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« on: January 31, 2013, 05:35:52 am »

In lieu of the Prince's birthday in the midst of what is a rather delicate moment for the monarchy, Spanish newspaper El País published this beautiful article yesterday: http://elpais.com/elpais/2013/01/29/eps/1359454913_997569.html

It really is a must-read. It's very long so I can't translate all of it, but if you're looking for the really good tidbits, here are some highlights I thought you guys would like.


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El Príncipe no concede entrevistas y sus declaraciones off the record son contadas. Solo escarbando en sus discursos, donde siempre hila tan fino como si tejiera las barbas de un antílope de Cachemira, se vislumbra algún indicio de lo que piensa. En 2006 me confirmó que los que pronuncia en torno a sus fundaciones (Príncipe de Asturias y Príncipe de Girona) “son los más míos; en ellos siempre meto algún mensaje personal a los españoles, sobre todo a los jóvenes”.

The Prince doesn't give interviews and his off-the-record remarks are few. Only by studying his speeches closely can one see a small hint of what he's really thinking. In 2006 he confirmed that the speeches he gives at his charities (Prince of Asturias and Prince of Girona) "are the most personal; in them I always leave a personal message for the Spanish, especiallyy for our youth".

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"[...]tiene la obsesión de hacerlo bien, de ser útil; de unir, integrar y trabajar por España; de prestigiar a su país; de ser aceptado por todos más allá de las coyunturas políticas. Cree en la institución monárquica, en su papel en este siglo, en sus posibilidades de ser un vehículo de concordia y convivencia en la España plural, pero también sabe que necesita un lifting. [...] “Es un oficio que solo tiene un objetivo, servir a los españoles. Un oficio de familia que estamos obligados a perfeccionar a diario; somos una especie de servicio público donde tienes que estar a cualquier hora de cualquier día del año al servicio de tu país. Y ahí caben muchas cosas. Toda mi vida ha estado dirigida a eso”."

He is obsessed with doing things the right way, with being useful, with unificating, integrating and serving Spain; with bringing prestige to his country; with being accepted by all well beyond political interests. He believes in the monarchic institution, in its role in the present century, in its potential for being a means for giving a common ground for a very plural Spain, but he also knows it needs to be updated. [...] "It's a jo that has only one goal: serving the Spanish. A family job which we are obligated to perfect day by day; we're a form of public service where you have to be serving your country at any hour of any day. And it implies many things. I've geared all my life towards this goal."


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Felipe de Borbón es fieramente humano. Un soñador que intenta no desviarse de la misión que le ha sido encomendada. Y dentro de esa forma de entender el mundo, no comprende la conducta de Urdangarin, que ha puesto en juego el prestigio y el futuro de la institución. Lo considera una traición. Durante estos largos años de aprendizaje ha intentado mantener una enorme coherencia en su vida, basándola en valores como la honestidad, integridad, solidaridad, servicio, utilidad y responsabilidad. Incluso renunció al amor cuando no convenía al futuro de la nación. [...] El Príncipe ha sido educado en el convencimiento de que la Monarquía, si no es ejemplar, no sirve, porque eso es lo que les exigen los ciudadanos. Y en ese libro de estilo no cabe la corrupción.

"Felipe of Borbón is fiercely human. A dreamer that tries not to lose track of the mission that has been bestowed upon him. And within that was of seeing the world, he can't understand Urdangarin's attitudes, which have put the prestige and the future of the royal institution in jeopardy. He sees it as treason. During the long years of learning, he has tried to maintain a highly coherent lifestyle, based on values such as honesty, integrity, solidarity, service, usefulness and responsibility. He's even given up on love when it wasn't favourable for the future of the nation. [...] The prince has been raised in the belief that the Monarchy is useless if it's not exemplary, because that is what the citizens demand. And in this form of living, there is no place for corruption."

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En los últimos tiempos ha circulado por La Zarzuela un estudio titulado Monarquías como marcas corporativas, dirigido por el profesor John M. T. Balmer, de la Universidad británica de Bradford, en el que se analizan las fortalezas y debilidades de las monarquías europeas. [...] Sin embargo, el estudio afirma que si las monarquías deterioran su reputación y prestigio por conmociones internas, si pierden el favor del legislativo o de la calle, están abocadas al ocaso. Por tanto, la primera labor de cada casa real es conservar el prestigio de la institución, que los ciudadanos la consideren útil, que nada empañe su imagen. Y ponerlas al día. Esa evolución es básica para su supervivencia. Algo que todos sus titulares han comenzado a hacer renunciando a algunos de sus privilegios, permitiendo a sus herederos que se casen con plebeyas, pagando impuestos, haciendo públicos sus ingresos, borrando las liturgias más palaciegas, eliminando la preferencia del varón sobre la hembra en la sucesión al trono, mezclándose con el pueblo y, en general, adoptando un estilo más austero.

"In the last few years, a book has been widely popular at La Zarzuela, called "Monarchies as corporate brands", by professor John M.T. Bamer, from Bradford University. In it, he analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of european royal families [...] The study claims that if monarchies let their prestige and reputation fall to the side due to internal conflict, if the political sector or public opinion stop being on their side, they're doomed. Therefore, the first task of every royal house is to preserve its prestige as an institution, for it to be considered useful by the people, and let nothing damage its image. This is something all title-holders have already started to put into practice, by allowing their heirs to marry commoners, paying taxes, informing the public of their income, erasing the most palatial protocols, eliminating the preference of male heirs over female heirs in succession laws, mixing with the people, and generally, adopting a more simple way of life."
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2013, 01:51:17 pm »

Thank you, Catrina !

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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2013, 05:30:25 pm »

Thanks for the translation Catrina.
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2013, 05:37:55 pm »

@Catrina,
Thanks for posting .
 

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 ¡Feliz Cumpleaños! al  Principe Felipe de Borbón y Grecia, Príncipe de Gerona y Viana, Duque de Montblanc, Conde de Cervera y Señor de Balaguer.


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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2013, 07:00:27 pm »

l o l El Pais cannot be more sycophant even if they tried.
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2013, 04:23:49 pm »

http://www.helloonline.com/royalty/2013013010923/prince-felipe-spain-45-birthday/
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2013, 01:20:54 am »

http://www.newmyroyals.com/2013/02/prince-felipe-and-princess-letizia-on.html
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2013, 02:03:12 am »

They look sweet together though he looks a bit tense.
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2013, 03:21:23 pm »

Berlin, maybe he's cold? As pretty as Letizia is she doesn't have too much meat on her body...and in a cold night like that the poor man is left with only a very small 'heater' .  Tongue

BTW...he's so handome too! And I love to hear him speak. I speak Spanish fluently but wish it was with that accent. If I had stayed in Spain as a child I would now speak like that.  Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2013, 12:14:30 am »

Happy belated bday! 
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