A gallery from BT of the Regent Couple riding in a carriage from Amalienborg to Christiansborg for today's New Year Court/Levee. M&F drove in a car.
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Today's court is for the higher civil servants representatives from organisations and so on.
I will presume Mary will later on hold her own court for representatives from her own protections.
Thanks for the clip, Roskilde.
I heard someone in the background say something about Mary's bare arms.
ADDED: Let's go through the uniforms of the Guards Hussars again, shall we? Yes, we shall, because I love that sort of things and it's deliciously nerdy.
Look at pic #10 in the BT gallery, where the two squadrons of the mounted company are lined up. Notice that horses of the troppers are brown while the horses of the signalmen on the flanks are whitish. So that that commanding officer could easily spot and find his signalman in the confusion of battle.
The signalmen are trompeters not buglars as in say the US cavalry. Because the Guards Hussars use trompets and not horns for signalling.
#9: An excellent view of the commanding officer.
Hussars became fashionable during the mid 1700's. Partly because they reintroduced light cavalry to the western and central European battlefield again, partly because the uniforms were dashing and partly because of the somewhat wild and reckless reputation of the Hungarian hussars.
Hungarians didn't use bottons but instead tightned their clothes with strings and loops and that's the reason for the many loops on a hussars uniform.
The white cords on the tunic is supposed to resemble ribs of a skeleton and a very common symbol for hussars is indeed a skull, but that is not used by the Guards Hussars.
In contrast to heavier cavalry like cuirassiers and heavy dragoons, the hussars wear short boots, simply because hussars in contrast to the above rarely attacked with their knees locked behind the knees of the troopers beside them and therefore didn't need heavy boots for protection. That is often also seen in the sabre they are using. Hussars more often than not used a sabre that was lighter and slightly more curved than normal cavalry sabres. - Heavy dragoons and cuirassiers used heavy straight single edged swords, a pallask.
A defining feature of hussars is of course "the fur". A fur jacket slung across the left shoulder, partly because it looked ravishing, but also to be worn for warmth and in battle as a very good protection against sabre blows to the left side.
The elaborate adornment on the horses is made from sea-shells. Originally it was a part of the protection of the horse as the cavalry tactic up until the mid 1700's was to direct the first cut with the sword on the head of the horse and the second cut to the rider as the horse was going down.
By the time the hussar regiments were formed that protection had degenerated into decoration.
The Guards Hussars are inspired by French uniforms and as such they wear a kepi with a plume on their heads. The plume is meant to resemble the mane of the horse. - Not
the tail! Never ever say to a hussar that the plume resembles the tail of the horse. That would be equivalent to calling him a butthead and no redblooded hussar would tolerate that insult! He would run you through with his sabre on the spot.
Because hussars were light cavalry the troopers were small and nimble men, with a physical stature that can be compared to a present day young woman in good shape, albeit that the troopers were on average several centimeters lower. And because hussars seldom fought in dense fomation and rarely if they could at all avoid went up against heavier cavalry they rode lighter horses, often geldings and sometimes even mares.
Back then as today, the horses are often better trained and more experienced than the troopers. So you would and will often see when the trompeter sound the call to say turn right, the trooper will sometimes try to make the horse turn left, but the horse who knows better (they've got bigger heads) will obey the signal and turn right. - No doubt thinking: "I've got the stupidest human in the squadron".
The flag in the background is not a colour as this is a cavalry regiment, but an estandart.
Hussars in particular cultivated the notion that all hussars are God's personal gift to women and saw it as their duty to pursue any female around still breathing. Hence the particular reputation of hussars.
The mascot of a hussar regiment was always a mare. During regimental celebrations the mare was paraded and speeches emphasizing her female curves, attributes and character combined with the delight of mounting and riding her was given, interrupted by countless toasts in her honour. That tradition takes place to this day in the Guards Hussars, - also with QMII or Mary present.