Originally Posted by ashelen
Tusind tak MUhler! What a treat! I love the photo with a hole in his socks!! I wonder what happen there!? N of course with Queen Ingrid! Is a really sweet photo! N the one with kids n ice cream! Shows his nice soul!
You are welcome.
Well, back in 1997 Frederik was IIRC still in the Frogman Corps and he apparantly didn't have a valet then and anyway the visit was only for a couple of days. So Frederik packed his own suitcases, including socks - without bothering to check whether there were holes.
He would naturally have discovered the holes in Japan, but what the heck, he would be wearing shoes, so who would notice?
Except that he was to attend a Japanese tea ceremony and what do you normally do when you go inside in Japan?
He did afterwards state that he regretted he hadn't checked his socks beforehand.
Frederik tells in the book: ..."The comical bit for me was that I arrived suitable attired in suit and tie but completely unprepared for the fact that you have to drop your shoes and sit down on your knees. Back then there weren't so many with me in my entourage and in the morning I had just quickly pulled on som stockings - and then there were holes in them.
The press thought it was hilarious. That here I come, fresh Frederik, and then there are holes in the socks. But I wasn't thrashed as being messy in the papers and there wasn't critique of lacking councelling either. The press-image was more like that it was a hoot, and how good it is that Frederik is human".
But since then he has been more vigilant and he now has servants (a valet) on important trips abroad. You have to look your best in order to show your hosts respect.
- He's got that one right! If there is one thing that can give me the urge to slap people in the back of the heads it's celebs who dress fashionably sloppy because it's about MEEE and not the event or the hosts.
The book these pics are from is richly illustrated, so here are some more.
I see from the number of hits that the pic from M&F's courting days was popular, so here are three more. Apparantly Frederik went to Australia at least five times during the first year he knew Mary and before the press knew about their relationship.
If you didn't know it, you would be forgiven for believing Frederik and Joachim are not brothers. The Sweaters and Jackets were high fashion back the - everybody wore them.
Frederik has a good rapport with the Greenlanders. Here he meets a hunter whom he got to know on an earlier travel:
The hole in the sock incident is unlikely to happen again, because he now has a valet:
This picture is from the lodge in Trend, where Queen Ingrid also liked to go. The picture is interesting in the sense that it's one of the few pics at least I have seen of the lodge close up:
This picture is unique. It show QMII and Frederik greeting Cubas Fidel Castro during a UN summit in Copenhagen. It was the first time Fidel Castro was ever seen at such an event without wearing a uniform.
Being the head of state present with the longest seniority protocol dictated that he was seated next to the host QMII. - Should have been interesting! Fidel Castor is known to be very talkative and QMII who represents everything he is against, would certainly not have been intellectually daunted by him. She would, I'm sure, also have been able to quote Karl Marx...
This is among the very first pictures of Frederik:
During the expedition to Mongolia Frederik kept a diary, and let me put it like this; I can read it...
A continuation of the story where Frederik took the children for a drive and bought ice for them. This is when he drove up in the drive-way - and yes he did drive with a child on his lap: