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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

 Hug
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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