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Old 05-03-2016, 03:16 PM
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Well, after a general election. The Queen usually appoint a Royal Investigator, based on who a majority of the individual party-leaders recommend.

The Royal Investigator then probes the possibilities for forming a government - usually with himself as the leader.
The Royal Investigator then returns to the Queen and inform her that he now has a majority for forming a government. Again usually with himself as the PM.
The Queen then formally request him to form a government.

The Royal Investigator returns with the persons he wish to form a government with, requesting her approval. Of course the Queen know in advance who is coming.
The Queen approves the future ministers with her signature and at the same time they are presented to her - after all it's her they are working for and all the authority they have is in her name.

The ministers now go to the individual ministries where they have a little ceremony and formally take over, also by signing a paper. That is to ensure that it is always clear who is running what at any given time. And from that moment the new government ministers are in office - and that also applies to the PM.

Alternatively, if after a general election the government is still in majority, the majority of the party-leaders will simply point to the acting PM. Who will then inform the Queen that the government has a majority to continue and the Queen approves with her signature, for the records. But unless there is a government reshuffle there is no formal take-over at the ministries.
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Old 11-13-2016, 02:45 PM
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Summary of a Q&A in Billed Bladet #45, 2016.

Where a Kalle Jacobsen asks that since QMII as the Monarch is the Commander-in-Chief, and as such also the military intelligence agency FET. Is she as such also the head of PET (the police intelligence service)?

Jon Bloch Skipper responds yes and no.
PET is under the Ministry of Justice, just like the rest of the police.
All government, regional and municipal authority in DK is in the name of the Monarch, legitimized by the signature of the Monarch (or Regent of Rigsforstander).
So technically she is head of PET, since they act in her name, but in reality PET is administered by the government, I.e. the Minister of Justice.
So QMII can't call the head of PET and order something.
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:08 AM
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Tomorrow Monday, a new government will be presented outside Amalienborg.

The current one-party government will be expanded with two more parties. The PM hopes this will help the right side of the Parliament to better co-operate. (And keep him in power...). - But it still takes at least 90 seats to have a majority and that is not the case. The new government will remain a minority-government. - And from a personal view I fear it will be a government with a pretty asocial politics if they had the had the majority to do what they want. So at the next general election I cannot see myself vote Liberal (the PM's party) as I have for many years. Not with that constellation of parties! Being Liberal IMO doesn't mean you have to kick the poor, sick and unfortunate.

Anyway, what happens is that the PM, Lars Løkke, tomorrow go to QMII and request she accept the resignation of the current government and at the same time he will inform her that he has not got a majority in the Parliament against him forming a new government, with him as PM (*). As such he will request that she accept a new government with him continuing as PM. - QMII will naturally accept.
Then the PM will present her with a new list of ministers and ask for QMII's approval. She will accept.
The ministers who are to leave their offices will later go to QMII and offer their resignation. Which she will accept and at the same time thank them for their service.
Then the new ministers will go to QMII and request that she approve of them. That QMII will do.

The new government will then be officially presented in front of Amalienborg. Then the formal handing over will take place in the various ministries in the hours to follow. And by mid-afternoon tomorrow we will have a new functioning government in DK.

(*) A government need not have a majority of seats voting for the government.
It only needs a majority of seats in the Parliament not voting against it.
Needless to say that it is much easier to govern if you have a majority of seats, but many if not most Danish governments have been minority governments, which means they often have had to work with the opposition.
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Old 11-27-2016, 01:51 PM
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Tomorrow Monday, a new government will be presented outside Amalienborg.

The current one-party government will be expanded with two more parties. The PM hopes this will help the right side of the Parliament to better co-operate. (And keep him in power...). - But it still takes at least 90 seats to have a majority and that is not the case. The new government will remain a minority-government. - And from a personal view I fear it will be a government with a pretty asocial politics if they had the had the majority to do what they want. So at the next general election I cannot see myself vote Liberal (the PM's party) as I have for many years. Not with that constellation of parties! Being Liberal IMO doesn't mean you have to kick the poor, sick and unfortunate.

