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Old 03-14-2012, 12:18 PM
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Queen Margrethe has attended the parade by the Royal Guard and handed over the Queens Watch
in Copenhagen today, March 14, 2012.




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** kongehuset.dk: Overrækkelse af Dronningens Ur **


** BB: Dronning Margrethe havde tekniske problemer ** translation **
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:13 PM
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Prince Henrik as Patron visited the Frigate Jylland at the harbour of Ebeltoft today, April 7, 2012.



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Prince Henrik is looking especially vital and good in this video to me, I appreciate you posting it!
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Old 04-08-2012, 03:20 AM
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Thanks, Iceflower

Yes, the frigate Jylland (Jutland) is absolutely worth a visit for those interested in maritime history. Danish steam frigate Jylland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

She is a hybrid, in the sense she is propelled by steam (screw) as well as sails.
We often forget in our fast developing world, how fast things changed in the second half of the 1800's. The transition from purely sail powered capital warships to purely steam powered took less than 30 years. - A fantastic technological leap!
Technologically speaking the Danish navy has always been among the leaders. This frigate is no exception.
To even call her a frigate is somewhat misleading. The best modern comparison would be battlecruiser. I.e. a heavily armed fast ship.
She was inspired by the technological revolution started by USA in the napoleonic wars, with very large, fast and heavily armed frigates. (In modern terms we would call them cruisers) who were more than a match for even the larger ships of the line which were the standard of that time.

Well, in Jyllands case they simply fitted her with a steam engine. But as steam engines were notoriously prone to breaking down and because they run on coal, which take up storage space, sails were maintained as the primary mode of sailing. - And because many sailors and captains were reluctant to have an ugly smokestack protruding from the middle of their beautiful ship. So the steam engine was primarily used when getting in and out of harbours. Then the smoke stack was lowered so that Jylland could look like a decent ship.

Jylland was the flagship of the Danish navy and as the king is the commander in chief, specific quarters were fitted for the use of the king and his closest family. The problem was that Jylland as a warship was inadequate for the purpose of a royal yacht, so a paddlesteamer, the first Dannebrog, was build for that purpose.

Back to Jylland. She was a said before a hybrid and that is also reflected in her armament, which is a mixture of heavy muzzle loaders and hyper modern rifled breech loaders (from Armstrong). Another novelty was the dispension of the quarter deck. Instead officers stood on a bridge spanning across the deck. From here they had a very clear, albeit exposed, view. Hence the term "bridge".

Jylland saw action once in the Second Schleswigan War in 1864, where she encountered and checked a combined Austrian and Preussian flotilla. Thus preventing enemy ships from entering Danish waters and influence the war on land.

Life onboard wasn't that much different from other Danish warships of the era. She was usually refitted in early spring and sailed throughout the summer months until late autumn, where she returned to the yard.
There were goats, pigs and chicken onboard, usually around the stove on the gun deck.
The sailors working in the rigging, were professionel, agile young men and as far as possible they stayed up there. Even sleeping in their hammocks suspended from the yardarms if the weather was just reasonably good. - No need to go down on the deck only to get up there again, is there? And the NCO's were down on the deck as well, another good reason to stay aloft.
If they had to, ahem, "wash their hands", they simply walked out to the end of the yardarm and did their business there.
Eveybody else, except the captain and the officers used the head at bow of the ship. The head consited of two seats with three holes. Ordinary sailors to the left of the bowspit and NCO's and boys to the right. That was to protect the boys from listening to the lewd remarks from the sailors.

Alas, Jylland soon became old fashioned and she was replaced by modern steel ships, driven only be steam. One of them, Rolf Krake, a battleship/artillery cruiser had the first large electrical plant in Denmark. - Cutting edge technology.
Jylland was decommissioned, her rigging was removed and the most modern artillery pieces were also removed. Her deck was covered by a plank roof and she was used for all sorts of purposes. Reduced to a mere hulk.
She suffered that indignity for almost a hundred years, until in the late 1960's it was decided to restore her to former glory. A she was in pretty poor condition that took a lot of work and Prince Henrik took a keen interest in that.
Now she is almost fully restored, fulfillling many a wet dream for the carpenters working on her. A part of her rigging still need some work.

So should you ever come to eastern Jutland, drop by the frigate Jylland and enjoy her. Also because an old lightship is moored next to her. And the town of Ebeltoft, where she is moored is also worth a visit. You would litterally be stepping back 150 years. - Except for the lack of horsedung on the cobbled stones and the hefty prices!
As such ship and town match in time.
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Thanks for that Muhler. Very interesting.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:19 PM
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My pleasure, Tarlita.

