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Old 11-13-2013, 01:41 PM
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here is a gallery of that visit, in picture 7 queen Margrethe is looking at a picture of her father at the same house in 1933

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Just had my first royal encounter YAY, Queen Margrét Ţórhildur:) just visited my University
to attend a birthday lecture on Árni Magnússon and I managed to squeeze myself in.
My first impression of her majesty is that she is very pretty and quite cute and does not look like she is 73 years old...... maybe having 8 grandchildren around you does wonders for the skin
Queen Margrethe visited University of Iceland, where I managed to get quite close to her:) and listened to a very interesting lecture:
H.C. Andersen á Árna mikiđ ađ ţakka - mbl.is

The evening news, where it was mentioned that she was very interested in the collections of medieval drawings because she is an artist herself:
Fréttir | RÚV

A funny article about a 226 years old letter where the danish royal court promised anyone who started a salt processing plant in Iceland would get funding from the royal family, the two men, who have salt processing company, on the picture below found the letter in the danish state archives and apparently had the presidential office deliver the letter to the royal court,
it is not known whether the promise will be fulfilled

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here is a gallery of that visit, in picture 7 queen Margrethe is looking at a picture of her father at the same house in 1933

Drottningin áhugasöm um Flateyjarbók - mbl.is
thanks so much for this fascinating view into Nordic history. Of course I want to know if Icelandic is understood by Danes/Swedes/Norwegians!
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thanks so much for this fascinating view into Nordic history. Of course I want to know if Icelandic is understood by Danes/Swedes/Norwegians!
You're welcome gerry, my pleasure

Icelandic is very hard to understand by everybody, even Icelanders
We have danish words here and there that stem from our time as a danish colony and I think it's easier for Norwegians and Swedes to understand it as they sound alike, and if they know the conversation topic they can kind of get the gist of it, especially since old Norwegian was practically the same as Icelandic, but they changed it in the 90s I recall.

Icelanders however often do not know how to talk in a Danish, Swedish or Norwegian respectively, it has then become common to combine them into what we call "Scandinavian" and sometimes with some hilarious results
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thanks so much for this fascinating view into Nordic history. Of course I want to know if Icelandic is understood by Danes/Swedes/Norwegians!
The short and sweet answer to that is no.
Our languages began to evolve away from each other some 800-1.000 years ago.
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I note from one of the articles posted above that Queen Margrethe is referred to as Margrétar II Ţórhildar and Margrét Ţórhildur and I am intrigued to know whether, in Iceland, she is always known by her first and third names!?
BTW, I urge anyone who hasn't been to go and visit Iceland as it is one of the most amazing countries in the world !!!
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:42 AM
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I note from one of the articles posted above that Queen Margrethe is referred to as Margrétar II Ţórhildar and Margrét Ţórhildur and I am intrigued to know whether, in Iceland, she is always known by her first and third names!?
BTW, I urge anyone who hasn't been to go and visit Iceland as it is one of the most amazing countries in the world !!!
Yes, she is always referred to as "Margrét ţórhildur danadrottning(queen of the danes)".
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Three large pics of the Queen's Iceland visit have also been added to the official website:


** kongehuset.dk: Besřg i Island **
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Queen Margrethe attended the annual celebration of the University of Copenhagen in it's ceremonial hall. The celebration has taken place every year since the university was founded in 1479:

One ~ Two ~ Three ~ Four ~ Five ~ Six

La reine de Danemark ŕ l’université de Copenhague | Noblesse & Royautés

P.S = I think the event was today, but I'm not sure. I like Noblesse & Royautes, but I do think it would be useful if they could provide the dates of royal events.
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HM looks to be wearing a black pearl necklace and new earrings. Does anyone have a better photo of these earrings? Also a Uni founded in 1479, does this make it one of the oldest in Europe?
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One of the oldest universities in the German speaking countries is the university of Vienna founded in 1356. Just to have a comparison. I think Oxford, Cambridge as well as some Italian universities were founded before 1356. :-) So it is certainly not one of the oldest universities in Europe. :-)
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Three large pics of the Queen's Iceland visit have also been added to the official website:


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Thanks for your response to my question about similarities between Icelandic and other Scandinavian languages. Do I understand then that Margarethe Thorhildur (sorry, I don't have the Icelandic keyboard) spoke English during her time in Reyjkavik?
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HM looks to be wearing a black pearl necklace and new earrings. Does anyone have a better photo of these earrings? Also a Uni founded in 1479, does this make it one of the oldest in Europe?
No, not at all. As Kit points out there are a number of European universities dating back to the 1200's. And before then the larger monasteries were de facto universities.
I believe Copenhagen, Roskilde and Lund are the oldest universities in DK and they were founded at the very beginning of the Renaissance, when Copenhagen became the capital and the central administration was placed there. - Before then people got their higher education at first local Latin schools and if they were talented (or whealthy enough) they went to foreign universities.

