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Does anyone know why Mary stands and watches Frederik walk past the guards and Marie walks just behind Joachim when he inspects? Prince Henrik walks just behind the Queen as well.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:36 AM
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In the pics that are posted on the royal website, it shows that Prince Henrik walked to the side as Mary did and not behind the Queen.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:42 AM
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Our Prime Minister looked lovely tonight, I do wish that she would start wearing more red though

Mary looked stunning, though I'd wished for a new gown. Oh well, there are two more days and one can always hope.
I agree, Mary looked stunning last night and the red rubin set suits her so well in her dark hair.
http://cdn.monarchypress.com/2/21298...a520287975.jpg
http://cdn.monarchypress.com/2/21298...6158660794.jpg

But yes, I would have loved a new dress too, and so on the other hand, I think it's great that she recycles as much as she does. And the same with Queen Margrethe.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:51 AM
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Thanks for the link Roskilde, I love the photo of Mary on the stairs she looks beautiful and so regal.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:20 AM
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In the pics that are posted on the royal website, it shows that Prince Henrik walked to the side as Mary did and not behind the Queen.
Can you post the picture please because I dont see a picture of Mary walking behind Frederik. The only picture I get from the guard inspection is this where she watches.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:31 AM
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Can you post the picture please because I dont see a picture of Mary walking behind Frederik. The only picture I get from the guard inspection is this where she watches.
I think marfre maybe means this picture:
http://kongehuset.dk/materialemappe/...g-taffel-7.img

It shows that Prince Henrik walked to the side exactly like Mary did
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:34 AM
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Sorry, I must not have been clear in my post, Mary stood to the side as did Prince Henrik. Marie walked behind.
The one of Prince Henrik and the Queen on the royal website shows Prince Henrik walking to take his position on the side to watch. Sorry I don't know how to post the link.

Thanks Roskilde
That is the pic that I was referring to.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:43 AM
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Does anyone know why Mary stands and watches Frederik walk past the guards and Marie walks just behind Joachim when he inspects? Prince Henrik walks just behind the Queen as well.
Well, if we are to be pedantic, Mary is correct.

The honour guard is to be inspected by the general only, not the general's wife.
You see the same thing when recieving a foreign head of state at the airport.
QMII escorts the head of state to the honour guard, so that he/she can acknowledge the curtesy.
Both PH and the wife/husband of the head of state stay behind.

Mary has indeed previously inspected an honour guard herself, but that was when she was alone and the highest ranking around. (Like the time she named a Navy Home Guard vessel).

The only one who always escorts a royal/commanding officer who is inspecting an honour guard is the adjutant. Last night it was the head of QMII's staff of adjutants, who escorted QMII, Frederik and Joachim.
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:21 AM
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Our Prime Minister looked lovely tonight, I do wish that she would start wearing more red though
I agree that she should be wearing more red Oh, and perhaps without the ribbons/decorations on the dress that could look like a golden chain from the Elephantorder
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Well, if we are to be pedantic, Mary is correct
We are to be pedantic and of course CPss Mary is correct. She knows her place and can walk by herself.
Pss Marie obviously doesn´t know her place and can´t walk anywhere alone, when her husband is in sight
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:48 AM
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Perhaps we should have a look at a little detail, that also took place last night.
The guards standing to arms - not to be confused with the guards turning out in arms, which is a pretty serious thing!

Video: Livgarden træder til gevær nytårsaften 2012 - Kongehuset
This clip is from New Years Eve, where the guards always stand to arms while QMII deliver her New Year speech. The difference is only that yesterday they wore red gala.

The guards not on sentry duty march out from their rooms with the front left private leading the way and pace. Behind them go the fifer and the signalman, the drummer. (The Royal Lifeguard was originally a heavy infantry regiment of the line, hence the use of drummers as signalmen rather than hornblowers, which was used in light regiments).
The fifer, played a merry tune, which was considered desirable on marches and good for the morale. He would also pick up the drum and step in as signalman should the drummer get shot or in some cases act as a runner. Beforehand (up until 1920's or so) they were boys.

Once outside they take up position next the the rifle-rests, the metal-thingies.
Beforehand the muskets stood in these rests, so that the guardsmen could hurry out and grab their weapons if need be. Simply because it's akward (and pretty dangerous as well) to run around inside a corridor and out through a door with a musket almost the length of a man, and with a permanently fixed bayonet to make it even longer!
The rests are a French invention.