Anyway, what happens is that the PM, Lars Løkke, tomorrow go to QMII and request she accept the resignation of the current government and at the same time he will inform her that he has not got a majority in the Parliament against him forming a new government, with him as PM (*). As such he will request that she accept a new government with him continuing as PM. - QMII will naturally accept.
Then the PM will present her with a new list of ministers and ask for QMII's approval. She will accept.
The ministers who are to leave their offices will later go to QMII and offer their resignation. Which she will accept and at the same time thank them for their service.
Then the new ministers will go to QMII and request that she approve of them. That QMII will do.

The new government will then be officially presented in front of Amalienborg. Then the formal handing over will take place in the various ministries in the hours to follow. And by mid-afternoon tomorrow we will have a new functioning government in DK.

(*) A government need not have a majority of seats voting for the government.
It only needs a majority of seats in the Parliament not voting against it.
Needless to say that it is much easier to govern if you have a majority of seats, but many if not most Danish governments have been minority governments, which means they often have had to work with the opposition.
Thanks for this note, as always, Muhler! I shall look forward to further developments in this interesting period in Danish political history!
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Old 11-28-2016, 11:31 AM
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more on the new government formation today.
Regeringsdannelse | Kongehuset
Præsentation af ny regering | Kongehuset

Today, there were also public audiences scheduled, which Frederik took over for the Queen

"Public audience at Christiansborg Palace at. 10:00.
As a result of H.M. The Queen receives government Lars Løkke Rasmussen III, handled the public audience by HRH the Crown Prince."
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Old 11-28-2016, 02:46 PM
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Thanks, polyesco.

Yes, now the PM, Lars Løkke, has ensured he can sit in his chair for at least one more year. - But at a very high prize for one of the coalition parties! Liberal Alliance. They just haven't realized it yet...

Well, I won't shed a tear seeing that party going into a complete meltdown. A more apt name for that party would IMO be Selfish Alliance.
But at least the biggest, shall we say, empathy-challenged person in that party, Joachim B Olsen, didn't get a post. - Perhaps he was thought too inept or more likely the opposition and the support party, the Danish People's Party, would have crucified him at the first opportunity and otherwise refused to co-operate with the government.

The government now holds 53 seats and they need 90 seats to accomplish anything and that means they are totally dependent on the largest opposition party, the Social Democrats or the largest "right wing" support party, the Danish People's Party. That'll cost! - Especially since these two parties basically share more or less the same views on a large number of key issues. (*)
But the PM can remain in his chair for a little while yet - and that is all that matters...
Because had he called a general election now (because he really doesn't have a majority for the politic he wish to pursue) he would have been history, both as a PM and as a party leader and that would, at best, have meant oblivion in the EU-Parliament with the other has-beens.

One noticable minister today, is Thyra Frank. who has become Minister for the Elderly. She actually knows what she's talking about and has many years of experience. And she's very passionate. She has some very good ideas and I predict she will become the most lamented minister once this government falls.

(*) Basically we have two social democrat parties in DK right now. The "old" Social Democrats, who are finding their roots after the last disastrous period as government, where they were forced to pursue a politic in complete contrast to their voters.
And the Danish Peoples Party, which are right wing social democrats with a nationalist and somewhat xenophobic streak. (Read: anti-Muslim, anti-immigration from non-western countries).
The current government is as said above totally in the mercy of these two parties. So the two most influential people in DK politics right now is not the PM, Lars Løkke. But the chairwoman of the Social Democrats, Mette Frederiksen (who is very likely to become the next PM) and Thulesen Dahl, the leader of the Danish Peoples Party, who may very well form an official or unofficial union with the Social Democrats after the next election.
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Old 12-17-2016, 09:28 AM
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I thought it might be an idea to have a look at what goes on, when QMII receive an ambassador. Because as you know USA is going to have a new president and the peculiar thing about the US system is that they change ambassadors when there is a new administration.

QMII herself explained it very well.

At some point next year the current US ambassador to DK will have an audience with QMII (and perhaps Frederik as well), where he will formally say goodbye and I imagine he may be presented with an order or a commemorative medal.
He will still be the US ambassador though after that audience.

