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    Don't ask me why, but I've been reading up on the royal families in Europe lately. Maybe I'm getting tired of Hollywood.

    How do we start this off?
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    I'm game! You said in one thread that there were rumors one Prince's wife had left him but I couldn't find anything on that. What have you heard?
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    Oh, McJag, that's my boo, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, and his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Allegedly she had an affair with a rich American. Norwegians have been on the fence about her for a while now, mainly because she was a single mom/party girl when she met Haakon. Also, she has been criticized for being more concerned with having all the trappings of being a royal (fancy clothes, balls, jet-set life) but supposedly unwilling to do the duties (showing up to national events, ribbon-cuttings, etc.). Some of the Euro posters on this thread really hate her, they call her fat and lazy and totally undeserving of the suave and debonair Haakon. Who, by all reports, is one of the nicest royals in Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    How do we start this off?
    Start posting pictures of the Duchess of Cornwall and the thread will write itself in record time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    Start posting pictures of the Duchess of Cornwall and the thread will write itself in record time.
    I really don't like her - I think she's gross. I posted here several years ago about the article I read on her that talked about how she'd be riding horses all day, all sweaty and smelly, and then switch into evening wear without even bathing. This was when she was married to her first husband. Plus I HATE her Vicki Steubing haircut.

    I stopped posting at one of the royalty forums because the mods and members are so uptight. You aren't allowed to speculate about ANYTHING, but they are...but the dish is so delicious I can't help but lurk. I'm learning a lot.
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    In look at royal bling blogs sometimes and even they are super moderated so you can't say anything even vaguely "speculative". Just like GR!! But I did see them "wondering" of CP Victoria of Sweden and Prince Creepy are expecting again. I guess it's about time.

    Meanwhile, the Cambridges are coming to Oz next April! probably with baby George in tow. Aussies huff and puff about being a republic by now but deep down we still love our royal family, including Queen Camilla.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    In look at royal bling blogs sometimes and even they are super moderated so you can't say anything even vaguely "speculative". Just like GR!! But I did see them "wondering" of CP Victoria of Sweden and Prince Creepy are expecting again. I guess it's about time.
    I know - but yet they feel that they have the right to speculate themselves - hypocritical much?
    Meanwhile, the Cambridges are coming to Oz next April! probably with baby George in tow. Aussies huff and puff about being a republic by now but deep down we still love our royal family, including Queen Camilla.
    And do the Australians love Crown Princess Mary of Denmark? I see mixed feelings about her.
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    I'm curious what the deal is with Albert and Charlene. I thought he married her to avoid succession issues and breed off a wife, but they're taking their sweet time about it. I doubt it's because they want plenty of couple time.
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    We love "our" Princess Mary but she isn't a superstar like St Diana was to the Brits. You really only see stories/pics about Mary in the goss mags and it's 99% speculative BS. She was adopting an Asian kid a couple or weeks ago and then she was expecting twins again.

    The Great Monaco Mystery. We know that Albert can sire kids so that's not the problem and I assume they would have checked Charlene's fertility before she wept down the aisle so either a problem has subsequently arisen or she's not cooperating. It does seem odd as it was generally assumed his main reason for marrying was to secure the succession away from Caroline's junkie kids.
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    I watched a documentary on YouTube about Princess Mary. She's cute. Prince Frederic, not so much. There is a pic of him online exposing himself to take a pee. I think I now know at least one reason Mary married him.

    The Grimaldis are so trashy - WTF? They truly do march to the beat of their own drummer. There is dirt on all of them, even going back several generations. Prince Rainier was a bit of a prick too; he mistreated Princess Grace often and was quite short-tempered with the passive and shy Albert. I wonder if he was closer to his girls. Why can't Albert and Caroline rule Monaco together? I mean, hell, it's less than one square mile as it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Meanwhile, the Cambridges are coming to Oz next April! probably with baby George in tow. Aussies huff and puff about being a republic by now but deep down we still love our royal family, including Queen Camilla.
    Speak for yourself love. I certainly don't.

    Have more interest in Mary of Denmark, but that's a purely jingoistic thing as she used to be Mary of Tasmania.
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    ^What she said - the majority want a republic but because the 2 sides of the pro-republic camp (popularly-elected president versus president chosen by Parliament) couldn't agree, it was voted down at a referendum. Most people I know are either anti-monarchy or ambivalent and the few monarchists I know are either senior citizens or immigrants.
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    Hey, I also think Australia should be a republic by now. But when push comes to shove a lot of Aussies still like having HMQ as head of state. I'm sure that will change when Chazza takes the throne. It would help if our stupid pollies could agree on the structure of a republic in the first place.
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    From a few days ago

    Going to lunch with the Queen? It's a small matter! Viscount Linley and daughter arrive for Buckingham Palace Christmas celebration in tiny Fiat 500 | Mail Online
    Are you on the list, ma'am? Buckingham Palace police use Royal family crib sheet to check VIP visitors to Queen's Christmas lunch (but how many can YOU identify?)

    • Extended Royal family gathered to celebrate the Queen's annual pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace
    • Policemen used paper photo gallery to check which guests were arriving and spot any gatecrashers
    • It is unclear whether a more robust security system was in place but the officers were studying list intently
    • Unassuming Prince Edward arrived at the palace on-foot wearing a wax jacket unnoticed by the eager crowds
    • Viscount Linley and his daughter arrived in a classic Fiat 500 - much to the amusement of the beaming onlookers

    By Anna Edwards
    PUBLISHED: 09:48 EST, 18 December 2013 | UPDATED: 04:51 EST, 19 December 2013

    They are arguably some of the most famous faces in the country.

