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« Reply #45 on: May 20, 2018, 03:01:47 PM »

Like:
Madde/Chris + kids
Vic/Dan + kids
WaxMax + kids
Marie of Denmark
Izzy of Denmark (I have a soft spot for her).
Martha Louise
Felipe, Leti + the girls.
QEII
Sophie of Wessex
The Tindalls
Harald and Sonja
Chuck and Camilla - my controversial opinion here, but I think they don't deserve a lot of the hate they get. I think Camilla has been gracious in the face of a lot of hate from the Diana sugars when no one in that whole mess had clean hands. Chuck has shown himself on many occasions to be very loving towards his family, he has shown some liberal opinions despite his privilege, and I was impressed with how he acted towards Sparkle's mom at the wedding yesterday. He made sure she was never left alone to stand awkwardly.

On the fence with:
Waity (sometimes she really impresses me, other times I dislike her).
Jokke
The York Sisters - I feel like they were unprepared by their arrogant father to make their own way in life like they need to, and their mother keeps trying to be their friend instead of their mom. I pity them.
Harry (I liked him, but Sparkles drags him down. He has become whipped).


Dislike:
Derf + Mor
Sparkles
CP & Miss Slitz (their kids are just kids, they are excused from my dislike).
Gui and Linus
MM (I wanted to like her because I think we can all root for a "turning your life around" story, but she is just so lazy and entitled).
CG of Sweden
JC of Spain
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« Reply #46 on: May 23, 2018, 11:11:39 PM »

Felipe , Letizia and their daugther 
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« Reply #47 on: May 24, 2018, 02:53:39 AM »

Favorite:
Kate
 (even though she isn't a board favorite, I bought into the hype of hers and William's wedding and have enjoyed following since)
Madeleine
Queen E
Marie

I don't really have a least favorite. Mary fascinates me, especially by what I read here. I mostly joined to chat about the BRF and SRF.

No worries on being the odd-man-out.  I'm the sole curator of Baudouin & Fabiola information here and I maintain the only Baudouin & Fabiola Blog anywhere in the universe. Do your thing - it enriches the overall quality of the forum, in my ever-so-humble.  Star

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« Reply #48 on: May 30, 2018, 09:38:29 AM »

Favorite:
Kate
 (even though she isn't a board favorite, I bought into the hype of hers and William's wedding and have enjoyed following since)
Madeleine
Queen E
Marie

I don't really have a least favorite. Mary fascinates me, especially by what I read here. I mostly joined to chat about the BRF and SRF.

No worries on being the odd-man-out.  I'm the sole curator of Baudouin & Fabiola information here and I maintain the only Baudouin & Fabiola Blog anywhere in the universe. Do your thing - it enriches the overall quality of the forum, in my ever-so-humble.  Star

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Star Hug Baudouin and Fabiola: Ethereal royalty: I particularly love this excerpt from your blog:

They did not live like royalty either physically nor primarily not spiritually.  He was a shepherd king and servant to his people who was forever grateful for the divine gift of his wife, whom he adored.
https://baudouin-fabiola.com/

Are there any shepherd kings or queens left?  Thinking

The only ones which come to mind are Jigme and Jetsun.
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« Reply #49 on: May 30, 2018, 12:46:08 PM »

Favorite:- Diana (boy the girl was just 19 years old when everything came to her!)
              Zara
              Max
              Monaco twins
             
Like:- Charles
         Camilla
         Leti (only her work ethics)
         Lala Salma (for her style and presence)

Okayish- Harry
            Kate
            Meghan (for now)

Dislike- William
          Queen Elizabeth
          King Carl 
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« Reply #50 on: May 30, 2018, 01:10:03 PM »

Favorite:
Kate
 (even though she isn't a board favorite, I bought into the hype of hers and William's wedding and have enjoyed following since)
Madeleine
Queen E
Marie

I don't really have a least favorite. Mary fascinates me, especially by what I read here. I mostly joined to chat about the BRF and SRF.

No worries on being the odd-man-out.  I'm the sole curator of Baudouin & Fabiola information here and I maintain the only Baudouin & Fabiola Blog anywhere in the universe. Do your thing - it enriches the overall quality of the forum, in my ever-so-humble.  Star

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Star Hug Baudouin and Fabiola: Ethereal royalty: I particularly love this excerpt from your blog:

They did not live like royalty either physically nor primarily not spiritually.  He was a shepherd king and servant to his people who was forever grateful for the divine gift of his wife, whom he adored.
https://baudouin-fabiola.com/

Are there any shepherd kings or queens left?  Thinking

The only ones which come to mind are Jigme and Jetsun.

