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Old 09-09-2010, 07:05 AM
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Thank you, Iceflower Busy as always.

Thyborøn, is a fishing town located on the west coast of Jutland.
It's a windy place, litterally. What all other Danes would call a storm is merely a bit windy around there.
Understatements is the norm in this part of DK. The locals don't speak, they shout. Praises? Nah, acknowledments are fine but we can easily have too much of it.
Life was pretty hard in this part of the country. Many fishermen never returned home as such it was also a deeply religous society, culminting in the Bartholdi movement in the 1920's. That can best be compared to Puritans.
A member of my own family, she died before I was even born) was a member of that movement and she looked forward to the day she would die as she was convinced she would go straight to Heaven. At the same time she felt genuinely sad for her husband who would have to spend some time in Purgatory as he was not a member of the Bartholdi movement.
The precurser to the Bartholdi movement was Indre Mission with a very stern interpretation of Christianity.
The fishermen were also organised in rescue crews, who litterally rowed out to aid ships or boats that were in danger of going down. During one of these rescue missions, a member of Indre Mission offered his life jackets to another crew member, (few had life jackets back then), because if the boat went down, he was sure to go to Paradise while the other crewman would not.
In the 1870's, I believe, disaster struck. After a severe storm an entire crew of rescuers drowned. That was pretty bad, even for a time where ships went down after every storm, so journalists flocked to the west coats of Jutland to cover the funeral. Now, back then that part of the country was very far away from the rest of Denmark, in every respect.
At the funeral the priest pointed out that had those among the dead who were not a member of Indre Mission, been more observant in regards to their faith they wouldn't have gone to Hell.
That caused an outrage in the rest of the country. How could a priest say that at a funeral? In front of widows and children?
But life was very hard along the west coast. Things were black and white, there were no nuances.


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Crown Prince Frederik today attended the official inauguration of the new
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:34 AM
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #36, 2010.
Oldefar var en helt - Great-grandfather was a hero.
Written by Peter Juul.

While Frederik in Singapore for the Youth Olympics he poped by the Danish Seaman Church there to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
In the garden of that church hangs a ships bell.
and Frederik was told the story of that bell in a book he was presented with.
It goes back 89 years, in 1921, when the then King Christian X visited Greenland. Over the radio (or perhaps rather the wireless) he heard about a Swedish ship that had been caught in the ice and presumably was being churned down by the ice. The crew had evacuated the ship and sought refuge on an island. King Christian X took part in a rescue mission (*) and the entire Swedish crew was rescued.
In gratitude the crew presented the ships bell, named Bela after the ship. (**)
The bell was later inherited by Prince Knud, who passed it on to the seaman church in Yokohama. When that closed, his widow decided it should remain in Asia and now it hangs at the Danish Seaman's Church In Singapore. (***)

(*) Not that straightforward mind you! The ice was crushing one ship and could easily destroy the rescue ship as well. Going by dog sledges was equally dangerous.

(**) I understand that traditionally the bell was the embodiment or soul if you like of the ship.

(***) A fitting place for a ships bell. Christian X was an army man through and through and I believe had Frederik IX inherited the bell, he would have kept it as a very treasured possession, as Frederik IX was a full blooded seaman. Which means that Frederik would likely have inherited the bell from Queen Ingrid.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:51 PM
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Article about Prince Frederik's visit to Singapore

A interesting piece on Prince Frederik's visit to the Danish Seamen's mission in Singapore.

http://www.dabs-singapore.com/Files/.../danbiz_11.pdf
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:27 AM
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Video of Crown Prince Frederk in Thyborøn

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Old 09-11-2010, 01:55 AM
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More photos of Frederik in Singapore from taken by my friend AKC and me.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a1...2a0b64_o-1.jpg

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a1...G_3839_2-1.jpg
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Old 09-11-2010, 02:40 AM
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More photos of Frederik in Singapore from taken by my friend AKC and me.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a1...2a0b64_o-1.jpg

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a1...G_3839_2-1.jpg
Thank you PrincessDianafan

