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« Reply #1590 on: April 06, 2020, 09:15:37 PM »


Not weird at all! I think they've found a perfect combination of visibility and compassion while supporting those who have to do the heavy lifting. Plus they just seem so darn pleasant.

ITA with you.

They handle the situation perfectly.
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« Reply #1591 on: April 07, 2020, 08:54:54 PM »

Good King Phil skyping Belgian ambulance staff




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« Reply #1592 on: April 08, 2020, 09:37:46 AM »

In need of glasses perhaps or very focused?

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« Reply #1593 on: April 08, 2020, 12:35:46 PM »

Good King Phil on a visit to the new ICU wards created at UZ Brussels, and to see the volunteers sewing face masks in a new workshop. "Thank you so much for your good work and inexhaustible commitment!"







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« Reply #1594 on: April 09, 2020, 12:12:29 AM »

I love Good King Phil, Queen Till and the Belgian Wafflets
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« Reply #1595 on: April 09, 2020, 04:52:05 PM »

Good Queen Til skyping with representatives from Lutte Pauvrette, RWLP, ATD Belgium, for a conversation about the the pandemic is affecting Belgians in poverty and other vulnerable groups



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« Reply #1596 on: April 09, 2020, 05:28:55 PM »

Honestly, I love what the Belgian RF are doing, as do lots of people here. I enjoy looking at what they do each day. But it's worth pointing out that they are not free from criticism. The video of the family in their garden with the messages of courage, received a lot of brutal comments from Belgians, including "It's not enough to be thinking of us... you could house all the homeless in Brussels in your palace", "Obscene to show off your palace", "look at our large estate while you are in your tiny apartments", "open up Laeken so people can get exercise without being crowded in the public parks".

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« Reply #1597 on: April 09, 2020, 05:42:12 PM »

I had wondered about that and I'm not surprised.  The garden video, while well intended, carry a big risk of being bashed.  Other than that, what is the general feeling in Belgium to they're response?
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« Reply #1598 on: April 09, 2020, 10:50:04 PM »

I had wondered about that and I'm not surprised.  The garden video, while well intended, carry a big risk of being bashed.  Other than that, what is the general feeling in Belgium to they're response?

That's it's pointless. I've read comments saying that they're wasting medical professionals' time for photo ops. And that those people have more important things to do right now than talking to royals.
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« Reply #1599 on: April 10, 2020, 02:29:07 PM »

I had wondered about that and I'm not surprised.  The garden video, while well intended, carry a big risk of being bashed.  Other than that, what is the general feeling in Belgium to they're response?

That's it's pointless. I've read comments saying that they're wasting medical professionals' time for photo ops. And that those people have more important things to do right now than talking to royals.

I really appreciate your insight  Star External views of what royal families are or should be doing don't always match what the people of the country think.
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« Reply #1600 on: April 10, 2020, 02:33:48 PM »

Good King Phil skyping Le Bercail in Liege to find out about the impact of the coronavirus on adults with learning disabilities in assisted accommodation



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« Reply #1601 on: April 10, 2020, 03:52:19 PM »

I had wondered about that and I'm not surprised.  The garden video, while well intended, carry a big risk of being bashed.  Other than that, what is the general feeling in Belgium to they're response?

That's it's pointless. I've read comments saying that they're wasting medical professionals' time for photo ops. And that those people have more important things to do right now than talking to royals.

I will say that I have had these same thoughts when I see pictures of e.g. Felipe/Letizia also, and not only them. Skype calls to old people homes yes I can understand as this is the generation that believes there is a purpose to royal families. Even calls to children - ok. But I too think that the calls to medical professionals and to other groups are to benefit the royal image only. If the royals need to inform themselves of a situation they can make a private call to an individual at a time that is convenient for the individual. I do not need to see photographic evidence of this call.
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« Reply #1602 on: April 10, 2020, 04:33:05 PM »

I think the BeRF and all the other RFs cannot escape this criticism and they are in a no win situation.

If they do things on the DL without recording it and showing that they are acting then they will be believed to have done nothing. But on the flip side taking the pictures and showing that they are working is all PR with no overriding benevolent intentions.

I would encourage Phil and Til to keep going and keep up the pictures of their engagements. Better to be thought of as a cynical hard worker than a workshy freeloader.
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« Reply #1603 on: April 10, 2020, 10:29:33 PM »

I think the BeRF and all the other RFs cannot escape this criticism and they are in a no win situation.

If they do things on the DL without recording it and showing that they are acting then they will be believed to have done nothing. But on the flip side taking the pictures and showing that they are working is all PR with no overriding benevolent intentions.

I would encourage Phil and Til to keep going and keep up the pictures of their engagements. Better to be thought of as a cynical hard worker than a workshy freeloader.

Of course we can agree to differ  but for me, as royals do not lead and do not rule - they are only a figurehead - then this is a time for government and scientists only to be seen and heard, and of course the people who are everyday heroes.  This is just my opinion.
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« Reply #1604 on: April 11, 2020, 01:17:11 AM »

I will say that I have had these same thoughts when I see pictures of e.g. Felipe/Letizia also, and not only them. Skype calls to old people homes yes I can understand as this is the generation that believes there is a purpose to royal families. Even calls to children - ok. But I too think that the calls to medical professionals and to other groups are to benefit the royal image only. If the royals need to inform themselves of a situation they can make a private call to an individual at a time that is convenient for the individual. I do not need to see photographic evidence of this call.

That is what they are doing though. They publish one picture per day of a call to highlight the work done in the health sector etc. But they are doing many of these calls without talking about it. The persons they call give their permission and receive technical assistance. You will find many mentions on social media and sometimes a person they phoned with talks to the press. They still send homemade cookies and waffles to nursery homes and today many nursery homes all over Belgium got a letter from Philippe and Mathilde in which they express their gratitude and their concern. Corona is raging there and like many other Belgians Phil and Til are deeply worried about it and try to do their part. The visit Phil paid to Brussels University hospital was seen as helpful signal that hospitals are still a safe place since many people who fell ill are too afraid to go to there. And as far as I can judge it ppl working in the medical sector don't think it's a waste of time at all. One nursing home manager for example said he finally got masks and protective gear after he addressed it in a phone call with Philippe. So there are concrete benefits. I think they are really involved and they try to do their best in difficult times. Like many others whatever their position is.
All in all many Belgians don't care what the RF is doing and mind their own business, some have a positive impression and some will criticize them anyway. I agree with Leatherface it's a no win situation but my impression is that they are too humble and discrete in general. How can you appreciate work you donít know about? Philippe managed to get a donation of 500.000 masks and testing kits from Jack Ma. Just like Felipe a few days later. This made quite a positive impression, but the Belgians only found out about it because the minister of health mentioned it. The BeRF never said a word about it.
Another example: Elisabeth is the patron of a childrenís hospital in Antwerp. She visited the hospital several times, met the staff and the little patients, played games with them and each year they can count on her for a special visit during Christmas time. Never it was mentioned in the press or communicated by the palace. Obviously, they don't want to make a big fuss about themselves, but then only a few people know how involved they are and that's a pity somehow.
There is one thing they really botched though. Philippe's tv speech was awfully executed. He really needs to get a grip on the teleprompter thing and get some decent glasses.
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