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Old 06-11-2014, 09:54 PM
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And another thanks from me to those who shared some photos and videos with us. It appears that the DRF get along nicely and that there isn't any tension between them, like some other European RFs.
I agree! I don't for one minute think that they are perfect....like all families, they will have their ups and downs! But for the most part from photos, videos and interviews, the DRF come across as a happy, united family! Margrethe and Henrik appear to be soul mates still after 47 years of marriage. Frederik and Joachim are happily married with 4 children each! The brothers and sisters-in-law appear to have warm, cordial relationships! Everyone has their role and place in the family.

Even though the DRF are a royal family, it appears that the emphasis is more on family rather than royal (if you understand my meaning). I don't think you can ask for anything more than that!
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:56 PM
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Neither can I hear much in the video, Muhler... I do can hear a reporter ask Henrik: "You are very gastronomic, do you then have the perfect recipe how to fill 80 years?" Which Henrik, Margrethe and Mary find quite funny.

And then I can hear that Margrethe says to Christian: "Come and stand here with me, oh you big boy..." As always, it's unavoidable to notice the special bond Margrethe and Christian has. They are always walking hand in hand and never more than max a step from each other at those events. The same thing with Henrik and his first little girl Isabella ...
Thanks for trying, I could not hear the French well either, except "welcome to the Prince's...." and watch the body language of the Crown Prince laughing at his father's joke! Ah well, it was fun to see the pictures anyway and imagine what fun must have been going on inside the chateau!
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Old 06-12-2014, 04:27 AM
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australian media "little josephine becoming a mini mary" :-)

http://womansday.com.au

bt with a little photogalleri of marys lovely dress...it is from danish ilse jacobsen :)

http://bt.dk/galleri/mode-skoenhed/m...-din-model-her
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:33 AM
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Trivia based on two articles in Billed Bladet #24, 2014.
Written by Marianne Singer & Annelise Weimann.

At the reception in the Orangerie at Fredensborg Mary wore a dress by Dolce & Gabbana and a clutch by Carlend Copenhagen.

We also get an explanation for why the elder Heerings haven't been seen lately. Actually Susanne Heering was present at the reception and she also recently went to an audience with QMII to say thanks for her Knights Cross. But her husband, Peter Heering is in poor health. He suffers from osteoporosis (spll?).
350 guests were present at the reception and they were basically one long list of friends of the Regent Couple.

As you know PH was celebrated with a gala show at the DR1 Concert Hall. There is an entire article dedicated to Bella.
Here we learn that Mary's hairdresser, Søren Hedegaard, had also done Bella's hair. - She looked pretty pleased with the result IMO. I guess even royal girls go through a princess-phase. However it was also noticed that she wore a patch on her right heel, presumably to prevent chafing.
But as it was also noted, Bella might have been in princess-mode but the bruises on her shins suggests that at other times she may be more tomboyish.

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ADDED: Additional pics from the photosession at Cayz, from Royalista:
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Nice little portrait of Vincent, eh?

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And a nice portrait of Mary.

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Cue Polyesco, et al... in three...two...one...

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Guess the thunder-flies or whatever you call them were annoying. (You know, the tiny black annoying things that turn up when there is a thunderstorm in the air).

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This is a very nice pic.

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Farfar/grandpapa and his little girl.

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Bette Henrik is very fond of Nikolai indeed!

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He doesn't look that well, though.

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A very nice pic of our Marie with a daughter having mischief bend in a neon sign above her.

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Mary in a typical parent situation. Your children are heading in each direction while your focus is directed elsewhere.

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Won't Mary trip in that dress?
As for Frederik's legs, well to quote a former colleague: der er sgu ingen fare for at man får stådreng...

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And who can resist this one? - We really need a smiley covering that.

Mary's green dress is by Ilse Jacobsen.
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:49 AM
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Nice large pics, thanks!

