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Even queen Ingrid had a slight accent after having lived a live-time in Denmark - and she was brought up speaking a 'brother' tongue.

As to Alexandra's grasp of the Danish language many has pointed out that the fact that her mum was German speaking and she knew that language might have made it a bit easier for her to learn the Danish language tone.

The other day i watched a very interesting (at least I found it interesting) video clip which Thomas has posted at GREMB - Glittering Royal Events Message Board: A very good one hour long program/video for everyone to see here: The Danish Royal Yacht Dannebrog. It is about the history of the Dannebrog - the royal Danish yacht (not in English and unfortunately no English subtitles). There are some short clips with Mary and Frederik and and you can hear Mary making small-talk with baby Christian. Sure, she has an accent - but I still think she is doing good

That's a good video.

You can also hear May practicing Danish with her private tutor. This is from the documentary Mary Elizabeth Donaldson which aired several days prior to her wedding to Frederik. You can see, as well as hear, how frustrated she gets when trying to express herself in Danish. It's not easy... believe me I know.

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is the correct clip where you band hear her speak Danish with her tutor starting at 5:45. Sorry about that.

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Copenhagen Princess Mary at a reception for her patronages in Chr. VIII Palae at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.

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I love Mary's suit! I've never seen her wear it as a suit (only the jacket to Prince Christian's christening). I also love that she wears neutral shoes. They seem to go with everything.
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I always thought there was a matching skirt.

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Old 01-11-2008, 04:13 AM
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That's a good video.

You can also hear May practicing Danish with her private tutor. This is from the documentary Mary Elizabeth Donaldson which aired several days prior to her wedding to Frederik. You can see, as well as hear, how frustrated she gets when trying to express herself in Danish. It's not easy... believe me I know.
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Think of all the other languages that will open up for you - Swedish and Norwegian, and to some extent Dutch as well (if you know Danish you can actually recognize a lot of Dutch words as well).

Thank you for the clip - it was nice seeing this again. And I like watching John Donaldsen - he has such a quiet comforting charm about him
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Copenhagen Princess Mary at a reception for her patronages in Chr. VIII Palae at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.

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Around how many people where at this reception? seems quite abit. Its nice she holds a reception for them. Love her suit, great she has worn it as a full suit this time, also like her hair. Pitty not many pictures released of this event yet
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It must be hard to Mary to speak to so mucht people at the same time! They seam to be all looking at her...Gosh it must be really hard for her, but she seams to enjoy and to know how to do her job very well! Her suit is really lovely and it suits really well the ocassion.
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:24 PM
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I love this suit, I wish she would have worn these two pieces together as a suit to Christian's christening.
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Lovely pictures on the Dutch page.
I love her hair do.
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Old 01-12-2008, 01:23 PM
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I just love this suit Mary looks really lovely.I too think her hair is terrific up in that stylish bun. Love the brooch.
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she does indeed look extremely elegant and gives such a clean image. not sure if i prefer her hair like this though, but i do like a lot more this skirt than the one she wore at the christening with that same jacket. this combo looks so much nicer and cleaner! very marlene birger... can someone confirm?

i'll have to put my two cents of critique, though. mary drinking what seems to be an alcoholic drink is a complete no-no from a protocol point of view. even if it isn't, it's extremely unwise to show herself holding a cocktail glass that looks like alcohol.
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i didn't think anything about it, it's a new years reception i'd expect champagne we see royals toasting with wine all the time i'm not sure i get your point, i don't care if she's having a tipple or two and enjoying her own reception- i'm sure she is very discreet and would never get tipsy. it does look like a martini glass and not a champagne flute but who knows it could be a mocktail of some sort.
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i'll have to put my two cents of critique, though. mary drinking what seems to be an alcoholic drink is a complete no-no from a protocol point of view. even if it isn't, it's extremely unwise to show herself holding a cocktail glass that looks like alcohol.
Looking at the pictures, this didn't even cross my mind. Can I ask why this is such a faux pas? As previously stated, it's a New Year reception; what's wrong with the fact that Mary may have had an alcoholic drink?
Anyway, I think it's lovely that this event occurs and all the patronages come together. I think that it shows the diverse range of causes Mary is involved with. Also, she looked lovely too!!
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she looks great, the best dressed crown princess in Europe for sure.
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I love this suit, I wish she would have worn these two pieces together as a suit to Christian's christening.
Amen! This is a lovely suit...why she didn't pair it up with the matching skirt for the christening, we'll never know!

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Because it would have looked much too formal/corporate, imo.

The skirt HRH wore to Prince Christian's christening is gorgeous (even though a summer skirt/dress) and suited the jacket most appropriately for such an occasion.

I think also that the skirt provided less constraint for Mary, and given she was either standing or sitting and needed to feel comfortable whilst holding her darling child, that the un matched, though flattering dress allowed her the liberty of comfort...

Drinking alcohol against protocol? I think not.

It seems that it was a cocktail reception and there is not a single court rule prohibiting the consumption of alcohol at formal events. This, quite simply, has nothing to do with protocol for if it did, cocktails (wine?) would not have been served.

I have seen countless photographs of Queen Elizabeth drinking alcohol at formal receptions held at Buckingham Palace. Would it then be fair to say Her Majesty is making a protocol boo boo?

Infact, the Queen offers her Christmas carollers a glass of mulled wine at Windsor every year. One would think that if protocol were to be ignored then that would certainly be a primary example.
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i think i read in royal (just royal, that i know of) protocol, it is not good to be photographed with an alcoholic drink in your hands or smoking, at least in an official activity (although extension to private - paparazzi - life is suggested). perhaps someone can clarify a bit better, but i think it's the rule. royals may offer alcoholic drinks (there is nothing wrong, of course, in offering wine at a reception) and even drink them, but try not to be pictured having one, as far as i know. while her majesty may have offered mulled wine, i doubt we have seen a picture of her at all with a drink in her hands.
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If you search under Corbis photography under 'Royals drinking" there will be 6 pages of Royals including British, Belgium, Spanish, Monaco,etc with glasses of wine or alcoholic drinks in their hands during official functions.

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These are some examples of HM Queen Elizabeth during official functions

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OH my god I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this !
Amazing, it looks gorgeous with a mathcing skirt. She's so awesome
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i doubt we have seen a picture of her at all with a drink in her hands.
To insinuate that none exist when I myself stated that I had seen them is rather insensitive, to be honest. As Harmony has pointed out, it is a well documented fact...
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Mary looked perfect at the reception in the beautiful (christening) suit and diamond pin. I believe we first saw that pin on a black suit she wore to a memorial service for the tsunami victims of Indonisia. I like to think it was an heirloom gift from the Queen. I noted that Frederik's Lord Chamberlain attended, what do you image his role was at the reception?
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