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Old 12-30-2011, 07:27 AM
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These are the firstv two of five articles I intend to deal with this week.

Summary of two articles in Billed Bladet #52, 2011.
Both written by Ken Richter. (*)

As has become tradition the DRF attend the late afternoon service in Aarhus Cathedral on the 24th. Apart from the twins, they were all there, including the Regent Couple's very close friend, former reverend Peter Parkov. He has been seriously ill and even though he has recovered to some extent, he now has to use a crotch.
The service laster 45 minuttes and 1.500 attended the service led by the local bishop, Kjeld Holm.
It was bette Henrik's first Christmas service. Christian appears to have close bonds with his farmor, QMII. He held her into the church and also when they left the church.
Prince Henrik said afterwards: "It's lovely to celebrate Christmas with all the grandchildren".

On the 26th QMII went to service in Aarhus Cathedral with Peter Parkov, Frederik drove away to run a bit in the considerable woods around Marselisborg. Joachim and our Marie went to visit her former liVMarianne Engel and her husband, who live in Aarhus.
So Mary was left with the children.
There is however a large playground next to the park surrounding Marselisborg and here she went with all four children, a nanny and Ziggy.
The weather was balmy so Christian and Bella dropped their coats and started to play. Mary and the nanny focused on the twins, who were introduced to the pleasures of sliding down a slide. Vincent prudently dressed in a dark blue and white jumpsuit and Josephine in a similat bordeaux suit.
There were other people at the playground but they or rather their parents didn't pay any attention to Mary. (**)

However Mary was persuaded by Christian and Isabella to go for a spin with them on the spinning top. Then after an hour it was time to head back to the manor. Mary pushing a double-pram with the twins and the two oldest children running ahead past the guard, presenting arms, and up the road to the manor.


(*) Who litterally has been standing outside Marselisborg during the Christmas days. He was interviewed by the paper, Aarhus Stiftstidende. A typical example of journalists interviewing each other when nothing else is happening.
For him and his family Christmas starts at around 20.00 on Christmas Eve, when he is confident the royals are dining or unpacking presents.
But since he is hanging around anyway, he often doubles as an unofficial guide and information bureau for people who stroll past Marselisborg.

(**) The article questions whether most adults presents even noticed it was Mary and her children. Yeah, right! Four children, a conspicious dog, a couple of anonymous gentlemen and a brunette speaking with an accent, right next to Marselisborg? If you believe anyone present didn't recognice them, then I've got a mermaid for sale.
No, they were simply left alone. Which happened when QMII studied in Aarhus when she was young, it also happened when Frederik studied there as well. The DRF are simply left alone by the locals.
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:14 PM
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Members of the Danish Royal Family attend church service in Arhus Cathedral on Christmas Day on 25th December, 2011 in Arhus


http://www.newscom.com/nc/wmark/News...tosthree754325
http://www.newscom.com/nc/wmark/News...tosthree754331
http://www.newscom.com/nc/wmark/News...tosthree754321
http://www.newscom.com/nc/wmark/News...tosthree754318
http://www.newscom.com/nc/wmark/News...tosthree754343
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:28 PM
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Thanks Duke of Marmalade

I honestly thought it was our Marie in the second picture, not Mary.
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:37 PM
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Thank for the pictures, I have not seen them before..

Mary looks so lovely
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:43 AM
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Thanks Duke of Marmalade

I honestly thought it was our Marie in the second picture, not Mary.
Me too!

A few more pics:
http://www.newscom.com/nc/wmark/News...tosthree754337
http://www.newscom.com/nc/wmark/News...tosthree754328
http://www.newscom.com/nc/wmark/News...tosthree754327
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:36 AM
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Christmas is about to hit us in the face agian and I can sense that you are all wondering where the DRF are buying their Christmas presents.

Well, Annelise Weimann form Billed Bladet has sniffed up a few places where the various members are browsing for Christmas presents. - Female members that is! Because there is not one single word about where the menfolks may buy presents. Typical female-chauvanism if you ask me.

Mary has several times been observed in the (somewhat posh) department store of Magasin, in the store Zara and not least in Ikea. Apart from that she has plenty of opportunities to go shopping on her travels to Hong Kong and Beijing next month.

Our Marie shops locally and she is very familiar, it seems, with the shops in Southern Jutland. - Apart from that she is only a short drive away from Hamburg.

