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Old 11-25-2017, 09:21 AM
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As always I am truly enjoying your commentary on Queen Daisy's visit anywhere. So I am wondering something, does she always travel with her chef and band when going to foreign countries? I can understand the chef for food in some parts of the world can effect the tummy really bad as it has happened to me. And does her lady in waiting travel with her also? She looks to be in good spirits and really on the ball with all the events here.

I did not know that Ghana and Denmark had that much in common so this is new to me, anywhere that I could read about it here or elsewhere would be of interest to me.....as always many Thanks for all that you do here for us monarchists and others.....
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Old 11-25-2017, 09:53 AM
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She doesn't travel with her own chef, as such. But there are often Danish chefs preparing the return dinner. - Cultural exchange and all that. Which of course includes gastronomy.

QMII always has a LiW on her travels, also private travels. And as they belong to her circle of friends they no doubt have a merry time together.

The Music Corps of the Royal Lifeguard Regiment are professional musicians, employed by the Ministry of Defense. Being professionals, parts of the corps often accompany the DRF when they are abroad showing the flag.
So they get to see a lot and often go to places normal musicians don't.
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Old 11-25-2017, 10:39 AM
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Thank you so much for the response Muhler. I would never want to be a royal yet would love to be in the background of a royal family......much more freedom and so interesting and at the same time challenging work. Being a maid is fine with me, I know how to take great care of clothes being a sewer since a child..........would be great to handle all those gorgeous clothes too. Any left overs in clothes, send they my way for I make great use of left over clothing.....quilts anyone.....
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Old 11-26-2017, 03:06 AM
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Here are some more galleries and articles with photos of the local press covering the Queen's state visit:


** belga gallery ** belga gallery **


** citifmonline: Queen Margrethe II tours Danish businesses in Ghana **


** modernghana: Denmark And Ghana Relations Takes New Direction **


** citifmonline: Danish Queen Margrethe II, visits Osu Mantse, Osu castle [Photos] **


And the Palace also added some more photos and another video:


** kongehuset.dk: Statsbesøg i Ghana - dag 3 **


** kongehuset.dk: VIDEO: H.M. Dronningen besøger ghanesisk perlemarked **
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DK television last night had a programme about the Queen's visit to Ghana -hopefully this link will work. It works for me in the UK. I got the gist of some of what was being said but maybe some of our wonderful Danish posters may offer a few translations especially of the Queen's comments.
https://www.dr.dk/tv/se/dronningen-i...gen-i-ghana#!/

This probably needs posting in the jewellery forum but I especially noticed the brooch that QM was wearing with her pink outfit. It looked like it was liquid inside but that doesn't seem right. Any ideas?
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:18 AM
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I watched it and it was good. I actually considered writing about it, but I didn't get around to post a link.

I'm glad you can watch it. I'll have a look at it later.
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Old 11-29-2017, 12:27 PM
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DK television last night had a programme about the Queen's visit to Ghana -hopefully this link will work. It works for me in the UK. I got the gist of some of what was being said but maybe some of our wonderful Danish posters may offer a few translations especially of the Queen's comments.
https://www.dr.dk/tv/se/dronningen-i...gen-i-ghana#!/
thank you for the link. I can watch it too
The Queen looks terrific
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I watched it and it was good. I actually considered writing about it, but I didn't get around to post a link.

I'm glad you can watch it. I'll have a look at it later.
I didn't like to mention you by name Muhler as you already do so much for us on this board but I was rather hoping......

QM was so obviously having a great time and the Ghanaians seemed thrilled to have her there.

Glad you can see the link polyesco and yes, the Queen looks terrific
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:46 PM
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https://www.dr.dk/tv/se/dronningen-i...gen-i-ghana#!/
Summary and comments based on the docu about the visit.

Okay, we start after the initial sequence and begin with the arrival right after sunset. Which was still pretty festive, albeit more low key than an official welcome.
This is QMII's 53rd state visit, and her first the Ghana.
There has been a considerable interest for this visit in Ghana. Because this visit also marks a transition for Ghana. From a country receiving aid, from Denmark among other countries, to a country that has now been elevated to a trading partner.
So apart from the business deals and investments this also marks Ghana's entry into the developed world so to speak. With stamp and seal and fanfare.

03:00 The official welcome by the President of Ghana.
QMII and PH visited all the other five Nordic nations the year she became Queen. We can well expect M&F to do something similar - plus Australia.
1986 in Egypt.
1988 in Morocco.
1996 in South Africa.
2008 in Tanzania. (Do enjoy QMII at 04:48!)
QMII finds it exciting to be in Ghana, especially as she has never been to West Africa before.