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Queen Margrethe attended the annual celebration of the University of Copenhagen in it's ceremonial hall. The celebration has taken place every year since the university was founded in 1479:

One ~ Two ~ Three ~ Four ~ Five ~ Six

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P.S = I think the event was today, but I'm not sure. I like Noblesse & Royautes, but I do think it would be useful if they could provide the dates of royal events.
Ah, I see QMII is wearing one of her UFO hats.

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Thanks for your response to my question about similarities between Icelandic and other Scandinavian languages. Do I understand then that Margarethe Thorhildur (sorry, I don't have the Icelandic keyboard) spoke English during her time in Reyjkavik?
I think Valberg can answer that question.
But QMII will certainly be able to understand a good deal of Icelandic and many older Icelanders will speak and understand Danish as they were taught Danish at school - and many would have studied at Danish or Norwegian universities.
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Thanks Kit and Muhler. Naturally we don't have anything as old as that here, as settlement didn't start till after 1800's. I think it amazing that Europe had Universities so long ago.
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Today, Queen Margrethe attended the parade at The Royal Guard and handed over the 'Queen's Clock', November 20, 2013.
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Yesterday afternoon, November 20, Queen Margrethe handed out the Ebbe Munck Memorial Prize to Ann Andreasen, manageress of the orphanage in Uummannaq, Greenland.



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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #47, 2013.
Hvor er det spćndende - My, how exciting.
Written by our reporter in the North Atlantic, Annelise Weimann.

As you know QMII went to Iceland to celebrate the 350th birthday of the Icelandic scholar Arni Magnusson.
He worked at Copenhagen University and compiled a large number of Icelandic sagas, which are apparently considered among the best in world litterature. In fact the oldest manuscripts are from 1100's and they have been placed in UNESCO's list of world heritage.

Valberg please correct me when I'm wrong.
The Icelandic sagas were initially written down in 11-1300's and until recently quite a number hadn't been translated for public view - they were simply considered too violent or too dirty!
Anyway, they depict the first settelers of Iceland during the 8-900's. Today we would call these settlers a mixture of outlaws, pioneers, adventures, dissidents, refugees and not least fierce opponents of "big government".
In an age where the power was gradually shifting to kings and nobels, Iceland remained fiercely democratic for a long time.
The current Icelandic Parliament, the Alting, had it's origin from back then. And basically the albeit very sparse population on Iceland remained democratic until Norway, and later Denmark took over and as such Copenhagen was the capital of Iceland for 500 years.

But back to the sagas. Arni Magnusson, testamented his collection to Copenhagen University, I guess, simply because Copenhagen was the capital of Iceland and there was no university in Iceland, so that would have been natural for him.
Well, Iceland gained independence in 1943 and wanted the manuscripts to Iceland, because they were and are considered a national treasure. Denmark said, no way! The manuscrips have been here for centuries, they belong to Copenhagen University and they are also a part of Danish history - besides we like them. - A lot!
But after some years of negotiations the first manuscripts were delivered back to Iceland from 1971, and today the collection is divided between DK and Iceland. (I actually thought Iceland got them all).

These manuscripts are now on display in Reykjavik, the capital, and here QMII studied them with great interest and asked lots of questions, challenging the curators. In fact she almost had to be dragged away as the schedule was starting to slip.

QMII travelled lighly, herself, an adjutant, the chief of the court, a minister from the government and a LiW. The threath level on Iceland isn't that big, I believe they had their first murder as an independant nation some eight years ago. PH was in France and the Icelandic first lady, Dorrit Moussaieff, who is described in the article as lively, was in England to visit her father who is ill.
The Presidential residence was build in the 1600's and it was in fact one of the first houses in Iceland to be made from stone (bricks).
- The Danish word for house is "hus", but in medieval times (at least until the 1300's) "hus" meant a large stone building. Either a large and pretty grand residence, a castle or a convent. All other buildings were mostly made of wood. - So if you look at a map of say eastern England and see a village or a town containing the word "hus", you may now have a pretty good idea why it was named so.
Even though it wasn't a statevisit, QMII was honored as if it were. 50 guests were crammed into the Presidential dining room

QMII not only visited a museum but also the National Theatre, where the theme all the way through was about the Icelandic manuscripts. From reading aloud to cartoons to the the final act a number by the rockmand Skalmöld - complete with smoke pouring from the stage.

QMII lived at Hotel Nordica during her visit.

- And I know understand she flew directly to Greenland.
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thank you Muhler. Nice to read a little about Iceland.

The Queen must have enjoyed this trip tremendously
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Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik attended the Royal Danish Academy of Music's annual celebration in Copenhagen yesterday evening, November 23.



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