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« Reply #30 on: July 15, 2018, 07:47:59 AM »

Great pictures. I like the Queen's blue dress. Do people in Sweden like Sylvia? Is she a sympathetic character? Does Snakey have her fans?

Victoria and Daniel have an adorable little family.




When Silvia came to Sweden in 1976 to marry the king, there were strong republican sentiments, but it was said that she saved the Swedish monarchy,  and that the whole nation fell in love with her.
That's possibly exaggerated but she had a great impact.
These days she's a shadow of who she used to be. I'd say she's sort of unnoticed.

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« Reply #31 on: July 15, 2018, 01:00:08 PM »

Do you have a theory about it?
As a Sweden do you think queen Silvia wasn’t able To keep up with your nation’s expectations or do you think swedish in general grew more and more skeptical about their royals?
Thanks,ciao☀️
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« Reply #32 on: July 15, 2018, 03:00:50 PM »

Victoria is lovely! Her smile,  her presence.  Everything.  Her family is precious.

I'm super jealous she looks that poised and beautiful interacting with her children.  I always look hunched and have one eye closed.  Lol.

Madde looks radiant. Babies agree with her.   

Both Madde and Sofia are lightening their hair.  For summer it's nice.  Hopefully for fall though they're not even more bleached blonde.

Sofia looks pregnant.  Empire waist doesn't help.  Plus it bulges out when she sits down.  But as she's bleaching her hair i doubt she's pregnant.
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« Reply #33 on: July 15, 2018, 04:52:10 PM »

Do you have a theory about it?
As a Sweden do you think queen Silvia wasn’t able To keep up with your nation’s expectations or do you think swedish in general grew more and more skeptical about their royals?
Thanks,ciao☀️

I haven't followed SRF much. I've only noticed them when there's a lot of "noise".
But I know Silvia's great charisma and presence lasted long. Until she was way over sixty.
What happened then was that the media wrote about her father having been a member of the German nazi party during WWII. Silvia's main reaction was to defend her father.
She lost much sympathy and respect.
And she seemed like a broken woman after that. There were rumours about her having Alzheimers.
There's also the natural progression. New members of the dynasty apperar, draw interest, grow up, marry, and again new members appear.
On the other hand, aging doesn't automatically mean you're "out". Elizabeth, Beatrix, Harald and Sonja among others, still contribute to the "magic" of their monarchies.
Silvia seems to have been a perfectionist derermined to carry the Swedish monarchy if no one else did. She got herself a husband who was anything but perfect.
I guess there's only a certain amount of stress a person can manage no matter how ambitious she is.
Imo since monarchy is hard to "defend" on rational grounds, there has to be at least one fix star (as we say in Swedish).
Silvia is no more that star, and there doesn't seem to be quite anyone who can replace her atm.
Victoria is popular but I don't know if she can carry all of that burden by herself.
Sweden has been a country where the social democrats ruled supreme, and a modified socialism was strong, not to say the foundation of the modern welfare state.
These days many people in Sweden seem to be mildly against monarchy (what's the point of it) or don't care, or are strongly against it because of democratic reasons.
So Silvia's contribution has been enormous in a basically hostile environment.
Says a republican. Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: July 15, 2018, 05:16:58 PM »

Ginger, I absolutely agree with all that you have said.  Star

In addition to this, I also feel that the Swedish RF is kind of arrogant (all of them including Victoria). They tend to put their interests first rather than the country (on the top of my mind I can think about Victoria asking CG to give her away when it is not the tradition in Sweden).

I don't know very well how the attitude is in Sweden towards the RF but i'm willing to take your word for it.

Quite a peculiar family to be honest and dysfunctional even if I dare say.
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« Reply #35 on: July 15, 2018, 05:28:09 PM »

Do you have a theory about it?
As a Sweden do you think queen Silvia wasn’t able To keep up with your nation’s expectations or do you think swedish in general grew more and more skeptical about their royals?
Thanks,ciao☀️

Not a Swede, but I think that some of it also has to do with the fact that there are three young women in the family.  Sadly the media throughout the world are usually youth-focused.  And as royal media coverage tends to focus on glamour and fashion, it's not surprising that the spotlight has shifted toward the three young women in the family.  The same will happen when Victoria is queen, and Estelle becomes an adult.
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« Reply #36 on: July 15, 2018, 05:45:37 PM »


Sofia looks pregnant.  Empire waist doesn't help.  Plus it bulges out when she sits down.  But as she's bleaching her hair i doubt she's pregnant.
I doubt all of 'her' hair is growing out of her head. Also, there are certain techniques when high lighting that the chemicals don't actually touch the head. It's them being on the scalp that is the issue. Once the hair is out of your head, it's fine.
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« Reply #37 on: July 16, 2018, 12:01:18 AM »

All things aside, I always love Victoria's smile and body language. Always always makes you feel welcome. Like she really meant to invite you along and genuinely happy you came.

We have a Senior Partner here with such blessed characteristics and she is always always the gambit that wins contracts (sunny disposition and also I think the right facial structure... some people are equally genuine but have bad physical configurations (eg RBF etc) ... I don't know how to explain it)



Was about to say something similar, Deb.   Victoria has an openness and a graciousness about her. 

She may be faking it at times, but if she is, it's impossible to tell.  She comes across as genuinely happy to meet people, and sincere in her thanks to them.

