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Old 12-01-2013, 11:59 AM
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Queen Margrethe has attended The Danish Club'ss 150th Gala Dinner at the Hotel Intercontinental in London yesterday evening, November 30, 2013.



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This picture of Prince Henrik is most interesting for Danes today of all days: Ekstra Bladet - Prins Henrik på Pusher Street på Christiania

Sunday PH went to Christiania in Copenhagen, to visit some artists shops. With him went a few foreign friends, perhaps relatives and one PET officer.
He was spotted by the locals and left alone except for one person for whom he posed.
Christiania may be know to some of you as a socalled "free-town" within Copenhagen. I won't go into politics here or whether it ought to be bulldozed or not, but let's call it a "hippie-refuge" - which is also a centre for sale of hashis and there are frequent skirmishes with the police.

It's most ironic because today the Minster of Justice was forced to resign. He had lied to members of of the Parliament who were to go on a fact finding mission. When he was exposed he has today tried to explain the lie with "necessary security precautions". The members of Parliament didn't buy it and he has now resigned - otherwise he would have been faced with a vote of no confidence.
That is a most severe blow to the government!

Anyway, Prince Henrik can walk around at Christiania with only one guard (M&F have been there too) while the Minister of Justice claimed that it was much to risky for especially certain memers of the Parliament. (They incidentally went to Christiania later on another fact finding mission and nothing happened).

Billed Bladet has the story too: Prins Henrik på søndagstur til Christiania | Billed Bladet
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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark attended a special Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela today at Copenhagen Cathedral


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Old 12-12-2013, 03:48 PM
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #50, 2013.
Written by Annelise Weimann.

Prince Henrik turns 80 in June next year. (On 11th June to be exact, which is also known here in DK as "The Devil's Birthday" because the mortgage is due on the same date. And the Devil has two birthdays a year as you know).

Anyway, he's going to throw his birthday party at Chateau Cayx, which is perhaps pretty natural as five siblings live nearby. M&F and children are expected to attend, so are Joachim and our Marie with children, as wells as Nikolai and Felix.

However, PH will also be celebrated officially here in DK. There will be a glala concert in his honor held at the DR1 Concert Hall, about a week prior to his birthday. (I'm willing to bet quite a lot that this concert will be shown on TV). But the Prince Henrik Silver Cup sailing competition will take place in Danish waters next year in June after the B-day.

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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #50, 2013.
Written by Annelise Weimann.

As she has done for I don't know how many years, QMII has spend a number of days in Britain here in early December.
The Danish embassy has provided a fitting apartment in a hotel complex, in an appropriate neighborhood of London. Partly for QMII, but also for her LiW, Danish driver and security.
Apart from visiting the BRF and what not, she has been doing some Christmas shopping.
And that is always at Harrods and Fortnum & Mason as well as going to Regent Street. One of the stores there is Liberty where QMII has previously bought exclusive cloths for dresses.

QMII buys if not all, then certainly a large part of the Christmas presents to her staff in London, it is also here she buys the Plum Pudding which the DRF have for Christmas. (Apparantly an English tradition from her childhood, because few Danes eat a dessert like that on Christmas Eve).
The embassy has also ensured that tickets for various theatres have been bought, because that is also something the Queen enjoys while in London.
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On January 4, Queen Margrethe has attended a church service to mark the 70th anniversary of the death of Danish playwright and Lutheran pastor Kaj Munk. He had been an symbolic figure of the resistance against the German occupation and had been killed by the Gestapo on January 4, 1944.



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On January 4, Queen Margrethe has attended a church service to mark the 70th anniversary of the death of Danish playwright and Lutheran pastor Kaj Munk. He had been an symbolic figure of the resistance against the German occupation and had been killed by the Gestapo on January 4, 1944.



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Thank you, Iceflower.

Yes, Kaj Munk became a symbol and a very loud voice against the German occupation and Nazism in particular.
Like so many other he was actually initially favourably disposed against Hitler, believing he was just the right man to restore Germany economically as well as morally. (The notion of Germany fragmenting into warring factions, collapsing even more economically and just as bad: becoming Communist, was a European nightmare in the early 1930's).
He soon changed his mind however! And early on during the occupation Kaj Munk became an annoyingly loud voice against the occupation and the governments collaboration policy towards Germany. Until the government resigned in 1943, Kaj Munk was tolerated as an irritant.
But as the Resistence increased it was decided in monumental blunder to bring in some assassins from outside, abduct and kill Kaj Munk and even more clumsy blame it on the Resistance. No one bought that one and he became a martyr and a rallying cry for the Resistance.

Ironically, the man who killed Kaj Munk became an agent for US intelligence after the war. Why is uncertain, especially as some officers who checked him out reached the conclusion that he oght to be shot on sight instead. It actually became somewhat of a political embarrassment between USA and DK, because Denmark would very much get their hands on this particular man and shoot him. While US intelligence had promised to protect him.
IIRC he ended ud serving five years in prison for the murder of Kaj Munk.

- I read about this recently in Jyllands Posten. I wonder if that article is online, it was really worth a read!
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A video from BT showing Prince Henrik at the royal hunt at Grib Forest today. (Located near Fredensborg): Få timer efter bisættelsen: Her er Prins Henrik på jagt | www.bt.dk

He bid the hunters welcome then went to the funeral, before returning to the hunt later on.

