This is a charming little story about the Regent Couple on the day, the summer cruises for 2011 officially ended. That happened on 19. september.
And this is the Navy Homeguard perspective: Hjemmeværnet - Sejlads med regentparret
Now, what goes on behind the scenes really interest me, because that's where we get a better view of both the royals themselves but also what they are doing. I love trivia!
As such, I'll translate this article.
Article by the Navy Homeguard.
Sejlads med Regentparret - Sailing with the Regent couple.
Written by Søren Pedersen.
Monday the 19. September Flotilla 363 Skovshoved (*) had the honor of sailing HM The Queen and HRH The Prince Consort from Skovshoved harbour (**) to Holmen (the navy yard) in Copenhagen.
The cause for the grand visit was that the Regent Couple were to board the Royal Yacht Dannebrog, for the Regent Couple's official disembarkation from the Royal Yacht.
HM the Queen and HRH the Prince Consort arrived at Skovshoved harbour, where they boarded MHV 809 Antares at 14.45. The flotilla had lined up the crew on the foredeck in the honor of HM the Queen (***) and commander of the flotilla, lieutenant commander Søren Pedersen recieved HM the Queen with phalarope (i.e. she was pibed onboard). After the flotilla commander had recieved the permission of HM the Queen, the royal standard (**** )was raised onboard MHV 809 Antares as a sign that the Queen was onboard.
Together with the flotilla commander, the second in command of the flotilla, first lieutenant Axel Miethe and operations officer, lieutenant Erik Jørgensen (the captain of the day of the vessel) stood and bid HM the Queen and HRH the Prince Consort welcome onboard.
After the welcoming HM the Queen and HRH the Prince Consort inspected the lined up honor guard on the foredeck. Then the flotilla commander followed HM the Queen and HRH the Prince Consort up to the open bridge (*****), so that the Regent Couple could watch the manouvering in the harbour. During the sailing HM the Queen was taken for a tour of the ship and offered coffee in the ship's mess.
When sailing into Copenhagen Harbour the Regent Couple again stood on the open bridge, so that they could recieve the salute from the Royal Yacht Dannebrog.
For the crew it was a very special occasion to recieve the greeting from Dannebrog, since it's normally Antares' crew who greet Dannebrog.
When HM the Queen had recieved the greeting from Dannebrog, the Antares moored at Holmen. Then the royal barge with Jagtkaptajn (******), captain of the Royal Yacht Dannebrog commander Lars Rosendahl Christophersen, sailed up to the larboard (left) (*******) side of Antares in order to recieved HM the Queen and HRH the Prince Consort.
The flotilla commander thanked HM the Queen and HRH the Prince Consort for the visit and phalarope was pibed, while the Queen entered the royal barge.
(*) In reality it's more a navy squadron. There are incidentally three words for squadron in Danish:
Eskadre = Navy squadron.
Eskadrille = Squadron of planes.
Eskadron = A cavalry squadron.
(**) Skovshoved is located a little north of Copenhagen, while Amalienborg is very close to Holmen in Copenhagen Harbour. My guess is that is was little salute to the Navy Homeguard.
(***) In official military articles it's unthinkable not to mention the title or at least the abbreviation of the title of the royals, - no matter how many times.
(****) You'll see the standard in the upper right corner of the article and again flying from the barge in the bottom. All other Danish warships are obliged to salute any ship or vessel flying that standard. It's comparable to nominating a plane with the US President, Air Force One.
(*****) QMII is the higest ranking and PH is on top of that full admiral a la suite, as such they will walk up the stairs first, followed by the flotilla commander.
The same thing when entering a barge. The higest ranking, QMII, enters the barge as the last, but she leaves the barge as the first.
ADDED: Except that QMII this time entered the barge as the very first. Oh well...
If she can't break the rules, who can? And she usually do enter the barge as the last person.
There is an excellent 56 images gallery here: Hjemmeværnet - Billedarkiv
(******) Being captain of Dannebrog is the most prestigious command a naval officer can hold. He is the Monarch's personal captain, and at the same time the first among her adjutants, no matter the other adjutants ranks or seniority.
(*******) Also known as portside. Simple because the port, where you entered ships-of-the-line, was always placed to larboard.
Some trivia about Dannebrog herself:
She is 76.60 meters long, 10.40 meters wide and has a depth of 3.65 meters.
Her crew consists of 58 including a number of conscripts.
Apart from that there is room for 27 staff members and 14 passengers.
Dannebrog is the only sailing purpose build royal yacht in the world. (She was officially to double as a hospital ship, but that has never been taken serious).