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Old 06-11-2012, 07:23 AM
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No But at least his... eeh, pondus prevents his pants from becoming wet.

Here is a funny gallery of Prince Henrik during the cruise: https://picasaweb.google.com/1008659...PaSommertogtet
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Summary of a number of articles in Billed Bladet #23 & 24, 2012.
Written by Ken Richter and Annelise Weimann.

The main purpose of these cruises is to visit islands and small towns that would normally not get a royal visit. These visits differ from visit to merchant towns, which follow a set pattern. A couple of merchant towns were also on the list.
This year Dannebrog sailed to the islands south of Zealand and south of Funen, in one of the most scenic surroundings in DK. As such these waters are among the favourits among private boatowners.

Stubbekøbing, a small town (actually a big village) on the island of Falster. Stubbekøbing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Judging from the pictures the entire population of 2.000 turned out to greet the Regent Couple while they strolled through the town the townhall, where they waved to people from the very low balcony.

While QMII visited a retirement home, Prince Henrik went to a local museum and admired a vintage Nimbus moterbike from 1934. (*) After that they were treated to a sample of the local summer revue.

They also visited the nearby Medieval Centre, where gallant knights in shining armour jousted. The centre is worth a visit for medieval nerds as there is a large collection of working medieval stonethrowing machines, some of them very large and pretty complicated.

Faaborg, a town on the island of Funen Faaborg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia being a major town of more than 7.000 people it is naturally a major cultural hub.. almost. The Regent Couple were as such treated to a scene at a filmset, where they remake a series a popular familiy films from the 50's.
They also rode in a carriage through the narrow streets of the town, again with the locals turning out in force.
The obligatory visit to the local elder centre taken care of it was off to the local high school where QMII wittnessed some scientific experiments.
Prince Henrik again got all the luck, he visited a chocolate factory and sampled some of the products.

Avernakø and Lyø, two tiny islands south of Funen.
First to Avernakø, population: 100. After a short tour of the island it was time for lunch with practically the entire population, who all stood in line to greet the Regent Couple who held court in the courtyard of a farm.
The tour guide, Rasmus Andersen, said afterwards: "We had a lot of laughs and I was surprised easy they were to talk with".
Then it was off to Lyø and again the total population, 140 in total, turned out. The Regent Couple were taken on a tour of the island, transported in a hay-waggon pulled by a tractor that had been washed for the occasion and shined proudly. Here PH and QMII were treted to the local tourist attraction, a bell-rock. If you bang on the poor defenceless rock with a stone it emits a bell-like sound.... sort of. But the there was coffee with pastry afterwards, so no complaining there.
The transport to and from the islands took part in one of the smaller of Dannebrogs boats.

Middelfart, a town on Funen, Middelfart - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia with a population of almost 15.000 it's a veritable city in comparison to the previous visits during the cruise. Unfortunately it was pouring down when Dannebrog arrived, so QMII wore her flower-power raincoat, so no one were in doubt as to where their Monarch was.
Now, this being almost a big city things were much grander here in Middelfart. The Regent Couple rode in a carriage through the rainsoaked streets, escorted by the guards hussars. QMII visited a ceramics exhibtion and a home for adults who are physically and mentally handicapped.
By the the weather had improved and the couple went to the nearby town of Strib, where a large bronce sculpture named Torso made by Prince Henrik greets visitors to the town. (**)
As it so happen, Prince Henrik is also honorary gunner (***) in Sophieodde Saluting Guild and delighted ly he fireda salut of three shots by two field pieces from the First Schleswigan War. (Around 1850).

Finally it was off to the island of Endelave north of Funen. Population: 185.
At least it was sunny!
Endelave Town consists of one street, adorned with flags and the locals had moved out in the fron gardens where they sat and sipped coffee and enjoyed the spectacle. But the Regent Couple were nevertheless offered a cup of coffee and a cake or two several times during the stroll through the village, which the gladly accepted. - Not to mention homemade able cider, beer, cherry wine and so on. So no empty stomach on that visit.
QMII also greeted the eldest on the island, Inga Larsson, who recently turned 100 and as such got a birthday telegram from the Majesty. (****)
It was also here on Endelave that they encountered the ferret Fritte. Fritte and his colleagues take part in huniting down the 10.000 rabbits that are killed and eated on Endelave each year.
There is also a very small brewery on the island and here QMII turned a tap so that the latest brand of beer, called Tøse Bryg = Girlie Brew, could be made.
The local school also got a visit. Seven pupils in total and all in the same classroom.
Herbs is among the niche productions on the island. That was something that interested Henrik, so he got a few samples to bring back home.
But such a long day on an island is strenous, so Prince Henrik borrowed a pensioner-cycle and rode back to the small harbour with his adjutant running beside him.
By now it has become really windy and it was considered too risky t sail the Regent Couple by boat out to Dannebrog who was anchored way off the island. So a Navy Home Guard cutter had been on stand-by. The Regent Couple boarded the cutter and sailed out to Dannebrog, where they were transferred to the bigger ship, a novel experience for all, but it went well.

