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Old 12-13-2011, 12:29 AM
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Does someone knows, how I can download this documentary?
Does someone have recorded and will like to share (torrent, rapid-share....)!!!
I really would like to have this AMAZING two part documentary on my royal collection
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:40 AM
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Well, Princess Mary's accent is certainly, erm, interesting.

I'm surprised this programme was made. I mean, it's interesting, but in the middle of an historically dreadful time with Europe likely staring down the barrel at an economic depression, these Royals decided it was a good idea to show off their jewellery? A rather strange decision in my view.
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If people don't want to watch it or take issue with the context of the program, they don't have to view it. That's the wonderful thing about 'choice' isn't it...

Yes Mary's voice is interesting, I agree. Quite delicate. Rather pretty I find.
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I don't think it's asking too much to expect them to demonstrate some judgement about what's appropriate given the current environment in Europe. They leave themselves open to accusations of being out of touch and uncaring. This is simply the worst possible time for a programme such as this to be made.

Oh, and I wasn't talking about Mary's voice. It was her strange accent when speaking English which I found funny. It sounds incredibly affected to me.

The rubies in Mary's parure are incredibly pink. It's my understanding that the very best rubies are a deep red.
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I'd be most surprised if many were to take any offence at all unless it's their intent to do so before watching the program. Anyone who wishes to find fault always will.

I fail to see why it's such a bad idea when these items of jewellery continue to be worn and are thus viewed by society through many mediums of social interest. If these royal custodians can be photographed and put to press wearing the jewels on a regular occurence then how is making a documentary series such an intolerable move. It's a reality that many people accept as being associated with the monarchy's physcial being and is something that captures peoples curiosity and interest.

As for Mary's "strange accent", some will either just look for something to 'pick' which is no surprise given the tone of some members posts on a regular basis, or, the concept that someones syntax/pronounciation can shift to some degree when having spoken a foreign language for the better part of 10 years on a daily basis is beyond their cognitive grasp.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:14 AM
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Mary accents and the way how she talks (like searching for right words) are indeed funny. And her big eyes
These rubies are indeed more pink than red. Maybe it depends on the place when they were find? This is quite interesting documentary, few informations are totally new for me. I also like old videos and pictures used in it.
About showing the jewelery. I've noticed that in Denmark people are not very critical toward RF, even when they're partying a lot and spending money on various celebrations. It could be unimaginable for example in Spain or GB, but in Denmark it's not problem. IMO DRF should be grateful for this.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:26 AM
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Incredible jewels!
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:39 AM
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Well, Princess Mary's accent is certainly, erm, interesting.

I'm surprised this programme was made. I mean, it's interesting, but in the middle of an historically dreadful time with Europe likely staring down the barrel at an economic depression, these Royals decided it was a good idea to show off their jewellery? A rather strange decision in my view.
Are you serious?

Personally, I think such shows are excellent in times of trouble. As Oscar Wilde said "Give me the luxuries, I can dispence with the necessities."

It's not like the royals are responsible for the recession (although I suspect you are the right person to drum up reasons for why they are. Mary especially).

I find it infinitely more problematic that bankers en masse get massive raises despite having squandered peoples money for years.
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Quote from Queen Margrethe: "We don't count the karats, we count the centuries." The whole show made made clear that it is about history, and that these jewels have been around for many generations. So where is the offence in financially difficult times? If the show were about new jewellery lately aquired, it indeed should be critized. But wearing age old jewels hasn't got to do with spending money.

About the show: I loved it, and it payed off that I had started to learn a bit Danish. But simply looking at the pictures payed off to a lover of historic jewels. I was particularly impressed by some new stills which were made with very clever lighting from behind. How the amethysts from the Swedish parure were glowing with a rich colour! Or the Swedish cameos looked spectacular with the light shining through from behind and making them shine!
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Just saw this documentary online, the fact that they used lots of old photos and videos was really nice.
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A fabulous quote, Tilla! I really enjoy Margrethe's cheeky character.

Did anyone else happen to notice what appeared to me as being a suite of gold with what looked like some sort of facial imprint? If I recall, it was a kind of demi parure and was shown during a Danish segment of the broadcast I believe.

Is this suite Danish, does it still exist and is it still in the possession of the DRF?

If anyone knows of it, then to learn something of it would be great. Thanks!
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Hello,this is the link to watch the first part of the documentary
Thank you very much for posting the link. I had a wonderful time watching it!

Those jewels are pure art and history and the most important ones belong to the people of those countries - The Kings and Queens are only the keepers.

Human beings haven't developed that much to express their love, devotion and joy in a non-concrete way. That is why there is art - music, architecture, sculpture, paintings and jewels! Throw the first stone the person that has inherited at least a pin from a loved one and doesn't cherish it!

Jewels are one of the many ways to connect to the past, remember better
times and reassure us of who we are, where we came from and what we are capable to achieve.

Let part 2 come. I am already drooling in expectance.
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This is a treat to watch! And, to those who think it may be unseemly during our tough economic times, be calmed! It is an historic document, and the jewels themselves serve to illustrate the historical events of the Scandinavian royal families since the time of Napoleon. The jewels are beautiful, of course, but they served diplomatic and social roles for the families and those who wore (and still wear) them.
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I watched the documentary till the end and it seems the second part will be on Russian jewels and there was a preview wth Queen Elizabeth wearing Wladmir Tiara.
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Did anyone else happen to notice what appeared to me as being a suite of gold with what looked like some sort of facial imprint? If I recall, it was a kind of demi parure and was shown during a Danish segment of the broadcast I believe. Is this suite Danish, does it still exist and is it still in the possession of the DRF?
Madame Royale, I think we caught a glimpse of the socalled lava parure - or demiparure - which was shown in connection with Swedish-born Queen Lovisa, who brought loads of jewellery with her when she married the Danish Crown Prince in 1869.
This parure has not been aired in public for ages! I think that the last owner was the late countess Ruth of Rosenborg.

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Madame Royale, I think we caught a glimpse of the socalled lava parure - or demiparure - which was shown in connection with Swedish-born Queen Lovisa, who brought loads of jewellery with her when she married the Danish Crown Prince in 1869.
This parure has not been aired in public for ages! I think that the last owner was the late countess Ruth of Rosenborg.

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You are correct, Viv. I posted a screencap of the parure in its case on the Swedish Royal Jewels of the Past thread.
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As QMargerthe said in the documentary, these jewels are meant to be worn, not to stay around as merely museum pieces. That is a great wear to honour and acknowledge history.
Also it's not like they are flaunting their jewelry, as CP Mary mentioned, it's a great way to learn about history of Scandinavia.
I think we should also remember that two most recent additions to the tiaras worn by DRF, were not purchases but simply loans. (CP Mary's Midnight Tiara and Princess Marie's new tiara)
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My impression has been that the Danish Royal Family are not especially wealthy in a personal sense, at least not when compared to other dynasties or even many non royal families in Europe. I don't see how a documentary about historic jewel collections is flaunting wealth since the discussion was about the jewels history and not their monetary value. Also some of the Danish pieces (the emeralds and some of the others) are part of the Crown Jewels and not the personal property of the family.

The jewels themselves are beautiful and it was interesting how some of them have travelled through Europes royal families. The dynasties obviously owe a lot to Empress Josephine and her Leuchtenberg descendents.
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I haven't been able to see the documentary about the jewels yet but am looking forward to it.
EIIR, you statement about not flaunting how rich has me confused. Do you know something about this programme that I don't? So, the royals involved had an actual say about this programme - about it's creation and even when it was to be aired?
If so, kudos to Margrethe and Silvia - didn't know they had it in them
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