings, that does not make those siblings "lesser" individuals. Those siblings have certainly shown to make numerous contributions to their respective countries in a capacity that is different than those of their parents or hereditary siblings and their spouses.

Besides, it's not as if at the last minute because Willem and Maxima, Charles and Camilla (they weren't even schedule to come), or Felipe and Letizia couldn't attend the festivities, that the likes of Margriet, Pieter, Elena, Jamie and Anne were dug out of the ditches, had some nice clothes slapped on them and were sent off on a plane to Luxembourg to represent their respective monarchies. These individuals have repeatedly over the years represented their monarchies individually at foreign occasions as well as together with the rest of their families.

(Glad to see that it was at least Princess Anne who attended these festivities. At least she's the daughter of the monarch. I would hate to see what level of "citizentry" would be doled out if say the classy Princess Alexandra Ogilvy attended to represent the British monarchy. She's a mere cousin of the Queen!)


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