Thank you so much, my friend.  Star  Hug

I greatly appreciate that you recognize the key element which drives my great admiration for any monarch, and that is not only providing leadership (where permitted) but even more so being about the service of their people.  You post a very interesting and thought provoking question and answer.  I would agree that Jigme & Jetsun definitely fit the framework of shepherds and servants of their people.

Regarding the notion of a shepherd monarch - I find both King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Emperor Haile Selassie very much were cut from the same servant leader fabric. In that regard, I think monarchy as a form of government can be both highly desirable and imminently effective.  In countries striving to take big steps in nation building (Ethiopia, Thailand and some of the Middle East monarchies) or countries which often experience turmoil (Belgium with its constant cultural and linguistic struggles) I find that if there is a shepherd/servant minded monarch great things can happen. Great progress can be achieved. 

Other stand-out times of true leadership and service are:

  • Juan Carlos believing in the power of democracy for the people of Spain after Franco
  • King Michael's work to remove Ion Antonescu and thus kill any possible alliance between Romania and Nazi Germany
  • Queen Wilhelmina's power play to get Dirk Jan de Geer and his Nazi appeasement aims dismissed as well as her midnight radio transmissions that buoyed the morale of her nation

For me, it's not about charisma. It's about character.
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« Reply #51 on: May 31, 2018, 12:06:28 AM »

Favorite:
Kate
 (even though she isn't a board favorite, I bought into the hype of hers and William's wedding and have enjoyed following since)
Madeleine
Queen E
Marie

I don't really have a least favorite. Mary fascinates me, especially by what I read here. I mostly joined to chat about the BRF and SRF.

No worries on being the odd-man-out.  I'm the sole curator of Baudouin & Fabiola information here and I maintain the only Baudouin & Fabiola Blog anywhere in the universe. Do your thing - it enriches the overall quality of the forum, in my ever-so-humble.  Star

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Star Hug Baudouin and Fabiola: Ethereal royalty: I particularly love this excerpt from your blog:

They did not live like royalty either physically nor primarily not spiritually.  He was a shepherd king and servant to his people who was forever grateful for the divine gift of his wife, whom he adored.
https://baudouin-fabiola.com/

Are there any shepherd kings or queens left?  Thinking

The only ones which come to mind are Jigme and Jetsun.

Thank you so much, my friend.  Star  Hug

I greatly appreciate that you recognize the key element which drives my great admiration for any monarch, and that is not only providing leadership (where permitted) but even more so being about the service of their people.  You post a very interesting and thought provoking question and answer.  I would agree that Jigme & Jetsun definitely fit the framework of shepherds and servants of their people.

Regarding the notion of a shepherd monarch - I find both King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Emperor Haile Selassie very much were cut from the same servant leader fabric. In that regard, I think monarchy as a form of government can be both highly desirable and imminently effective.  In countries striving to take big steps in nation building (Ethiopia, Thailand and some of the Middle East monarchies) or countries which often experience turmoil (Belgium with its constant cultural and linguistic struggles) I find that if there is a shepherd/servant minded monarch great things can happen. Great progress can be achieved. 

Other stand-out times of true leadership and service are:

  • Juan Carlos believing in the power of democracy for the people of Spain after Franco
  • King Michael's work to remove Ion Antonescu and thus kill any possible alliance between Romania and Nazi Germany
  • Queen Wilhelmina's power play to get Dirk Jan de Geer and his Nazi appeasement aims dismissed as well as her midnight radio transmissions that buoyed the morale of her nation

For me, it's not about charisma. It's about character.
Hug Lellobeetle: this is fascinating. Thumb up. King Bhumibol never expected to be King while Queen Wilhemina was destined for it from childhood. In what cauldron are shepherd kings and queens forged?  The equivalent corporate speak are Servant Leaders ("The Servant as Leader" by Robert K Greenleaf) or Level 5 Leaders ("Good to Great" by Jim Collins).

Jim Collins Level 5 leaders: "display a powerful mixture of personal humility and indomitable will. They're incredibly ambitious, but their ambition is first and foremost for the cause, for the organization and its purpose, not themselves. While Level 5 leaders can come in many personality packages, they are often self-effacing, quiet, reserved, and even shy. Every good-to-great transition in our research began with a Level 5 leader who motivated the enterprise more with inspired standards than inspiring personality.

https://www.jimcollins.co...evel-five-leadership.html

This aligns beautifully with your last comment:

For me, it's not about charisma. It's about character.
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« Reply #52 on: May 31, 2018, 01:02:46 PM »

Like:
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Chuck and Camilla - my controversial opinion here, but I think they don't deserve a lot of the hate they get. I think Camilla has been gracious in the face of a lot of hate from the Diana sugars when no one in that whole mess had clean hands. Chuck has shown himself on many occasions to be very loving towards his family, he has shown some liberal opinions despite his privilege, and I was impressed with how he acted towards Sparkle's mom at the wedding yesterday. He made sure she was never left alone to stand awkwardly.


