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Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« Reply #30 on: October 26, 2006, 03:04:44 PM »
I agree with Taren about Princess Anne.

About 'Sisi' of Austria . . . as some of you perhaps know already, this woman is something of a bete noire for me.  ;D I wouldn't consider her a good royal - she didn't know the meaning of the word duty! Sure, she was beautiful, but (to me at least) that's not enough.
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Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« Reply #31 on: October 26, 2006, 06:18:34 PM »
I disagree about Princess Anne. She might not be the most cuddly person, but she's very active in her charity work and official engagements.
Thank you for that. I was about to leap to Ann's defence. She isn't glamorous and media savvy, poor Ann, but boy does she works!  ;)

 
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Camilla, likewise, is the best kind of wife a Prince of Wales could ask for
I agree but then the question is not who is best/worst at being a wife, but who is best/worst at being royal.


Best contemporary royals:

Elizabeth II. amazing all the way. As a woman and as a monarch
Margrethe II. just as good as EII, imo, even though she had it easier. Low key and brainy. Probably great company too. 
Anne-Marie of Greece. Gracious, kind, mature and dignified.
King Juan Carlos I of Spain. 'nuff said          
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. will be a remarkable Queen.
Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium. Sweet, dedicated and the best asset for her husband.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. My absolute favourite: delightful and poised. A gem

Worst contemporary royals:

Queen Rania of Jordan. The Eva Peron of the Middle east. Her husband's just as bad.              
The Grimaldi siblings. each one trashier the the other          
Crown Prince Willem-Alexander. Nice but so stupid.
Prince Felipe. Dullest Spaniard ever. I don't think the Spanish monarchy will survive him. No charisma whatsoever.
Charles and Camilla.



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Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« Reply #32 on: October 26, 2006, 09:36:50 PM »
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Camilla, likewise, is the best kind of wife a Prince of Wales could ask for
I agree but then the question is not who is best/worst at being a wife, but who is best/worst at being royal.

Well the wife of the Prince is the Princess and therefore as the wife of the Prince of Wales she's a good Princess of Wales/Duchess of Cornwall/whatever you want to call her. My next sentence had to do with her public engagements -not something that just any normal wife would undertake. She's a good consort for Charles....he needs a good woman/consort in his life.
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Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« Reply #33 on: October 27, 2006, 03:08:54 AM »
Wauw  :o , Royal_Netherlands, that's what I call a list  ;D, good job :)
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Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« Reply #34 on: October 27, 2006, 05:02:27 AM »
I disagree about Princess Anne. She might not be the most cuddly person, but she's very active in her charity work and official engagements.
Thank you for that. I was about to leap to Ann's defence. She isn't glamorous and media savvy, poor Ann, but boy does she works!  ;)

 
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Camilla, likewise, is the best kind of wife a Prince of Wales could ask for
I agree but then the question is not who is best/worst at being a wife, but who is best/worst at being royal.


Best contemporary royals:

Elizabeth II. amazing all the way. As a woman and as a monarch
Margrethe II. just as good as EII, imo, even though she had it easier. Low key and brainy. Probably great company too. 
Anne-Marie of Greece. Gracious, kind, mature and dignified.
King Juan Carlos I of Spain. 'nuff said          
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. will be a remarkable Queen.
Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium. Sweet, dedicated and the best asset for her husband.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. My absolute favourite: delightful and poised. A gem

Worst contemporary royals:

Queen Rania of Jordan. The Eva Peron of the Middle east. Her husband's just as bad.              
The Grimaldi siblings. each one trashier the the other          
Crown Prince Willem-Alexander. Nice but so stupid.
Prince Felipe. Dullest Spaniard ever. I don't think the Spanish monarchy will survive him. No charisma whatsoever.
Charles and Camilla.




 Thank you Zanthia :D

Prince Lieven I remember how you thought about her, ;) and you're right I made a mistake she had to be in being a worst Royal.
Like Zanthia wrote:I'm a great admirerer of Sisi, but she really was'nt fit to be Empress (I think the same about Sisi) 
Ok I take back Princess Anne is being worst at being Royal, because charity work is very important and hard work.
But Camilla I don't think she is best at being Royal, being a good consort is something else than being a good Royal. (maybe a idea fore a next topic ;)).
My mother is a good woman is my fathers life, that doesn't make her Royal, ;D and yes Camilla brought up all kind of Jewels that hasn't been seen in years.
But if you put a Tiara on a "normal" woman's head she doesn't become Royal with that, it is just a woman with a Tiara on her Head. ;D
Queen Rania is not just a fashion Queen ore something like that, she does allot of charity work and is a very good Royal.
It is so easy to say ''Eva Peron of the Middle East'' just because she looks beautiful and that automatically means she doesn't do any thing else.
From Wikipedia:
In 2004, Queen Rania chaired the nomination committee for the newly founded Forum of Young Global Leaders, associated with the World Economic Forum. She is also involved in the following initiatives:

World Economic Forum (Foundation Board member)
UN Children's Fund (particularly the Global Leadership Initiative)
The Vaccine Fund (board member since 2002)
International Youth Foundation

FINCA (Foundation for International Community Assistance; board member since 2003)
International Osteoporosis Foundation

Visit to South Africa in 2006 where she visited the Tygerberg Hospital, the second largest hospital in Africa
She makes many public appearances, including a half-hour television interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show on May 17, 2006.[1]

And Crown-Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is not stupid, maybe he looks a bit stupid, but he does very important work fore The Netherlands.
Fore example he is specialised in water management which is Very important fore our Country because our country is below sea level.
And we have to protect our self with some sort of long hills near the sea, so when the water comes to high is stops the water getting in our Houses. (I know because I live next to the sea)
And Willem-Alexandra just emerged the government (last weak) to make those hills and other protection higher and better because their to weak and are don't resist a heavily storm. ( If the storm came right now the half of the Netherlands was under water and gone.
The government approved wit the Prince and is making plans to improve the protection of our country.
So don't call him stupid, it is ok you don't find him a good Royal but stupid goes a bit to far.

