Here are a few more details about what went on, during the show, Sunday:
Annoyingly it wasn't as systematic as the first show, basically I suppose this is actually a home (summer-cottage) rather than a historical workplace/museum/official residence. And Since Marselisborg Manor is only a little more than 100 years old it's still a young house.
So this time I point out a specific time in the show and then go on to the next stop-mark
As always if you have questions please state the approximate time.
3:40 QMII has always arranged the flowers herself here at Marselisborg.
It's an ongoing creative process. She doesn't really envision the result before the arrangement is finished.
05:08 Marselisborg was the brainchild of a city-Councillor in Aarhus who suggested a summer residence for the Regent Couple in Jutland, where there at the time was no DRF residence. (Gråsten at that time was German territory after the Second Schleswigan War 1864). And in 1902 it was finished and at the disposal of later Christian X. It is to be inherited by the heir, so it will at some point inevitably become Frederik's property.
05:30 "It's a big house, with very little room". I.e. large living-rooms, and one big suite, should the King come visiting, but that a number
of guests should pay a visit, hadn't really been considered...
06:05 By the time then Prince Christian and his wife took over the fully furnished Marselisborg, he already had two children and "actually it hadn't been taken into consideration what to do, if they should end up having five
06:40 The decorations over the doors and the facade on the garden-side of the building symbolize Jutland and also include the three Nordic lions.
07:12 The colors used by the architect were very gloomy, even QMII's grandparents thought they were too gloomy!
So the rooms were actually very dark, but that has changed.
07:54 "I probably think a lot in colors all the time. - And it gets worse over time". QMII is very much into colors and color-combinations and a lot of this episode is indeed about just that.
09:02 All through the years Christian X used to write on the window pane when he arrived and when he left.
09:58: After QMII and PH's marriage in Frederik IX in 1968 offered them that they could take over Marselisborg. QMII was sceptical, it was abit old-fashioned but PH was eager!
10:55 "I'm stuck with it, economically speaking. It's my private property. You can't go to the state and say: we need a new bathroom". So it's the DRF who pays for the upkeep. And that means they pay taxes of the property. (Which I didn't know).
11:00 The antlers in the vestibule (I will often use the Danish term. It's interesting to see how international they are) are Christian X's. But some were replaced by paintings.
12:55 Notice the plates along the ceiling. They are collectors items and they are from merchant towns in DK. There are a load of merchant towns in DK! And QMII must by now have visited all of them.
The painting was found and bought by QMII and she is (also professionally) very fond of it.
13:55 "It's especially the Prince Consort who likes to move the furnitures around". And then the "furniture-waltz" begin! Because if you move one furniture, you have to move another and so on...
14:40 It's of course difficult to say when it's one or the other who has had the best idea, but... "I so do like that once the furnitures have found a good spot, that they remain there...".
14:50 This painting was found by PH in an antique store in England for furnitures from the 30's where it had been used as presentation (staffage). PH recognized the man in the painting as King Gustav V. So he fetched QMII the next day and they bought the painting. The shop owner didn't know who it was and PH and QMII didn't tell them... (15:44) - Painted in 1936.
It was PH and QMII who as the first decided to go to Marselisborg during Easter and Christmas (and de facto also during the annual Cultural Week in September).
16:51 The Christmas tree is placed in this corner. The DRF do not dance around the tree.
17:35 The Dining Room. (I presume he has clean hands). There can be seated quite a few around the table, but on a daily basis it's the Regent Couple and the adjutant and sometimes the Lady in Waiting as well, if she is present.
19:03 The painting is a present from the Faeroe Islands and presented to QMII on her 70th birthday. But the blue color suits this spot just right. Yes!!
20:00 Frederik just like QMII has a close affiliation with Aarhus, because they both studied at Aarhus University. QMII lived in a kind of dorm (kollegium), while Frederik lived at the Kavaler-building that is placed close to the entrance and is an adjacent building originally for the staff and when M&F visit Marselisborg they always live there.
QMII studied political science in 1961.
22:15 This is QMII's study. The windows were originally one big pane, but that was a bit too much, so it has been scaled down so to speak.
It used the be Queen Alexandrine's study as well.
23:50 Originally there was no swimming pool and going to the beach was a few hundred meters away was not so attractive, even as late as the 1960. (the reason being that a main sewer had it outlet a couple of hundred meters out into the bay from the beach, and often you would se a brownish "blop" emerging on the water when... well, you can guess it...
Nevertheless back in the 1930's relatives of mine walked from their school to receive swimming lessons right there!
So they had this swimming pool made.
But while it's a nice and private place to swim, it can be a bit cold when the sun isn't on, because the wind come around the house and brr!
25:13 There is a great view from the terrasse (patio?) over Aarhus Bay.
26:00 The local artmuseum Aros (the old Danish name for Aarhus) is extremely popular with the public and with the Regent Couple as well! They are attracted like blowflies to a corpse!
They exhibited there a few years back.
QMII does try used subdued colors from time to time, but then, nah! And an orange pillow is used instead.
27:45 QMII embroiders quite a bit and these two pillows are her work. She draws the pattern herself, the colors are somehow in her head, but she doesn't really know how it will end up before she is finished. So when she starts embroidering it's as close to a non-stop process as her duties allow.
29:20 This embroidery is inspired from a landscape seen from above. That was fun, so she made four more.
30:15 These are QMII's paintings. From Cayx.
31:28 After working out the paintings must be some 25 years old "Oh dear, one is getting elderlier and elderlier".
31:45 QMII steps out as the sentries are being relieved (every two hours), so the guards present arms. QMII (as is proper) stands still to acknowledge the salute then say: "Carry on, guardsmen".
It's QMII close friend and LiW, Sisse Foss, who is driver. She address QMII with informal you and then when told where to go responds: "The Queen directs".
33:20 The pergola. The huge vase or whatever it is was a present and it was placed in the original pergola made of wood, completely "dwarfing the poor pergola", so a new stone pergola was made and now it looks better.
34:10 This is the rose-garden. The circular planting was QMII's idea.
35:10 The tower was a part of a roof decoration on a factory. It was bought by PH and placed here.
(Normally I believe people who write graffiti should have their hands nailed to trees! But in this case it's quite sweet greetings to the Regent Couple).
It's called (loosely translated) "Villa Margarine-rest", it was from a margarine factory.
The roses are very much chosen for their scent rather than their looks.
37:40 The sculpture was a present from PH on her 70th birthday.
"Couple making love".
PH actually considered being a concert pianist before becoming a diplomat.
38:24 The "Torso" which QMII believe is one of PH very best works.
40:00 This is when QMII unwinds and completely empties her head.
At the very end there is a graffiti depicting a heart, obviously by a child, the text reads "good Queen".
And that's all folks.
The next episode will be in two weeks. i.e Easter Sunday.