Agree with so much about these two!  Star

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« Reply #53 on: June 06, 2018, 03:36:22 AM »

Favorites-

Camilla- She’s taken so much bad press over the years but keeps pressing on.
Princess Ann -I appreciate her work ethic although I wish at times she would update the wardrobe!
Countess of Wessex - another classy lady
Crown Princess Victoria - I just love that family
The Queen - Class act! Hard working and always does her duty!


Least Favorite -

IMHO - The “Do Nothing Cambridges”  (both Kate and William) very very work shy
Prince Andrew -yes I believe the news reports of his past misdeeds

Not Very Fond Of-

The York sisters - neither seem to be hard workers


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« Reply #54 on: June 12, 2018, 10:42:44 AM »

Royals that, for me, are interesting to watch through the years.

Princess Diana - in early 1990's.
Princess Madeleine - starting in later half of 1990's, after Princess Di died Sad Then kinda lost interest in following the thread around the time her engagement to Jonas Bergstrom broke, well she disappeared in USA (this was the time when she was too blond and too tanned). But also by this time, I was more interested in following the "new players"  MM/Maxima/ and esp. Letizia/Mary threads Smiley

Then Mette-Marit/Maxima in early 2000's
Then Letizia/Mary

Then recently, although I still follow the above-mentioned princesses/queens, the threads I open and look first are Kate/Meghan threads.

The British threads are a bit boring. I think Kate/Meghan brought the "charm" back in British threads Smiley I know, I sound shallow lol

And I'm sorry but I really find Belgium thread kinda boring, even though Mathilde has the better background among the batch  Confused
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« Reply #55 on: July 05, 2018, 04:18:37 PM »

I've only really been following the BRF so it's hard for me to comment on anyone except them:

Love:
- Queen Elizabeth (I've admired her all my life. Love her so much)
- Charlotte (she has so much spirit! Love watching her grow up)

Like:
- Kate (I know I'm in the minority, but I can't help it. As a young woman a bit younger than Kate, I especially like her fashion sense, that's just me)
- Sophie (I don't know much about her but am really liking her more and more)
- Anne (always admired her work ethic)
- Zara (I feel like she'd be a fun friend to have around)
- Charles (I just like him)
- Camilla (I really admire her work with women's issues, something that she get some press for but not enough, IMO)
- George (poor little George seems so shy but sweet)

On the fence:
- Harry (I used to like Harry a lot but have to question his sense the past two years when it comes to his marriage...)
- William (I really want to like him but he usually seems like all of the engagements he does are things that he's being forced to do and doesn't seem to be really interested. He frustrates me, haha)
- Bea and Eugenie (I like them both but wish they'd do more work so I can get a better sense of them)

Don't care either way:
- Edward (meh)
- Peter Phillips (meh again)
- Prince Philip (kinda meh)

Dislike:
- Andrew (he's always rubbed me the wrong way)
- Meghan (there's something about her that I just don't trust.)

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« Reply #56 on: July 05, 2018, 04:47:05 PM »

I've only really been following the BRF so it's hard for me to comment on anyone except them:

Love:
- Queen Elizabeth (I've admired her all my life. Love her so much)
- Charlotte (she has so much spirit! Love watching her grow up)

Like:
- Kate (I know I'm in the minority, but I can't help it. As a young woman a bit younger than Kate, I especially like her fashion sense, that's just me)
- Sophie (I don't know much about her but am really liking her more and more)
- Anne (always admired her work ethic)
- Zara (I feel like she'd be a fun friend to have around)
- Charles (I just like him)
- Camilla (I really admire her work with women's issues, something that she get some press for but not enough, IMO)
- George (poor little George seems so shy but sweet)

On the fence:
- Harry (I used to like Harry a lot but have to question his sense the past two years when it comes to his marriage...)
- William (I really want to like him but he usually seems like all of the engagements he does are things that he's being forced to do and doesn't seem to be really interested. He frustrates me, haha)
- Bea and Eugenie (I like them both but wish they'd do more work so I can get a better sense of them)

Don't care either way:
- Edward (meh)
- Peter Phillips (meh again)
- Prince Philip (kinda meh)

Dislike:
- Andrew (he's always rubbed me the wrong way)
- Meghan (there's something about her that I just don't trust.)



Lets see:

Admiration that QE11 is still doing what she sees as her "job" - but personally she and HRH failed in terms of their family - I think she has always been "Lillibet" and therefore on another level in her mind and that is a let out in terms of "real life"

Sad Dopey Puppy award to Charles - wasted his life waiting for a day that might not come - his parents are very old now but they (well his mother)  might outlive him - and he got talked into a marriage that was not ever likely to work - but he was a real "cad" for going through a service with a 19 year old that had story book expectations . . . . and his current wife was sneaking around with him over at least some of that time - so doubt history will see him as a "Statesman"

Chopper and Chutney - you know - I hear Norfolk might be nice - just stay there as you are doing nothing worthwhile otherwise - if you are dragged into lots of "smile and wave" events - make them in the UK only. They are well matched in relevance stakes.