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Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« Reply #35 on: October 27, 2006, 07:41:57 AM »
And here is collage of some of the Royals who were the best at being Royal.   


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Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« Reply #36 on: October 27, 2006, 08:55:33 AM »
And some with the Royals being worst at being Royal.

It is not really fair "Vicky'' is in my list  ::), because she didn't get the opportunity the be a Good Empress. (99days)

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Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« Reply #37 on: October 27, 2006, 10:08:04 AM »
A real rogue's gallery in that last post, RN.  :) I almost fell over when I saw my beloved Vicky on the list though! Is that Prince Philip on the bottom row, underneath Carol II?

As for Sisi, I can't believe I left her off my worst list--a major exclusion.

As for Anne, I guess it depends on what criteria you use to judge a royal. If it is a more modern interpretation of being liked as well as respected, a smiling and happy (not to mentioned well-dressed) face for the public, then she's not very good. If it's a more old-fashioned example of doing one's duty and being very involved in charity endeavors, then she's definitely one of the best.

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Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« Reply #38 on: October 27, 2006, 10:51:23 AM »
Why was Princess Liliian of Belguim regarded as so bad? I must confess I don't know anything about her, but she was quite beautiful, at least.

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Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« Reply #39 on: October 27, 2006, 02:09:02 PM »
A real rogue's gallery in that last post, RN.  :) I almost fell over when I saw my beloved Vicky on the list though! Is that Prince Philip on the bottom row, underneath Carol II?

As for Sisi, I can't believe I left her off my worst list--a major exclusion.

As for Anne, I guess it depends on what criteria you use to judge a royal. If it is a more modern interpretation of being liked as well as respected, a smiling and happy (not to mentioned well-dressed) face for the public, then she's not very good. If it's a more old-fashioned example of doing one's duty and being very involved in charity endeavors, then she's definitely one of the best.


 

 Thank you gdella, yes sorry for  poor ''Vicky'' she doesn't desire and belong in The Royal being worst Royal. ;D
She is not looking that happy either next to Lilian and Franz-Ferdinand of Austria, so lets say she is on a visit visiting her very worst Royal son Wilhelm II. ;) 
And Yes that is Prince Philip unterneath Carol II.

''Look she is smiling again'' :D

Yes princess Lilian was quite beautiful (and had a very Royal elegant look), but she was not much loved by the Belgium people.
She hardly showed her self in public, not even at the Funeral of Boudewijn and at more important family occasions.
And received allot of money until her death, but didn't do anything fore it some people didn't appreciated that.
She sold some family- jewels that belonged to the very Beloved Queen Astrid of Belgium and sold the Cartier-tiara of Queen Elisabeth.
And she had a bad start she married Leopold in 1941 in secret and the announced it later if I’m correct.
The Belgium’s were shocked because Leopold promised to share the same destiny like his soldiers living like a prisoner of war.
But in the mean time he was busy with ladies (he visited Lilian in her villa during the capitulation) how could he do that when most of his soldiers were prisoners of war and his people were suffering from the War.
The Beloved Queen Astrid had died only six years before Leopold's new wedding and The people didn't forgot their legendary Queen. (And still didn't forget her) 
And their were rumours that after the Liberation in 1945, Lillian wanted to return as Queen. (because she was Princess of Retie and didn’t get the title of Queen when she married Leopold)
So you see Lilian was beautiful but not loved by her people.
I much say I never liked her either, I always thought she looked like a bad stepmother. (But Boudewijn Leopold’s son saw her as his mother so...)

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Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« Reply #40 on: October 27, 2006, 10:42:36 PM »
In my personal opinion, I have more respect for Queen Alexandra (as a person & as a royal) as opposed to Marie Feodorovna. From what I've read about Marie Feodorovna, she didn't have the more widespread kindness that her sister had. I think Queen Alexandra also had more compassion for others, particularly those under her, as opposed to Marie Feodorovna. However some of it I think owes to the more rigid protocol of Russian high society. I also think that Marie F. was possesive of her children to the point of jealousy, rudeness & arrogance. I also just find simple people more attractive, personally & I think Queen Alexandra was much more simple than M.F.

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Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« Reply #41 on: October 28, 2006, 02:04:50 AM »
ACK!! I forgot about Sisi. Well, she's on my "worst" list now.




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Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« Reply #42 on: October 28, 2006, 06:20:13 AM »
thanks for the galleries  royal_netherlands   :)

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Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« Reply #43 on: October 28, 2006, 08:45:22 AM »
You're welcomme Laurra. :D

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Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« Reply #44 on: October 28, 2006, 11:03:41 AM »
Queen Rania is not just a fashion Queen ore something like that, she does allot of charity work and is a very good Royal.
It is so easy to say ''Eva Peron of the Middle East'' just because she looks beautiful and that automatically means she doesn't do any thing else.

I am offended that you put such silly words in my mouth.
Where did I implied that Rania was just a pretty clothe horse?
I suggest you read about Eva Peron (the political astuteness, the corruption, the dictator husband, the charity work used as a PR tool, the extraordinary prodigality and extravagant lifestyle financed by public funds while the vast majority of the population was starving, etc.). Then read about the political, economical and social state of Jordan, who is in so many way similar to the Argentina of Peron, and then about Rania and her husband.
Then maybe you will get the comparison.

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And Crown-Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is not stupid, maybe he looks a bit stupid, but he does very important work fore The Netherlands.

I don't see how those two things are mutually exclusive.
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