All the pics used in Billed Bladet was by your friend Ace Cheong.
I did think I'd seen that name before when I read the article.
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:43 AM
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Yes, Thanks Muhler. He had no idea that Billed Bladet was one of the biggest magazines in Northern Europe until I told him. Have to say that the Danish Royal Family is my favourite Royal family in Europe. The Crown Prince was really friendly and accomodating to everyone he met.
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:52 AM
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Thanks Muhler

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Thank you PrincessDianafan

All the pics used in Billed Bladet was by your friend Ace Cheong.
I did think I'd seen that name before when I read the article.
Thanks Muhler. Was it only online or was it also in the print version of the magazine? If it was in the print version, I'll let him know.
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Old 09-11-2010, 05:04 AM
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Thanks Muhler. Was it only online or was it also in the print version of the magazine? If it was in the print version, I'll let him know.
He was credited in the magazine edition and I presume the online pics are also by him.
I assume he was working with Peter Juul? The reporter who is credited for the article?
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Old 09-11-2010, 05:31 AM
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Hi Muhler,

I'm not sure. I. Will let him know thanks! BTW have you met any of the royals? I've always wanted to go to Denmark, but I've never been. I am, of course, interested in visiting . Here's another pic from that day, but the lighting was bad and the camera was not working properly.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a1...IMG_4792_4.jpg
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Old 09-11-2010, 06:00 AM
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Hi Muhler,

I'm not sure. I. Will let him know thanks! BTW have you met any of the royals? I've always wanted to go to Denmark, but I've never been. I write books so I am, of course, interested in visiting the homeland of the master story teller Hans Christian Andersen. Here's another pic from that day, but the lighting was bad and the camera was not working properly.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a1...IMG_4792_4.jpg
No, not in person. But for a splitsecond I almost got mistaken for Queen Margrethe.
Quite a number of years ago I was working in a building with three floors.
At the ground floor was an art gallery. Anyway, I was going down to the local baker for something for my lunch break and when I went out the door a limousine was parked there and the uniformed driver was about to jump out when the door opened, until he realised that I was hardly QMII.
I didn't have to rub my forehead against the wall to realise that QMII was visiting the gallery, because I knew she was in town at the time.

There was no crowd and no photographers outside. Passers-by would naturally have given the car a curious glance - and then moved on.
Nor were there any PET officers in the foyer. That will probably have changed by now.
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Old 09-11-2010, 08:25 PM
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That's funny. The limo driver must have been on standby for some time. Strange there were no photographers or PET officers. Must have been a very discreet visit.
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Old 09-12-2010, 04:38 AM
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That's funny. The limo driver must have been on standby for some time. Strange there were no photographers or PET officers. Must have been a very discreet visit.
I doubt many in the building even noticed it.
There was probably a PET officer in the gallery and perhaps one in a car outside. But no one in the foyer, that's for sure.

It was hardly discreet as the building is located in a reasonably busy and narrow street, with buses driving past every ten minuttes and so. A limousine with a uniformed driver is sure to be noticed.

In that part of the country the DRF are left alone, should they be seen walking down the street or in a bar or whereever.
The attitude is something like: "Wasn't that Margrethe/Frederik"? "Think so". A quick glance and then leave them alone.
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:12 AM
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Hi Muhler,

Sounds like a pretty down to earth attitude of both the citizens and the Royals. What I like about Danish Royal family and Fred, since he's the only one I met, is that he is very relaxed, friendly and charming to everyone he meets. Very genuine, nothing forced about him. The Danish Royals seem very down to earth. They're the people's royals. Crown Prince Frederik is a very nice guy. I write children's picture books and I gave him two of my books for Christian and Isabella and the twins. I hope he's kept the books and they haven't gone in the garbage. LOL. When some young children approached him for an autograph he graciously signed. When Princess Anne was approached some years back here by a small boy, she refused. I know royals don't sign as a rule, but sometimes there are exceptions. I know Mary signed for a small girl when she was in the States. Well, I didn't get his autograph but he has mine, whether he likes it or not! haha. Really I do hope he kept the books. I've attached a pic of Crown Prince Frederik looking at the books I gave him. I

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a1...G_4791_2_4.jpg

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a1...IMG_4792_4.jpg
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:02 PM
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Frederik attended a weightlifting championship in Hillerød, located in the greater Copenhagen area.