Danish merchants ships began sailing to West Africa in the mid 1600's. There is actually quite a lot of gold in this part of Africa.
Around 1680 we also begin buying slaves for use in the Americas. At this time some tribes in Ghana are already trading (also slaves) with other European countries. It is estimated that around 110.000 slaves were transported across the Atlantic aboard Danish ships. A slave in West Africa cost around the value of a bottle of liquor.
DK prohibits slave trade in 1803 (as the first nation actually, but not having slaves. Even though slaves are forbidden in Denmark itself. The Danish colonies in the Caribbeans are still very much run by slaves until 1848).
In 1850 the Danish outposts in Africa are sold to the British. Until Ghana gains its independence in 1957.

08:15 QMII visits the fort Christiansborg, which was and to some extent still is used by the Ghanese government. The fort is from 1661.
QMII is asked about the slave-trade and replies that the past is the past and we should be careful not to view the past with present eyes. It was a different time.

10:30 A number of local kings or chiefs have shown up. Today they act as local mayors or magistrates. - Notice the huge amount of colorful cloth they are wearing, as well as gold. Colorful cloth was and is a status symbol and the locals profited very much from the trade as is evident from the amount of gold they possessed.
Unsurprisingly QMII was delighted by the colorful outfits.

11:30 QMII pays a courtesy visit to the king responsible for area where Fort Christiansborg is located.
A kind of priest pour schnapps on the ground in order to please the spirits of the ancestors. QMII was fascinated by the way he executed it. Pouring out (Danish) schanpps in that effortless way is not that easy!

There are still of lot of traces from the Danish past, which after all lasted for 200 years until 1850.
That includes a number of the houses, some of which are still lived in by people who lived there "under the Danes".
The 77 year old gentleman here is invited for an event at Christiansborg Fort, because he is a direct ancestor of a Danish merchant.

A pretty hot TV-host, eh?

There will be no official Danish apology for the slave trade. That is in the past. Instead that chapter of Danish-Ghanese history is acknowledged openly. The Danish Foreign Minister (good grief!) is here giving an official unofficial apology for the past, which is welcomed in Ghana.

16.30 - But this is also about money. Ghana is the world's largest producer of cocoa beans and soon the largest container port in West Africa, will be located in Ghana, as well as insulin production/distribution.
For Denmark Ghana is a bridgehead into Africa, for Ghana Denmark means investments, improved infrastructure, jobs and export.
The port is the largest investment in the Ghanese infrastructure ever, and since Danish Mærks owns 35 % of the port, the res carpet is rolled out for QMII!

17:30 QMII's interest in art is well known and as such she visits a design center for art, where young talents develop themselves. - African art south of Sahara, is special. Art has traditionally not been made in order to be preserved for posterity. It is enjoyed or serves a function in the present and is either discarded or decays. (I learned that from PH).

19:00 Despite Ghana being a stable democracy, with freedom of speech, free from terrorism and with economic growth, there is still poverty in Ghana.

On the third day QMII and the delegation travels inland.
The last state visit by the Regent Couple was a couple of years ago to Indonesia. Here PH once again did what he is good at, creating a light and relaxed mood.
QMII admits it's a little odd going on a state visit on her own.
QMII visits a market far away from the capital, having a great time looking at all the colorful things, and doing some shopping, while creating quite a commotion among the locals.
She's in fine form! And the commentator believe this is a clear sign that she has no intention whatsoever to abdicate.

The last item on the agenda takes up the Volta River to a King, whose people 300 years ago managed to capture Fort Christiansborg and then prudently sold the place back to the Danes. They are pretty proud of that achievement!
They kept the keys to the fort though. And that key is today a relic and the press was not allowed to film the keys, which was shown to QMII. - There is a lot of superstition in Ghana, but then some people in the West believe in crystals and pyramids, so what's the difference?
The keys has huge symbolic meaning and is only presented on very special occasions.

At the end a member of the press wish QMII a nice trip up the river.
The King of the Akvama-people. Who today dominate Ghana, and with whom Denmark had profitable trade-relations.
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Old 11-30-2017, 05:37 AM
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Thank you sooooo much Muhler - you're a star, as always
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That was truly wonderful to read and watch the video Muhler. I found it so interesting to watch QM with all the activities going on and to see how she is very interested in everything down to the smallest detail. To still have that much vin and vigor at her age is telling me that she is still in peak form and willing to go the distance. Also saw her LIW with her on this trip. You are truly a dear to do this for us........

This isn't the correct thread yet I so loved her pretty pink dress and hat the best........and that brooch was amazing, a diamond circle with 2 pretty pink diamonds hanging in the middle, maybe ....give me the hat first for I love hats. no wait, brooch then the hat....
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Summary of interview and trivia from article in Billed Bladet #48, 2017.
Written by Trine Larsen.

We already know that QMII felt glad and relieved her husband is fine and in a nice, warm place (Egypt). And that fact enables her to relax and enjoy herself.

Q: But hasn't life changed for the Queen and the family?
QMII: "It will eventually, that will happen. But until now I can't claim that is has been a major change for us. The big change is, so to speak, that people are now aware of how my husband is faring. But then I also have to say that people have been immeasurably kind and obliging towards all of us and that helps us all a lot.
And then we'll take it from there".