    But clearly someone thought these two policemen needed a who's who of the Royal family - and provided them with a gallery of pictures so they could double check the people attending the Queen's pre-Christmas lunch were invited.

    Despite the high-profile guests, it looked-like a decision had been taken to keep the checks low-key and a paper sheet was being used for monitoring who was entering the Palace.

    The method of checking off members of the Royal family on a paper copy is reminiscent of bouncers turning away partygoers at a nightclub.



    If your name's not down, you're not coming in: Two officers check to see who has made it for the Christmas lunch


    A policeman checks is crib sheet for the Royal Family as they arrive at the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace for her extended family

    The esteemed members of Her Majesty's family descended en masse to Buckingham Palace for a festive feast this afternoon..

    It's a rare occasion which sees the entire Royal family gathered around the table. Only twice a year does the Queen summon the entire extended Royal Family to the Palace for her pre-Christmas dinner.

    And while some would expect the distinguished guests to arrive in expensive cars driven by chauffeurs, Viscount Linley and his daughter took a far more humble approach to their mode of transport.

    The beaming pair arrived in a tiny blue Fiat 500, with a pair of dice dangling from the rear view mirror.


    Prince William drove his wife Catherine in for the dinner, but there was no sign of their only son Prince George



    Catherine looked fresh-faced and rosy-cheeked as she arrived for the annual Christmas dinner for the Queen's extended family


    Cheer up William, you're about to have Christmas dinner! The Prince and Kate drove to the feast, but the baby seat in the back of the car appeared empty


    Prince William was all ears when Kate spoke to him as they drove to the central London palace

    They were joined by other members of the Royal family including Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

    Kate wore a festive red coat while her husband, the second in line to the throne, looked smart in a blue suit and glasses as he drove them into Buckingham Palace.

    However, there was no sign of the couple's son, Prince George, who is third in line to the throne. But a baby-seat could be seen strapped into the back seat's chair behind Prince William.

    The Queen, who appeared to be wearing a peach jacket and a string of pearls, could be seen peering out of the window as she was driven into the palace.


    The Queen was driven in by a chauffeur before she greeted her extended family for the meal



    Camilla looked all smiles as she was joined by her husband Prince Charles for the Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace

    She will be dining with Prince Edward, Princess Beatrice and Katharine, the Duchess of Kent, along with other members of her large extended family.

    Crowds braved the rain to line the path of the Mall in London to greet the Royal family, which included both immediate and extended relatives f the Queen.

    While everyone else drove in and waved to the crowds from their seats, Prince Edwards chose a far more subtle approach to arriving - strolling in on foot in his wax jacket from the direction of Clarence House.

    The Prince, who arrived an hour early, barely caught the attention of the crowds. Another pedestrian was Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, the second husband of Princess Anne.

    While William and Kate drove themselves to the lunch, it was a far cry from their latest 'official engagements' car.

    Prince William has recently added a £250,000 Bentley to his garages is likely to make him the envy of many fathers-to-be up and down the country.

    The Flying Spur, which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will use for high-profile official engagements, is one of the world’s fastest saloon cars with a top speed of 200mph.



    Viscount Linley and daughter Margarita Armstrong-Jones were all smiles as they made a grand entrance in a tiny Fiat 500



    A far more environmentally friendly way to travel: Prince Edward arrived on foot, as did Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence

    Safety features include bullet-proof windows and super-hardened steel armour, contributing to its hefty three-ton weight.

    One member of the family who was absent from today's festivities is Prince Harry.

    The 29-year-old Royal showed off his bushy facial hair during a tour of a South Pole research centre shortly before departing for the UK.

    Prince Harry returns to Britain after finishing Walking With The Wounded's South Pole Allied Challenge, which saw him join a team of injured service personnel from the UK and two others from the Commonwealth and the US, for a charity trek across Antarctica.



    Princess Beatrice was driven in like most of the other guests, but Prince Edward braved the rain to arrive on foot for the special meal


    The Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were among the guests who got into the Christmas spirit today



    Anne, the Princess Royal, looked all wrapped up in her car and wasbe joined by her relative the Duchess of Kent at the occasion



    Lady Helen Windsor (right) glowed while Viscountess Linley (left) looked serious - perhaps because she had seen the tiny car her husband had used to drive in



    Autumn Philips, the wife of Peter Phillips, who is the son of Anne, Princess Royal, also chose to sport a red outfit to the occasion while Sarah Chatto, the only daughter of the 1st Earl of Snowdon and Princess Margaret, chose a dark blue ensemble



    Gabriella Windsor, (left) the daughter of the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, looked fresh-faced, while Peter Phillips looked stern upon arriving

    While Prince Charles was probably expecting his photograph to be taken when he arrived at the Palace, he wasn't expecting it when a youngster asked him for a snap yesterday.

    The schoolboy took a selfie of himself with Prince Charles after he asked the Royal for a picture during a visit to a church centre.

    The young boy took the picture before security staff could intervene after he asked the Prince of Wales if he could take a photo.

    The boy, a member of the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre, in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, took the opportunity to ask for a picture while Prince Charles was chatting to the congregation yesterday.
    He said: 'I went up to him and said if I could take a photograph of him - and then well I didn't wait for the body guards to push me out of the way, I just took a picture.'

    Prince Charles, who was wearing a navy blue suit and checked tie, is seen standing behind the boy, looking into the camera.


    Say cheese! The young boy took the picture before security staff could intervene after he asked the Prince of Wales if he could take a photo

    Read more: Going to lunch with the Queen? It's a small matter! Viscount Linley and daughter arrive for Buckingham Palace Christmas celebration in tiny Fiat 500 | Mail Online
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    Glad to see the Duchess of Kent there. She's usually kept locked up in the East Wing like Mrs Rochester.
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