The royal peer group Tuesday, Aug 17 2010 

Probably not the first time I’ll be posting about The Royal Peer Group, I just came across the image open in my tabs still (ugh, yeah I should be working on my thesis), and decided it was time I finally shared it.

For the moment, ignore Máxi pinching Freddles’ butt to make him at least look sober (though he certainly wasn’t at this point) and look over his shoulder at Guillaume and Mette-Marit being friendly. What a few glasses of wine on an empty stomach can all do *g*.

As I said before, it’s good to see Guillaume being relaxed with his peers, considering he usually comes across overly-correct and a bit stiff. There also are pictures (which I don’t currently have) with Guillaume and Andrea sitting next to each other at a football game in Monaco, not just looking idle and bored (okay, those pictures I do have) but actually laughing and what seems to be talking. (Contrary to what we portrayed in YHR, but hey, fiction!) Yup, it does my heart good.

Noooow… Compare Guillaume with Freddles. Guillaume, still spiff and speck and correct with the sash straight and sitting over his shoulder and Freddles…sash crumpled up, looking not exactly sober… Ah Fred *shakes head*. I fear for Denmark when thou art king.

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A game royal Thursday, Jul 8 2010 

Well, well, it looks like our dear princes aren’t the only ones interested in footie.

Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Màxima were present when the Netherlands destroyed Uruguay (*sniff* poor Urus… *sniff* and all because Luis couldn’t be there…).

While my heart goes out to the Urus and their plight (and my plight, because now they’re playing Germany and my loyalties remain divided on this one), it’s nice to see WA and Maxi go all out like this. It’s obvious they’re having fun being there and aren’t doing it just because it’s their duty. Very refreshing.

But it indeed is a very royal game, when even Kings and Queens are in attendance:

Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos of Spain watching the game just last night, when Spain utterly destroyed any notion of championship Germany might have had. And truth be told, I don’t much care, which is somewhat, well, mean towards my country’s team but they really played abysmal. Which probably takes care of my divided loyalties too, because they just don’t deserve any kind of placement.

Also watching a came, a couple of weeks ago already, were Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock (not his fiancée then), but with Charlene being a native South African, that was to be expected.

One would think that teams are somehow having the upper hand when their monarch, or a future monarch at least, is watching. This brings about an interesting notion for Sunday, when the Netherlands and Spain are competing. And I guess you can say it’s a given that at least WA And Màxima will be watching indeed.

The royal world of football Sunday, Jul 4 2010 

No, I haven’t forgotten this blog of course. But between the hellish weather, my workload, football and whatever else life decides to throw at me, I’ve simply not had the time.

I’m aware I still haven’t worked through all the wedding guests I wanted but well ^^;

Anyway, football. You can draw me in about every two years, simply by the fact that if I don’t watch it, I’m the odd one out in the circles I move in, so watching it is pretty much a survival mechanism for me. Four years ago we had the World Cup here in the country and since then…people are crazy. And this year, after so many of the players dropped out prior to the actual start due to injuries, no one really believed things could turn out well…and now we’re in for half-finals. Huh.

But this isn’t about me, right? Things is, football is immensely popular all through Europe, and royalty is no exclusion, naturally.

I already showed you Freddles and Willem Alexander in one post and William and Harry in another.

And I’m sure England would have done better if Wills and Harry would have stayed around to watch more games! But no, Wills had to go and become the most junior members of the Royal Society of Britain and Harry had to go off to NY and throw the first ball at a Metz game (at least he left 50 minutes in to watch Ghana declass the US *g*).

The Netherlands have done quite well during the competition and I’m fully expecting to see Willem-Alexander again at the half-finals. At least now they won’t have to play Argentina, because that could have become interesting in the house of Nassau-Orange, what with Màxima being from Argentina ^^.

Considering this blog, it should be clear here my loyalties lie with that game, but! I have developed a soft spot for the Urus. And not (only ;-P) because striker Diego Forlán looks like Andrea Casiraghi. The Urus are also such cute cuddlers after goals. *sigh* My loyalties aren’t divided, they clearly lie with Uruguay. Sorry, Netherlands, but there’s natural rivalry between you and us.

Now, what will happens if we’ll see a game Germany vs. Uruguay I don’t know.

Anyway, when Germany beat Argentina yesterday, it seems we had another royal spectator:

Carl Philip! And looking good *drool*. Ahem. :-)

Funnily enough, Lara said she saw Charleze during half-time break and she was alone. But maybe our prince just needed a bathroom break ^^.

It’s nice. Now, I’m the last who will be drawing conclusions as to what CP is doing with South African Hollywood actress Charleze Theron, for the simply reason that she’s a) not his type and b) way out of his league, due to the simply fact that she’s famous. If he started anything with her he wouldn’t get out of the limelight anymore and he won’t want that. Still, it’s interesting, especially as CP does have his charities but all of those are in Sweden. Now, with Charleze – who is active in the fight against HIV in her home country – he could have a foot in the door to Africa, the same continent where Princes William and Harry have been active for years.

Network in the making, perhaps?

So, let’s hope he got to chatting with her at some point *g*.

I’m glad to see he’s looking so good, and I suppose he won’t have been in South Africa simply for that one game (Expressen says it was a private visit rather than an official one), so we might see him again at the half-finals and finals, which would be nice ^^. There would be enough time before Victoriadagen at the 14th for him to see all the games.

I’m definitely amused *g*.

Why the Netherlands HAD to win Wednesday, Jun 16 2010 

Here’s why the Netherlands were destined to triumph over Denmark in the recent world cup preliminaries:

With a prince quite as dedicated as Willem-Alexander in the stands in contrast to Frederik (who the hell dressed you today? get rid of that shirt), who doesn’t even has so much as a fan-scarf… The lower countries just had to triumph!

;-)