(*) Nimbus (motorcycle) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia We are talking major collectors items here! I've seen motorcycle enthusiast ruthlessly push pregnant women and small children aside so that they could stand and drool over a Nimbus. - Completely ignoring Harley Davidsons and costum build choppers.

(**) Or spook any visitors.... The Torso is a stylised sculture with female shapes to one side and masculine traits to the other. Or so the text says, because if I wasn't told I wouldn't have guessed it. Oh well, I've seen worse.

(***) He's actually kanoner = Kanoniere in German, I guess that can best be translated to master gunner in English. It's a title going back to the first cannons.
A kanoner was a well paid and very sought after specialist. He was an expert in handling canons, down to calculating the proper charge, windage, angles and so on. He would also oversee the proper mixture of components when making gunpowder. A kanoner was in charge of at least a battery of cannons, with the senior master gunner (overkanoner) being in charge of a whole artillery train.
As such a kanoner had a very special status and so did the cannons. During the wars of the 1500 and early 1600's a misbehaving mercenary would find sanctury from the wrath of the profoss, if he managed to put his hand on a cannon. That sanctury would last for a day or so, during which time the profoss or his men were not allowed to stand around, waiting for the culprit. With just a little luck the mercenary could sneak away overnight or his friends might be successful in appealing to the profoss.
A Profoss was back then in charge of order and discipline in a camp. Not to be confused with the Hurenwebel, who was in charge of order among the campfollowers and the baggage train.

(****) All turning 100 who wish to, will get a telegramm from the Majesty on his/her birthday. All it takes is for someone to notify the court some time in advance.
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The second part of Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik's summer tour will start next weekend!

As stated before the stages will be:


September 2 - Skanderborg
September 3 - Billund and Grindsted
September 4 - Næstved
September 5 - Bornholm
September 6 - Bornholm and Christiansø


Here's the complete programme that was released today:


** kongehuset.dk: Program for Regentparrets sommertog den 2. - 6. september ** translation **

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Here are the first pics of day 1 in Skanderborg, September 2nd:



** hsfo.dk: Så er dronningen i Skanderborg **


** aarhus.lokalavisen.dk: Så er dronningen ankommet ** translation **


** aarhus.lokalavisen.dk: Så tager dronningen tilbage i tiden ** translation **


** aarhus.lokalavisen.dk: Prins Henrik klippede den røde snor ** translation **
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Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik are in Billund and Grindsted today, September 3, 2012:


My favourite pic of the day so far is this one!


** sn.dk gallery: Prins Henrik til dronningen: Vi kæmper nok til dagligt **


** ugeavisenvejle.dk gallery: Kongelig modtagelse i Grindsted **


** vejleamtsfolkeblad.dk gallery: Fotografens pletskud af dronningen og prinsen **


** jv.dk gallery and video: Web-tv og billeder: Dronningen er ankommet til Grindsted **
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:22 AM
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Thanks, Iceflower

And my favorite is this one: Vejle Amts Folkeblad - Lokalområder - Billund - Kongelig modtagelse i Grindsted I don't think she had a chance to present the flower to QMII. - What a pity.

The great thing about DRF visits to towns is that the local media cover every possible angle of the vist with countless photos.
Vejle Amts Folkeblad - Lokalområder - Billund - Populære husarer samlede publikum
This gallery focuses on the hussars. I see that the local riding clubs are well represented and are showing off to the cavalry. Unsurprisingly the conscripts in the mounted squadron practically all have a past in local riding clubs like these. Which is also the reason why there are so many women in the squadron. (*)
And to any kindergarten the Guards Hussars are even more impressive than police on motorbikes.

