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Old 03-10-2016, 08:00 PM
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Thanks, Muhler. Very informative!
Denmark deserves a Monarch who is very knowledgeable about it's history and culture.
It's clear, Margrethe enjoys being Danish.
Hopefully, Frederik and Mary can enstill passion for both Denmark and service in their children and educate them more in line with Margrethe.
Fred's struggle seems to have overwhelmed much of his adult life.

Margrethe spending a lot of time with her grandchildren could be difficult, due to her smoking.. but it's a shame when generations don't pass on very important cultural traditions and drive. I hope Margrethe makes a priority of sharing time and history.
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Old 03-10-2016, 09:28 PM
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I loved watching the show, I've always wanted to see inside Amalienborg in details, I've been to the museum but that wasn't quite the same.

But can any danish members tell me what she was saying about her mother's birthday when standing in front of the Flora Danica?...I understood most of the things she said but I couldn't quite catch that:)
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Thank you for the BT article link Roskilde and Muhler! From the article, we also find out some new information about CP Frederik's preparation to be King or as the article states " different and more invisible royal chores that go on behind the thick walls of Amalienborg". CP Frederik regularly attends the weekly meetings between the Queen, Prime Minister and other ministers. We know that CP Frederik attends state council meetings monthly...but I think that this is the first time that we know about these more regular meetings.
Yet another example of the work going on behind the scenes that we knew nothing about.
I agree. Hopefully more light is put on the work behind the scenes. we get a little glimpse of it in a few articles. For example when they changed prime ministers last year, i believe the new prime minister stated how Frederik has been involved.

It was a great article to read, not only does the Queen have full confidence in him but also the majority of the Danes
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Old 03-12-2016, 06:19 AM
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And tomorrow evening Queen will show us Marselisborg !( i can wait! Muhler to hear that?)

Also a short preview
http://api.viglink.com/api/click?for...60636650678%2F
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Old 03-12-2016, 07:02 AM
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Yep.

I intend to watch it and you'll get a guide like the one last Sunday either later Sunday evening or sometime Monday.

I lived for a number of years in Aarhus, so I know Marselisborg and surroundings pretty well.
The park is open to the public when the DRF are not in residence, so you can literally walk right up to the building.
And because the park is open to the public, Aarhus municipality takes care of the park, so the DRF save money.
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Old 03-13-2016, 04:06 PM
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short video VIDEO Dronningen på Marselisborg: Her er mit værelse | Nyheder | DR
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Old 03-13-2016, 04:54 PM
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https://www.dr.dk/tv/se/dronningens-...lisborg-slot-2
This is the programme about Marselisborg.

It still provides a look into QMII's personality.

This episode was very much QMII in holiday mode, relaxing. But also very much QMII as the interior decorator. Especially her sense of using colors.
Some of the bronze sculptures in the park are by PH.

Marselisborg is described by QMII as "a big house with little room".

There really isn't that much to write about, so I suggest you relax and quietly watch QMII relaxing, without being distracted by what is being said.

Tomorrow I'll point out a few details about what is being shown and said.
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Old 03-13-2016, 05:06 PM
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And tomorrow evening Queen will show us Marselisborg !( i can wait! Muhler to hear that?)

Also a short preview
http://api.viglink.com/api/click?for...60636650678%2F
Yes though I don't understand a word of Danish I really enjoyed the trip around the Amalienborg Palace with the queen!
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Old 03-13-2016, 05:25 PM
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https://www.dr.dk/tv/se/dronningens-...lisborg-slot-2
This is the programme about Marselisborg.