Goddag, Deres Kongelige Højhed... - Hillerød Posten

I'll translate this little article in full because it demonstrates how good Frederik is in dealing with people face to face, rather than standing and giving speeches and being "official".

Translation of article in Lokalavisen for Hillerød.
Goddag Deres Kongelige Højhed - Hello your (*) royal Highness
Written by John Jessen Hansen.

"Hello, Finn" was the greeting of Crown Prince Frederik to Finn "Baker" Jensen, when he Saturday at 11.00 got out of the car at Ålholmhallen (sports arena) to take in Ålholm Cup for children and youths as the guest of honor.
"Hello, your Royal Highness", replied Finn "Baker", shook his hand and bowed deeply.
"I bloody hell didn't know to address him but then I discovered that he said (informal) you to me so I dropped "your Royal Highness" and addressed him for the next hour and a half as Crown Prince Frederik.
I was very fond of the Crown Prince before I met him. Now I just think he is an utterly fantastic person. Imagine, he said (informal) you to me and I'm honored about that", says Finn "Baker".

(*) DK lesson: Informal you = du.
Formal you = De.
When you address someone with a title using formal you = Deres exellence XX.
If you used informal you = din exellence XX it would sound wrong and be considered rude.

Another example of the usage of formal and informal you, albeit in a pre 1970's context:
Imagine a somewhat intoxicated man about to leave a pub and being stopped by a waiter:
"Deres hat, hr. De kan da ikke gå uden Deres hat = Your hat, sir. Surely you cannot leave without your hat".

"Din hat, makker. Du kan da ikke gå uden din hat - Your hat, mate. Surely you can't leave without your hat".

Get the difference?

And I agree with you PrincessDianafan the distance between the DRF and the people isn't that big.
Members of DRF have previously never signed autographs but both Mary and Frederik seems to make make the odd exceptions, at least in regards to children.
It can be debated whether royals should sign autographs as if they were mere celebrities. I personally think they should be very careful about it.
But then it can be very difficult to dissapoint a child and you also have to take into account whether dissapointing a child will create a worse impression than signing your autograph from time to time.
I don't think he discarded your books. In fact I wouldn't be at all surprised if he read them himself in bed or on the plane.

Frederik incidentally have eaten at least one live spider, in order to impress children. He succeeded!
(From the portrait book about him).
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:17 PM
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Frederik incidentally have eaten at least one live spider, in order to impress children. He succeeded!
(From the portrait book about him).
Ha ha ha was it for real or just some danish humour?
Anyway it must be tough and difficult to impress danish kids! One doesn't have to go that far with little frenchies...
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:56 PM
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Ha ha ha was it for real or just some danish humour?
Anyway it must be tough and difficult to impress danish kids! One doesn't have to go that far with little frenchies...
Oh, it's a true story. I can't find it right now, but I've got an anecdote from his time at the Danish embassy in France in the 1990's.
At that time he worked with one of the diplomates, Merete Blide, on issues in African countries. Since France had and have better info on some of these countries, they both went to the Elysee Palais for a meeting with an advisor in African issues.
In the words of Merete Blide:
- It rains heavily when Frederik parks his Renault Clio in front of the Elysee Palais. A security guards greets madame Blide politely and then turns to Frederik: "Monsieur, can you move the car please? Because the Americans will be here shortly". Frederik rush into the car and moves it to another parking space. In the meantime the polite security guard says to Merete Blide: "Madame, for your information I can tell you that the Prince has not arrived yet".
I smile and look at the security guard and say: "But you have, you just spoke to him". The correct security guard blushes and when he leads us along the long corridors of the palace I whisper to Frederik: "He believe you (informal you) are my private chauffeur", which makes Frederik smile broadly.

(Page 137 in the portrait book).
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Good to know that he has a great sense of humor and is humble about it. I heard from a friend of mine who had met a certtain British Royal and he did not recognize him. Instead of being humble, the royal imperiously said "Do you know who I am?" This story above makes me like Crown Prince Frederik even more.
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Frederik attended a weightlifting championship in Hillerød, located in the greater Copenhagen area.

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Crown Prince Frederik opened the Aalholm Cup for weight-lifters. Aalholm Cup
was held fo the 25th time and Crown Prince Frederik admitted it was his first
visit to a weight-lifting competition, September 11, 2010.


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 **
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