(*) The Guards Hussars is nevertheless a combat regiment, so the concripts go through the basic training as combat troops, before serving in the mounted squadron.
Incidentally modern women are physcally speaking perfectly suited to being hussars anno 1810. In fact the average woman today is taller and weighs a little more than the "model hussar" back then.
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BT has also covered the Regent Couple's visit to Skanderborg and Grindsted.

Here with a gallery from Grindsted: http://www.bt.dk/royale/regentparret...ur-i-grindsted
Notice the 6. picture. The løber = runner in the red uniform standing behind the Regent Couple, she's new. Never seen her before.
The jaeger/jæger next to her is somewhat older in service.
I'm not really sure about the seniority or exact role of a runner and a jaeger, except that they are personal attendees of the DRF.

A few years ago another woman was employed as a runner at the court. She attracted some attention, because she was the first woman in such a position. You may have noticed her from time to time standing behind the Regent Couple's chairs at official dinners.
Etnically she must be an adoptee from Korea of Vietnam, the new one isn't.

Back to Grindsted: http://www.bt.dk/royale/prins-henrik...glig-margrethe
With three HQ pics of not least QMII.
They visited a cultural and activity center, where they were encouraged to try out a stepping-game against each other. QMII was game (couldn't resist ) but PH, being in a different weight-class than his wife declined with the words: "We fight/joust enough among ourselves on a day to day basis".
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And my favorite is this one: Vejle Amts Folkeblad - Lokalområder - Billund - Kongelig modtagelse i Grindsted I don't think she had a chance to present the flower to QMII. - What a pity.
Well, photos of children beat all competition, there are no better ones than those..


Some pics of the tour have already been put on the official website, I can imagine they'll be updated:


** kongehuset.dk: Regentparrets sommertogt i september 2012 **


And here are the first nice pics from day 3, September 4, in Næstved:



** sn.dk gallery: Dronningen og Slattenpatten **


** sn.dk gallery: Regentparret så på kunst og krydderurter **
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And here are the first nice pics from day 3, September 4, in Næstved:

** sn.dk gallery: Dronningen og Slattenpatten **
Can't wait to hear the story behind that!
Because the headline litterally reads: The Queen and the Floppy-tit. - Yes, as in breast.

ADDED.

We now have an explanation for the peculiar headline.
The Regent Couple saw a sculpture called: The Floppy-tit and her daughters.

There were also presented to a garbagecan, - which spoke to QMII.
QMII put a piece of paper in the can, which replied: "Thank you Your Majesty and welcome to Næstved".
The garbagecan is one among a number of such cans set up in public places in Næstved, usually they burp, when someone put waste into them, but today one of the cans had extended it's vocabulary.
Actually a good idea, that will ensure that small children - of all ages -will put waste in the cans.

Further down the page of this link: http://www.sn.dk/TV-Skraldespand-tal...artikel/222169
You'll see first a clip of QMII and the garbagecan, then a picture of the.... eeeh, sculpture. And it's.... interesting.

I see, Slattenpatten is a figure from the local mythology, a female troll.

The two royal dachshunds, Vega and Helike were also presented with gifts: http://www.sn.dk/Royale-hunde-faar-d...artikel/221576
In the form of two specially designed porcelain water bowls.
They are designed by the company Kähler.
However, since the order went in one dachshund, Evita, has passed on to the Eternal Lamppost, so there is now a bowl in surplus - in case anyone should like to put in a bid.
There is a picture of the bowls in the link above.
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Pics of the Bornholm visit today, September 5, 2012 - with a windy start



** bt.dk gallery: Se Billederne: Ups, Margrethe! **


** bt.dk gallery: Se Billederne: Prins Henrik paa mosteri **
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Pics of the Bornholm visit today, September 5, 2012 - with a windy start

** bt.dk gallery: Se Billederne: Ups, Margrethe! **

** bt.dk gallery: Se Billederne: Prins Henrik paa mosteri **
Here is another taller of the Prince Consort at the cider mill
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The final day of the summer tour has been dedicated to Bornholm and Christiansø today, September 6:



** tidende.dk gallery **


** bornholm.nu: Små prinser mødte dronningen ** translation **
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Here are some more nice pics of the last station of the journey - Christiansø:



** sn.dk gallery: Se billeder: Dronning på klipper **


** lehtikuva.fi gallery: Tanskan kuningaspari vierailulla merellisissä maisemissa **
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