QMII was indeed in fine form during the visit.
Q: Your Majesty... it's difficult to keep up with You.
QMII: (Laughing) Is it. - Yeah... well, but I actually don't think it's particularly hard. It's amusing (her favorite expression) and as it is said the desire can drive the work a long way". (Substitute with a similar expression in your own language.)

After so many years the 53rd state visit is still a pleasure.
The visit has been a positive experience of Ghana and people of Ghana and the development Ghana has been through.
While there is still poverty the country has gone through a considerable development since the independence in 1960. The democracy has been for well over ten years and that is reflected in the pride and self-awareness of the people.

Q: The Queen has been to Africa before - Can You spot changes in the years that have passed?
QMII: "Well, I've never been to West Africa before. This is the first time so there is no direct comparison. Well, it's Africa, alright, but neither South Africa nor Tanzania looks like Ghana or has the same history".

Q: Yesterday You also visited a lively area, where people cheered You and called the Queen Mama King...
QMII: "I didn't hear that. But it's funny, very amusing I think".

Q: Your husband is known to have a weakness for Africa and African art and the people down here. Does the Queen share that passion?
QMII: "I'm nearly as knowledgeable about it as my husband. But I can recognize many things has has been telling about and which he is interested in. So in that way I'm reminded of him and his interest down here, when I recognize things and features. And we have a lot of African art in our homes".

Q: Yes, the Queen and the Prince have almost as "Africa" at home in the palaces, than what is down here?
QMII: (Laughing). "Well, it isn't from the area around Ghana, but it is from West Africa, most of my husband's collection, so that's amusing".

QMII met President Akkufo-Addo several times and the two of them seemed to have a fine rapport between them.

She and the delegation stayed at Hotel Mövenpick. She had flown in on an air force Challenger with a stop in Algeria. After touching down and being received by the Vice-President at the airport, she went to the hotel for a change of clothes before departing for the Danish embassy for a reception only 1½ hour later.
With her went her hairdresser, Poul Nejlund.

39 Danish companies accompanied QMII in the business delegation. Among the a chocolate manufacturer, who purchase almost all their cocoa beans from Ghana, which is the largest exporter of cocoa beans in the world.
Fort Christiansborg is now called Osu Castle and is now the residence of the President.
Osu from the name of the local area, Osu. And as such QMII paid a visit to the King of Osu. (Whom you may remember sat high up on his throne, while QMII sat considerably further down. And it was here the spirits were served schnapps).
But she was presented with a couple of presents by the King, one being a large gilded scepter.

At some point QMII sailed up the Volta River - for half an hour - and that was actually the only relaxing item on the agenda on the whole trip. That is where she was out and about without any press and without having to do anything.

QMII also got the opportunity to visit the Kpong Market, the second largest market in Ghanw, where you can buy everything! "You can buy everything from tomatoes to sell-illuminating socks"!
But the market is famous for glass-beads recycled from bottles.

At the embassy QMII was presented with a present from staff, a gold-brooch, which she put on her dress - albeit with some difficult.

- But see for yourselves here: BB #48, 2017
(Enjoy in particular the great photo of our Marie, posing with Susse Wold at an AIDS concert. BTW Susse Wold is 79! Repeat 79 years old, born in 1938.)
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As you know, no matter how well things are planned something totally unexpected can happen.

That was also the case during QMII visit to Ghana. Or rather before her visit.
She flew with an air force Challenger and touched down in Algiers for refueling.
A quite ordinary thing and normally the dignitary in question, in this case QMII and two ministers, would be offered refreshments in a VIP lounge at the airport. No big deal, happens all the time. - But...

Upon touching down the plane was led to a red carpet, where a company sized honor guard waited as well several ministers and the Chairman of the Algerian Senate.
This unexpected very official welcome lasted an hour and was well featured on the Algerian news, but neither the Danish court nor the Danish Foreign Ministry has mentioned the episode.
The reason being that it from a Danish point of view was a mere pit-stop and such not planned and therefore not listed on any official calendars.

The Algerians however were happy to use this "visit" to cement the relations between Denmark (and EU) and Algeria.

https://www.bt.dk/royale/margrethes-...tet-og-det-kom

Queen of Denmark Marguerite II makes technical stop at Algiers

- And wouldn't you know. On the way back from Ghana, she got a similar reception once again in Algeirs.

The international protocol for traveling heads of state says that the head of state must be received with full honors upon arriving in the country that person is to visit.
But stop for refueling or change of plane or something similar is not considered a visit and as such no official welcome is needed. Instead they will be offered hospitality while waiting to take off again - and otherwise left alone. Heads of states are after all just like everybody else, they also like to stretch their legs after a long flight and they also suffer from jet lag.

The protocol also says that if a head of state is on holiday that person will be treated as being there incognito, so to speak, and pretty much left alone.

Otherwise some airports, like in New York, would have permanent honor guards standing at the runways nearly 24/7/365!
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