Once the guards are in position the colour-sergeant come out and take up position in front of the detail.
After having (in theory) picked up their muskets, the sergeant orders the detail forward, muskets in hand and turn around himself.

Then the officers of the watch come out, salutes the colour and take command of the detail. Draw his sabre, the officer's equivalent to the privates picking up their muskets and orders the men to stand a ease, before turning around waiting for the royals to come. (Or as in this clip for the Majesty to begin her speech).

When the royals drive out of their mansions, the detail present arms and the drummer and fifer play the Colour March as a salute.
When Her Majesty is coming, the colour is lowered in salute.

The white stripes on their trousers does not designate the wearer to be an NCO as it was in USA, but it's a branch color. In this case white for infantry.

I love this sort of nerdy details.
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Mange tag once more, Muhler! This reader shares your love of detail that may be considered 'nerdy' by some, but is important enough to be immortalised in this video published by the Royal House on its website. Prompted by you, I noticed the white trouser stripes had different widths that I imagine denote different rank..
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Thanks Muhler!!!. I see these things online, but without your "nerdy details" (as you put it!) it's not the same! I need the nerdy details!! LOL (how else is this non-Danish speaking Canadian suppose to know the Drummer and Fifer are playing the Colour March in salute?!?!)

Let your nerd flag fly!! LOL
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Well, if we are to be pedantic, Mary is correct.

The honour guard is to be inspected by the general only, not the general's wife.
You see the same thing when recieving a foreign head of state at the airport.
QMII escorts the head of state to the honour guard, so that he/she can acknowledge the curtesy.
Both PH and the wife/husband of the head of state stay behind.

Mary has indeed previously inspected an honour guard herself, but that was when she was alone and the highest ranking around. (Like the time she named a Navy Home Guard vessel).

The only one who always escorts a royal/commanding officer who is inspecting an honour guard is the adjutant. Last night it was the head of QMII's staff of adjutants, who escorted QMII, Frederik and Joachim.
Thank you for the explanation.
I wasn't complaining why she wasn't inspecting, just wanted to know what the reason was.
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I seriously dont like Prince Joachim's uniform..Especially the trousers..EEww.
But of course anything looks good on him, thats a different thing. Why didnt Frederik take off his hat/cap..I wanted to see his hotty hotty greying hair..
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I seriously dont like Prince Joachim's uniform..Especially the trousers..EEww.
But of course anything looks good on him, thats a different thing. Why didnt Frederik take off his hat/cap..I wanted to see his hotty hotty greying hair..
he did and looked great
http://kongehuset.dk/materialemappe/...g-taffel-5.img
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Thank you for the explanation.
I wasn't complaining why she wasn't inspecting, just wanted to know what the reason was.
Oh, I didn't think you were. It's just a figure of speech.

My pleasure, fellow nerds Gerry & Queen Penelope
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Ya but I wanted a more close-up view..
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Ya but I wanted a more close-up view..
dont we all?
but maybe for tomorrow's event
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Oh, I didn't think you were. It's just a figure of speech.

My pleasure, fellow nerds Gerry & Queen Penelope
(Watch out that you don't encourage me too much ).
Hi Muhler (and thanks for the welcome yesterday) can I say as a long time lurker on these forums how much I've appreciated your knowledgeable comments. Please carry on being a nerd.
It was nice to see on the tv report yesterday the Queen's recently retired master of ceremonies (sorry, can't remember his name - Olsen?) Do you think he's now got a new job as a royal commentator? I have the DVD 'The Kingdom' and I enjoy his dry sense of humour on it. The only frustrating thing yesterday was not having a clue as to what he was saying!
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Hi Muhler (and thanks for the welcome yesterday) can I say as a long time lurker on these forums how much I've appreciated your knowledgeable comments. Please carry on being a nerd.
It was nice to see on the tv report yesterday the Queen's recently retired master of ceremonies (sorry, can't remember his name - Olsen?) Do you think he's now got a new job as a royal commentator? I have the DVD 'The Kingdom' and I enjoy his dry sense of humour on it. The only frustrating thing yesterday was not having a clue as to what he was saying!
His name is Christian Eugen-Olsen And I for one too hopes that DR has/will hire him as reporter to all the royal things. He knows the drill, the DRF and all the other RFs and I really like him.

The dreamteam for me: Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen and Christian Eugen-Olsen
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