A little thought I had this morning... With this family photosession yesterday I wonder if there will be the usual photosession at Gråsten next month? Somehow I doubt. It's only 4-5 weeks from now. But who knows?
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:42 AM
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I think we will. Why not? It's two different occasions.
Apart from that I don't think we will be cheated of pics of the DRF children this summer!
In August we will have at least Bella and Christian in Greenlandic national attire.
And perhaps the twins as well.

Here is an internal view of the Orangerie at Fredensborg, where the latest portrait of PH was unveiled.
Nice setting, eh?
Note: Very large file, allow time to load.
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(There are many details and the filtering has made the photo almost artistic, which is why I haven't downsized it).
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Old 06-12-2014, 03:01 PM
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A pretty honest and straightforward article from Jyllands Posten on how the Danish tribe has changed it's view on PH.
Fra fransk klovn til dansk folkeeje - Indlands-Indblik - Indblik
Concluding that he is now "folkekær". Not easy to translate accurately. Someone who is very dear to the general public or very popular among the people.
Most politicians have wet dreams of being labelled "folkekær", just once. But for almost all it's a hopeless dream.

QMII is not "folkekær". She's immensely respected and also generally popular, but not "folkekær".
Frederik IX got very close to be "folkekær", while Queen Ingrid like QMII, was immensely respected.

Frederik, I think, will get there if I am to look into the future. Due to his approachabillity (is that even a word?) and his people-skills.

It's a pretty long article but I actually think it nails it.
With gallery: http://foto.jp.dk/fotosite_albumview.php?serie=3487

There is however one detail in the article I didn't know. In Indochina, PH, his father and older brother ended up in a twenty minutes firefight with Vietcong guerillas. With four dead guerillas left behind.
That must have been sometime between the end of WWII and before Dien Bien Phu in 1953, with PH being a teenager.
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:08 PM
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The pictures are excellent, and the atmosphere seems to have been pleasant and relaxed. Nice to see the photos!
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:07 AM
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This portrait is brilliant and the perfect gift! Prince Henrik rides a unicorn | Royalista
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:19 PM
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I agree! I don't for one minute think that they are perfect....like all families, they will have their ups and downs! But for the most part from photos, videos and interviews, the DRF come across as a happy, united family! Margrethe and Henrik appear to be soul mates still after 47 years of marriage. Frederik and Joachim are happily married with 4 children each! The brothers and sisters-in-law appear to have warm, cordial relationships! Everyone has their role and place in the family.

Even though the DRF are a royal family, it appears that the emphasis is more on family rather than royal (if you understand my meaning). I don't think you can ask for anything more than that!
Yes, I understand where you're coming from. From what I've seen, I think it's lovely to see a lot of positive relationships within the DRF.

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Here's the stamp which was released for Prince Henrik's birthday:

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Old 06-14-2014, 01:28 AM
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I believe photo shoots are photo shoots, and that's the way they should be perceived. I don't think the DRF family members are any happier or less happy than any other family. Only fools would show what's really going on in photo shoots like this.

It's life, and we're all mere mortals.

As for the unicorn photo; I don't understand the purpose of the unicorn at all, but it really doesn't matter.
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Old 06-15-2014, 05:28 AM
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Thanks to all for posting the links.
So many great photos, Prince Henrik looks a happy man and his family pleased to spend his day with him.

What a lovely photo of Christian and Isabella they are growing up so fast, and of course the one of the adorable, they are sweet little kids.
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Old 06-18-2014, 03:22 PM
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In connection with his 80th birthday PH has given an interview with Euroman. One of the things he told about was a firefight he was involved with in Indochina as a teenager.

Prins Henrik afslører: Jeg var i krig som teenager - Royale | www.bt.dk

PH told Euroman: "I was at war for the first time when I was fifteen-sixteen. My father, my younger brother and I spend the night at one of our estates in the mountains in Indochina.
There were three rows of barbed wire around and with permission form the government we had brought weapons with us because we knew about the risk of being attacked by Viet Minh soldiers.
They always attacked at night and suddenly it happened: We threw grenades and fired rifles. Human lives were lost. That's war".