Haz No Idea and wife - at this point maybe well suited - they both think she is wonderful

Anne - she is stroppy but hard working - more so than her brothers

Andrew - no thanks in any sense along with his "housemate" - think his daughters might have something to offer in terms of the second tier events that someone might need to do in the future- or the RF just walks away from them

Edward - really I have no idea - he has always seemed "dim" but then they all are. Sophie does well representing "The Firm" but once Charles is in charge Harry will get the "jobs" that they do now.

Royal Grandchildren: many years to come but I hope George is supported in terms of being a more reticent personality than his sister
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« Reply #57 on: July 05, 2018, 07:38:59 PM »

I've only really been following the BRF so it's hard for me to comment on anyone except them:

Love:
- Queen Elizabeth (I've admired her all my life. Love her so much)
- Charlotte (she has so much spirit! Love watching her grow up)

Like:
- Kate (I know I'm in the minority, but I can't help it. As a young woman a bit younger than Kate, I especially like her fashion sense, that's just me)
- Sophie (I don't know much about her but am really liking her more and more)
- Anne (always admired her work ethic)
- Zara (I feel like she'd be a fun friend to have around)
- Charles (I just like him)
- Camilla (I really admire her work with women's issues, something that she get some press for but not enough, IMO)
- George (poor little George seems so shy but sweet)

On the fence:
- Harry (I used to like Harry a lot but have to question his sense the past two years when it comes to his marriage...)
- William (I really want to like him but he usually seems like all of the engagements he does are things that he's being forced to do and doesn't seem to be really interested. He frustrates me, haha)
- Bea and Eugenie (I like them both but wish they'd do more work so I can get a better sense of them)

Don't care either way:
- Edward (meh)
- Peter Phillips (meh again)
- Prince Philip (kinda meh)

Dislike:
- Andrew (he's always rubbed me the wrong way)
- Meghan (there's something about her that I just don't trust.)



Haz No Idea and wife - at this point maybe well suited - they both think she is wonderful


"Haz No Idea"  Laughing LOVE it. Oh Harry.
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« Reply #58 on: July 07, 2018, 05:33:44 PM »

I have no favorite royal. I think the institution is an anachronism at this point in time.
 The royals that have married in are just lucky they bagged a prince/ princess, and the born royals, with a few exceptions, are nothing special.

Thats' s why I joined RD, because here there is place to give our opinions. I may not like the institution, but I find the royals entertaining
 
That being said, there are royals I empathise( not fangirling) with for various reasons:

Denmark:
Mary- have always hated how the media hypes her up as an icon.
Fred-Meh. I could like him if he hadn't given us Mary.
Joachim: I empathise with him because he is targeted by the media so Fred can get away with being mediocre.
Marie: Meh,  but she looks and sounds genuine and I like her better than her SIL.
I liked Henri but was tired of his public tantrums.


Sweden:
Madeline: I empathise with her. She's been sacrificed by the fam so nobody goes for CP and the snake

Great Britain:
I like Anne's work ethic.
Charles: Used not to like him until I watched  the Windsors documentary on Netflix. He's grown on me and I understand him now. His first marriage was a mistake. Am indifferent about his sons.
Kate- we've seen too much of her lower parts and she's not impressed me so far with her public performances.
Sparkles Markle: I empathise with her (for now). Damned if she does, damned if she doesn't. Her current situation reminds me of Lettie of Spain.

Spain
 Leti, not her fangirl, but empathise with her. She's a strong woman.

Other Royals:
Mozha- love her kick ass look.
Lala Salma, was just getting to know her from what Rita's posts. Intelligent lady with an interesting look. Too bad she's disappeared from public view.
I used to find Sheikh Mohammed entertaining but not any more.
Max seems like a lot of fun but she can come off as too much.

The rest of the royals, I am indifferent to them Snore Snore Snore Snore Snore
There's my 2 cents Cute
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« Reply #59 on: July 07, 2018, 09:31:06 PM »


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Chopper and Chutney - you know - I hear Norfolk might be nice - just stay there as you are doing nothing worthwhile otherwise - if you are dragged into lots of "smile and wave" events - make them in the UK only. They are well matched in relevance stakes.
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What has Norfolk done to deserve those two?! Norfolk communities are being destroyed by rich second-homers and I've never heard any reports of those two venturing outside of their posh little North Norfolk bubble to where the real people are. Please don't wish them on us!
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