In the eyes of the DRF and protocol-wise an ambassador is the direct representative of his/her head of state, (I.e. ear to mouth) which is not necessarily also the government. That means that a new ambassador will be received appropriately as befits someone who is the direct representative for a foreign head of state.
And that means the ambassador will be driven in a horse-drawn carriage to Amalienborg escorted by Guards Hussars. (Good practice). Often the ambassador will wear a national costume (*).
At Amalienborg an honor guard from the Royal Lifeguard Regiment will meet him and here he/she will be received by members of the court and hand over (a copy of) his credentials, authorizing him as the official ambassador for in this case USA. At the same time he will present the letter of dismissal for the former ambassador.
When QMII have read these letters and they have been noted in protocols, later to end up in the Archive of the Realm.
Then the ambassador will be led in to a personal and formal audience with QMII (and perhaps Frederik) where he will be officially welcomed to Denmark and officially present QMII with his credentials. (Which of course she won't read here and now, since she already know the contents). - Then the new ambassador is officially the US ambassador, not before.
That's the end of the formal audience.
Shortly after follow a more informal meeting with QMII, which also include any staff the ambassador brings with him, as well as members of the court and perhaps representatives from the Foreign Ministry.
Here refreshments are served and the ambassador have a more informal chat with QMII, - but not about political issues though.

When the ambassador leaves Amalienborg he/she is now His/Her Excellency the Ambassador for the United States of America in the Kingdom of Denmark.

DK is one of the few countries where such an elaborate and formal ceremony takes place.
All ambassadors receive the same welcome.

(*) AFAIK USA doesn't have a national costume but I think it could be stylish if USA adopted one. And since the US diplomatic service started in the latter 1700's, a costume, complete with a tricorn hat, from that period would IMO be a stylish touch.
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Old 12-17-2016, 10:02 AM
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Thank you so much for explaining all that happens with a new Ambassador to Denmark. I really do like the pomp and the circumstance and the protocol that is followed to the letter in each case and to me, it makes it so much more meaningful.

I, also, would love to see a national costume such as you described. That's one thing that I think is missing in the USA. It would be so much more colorful and historically meaningful if the USA added a bit of pomp and circumstance to things. As it stands now, its pretty much boring.
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Old 12-17-2016, 12:14 PM
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DK is one of the few countries where such an elaborate and formal ceremony takes place.
All ambassadors receive the same welcome.
I think in most monarchies the ambassadors are driven to Palace's in an elaborate way. Even in Spain they are driven to the Place in a horsedran carriage.
here is a Video about Denmark. I only found it a bit surprsing that the Queen is ab bit informally dreseed (if she wears what she wore at the inspection of the Guards) for the actual ceremony. i had expecdted more something like she werars at the new Years Courts so she can also wear her Orders.
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Old 12-17-2016, 01:31 PM
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QMII has the advantage of the home turf, she doesn't, so to speak, have to "outflash" her guests.
Especially since not all ambassadors come in a national attire. That may explain her more informal wear. But I can imagine she wear an order from the country the ambassador is coming from and just change to a new one, when she meets a new one.

In fact we don't have a national attire in DK, we only have local costumes. And we also have the problem that a Danish ambassador also represent Greenland and the Faroe Islands, who can sometimes be a little sensitive when they are lumped in with the Danes.

Most of the times the ambassadors come in groups, two or three.
Each ambassador is picked up at Kastellet (Copenhagen Fortress HQ) about a kilometer from Amalienborg at a specific time, then driven to Amalienborg. While ambassador A is in audience, the escort returns to Kastellet for ambassador B.
While ambassador B is in audience and the escort returns to pick up ambassador C, ambassador A is waiting in a chamber chatting with gentlemen from the court and the Foreign Ministry.
I'll imagine all that will take no more than an hour, then it's time for an informal communal audience with refreshments and additional small talk, before the new ambassadors are picked up by cars from their embassies.
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Queen Margrethe received today Norway's ambassador Ingvard harbor and historian Rasmus Glenthøj, who presented the book "Between Brothers. Danish-Norwegian cohabitation in 600 years."

http://kongehuset.dk/sites/default/f...?itok=5NDioBis
http://kongehuset.dk/sites/default/f...?itok=Fz4UpkOu
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Old 01-16-2017, 01:06 PM
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Today QMII met two ambassadors for a farewell audience.

One of them is (he'll remain the ambassador until relieved) the Aerican ambassador Rufus Gifford and his husband, Steve. - They were married in DK BTW.
He was honored with the Grand Cross of the Order of Dannebrog for his work in creating good relations between DK and USA.
- I don't know if that's fairly normal.
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