I am sure there are moments she is faking it. At the end of the day, this is her job, and everyone has days/moments at work where they would really rather not be there but have to put on their big boy/girl pants and get on with it anyway. I am sure Vikkan is no exception as she is only human, but she always seems to be happy, engaged, and gracious. I do get the impression she (for the most part) does enjoy what she does and meeting people.

I also really love seeing her and Dan with their children. They are clearly very much wanted, and loved, and while they may have nannies, the closeness they share shows that Vikkan and Dan do a lot of the parenting themselves and genuinely enjoy being with their children.
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« Reply #38 on: July 16, 2018, 07:57:07 AM »

It always amaze me how little children can grow taller so suddenly. Its like Estelle was very little only yesterday and now she looks like a little lady. I really liked her dress and hairstyle. Didn't care for Victoria's ruffled dress. It looked like something Mette-Marit would gladly wear. Perhaps it was a birthday gift from her?
For the evening everyone looked great. Madeleine's dress looked very elegant and even Sofia looked good.

Madeleine's dress by RED VALENTINO:
https://www.farfetch.com/...from=listing&tglmdl=1
Shoes: https://www.valentino.com...0091.html#dept=US_Shoes_W

Sofia's dress by & Other Stories
https://www.stories.com/e...ress-blue.0598308001.html
Sofia's shoes: http://rebeccabjornsdotter.com/product/lucyred/
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« Reply #39 on: July 16, 2018, 08:54:21 AM »

More picture galleries:
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https://www.galamagazine....derna-fran-victoriadagen/
It was a long, very long day for Estelle  Smiley
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« Reply #40 on: July 16, 2018, 09:12:18 AM »



I love how it seems like the RPOs in the backgrounds are having a jolly time (or at least a stressful one) as well.

Rarely I see RPOs anywhere with these relax attitudes.

They should use this pic of Victoria in an advertising:
HELLO WELCOME TO SWEDEN!! WHERE THE RPOS ARE HANDSOME AND HAPPY!
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« Reply #41 on: July 16, 2018, 10:18:17 AM »

Do you have a theory about it?
As a Sweden do you think queen Silvia wasn’t able To keep up with your nation’s expectations or do you think swedish in general grew more and more skeptical about their royals?
Thanks,ciao☀️

Not a Swede, but I think that some of it also has to do with the fact that there are three young women in the family.  Sadly the media throughout the world are usually youth-focused.  And as royal media coverage tends to focus on glamour and fashion, it's not surprising that the spotlight has shifted toward the three young women in the family.  The same will happen when Victoria is queen, and Estelle becomes an adult.
I believe something happened and she just crumbled. There were several really bad scandals like her father's involvement in WWII, her husband's orgies and affairs, her children's love affairs - all those family dynamics can cost a lot of energy, added to that some declining health (even the happiest person can have menopausal issues and what not) and you have someone whose life energy is sapped to the point that getting up in the morning is the hardest thing.
Now the fact that the media focus has shifted to the younger generation has allowed her to relax a bit and breathe thru. But it is also possible that now she feels almost redundant. Her marriage seems not good, her husband appears to be happy without her, the country has their new "dancing queens", what's left for her?
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« Reply #42 on: July 18, 2018, 04:08:38 AM »

Great pictures. I like the Queen's blue dress. Do people in Sweden like Sylvia? Is she a sympathetic character? Does Snakey have her fans?

Victoria and Daniel have an adorable little family.

All of my Swedish friends (Swedish, in their 30s, MBAs etc) absolutely love Sofia! They think she's gorgeous...
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« Reply #43 on: July 18, 2018, 02:33:34 PM »

Great pictures. I like the Queen's blue dress. Do people in Sweden like Sylvia? Is she a sympathetic character? Does Snakey have her fans?

Victoria and Daniel have an adorable little family.

All of my Swedish friends (Swedish, in their 30s, MBAs etc) absolutely love Sofia! They think she's gorgeous...

Perhaps they’re ruined their eyes doing all the reading for their degrees? Smiley I wouldn’t trust the taste of someone who thinks Sofia is “gorgeous”. At best she’s pretty. At best.

According to polls she’s the favourite royal of 1% of the Swedes. She definitely has fans - they’re either the type who go online and talk about how wonderful she is because Svensk Damtidning says so OR they’re down with a wannabe stripper and nude model being the role model of the 21st Century. Some fans..  Whistle
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« Reply #44 on: July 18, 2018, 04:02:31 PM »

Great pictures. I like the Queen's blue dress. Do people in Sweden like Sylvia? Is she a sympathetic character? Does Snakey have her fans?

Victoria and Daniel have an adorable little family.

All of my Swedish friends (Swedish, in their 30s, MBAs etc) absolutely love Sofia! They think she's gorgeous...

Perhaps they’re ruined their eyes doing all the reading for their degrees? Smiley I wouldn’t trust the taste of someone who thinks Sofia is “gorgeous”. At best she’s pretty. At best.

According to polls she’s the favourite royal of 1% of the Swedes. She definitely has fans - they’re either the type who go online and talk about how wonderful she is because Svensk Damtidning says so OR they’re down with a wannabe stripper and nude model being the role model of the 21st Century. Some fans..  Whistle
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Sofia stands out in no category at all to me.   If they wanted a real model, or even a stunning stripper, all they got was mediocre in every way - inside and out.
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