Well, personally I consider this inappropriate. I believe the most respectful thing to do would have been to let Frederik or Joachim take over as host for the hunt. - He could quietly have joined the guests, many of whom must be friends, later on at the dinner.
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Prince Henrik seems to be loosing weight. His face is looking different and also slimmer around the waist. Has anything been written in the Danish press about his health or is he simply slimming down by choice?
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Well, I haven't seen anything recently.

And apart from his back and being... eh, I mean having a figure that matches his wine. I.e. round and wholesome. I haven't heard anything specific about his health.
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I too think it was in bad taste to rush from the hunt to the funeral and then rush back to the hunt again. It would have been perfectly fine for Frederik, who was attending anyway, to open the hunt and then Henrik could have joined them after the funeral.

In regards to Henrik's health, Henrik might have been told that he needs to loose weight. He was (and still is) quite... eh, round and that definitely isn't good for him - especially considering that he already has back issues.
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I too think it was in bad taste to rush from the hunt to the funeral and then rush back to the hunt again. It would have been perfectly fine for Frederik, who was attending anyway, to open the hunt and then Henrik could have joined them after the funeral.
The mentioning of Frederik's attendance disappeared from the calendar entry a couple of days ago.
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Surely, since he was scheduled to go in the first place, he could have taken over. And if something had come up then Joachim could have attended. Like Frederik, he didn't have anything planned on the 9th anyway.
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Can board members (Muhler?) enlighten me about the hunting stick the Prince Consort is holding. I have only seen one like it in the hands of Margaret Mead so wonder if she was a hunter or if Prince Henrik is an anthropologist manque
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Well, it looks to me to primarily be a hunting-accessory for a gentleman-hunter, which can double as a rifle-support if need be.

This illustration from a hunting book from 1950, show how a walking stick can be used as a handy rifle-support. https://app.box.com/s/vox02y5uxp72s5ckfoz7
Also, notice the appropriate hunting attire as befits a gentlemen. Proper hunters were advised to also carry a walking stick as it might come in handy.
(I used to be a bookbinder by trade, which is why I have all sorts of weird books).
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Well, it looks to me to primarily be a hunting-accessory for a gentleman-hunter, which can double as a rifle-support if need be.

This illustration from a hunting book from 1950, show how a walking stick can be used as a handy rifle-support. https://app.box.com/s/vox02y5uxp72s5ckfoz7
Also, notice the appropriate hunting attire as befits a gentlemen. Proper hunters were advised to also carry a walking stick as it might come in handy.
(I used to be a bookbinder by trade, which is why I have all sorts of weird books).
and here is Margaret Mead and her walking stick. The two, anthropologist and prince, are not dissimilar.
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No, they are basically identical.
I cannot imagine that's a coincidence. Was Margaret Mead a hunter?
I know quite a few keen nature-walkers who carry a stick, I've never bothered to have a closer view at their sticks.
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Some trivia about Prince Henrik from Billed Bladet #3, 2014.
Written by Annelise Weimann.

As you know PH attended the funeral of Countess Anne Dorte at the same time as he hosted a royal hunt.
Fourteen had been invited to the hunt and they were transported to the site in horse-drawn carriages.
Here they were welcomed by PH, wearing his funeral attire beneath a green hunting cape.
It was pouring down which wasn't ideal weather for a hunt.

Having attended the funeral PH returned to the hunting ground just in time for the soup, served on site and here he told our reporter about his birthday which will be celebrated in France: "I look forward to celebrating my 80th birthday in France, surrounded by my family. That'll be lovely and just as I want it. But whether I look forward to turning 80? No, that I do not".

M&f as well as J&M will be thare at Chateau Cayx.

Due to the weather, the hunt had a modest outcome, only eleven pieces of game were shot.

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Each year in January the very wealthy and influential businessman, Fritz Schur throw a party at his little manor near Copenhagen. The dress code was gala, and PH showed up in full dress uniform of the air force. QMII wasn't able to attend as she had other duties.
Fritz Schur is a man who by his position has a good deal of enemies and some have spoken out against his close affilliation for the Regent Couple in particular, implying that he is buying status, rather than being a genuine friend.
I can't be the judge of that. What is known however is that he handles the personal investsments of the Regent Couple. Something the late Mærsk McKinney Møller did beforehand.
He has certainly become a close friend of the Regent Couple, PH perhaps in particular, in recent years.

Whether he also oversee the investments of M&F I don't know. I believe however that it's safe to say that Fritz Schur has nothing to do with advising Joachim and our Marie's investments. A number of their friends are so influential and wealthy that I think it's much more likely that Joachim will ask them for council. We are here talking about the LEGO and Grundfoss families.
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Can board members (Muhler?) enlighten me about the hunting stick the Prince Consort is holding. I have only seen one like it in the hands of Margaret Mead so wonder if she was a hunter or if Prince Henrik is an anthropologist manque
These types of stick are widely available and used by country walkers and ramblers especially if one is trecking over rough ground. I got mine from the local woodsman who makes them in different sizes depending on your height. He told me they should be about shoulder height and you hold them at the top with ur thumb in the y shaped bit for comfort. These sticks are great for testing the depth of mud and water!!
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