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Old 05-31-2006, 05:59 PM
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The Danish Royal Watchers website had an excellent explanation of what is actually reported in the annual budget report and just how much is made up by the press to come up with these numbers:
http://danishroyalwatchers.blogspot.com/ Very useful for us non-Danes in sifting fact from fiction.

BTW, I loved Mary's jacket at the Kildemose event.
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The Danish Royal Watchers website had an excellent explanation of what is actually reported in the annual budget report and just how much is made up by the press to come up with these numbers:
http://danishroyalwatchers.blogspot.com/ Very useful for us non-Danes in sifting fact from fiction.

BTW, I loved Mary's jacket at the Kildemose event.
Thanks for the shortcut ap3, it seems that the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet where this whole Mary is the Nordic Imelda Marcos rubbish originated from is the equivelant to the British The Sun and so most of its stories should be taken with a pinch of salt. I think these lovely pictures of Mary show what she is really like.
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Old 05-31-2006, 09:20 PM
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That is quite sad...I don't care if you are a princess or not--spending $2,500 a day in shoes and clothing is unnecessary and quite disgusting. Who on earth would spend that much money? It must be pretty nice to be "a royal" in this day and age...so many people dying of hunger in Africa and "the princess" spending that kind of money. Disgusting!
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That is quite sad...I don't care if you are a princess or not--spending $2,500 a day in shoes and clothing is unnecessary and quite disgusting. Who on earth would spend that much money? It must be pretty nice to be "a royal" in this day and age...so many people dying of hunger in Africa and "the princess" spending that kind of money. Disgusting!
The Australian is not a very reliable news source. These stories are most likely made up to sell papers and nothing else. Besides, who else besides Mary and Frederick and those close to them know exactly what they spent the money on. Right now, it's all speculation. We are just given numbers which don't mean anything until we have all the facts. And why all the rag on Mary? Mary gets her allowance from Frederick, who gets the allowance from the state, so if Mary gets criticized for it, so should Frederick. Isn't he the one that likes yachting and partying with the boys? :o
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:37 PM
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According to the News Ltd newspapers, Mary and Frederick spent $2500/day on clothes, shoes and furniture in 2005. No wonder they have a lavish wardrobe! I was wondering what the Danish people think about this?
You can read more about this here:
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117...-29277,00.html

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If the supermodels that do runaways get to keep some of the things for themselves, then why the designers should not 'donate' some clothes for the royal family? After all, they do promote the local fasion industry. Never quite understood why the ones making the big money, the designers, have to get payment from their royal sponsors that are after all on a tight budget. Princess Mary is the window dressing to all things these designers want people to buy. She should not be admonished for helping them.
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The Danish Royal Watchers website had an excellent explanation of what is actually reported in the annual budget report and just how much is made up by the press to come up with these numbers:
http://danishroyalwatchers.blogspot.com/ Very useful for us non-Danes in sifting fact from fiction.
That's there main explanation: "There are some increased expenditures in the Crown Prince Couple's household which is expanding a little with employment of more staff to help with new duties and responsibilities."

Could that, by chance, be the costs for the nurse....? she askes smilingly...
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Old 06-01-2006, 11:11 AM
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The Australian is not a very reliable news source. These stories are most likely made up to sell papers and nothing else. Besides, who else besides Mary and Frederick and those close to them know exactly what they spent the money on. Right now, it's all speculation. We are just given numbers which don't mean anything until we have all the facts. And why all the rag on Mary? Mary gets her allowance from Frederick, who gets the allowance from the state, so if Mary gets criticized for it, so should Frederick. Isn't he the one that likes yachting and partying with the boys? :o
Agree. If the article is true, which I hope it isn't, they are both to blame. Point well taken. Thanks.
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Old 06-02-2006, 04:36 PM
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Hello everyone,

Just wanted to ask if anyone had noticed that Princess Mary wore her wedding tiara as a necklace to a state dinner at the Government House in Sydney on March 3, 2005? I think it's awsome how all these royal jewels can be worn in different ways!
(Pictures from Corbis)

http://pro.corbis.com/images/DWF15-7...-15ec1930ccd9}


http://pro.corbis.com/images/DWF15-1...-8ed621d10b32}
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good eye rachelD, thanks for the photos
i agree with socalgirl and roxsteve, its not all marys spending and we have no way of knowing how the money was spent, i think it was made up to sell magazines.
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Are TRH's required to report expenditures?
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I really pity them - they can't win either way. If CP Mary recycles her clothes too many times, rather than give her credit, people will knock her down for dressing in the same outfit all the time. On the other hand, if CP Mary spends within what is given to her as her budget she's out knock for spending too much. She really can't win either way - poor dear.

I also feel if she's spending on clothes - it's going to cost a fair bit as it's all designer labels and they don't come cheap! So how can these pocket groups and media compare? Plus, I hven't hear the Danish govt complaining and aren't they the ones holding the purse strings!
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if she's spending on clothes - it's going to cost a fair bit as it's all designer labels and they don't come cheap!
Very good point Eliza, as Crown Princess she presumably is required by Her Majesty and the Crown Prince to present a commanding international presence with her style, and Denmark is a very financially stable kingdom whose subjects are well-fed educated and housed, so it is very strange that anyone complains about how much she spends of the RF's government allowance on work clothes.
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Something that's occured to me after reading Elizas' last post is that if Mary didn't wear disigner clothes she'd propbably be knocked for it so I think she'll never win.
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Something that's occured to me after reading Elizas' last post is that if Mary didn't wear disigner clothes she'd propbably be knocked for it so I think she'll never win.
well she could try it and see. I can't imagine anyone actually would - if she was poorly groomed, the outfit didn't suit the occasion or was just unfashionable, sure people would point the finger. but no-one is yet to seriously complain that it reflects badly on the royal family because she has worn the same one-shouldered green evening dress a few times, or only had a choice of 3 winter coats. I still don't know why a new season prada one had to be bought to receive the melbourne tram. and I don't think anyone whose complaints should be taken seriously would think the worse of her for not wearing new season Prada but recycling something from last year.

especially when they are copping all this criticism. mary's obligation is to look groomed, appropriate, modest and stylish. that can be done on less than $2500 a day.
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I would assume that alot of the clothing would be lent to Mary or given as gifts by design houses. She would have to though, pay for anything off the rack at stores. As for shoes again, perhaps discounted, or given as gifts?
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mary's obligation is to look groomed, appropriate, modest and stylish. that can be done on less than $2500 a day.



Thanks Napoleon, I was curious to know what the figure was and my goodness I could think of so many things to wear with a budget like that ... she's one lucky lady!
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No one knows for sure what the $2500 was spent on. Surely clothes but I doubt that all $2500 was spent on just clothes.
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I agree not all the $2500 was spent on clothes, but the point of the bad publicity as they DID go over their budget - by a significant amount. so regardless they are spending too much. it may not have been on her clothes but perhaps she should have cut it back so overall they didn't spend more than they received from the State.
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I think everyone needs to bear in mind, that the key word is "they." Thats Frederick and Mary and baby Christian. Its not all on Mary.
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Thanks for clearing that up ... I thought Mary's government salary for clothing was $2500 per day which would come close to $1 million annually
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