(Another source mentions four Viet Minh dead being left behind after the attack).
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:09 PM
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wow.
never knew he fault in battle before
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Old 06-19-2014, 08:57 AM
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Neither did I. I knew he was a conscript NCO in Algeria during the war there, but he served in the military intelligence and I doubt he saw much if any direct action there.
In complete contrast to the professional combat regiments and the very unfortunate conscripts who served in isolated outpost along observation lines. - Poorly equipped and poorly trained these conscripts faced the very realy possibillity of being overrun - or worse; being taken prisoner...
I understand PH served most of his time in Algier.

It may also be doubtful how much fighting PH actually did in that engagement in Indochina. Please do not misunderstand I intend in no way to put him down. However, there would have been other people present, overseers, staff at the estate and possibly guards as well and a fifteen-sixteen year old untrained boy would have been of very limited use in a night fight. I think he would at best have fired a few shots in the general direction of muzzle-flashes and at what he might have percieved as moving shadows in the dark.
But someone in that fight was a good fighter, probably ex-soldiers. Because I read elsewhere that four Dead Viet Minh were left behind.
That indicates a number of things: That the attack was beaten back decisively, for them to leave their deads behind and that the fight took place at a pretty close distance, because in a time with no night fighting equipment to speak of, it would be down to blind luck if you can hit, let alone kill, anyone at distance at night. So the attack in my assessment must have penetrated at least one line of barbed wire or gone through a gate.

Summary of article in Billed Bladet #25, 2014.
Written by our woman in France, Annelise Weimann.

It was a hot forenoon, with the temperature already above 30 degrees C, when the DRF emerged from Chateau Cayx a little before 11.00.
With PH declaring: "The best present I have had is that my whole family is gathered", the members sat down to pose on two benches.
Christian held grandpapa's dachhund, Rosina, in his arms. It was a problem getting the older children to pose, but the younger ones were a little harder to keep reigned in. When Vincent wasn't playing hide and seek behind his mother, he needed a little comfort from daddy, because like the other of the youngest children he felt a little akward with all the adults who took pictures.
Josephine preferred to stay near mother, but she did give the photographers a wave in the end.
Sporting curls and brown eyes Athena also preferred to stay near mother and she too was a little whimpy.
Bette Henrik also preferred to be near mother.(*)

With eight grandchildren PH would have liked even more. He cannot compete with his sister, Maurille, however. She has more than twenty grandchildren!
But he's very much into spoiling them: "When the grandchildren visit me and their grandmother (general word) they must have something to eat which they like. Then they'll always remember the food they had with us".

Apparantly PH was celebarted the day before his actual birthday.
M&F and their children arrived a few hours before the celebration started while Joachim and our Marie were already there.
There was a buffet and entertainment with French songs all the while lots of children were milling around all over the place. And at 23.00 PH was surprised with fireworks.
The chateau was lit up with torches and as this is southern France where things can always wait, cars passing by pulled over to enjoy the fireworks.

(*) It's wellknown that bette Henrik suffers from asthma. I know little about asthma myself, but perhaps someone can help?
I presume a high temperature and probably high humidity as well affects asthma? Even despite medication?
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Old 06-20-2014, 05:07 AM
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Here's the cover picture from the Euroman interview. The picture is taken by Frederik and Mary's favorite photographer, Franne Voigt.
http://www.altfordamerne.dk/Upload/a...anne_voigt.jpg

The frontpage of Euroman
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Here's the cover picture from the Euroman interview. The picture is taken by Frederik and Mary's favorite photographer, Franne Voigt.
http://www.altfordamerne.dk/Upload/a...anne_voigt.jpg

The frontpage of Euroman
Euroman slår på glasset for den nysgerrige prins - Euroman
Thanks, Roskilde.

It's actually a great picture, we can read their lives and characters in their faces.
A pity they just opted to remove colors, rather than converting the picture to black and white. The effect would have been better IMO. - Yes, I know, but I had to find something to complain about.
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