I have visited the frigate quite a number of times and I still find it endlessly fascinating even though there is not a drop of sailor in me.
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Queen Margrethe has been pictured travelling via helicopter from Marselisborg Palace in Aarhus
to Fredensborg a couple of days ago:


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** svenskdam.se: Drottning Margrethe kom i helikopter ** translation **
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Yesterday evening, April 10, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik attended the Fakkeltog, the annual
torchlight procession at Fredensborg Palace that welcomes the Regent Couple back to their summer
residence.



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Thanks for posting, iceflower.

It is lovely for QM & PH to be welcomed this way each year.
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Yes, thank you for the pictures Iceflower - it's a very nice tradition - Fredensborg's way of welcoming the royal couple for the summer season.
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Yesterday, April 12, Prince Henrik attended the premiere of the new show of the Danish trio Linie 3
at the Tivoli in Copenhagen. Countess Alexandra with husband Martin were there as well.



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** ekstrabladet.dk: Prins Henrik på besøg i Linie 3's omklædningsrum ** translation **
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Prince Henrik has attended the WTA tournament Danish Open at the Farum Arena on April 15, 2012.



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Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik at the opening of the renovated Marble Room at Rosenborg Castle
yesterday, April 16, 2012.



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New official pictures of the couple

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Lovely pictures, they both look very regal.
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Nice official pics.

Summary of two articles in Billed Bladet #16, 2012.
Written by Marianne Singer and Ulrik Ulriksen.

Prince Henrik has been attending various cultural events recently.
First a tennis match with Caroline Wozniacki, regrettable she lost.
Prince Henrik said to our reporter: "She plays well and I've supported her in the old days. I gave her a small grant from my foundation and that sure has paid off, you can say. She's a very skilled player".
Prince Henrik is, well, has been a keen tennis player.

An entertainment trio called Linie 3 (after a bus line, I believe) had a premiere of their latest show.
Line 3 consists of three gentlemen, Anders Bircow, Thomas Eje and Preben Christensen. And they have periodically launched a show, for 30 or so years now and they are somewhat of an institution in their own right here in DK.
Everyone worth mentioning in Copenhagen attended this premiere, among them Prince Henrik, who is a friend of Preben Christensen.
Preben Christensen is the spouse of Mary's hairdresser Søren Hedegaard and as such he is also a friend of Mary and Frederik.
At the end of each show Preben Christensen always make a stellar parody of QMII. This time "she" told the audience that she has a new hobby, composing party songs as well as telling the audience that majesties don't have iPhones, they have WePhones (royal plural), leading Prince Henrik to completely cracking up with laughter. He also visited the trio back stage.
Queen Ingrid also enjoyed the parodies and during a visit back stage she asked Preben Christensen: "Now, you are going to do a parody of my daughter, aren't you"?

Countess Alexandra with her unshaven Martin were also there and backstage and she chatted with Prince Henrik during the intermission. She was enthusiatic as well.

Now, there are basically two actors in DK who traditionally imitate QMII, one is Ulf Piilgaard, who nails her looks and gestures, the other is Preben Christensen who nails her voice and expressions, he use a lot of wordplay in his imitations.



And a somewhat tipsy QMII aka Ulf Pilgaard after "her" 70th birthday.



Summary of a Q&A in Billed Bladet #16, 2012.

An Else Jensen would like to know why QMII never drives a car. Does she even have a drivers licence?

Jon Bloch Skipper explains that she does have a drivers licence but that she hasn't been driving herself for many years. One such time was in 1966, when she picked up her Henri from the airport.

QMII said herself some years ago: "You would not die from my cooking, but I'm not so sure you would survive my driving. I can't cook and I shouldn't and I shouldn't drive a car either. I'm not good at it. I have a drivers licence but it's so long ago that I need a refresher course, if I'm to sit by the steering wheel".
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Nice official pics.

Summary of two articles in Billed Bladet #16, 2012.
Written by Marianne Singer and Ulrik Ulriksen.

Prince Henrik has been attending various cultural events recently. (..)
This tipsy QMII is WONDERFUL! even without understanding the Danish, which is tragic, the actor has a fabulous gift for mime! The prince consort figure is a bonus, tremendous fun! Thank you for posting
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Was there a bit of photo shopping done to flatten the royal Prince Henrik stomach?
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Was there a bit of photo shopping done to flatten the royal Prince Henrik stomach?
Don't think so.
More a question of "flattering" angles.
Prince Henrik is simply like wine, more full and rounder by the age.

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The expression: "Fyyy, Margrethe = shame om you, Margrethe" has become Ulf Pilgaards trademark in his impersonations, when he has delivered a particularly pointy remark.
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