Billed Bladet #40 is out.
And you may wish to get a pack of tissues because some sweet romance is coming up.
I'm a little preoccupied these days, so I'll write about the articles if and when I get around to do it.
Frederik has been present at all the councils and audiences in connection with the recent general election and forming of a new government.
Audiences with Margrethe, and the Political Role of the Danish Monarch
Joachim won the Danish Championships in racing in his class.
The CP-Couple's Culture Prize was handend out.
Frederik rode the MTB Marathon in Hillerød on mountain bike. 67 kilometres.
Our Marie paid tribute to the president of the Danish AIDS Foundation, the diva Susse Wold. http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...ml#post1324359
Joachim was in Sønderborg to hand out a prize on behalf of CSR Foundation. Which is focusing on innovation in regards to recycling and sustainable energy.
The Q&A this week is about who arragned the funeral of Queen Ingrid. - Mainly the family and the court.
And Jon Bloch Skipper is defending Frederik in response to a reader, who commented on a particular unintelligable sentence Frederik said during the press meeting in Russia recently. - You might enjoy the reply and I think most of you would agree wholeheartedly.
The Future of the Danish Monarchy
Countess Alexandra is patron of the DR1 Girls Choir and she talks about her fondness for singing.
Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg's Charities and Patronages
Mary visited the kindergarten Danalien in Aalborg and spoke about the importance and significanse of reading aloud to your children.
La belle Marie went to Tønder to attend an event for the social volunteer centre Broen. Bette Henrik has now been told that he is going to be an older brother, whether he understands it is another matter.
The DRF attended the opening of the Parliament. And that is well covered as well.
And then (fanfare) some trivia and a good deal of romance from Mary & Frederik.
This will be in two parts. First part is trivia and the second part is partially an interview and I'll have to write that first.
Trivia from an article in Billed Bladet #40, 2011.
Written by John Lautrup and Ulrik Ulriksen.
In connection with M&F handing out the Cultural Award they also spoke about themselves in clips on TV.
During the show one of the recipients paid Frederik a compliment by saying: "You're too cool, Frede".
The headlines in Billed Bladet led me to believe that Mary had written a poem to Frederik, she didn't. Very early on in their relationship she send Frederik her favourite poem: How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning - which is a very vivid poem about passionate love.
The best rock song.
Mary: "Led Zeppelin's Battle For Ever More. It's utterly fantastic. Unique, among other things because of the guitar that is part of the piece".
Frederik: Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water is in itself pretty impressive. It's very classical number and it's loathed by many. (*) When Smoke on the Water is played in the car, I'd say there is a need to turn up the volume, also for the benefit of the next generation. Christian likes to rock along and play air-guitar, when hear that piece".
Frederik: "That's Apocalypse Now". (**) It was pretty exciting for me, because it was war and gunpowder and back then you were a soldier yourself. (***) The whole making of the movie in itself, but also the novel it's based upon, which has nothing to do with the Vietnam War and which was written several decades before, has facinated me afterwards and can still fascinate me just as much today. That's a very determining movie for me".
Mary: "Yeah, that's a good one".
Best classical hit.
Mary: "I've always had with Beethoven's 5. Symphony that this is something very strong, which moves me deeply when I listen to it".
Frederik: "Of classical works an earhanger for me is the overtour to the ballet Romeo and Juliet". (****)
Best children's book.
Mary: "There is a book that keeps popping up as far as I am concerned and that is: Where The Wild Things Are (Villy Vilddyr). That's something I remember from my childhood and I look forward to share it with my children. But our children likes the author who has written Mustafa's Kiosk and The Little Frog. That's utterly fantastic. The Little Frog has been a hit for a long time here at home". - Mary and Frederik then laughingly quotes the book together: "You are the most dreadful little frog. Get down from my mountain". (*****)
Biggest cultural experience.
Mary: "My favourite poem is a poe by Elizabeth Barret Browning: How Do I Love Thee.
Frederik: I was so fortunate to be a teenager in the 80's when Danish football/soccer really rose from nothing to a lot. There was in particular one goal scored by Preben Elkjær in connection with a national match against Russia, where he made some fatanstic moves through the penalty field resulting in a goal. Unfortunately I wasn't present in the Park during the match, but I watch in on TV. It was a starry moment".
Mary: "Olav Hergel. His way of writing suits just my way of reading. His novels: The immigrant" and "The Refugee" are also very, very good".
Frederik: "After those two or three times during my childhood, where my mother read out all of Tolkien Lord of the Rings, I read it myself - also at a time, where I sort of felt that now I should have a go myself. And Tolkien is definitely an author I've returned to". (******)
Most grand architecture.
Mary: "I'd say the pyramids. There is something that really makes you wonder. How the Egyptians could do it? So I look forward to one day experience the pyramids in real life".
Frederik: "The Pyramids are unique. Utterly incomprehensible what they back then was able to master to perfection of architecture. It can hardly be done better today, despite we having som many means to help us and electronics". (*******)
Mary: "That's Jeff Buckley's Grace". (********)
Frederik: "That's the record called Moonflower, made by Carlos Santana. It's half studio, half live recording. It certainly was when it was made. Now it's just one big download. It's incredibly exciting and wide ranging. There is both instrumental music and singing on the record. And guitar solos".
Best dance music.
Mary: "That's Alphabeat's 10.000 Nights of Thunder".
Frederik: "Yeah, you really like that number.
Absolutely, Lancier. That's not off the mark. There are five passages. (Mary interjects: "That's always a good round of fun"). The music is from an album called: Hopsa".
(*) Who must be cultural barbarians.... It must be an oversight that M&F didn't mention Pink Floyd's album The Wall as their first choice. With the scathing When the Tigers Broke Free as one of the best parts of that work.
(**) Good choice, Frederik!
(***) Eeh? Frederik still went to school, when that movie was released.
(****) Nah, Tchaikovsky's 1. Piano Concerto is better.
(*****) The Wind in the Willows, still a classic.
(******) Tom Sharpe, and his mad charaters, not least in Riotous Assembly.
(*******) The Great Wall(s) of China. Just like the Pyramids an impressive political statement.
(********) Hallelujah is played often a military funerals here in DK.