Everyone of them an insatiable bottom, including the livery.
Who says the middle class is dying out?
wit & wisdom for r2.
Prince Edward and Countess Sophie represented Britain. Apparently, Will and Kate couldn't make it. Camilla was stuck in the barn.
He married Belgian "nobility"? Ok that is royal speak for "he married another Germanic cousin". Any one of these royals marrying another royal or "nobility" is going to wind up with some ugly relation and fug children. They need to stop marrying within their own gene pool.
Why does Prince Edward wear a military uniform? Didn't he drop out because he wanted be in the theatre instead?
Europe going down a shitslope and the royals of Europe are living it up. Someone explain how monarchies in supposed civilized countries are still existing? Royalists will say they are good for our image and good ambassadors. The U.K would have a valid point with Liz because she's world famous but who outside Luxembourg would know who their royal family is.
It seems ridiculous to have a "Queen of Greece" who is barely allowed to enter that country. And her daughter in law, "Crown Princess" Marie-Chantal was never a great beauty but boy, has she aged poorly. Her hubby Pavlos is still a handsome man.
The only "royal" pics I'd like to see are of Sweden's Carl Philip in a gay bathhouse.
R7. Royal institutions are tied to the government; they also often have centuries of tradition and history. Even if you don't recognize a familiar face.
They only got the Wessexes. [snort]
That gown isn't doing her any favors.
Don't these royals know that overall lace adds ten pounds to the figure, in addition to the twenty added by the ccamera?
Someone needs to clue the prince and princess of Yugoslavia that their country no longer exists. And that her dress makes her look like a dwarf.
Why do The Earl and Countess of Wessex always get stuck going to the shitty weddings?
R13. That was a fairly elaborate wedding. Looked like fun and all the people of Luxembourg came out to celebrate.
No DL love for Carl-Philip? No remarks about Princess Caroline's outfit?
Prince Carl Phillip of Sweden is a handsome hot piece of ass.
Princess Caroline of Hanover identifies with a royal house that no longer exists rather than Monaco that does exist. Hmmm.
I met the Prine and his new wife about 4 weeks ago. They are a very nice couple and seemed truly in love.
I will see him in NYC on busines in two weeks. I will say hello from all of you!
Luxembourg has the highest GDP in the world (other than, maybe, Liechtenstein). I doubt the expenses of a small royal family are stretching their budget all that much.
R16, I remember reading an article years ago that Caroline always felt a little defensive that she was known as "Her Serene Highness" Princess Caroline of Monaco versus "Her Royal Highness". Apparently, the HRH set look at the HSH set as second tier royals.
When she married Prince Ernst of Hanover, she 'upgraded' her title to "Her Royal Highness" Princess of Hanover (or something like that) as he is a "His Royal Highness". After her marriage to Ernst she became an HRH instead of an HSH.
Caroline's siblings are known as "His/Her Serene Highness" so on some archaic level I wonder if she is considered a higher rank than they are. (I know, it all seems ridiculously archaic to discuss such things in the 21st century)
I find the bride a bit plain but she's supposedly very intelligent. Guillaume used to be kinda hot, he's lost some of that as he's aged but that's ok....I like the Luxembourg royal fam, they seem genuinely nice, Henri and Marie have been happily married for a long time. I like how the handled the marriage of Guillaume's younger brother, to a middle class girl he met in the army whom he got pregnant - they were very decent and classy about it.
Henri's mother, the late Josephine-Charlotte, was a real piece of work in her day though, royal to the bone in the old-fashioned way. Supposedly made her daughter-in-law's life miserable.
Who gives a shit? "Royalty" is an outdated and moronic concept. Let's call it what it is: a bunch of inbred rich people who contribute little to the rest of the world.
r19 she is a "higher" rank: HRH outranks HSH. Her daughter by Ernest is also HRH and outranks, technically, her Uncle Albert who is a Serene Highness.
But I wouldn't buy the notion that the Euro Royals look at everything and everyone by rank. Albert, for example, may only be an HSH but he's a very powerful and rich one; he basically owns/rules most of Monaco rather than other royals who are mere figureheads nowadays.
There were some hunky Liechtenstein princes.
R10, the Wessex's do a lot of these gigs. It has nothing to do with the British royal family's perception of other royal families. They clock in a lot of hours representing the queen.
R22, while technically HRH does outrank HSH, an HSH was is the sovereign ruler of a country outranks an HRH and is treated as an equal among kings and queens (HMs). Caroline will lose her HRH and revert to HSH when she gets divorced from Prince Ernst August, which should be any day now. Her daughter will of course remain an HRH.
I think pretty much every member of royalty looks down on the Grimaldis. Common, Eurotrash sluts. These Luxembourg twats are barely a step above them; the country has about 500,000 people. It's the sort of place Hollywood would invent for Marilyn Monroe or Ethel Merman in those gaudy 50s musicals about magical European principalities devoid of darkies and anything resembling a personality.
I don't understand how members of a long-ago deposed royal family can still refer to themselves as Crown Prince/Princess?? It's akin to calling yorself the Crown Prince of Detroit - right?
[quote]It's akin to calling yorself the Crown Prince of Detroit - right?
It's like calling Mitt, Governor Romney. He's not governor of anything.
[quote] I remember reading an article years ago that Caroline always felt a little defensive that she was known as "Her Serene Highness" Princess Caroline of Monaco versus "Her Royal Highness".
What's the point of "His/Her 'Serene' Highness?"
While we may feel that royalty is archaic, once you're royal--then you're royal--and you should be "HRH." What's the purpose of "Serene?"
Whether is be a small country or larger country, you're still royal.
In a number of older English dictionaries, serene as used in this context means supreme, royal, august, or marked by majestic dignity or grandeur or high or supremely dignified. The style Serene Highness has an antiquity equal to that of Highness. However, in some, excluding the Latin language countries, Highness was considered a higher treatment than Serene Highness.
[quote]Who gives a shit?
Well, let's see R21...YOU opened this thread, read thru at least some of it, clicked on OP's link probably and bothered to post a reply.
Does that answer your question?
Prince Emmanuel de Savoie is not aging well. He used to be gorgeous.
The Yugoslav wife does indeed look like a dwarf.
Princess Tessy? What a regal name that is.
That Princess Letizia of Spain looks amazing. That gene pool must have something other than Bourbon blood in it for her to look like Penelope Cruz's more beautiful cousin.
The Luxembourg royals share royal descent from King Christian IX of Denmark with the royals from Norway, The UK, Russia, Denmark, Greece and Spain. They are regarded highly in those circles, particularly the former ruler Grand Duke Jean, who even commanded his own regiment in England and was often seen on the balcony at Queen Elizabeth's annual Trooping of the Colour parade. I never read anything bad about them, other than the Grand Duke Jean's deceased wife Grand Duchess being a bitch on wheels to her daughter-in-law and the current Grand Duke's fondness for tanning. He abdicated for a few hours one day, in order to avoid having to sign an abortion law into effect.
As for Monaco, I don't really understand their HSH versus HRH. In the former Holy Roman Empire I believe the HSH concept comes from the elevation of nobles who were the overlords of large feudal estates to the rank of prince. Since they weren't born royal, I guess the idea was to give them something lofty to set them aside from nobility.
How that all applies in the case of Monaco isn't clear to me because it appears that the Grimaldi lords began styling themselves as prince around the time of Honore II in the 17th century. If they self-bestowed the title of prince and style of HSH, why not just call themselves HRH or even call themselves king?
I looked her up and now I realize that Princess Letizia is outside the Bourbon gene pool. No wonder she looks stunning.
The Bourbon's ought to stay locked up in a castle for the remainder of the year...unless they want to be deposed.
Letizia married into the family and she is stunning. She's had issues with being underweight in the past, but she's looked healthier the last couple of years. Their daughters are very cute; hopefully they won't grow into the Boubon looks.
Felipe should get rid of the beard. It's not doing him any favors.
I always thought Felipe was a little slow looking. He's got that weird tallness, completely different from his mother or father. Maybe his mother's father (king of Greece) was tall. Maybe he has Marfan's Syndrome? He towers over Letizia and she is as R38 said, very skinny though I agree looks better lately.
There is Bourbon in the Luxembourg family on the current Grand Duke's grandfather's side, but they are all a good looking lot so I think their branch was a little less inbred.
Man, R8 isn't joking. Marie Chantal has not aged well at all. I'm surprised she hasn't had work done.
Wow, a whole bucket of ugly going on there. No gay royals, obviously (well, no out gays at least - I'm looking at you Dockside Doris). Are they banished to Ibiza?
Where did they go to school? McDonald's university? No wait this is not America
Keeping this thread on the board longer than the older Luxembourg royal wedding thread. May Guilluame and Stephanie have a long and happy marriage!
R36, R37. Wow, those are nice photos. Thanks for posting.
Prince Pavlos of Greece is still as handsome as ever. Greece should welcome the royal family back. They would be a unifying force in times of instability.
[quote][Luxembourg has the highest GDP
Don't be a dumb ass. That is a meaningless statistic.
It's like if I said, 9 people make one dollar an hour and one person make a thousand dollars an hour, and claimed the average wage is $112.11.
It's correct but it's meaningless. Out of the group of ten only one making a decent wage.
Lux is so tiny all it's stats are skewed. Only an asshole wouldn't realize that
Stop being an asshole
R45. It's about a wedding. Could you be a bit more pleasant, please?
R45 made me laugh a bit. But again, best wishes to Guilluame and Stephanie.
It bears repeating that all of the men in their military uniforms and medals and ribbons just look patently ridiculous. Old men playing at soldier. Even Pavlos of Greece is wearing a few medals. You'd think he'd be embarrassed.
Just announced that Princess Madeleine of Sweden is engaged to a banker based in New York, to be married next year. I wonder when her brother Carl Philip is going to make an honest woman of the tawdry topless model he lives with.