Some of the bronze sculptures in the park are by PH.
I think that I'm still in shock about the very erotic male & female bronze sculpture. I mean...when I first saw the little statute inside the house...that made me blush (and I'm a black woman!)
But when I saw the large scale sculpture in the rose garden...I was like Wuh Loss!!!! I still can't get over it!!
Prince Henrik is a man with a very interesting mind and way of expression....and I will leave it at that!!
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Old 03-13-2016, 05:40 PM
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If I remember correctly the statue was a 70th birthday present to QMII from PH. I'm fairly certain there was a bit of a discussion about it on these boards at the time, lol.
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:39 PM
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So glad there has been a bit of comment about "that" sculpture. Did PH make that himself??
I have enjoyed both episodes so far, but I find that sculpture disturbing and disrespectful of their intimate relationship....but I am a prude. I am sure there is a thread on the subject, but I have no idea how to find it. Would someone kindly post a link?


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Old 03-14-2016, 03:21 AM
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Each to his own I suppose.

Having been in the park several times and seen the sculptures up close I like them.
And it's a beautiful theme everyone can relate to: an erotic embrace.
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Old 03-14-2016, 06:18 AM
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I agree with Muhler but as you say each to their own.


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Old 03-14-2016, 12:45 PM
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https://www.dr.dk/tv/se/dronningens-...lisborg-slot-2
This is the programme about Marselisborg.

It still provides a look into QMII's personality.

This episode was very much QMII in holiday mode, relaxing. But also very much QMII as the interior decorator. Especially her sense of using colors.
Some of the bronze sculptures in the park are by PH.

Marselisborg is described by QMII as "a big house with little room".

There really isn't that much to write about, so I suggest you relax and quietly watch QMII relaxing, without being distracted by what is being said.

Tomorrow I'll point out a few details about what is being shown and said.
Looking forward to it. The first one was really wonderful. Having the Queen show the places around that hold a special place in her heart. Talking about the past and the future (Frederik )

Just started watching the second part, but so lovely the Queen's face when she is looking at the painting of he and Henrik

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http://36.media.tumblr.com/a976c0b08...rje1o5_500.png
and how cute is that image of King Frederik hugging baby Frederik
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Old 03-14-2016, 05:16 PM
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Here are a few more details about what went on, during the show, Sunday:
https://www.dr.dk/tv/se/dronningens-...lisborg-slot-2

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 children"!

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.
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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).
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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.

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well this helps tremendously thank you Muhler.
thank you for adding all the small details.
So Frederik and Mary stay at the smaller building.

It was great seeing the images of the kids Easter egg hunting
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Once again, thank you so much Muhler I can't believe she does that embroidery freehand - that's amazing.
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question please, Muhler

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royals are used to things being a little old-fashioned from their own two and she received them. That was a special moment for her. That's it, you are on.

On several occasions she fingers a brooch in the shape of a horseshoe. That was presented to her by her father on 5th June 1953 (Constitution day), the day the new Constitution was signed and she was now the official heir.
Thanks so much for your descriptions of the two episodes. I can't wait for your explanation of the next.

About the first episode. There looked to me to be a spot where the Queen was above in a sort of alcove where she opened some shutters and looked through a pane of glass that was painted with parrots(?) down to the floor below. Can you give some insight into that scene?

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Old 03-14-2016, 09:59 PM
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Through these documentaries, I'm quickly becoming a fan of Queen Margrethe and although I cannot understand a word she speaks, her facial expressions totally give her away most of the time when she is talking about things. One time in particular is when her face goes so very soft admiring the sculpture in the garden. To me, that sculpture expresses so much tenderness, intimacy and love. I would be hard pressed to call that work "erotic" as the emotions it generates is far from being pornographic. It is aptly named "couple making love" for that is what it seeks to portray. The fact that it was given by Henrik to his wife and the look on her face as she looks at it, that tells me that there is something very strong between these two people. These are two very artistic people and each have their own ways of expressing.

I loved the use of colors and all of the rooms definitely have Margrethe's touch which makes it more of a home than a museum. I love the airiness of the dining area especially with that beautiful painted (stained glass?) window.

Looking forward to the next installment.
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Thank you for the translation, Muhler!! Your efforts are greatly appreciated!!😊 I enjoy these documentaries, and they are made more enjoyable thanks to you! Cheers!
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