QMII has made her Christmas shopping a tradition for many years. She goes to London. (Harrods to be exact). And while there she visits friends and relatives in England. (And also the regiment in which she is honorary colonel. It was amalgamated some years back and can never remember the new name).

Queen Anne-Marie is frequently seen shopping in stores in Copenhagen, when she is visiting the family.

Benedikte shops in Germany, but also in Copenhagen, not to mention the other places where her travels take her.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:09 AM
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #50 2012.
Sådan bliver vores Jul - That's how our Christmas is going to be.
Written our Santa Claus in spe, Ulrik Ulriksen.

The DRF will go their seperate ways this Christmas.

M&F will stay at Amalienborg and Celebrate Christmas there. There will be visitors from Mary's family and it is presumed they will be John Donaldson and Susan Moody.

The Regent Couple will go to Marselisborg in Aarhus a few days before Christmas but on the 24th they will go down to Schackenborg and celebrate Christmas with Joachim and his family. - A number of our Marie's relatives are also invited. Felix and Nikolai will also spend Christmas there this year.

There will however be a family gettogether around Christmas. Whether that will take place at Schackenborg or Marselisborg (or perhaps Gråsten?) and when is not yet determined.

The article also wonders whether Mary and Marie have incorporated some traditions from their countries into the celebrations.
Just as it is speculated whether M&F will dance around the Christmas tree, which is not a tradition in the DRF but a must in practically all other Danish homes where Christmas is celebrated.

- So it would be interesting to learn about French and Australian traditions and what you may think Mary and Marie will introduce into their celebrations.
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Well I doubt Mary will be introducing Christmas on the beach or dinner off the BBQ, might be a tad cold in Denmark for that
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:19 PM
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Well, you may not be so far off the mark as you thought.

It's popular for adults in particular to celebrate Christmas away from home. And "badelande" a kind of large covered recreational areas with tropical temperatures and swimming pools are, unsurprisingly, popular here in DK. - Also around Christmas - which is celebrated with a large communal dinner next to the pool. - While looking outside at the dark, cold winter landscape.

So perhaps not Christmas at the beach, but in swimwear or at least in T-shirts and next to water - yes. (We need a bikini-smiley).
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:53 PM
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I wonder why they have chosen to split up for the christmas.

I'd love to see Margrethe, Benedikte and Anne-Marie and their individual families meet-up for Christmas again. The last time that happened, I believe, was in 2005 or 2006 when Christian was still a baby. But then again, as most of them say, it's hard for so many people to find one christmas eve where they're all available.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:45 PM
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Thanks for the translation, Muhler
I've only been waiting for this to happen I have since Mary's entry into the Danish royal family wondered if she doesn't misses her family at Christmas time.. Especially because Mary seems to be such a family person. And especially because Mary sees "her" family so rarely I wondered whether it could be great for her as well for C,I,V,J to celebrate Christmas with Mary's family and in this way keep Mary's family traditions alive too. I imagine that this will be the way to do it from now - that Frederik and Mary will celebrate Christmas with Frederik's family one year and with Mary's family the next year, with Frederik's family the next year again and so Mary's family the next next year, etc. That is how we do it in my family and I think in most Danish families. At least what I know of
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I think alternating Christmases between the two sides of a family is quite common, at least among the couples I know. Also I can see why Mary and Frederik, in particular, would want to stay in their own home, what with the four small kids. And it's nice that Mary's family will be around!
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just wondering if they get down to the the cooking, or the have their cheff and maids serving dinner.
I am not sure what it is for tradion in cooking in australie
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I am not sure what it is for tradion in cooking in australie
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The Queen will spend another Christmas with Joachim and his family...

A shame because I would like to see the pictures of Queen with her grandchildren - Mary and Frederik's children :/
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:05 PM
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The Queen will spend another Christmas with Joachim and his family...

A shame because I would like to see the pictures of Queen with her grandchildren - Mary and Frederik's children :/
Your wish may still come true.
They will have a family gettogether, my guess is at Marselisborg right after Christmas, and as QMII attends service every day of Christmas and the menfolks usually go hunting at (Correction) Frijsenborg Manor I will predict QMII, Mary and our Marie and the oldest children will attend service in Aarhus Cathedral on Second Christmas Day, i.e. the 26th.

And without being a prophet I will also predict M&F will continue on to Trend and perhaps even spend New Year there?

What prize do I get If I'm right?

Let's have a little bit about a traditional Danish Christmas.

At least how it is here in the Muhler home.
Around the 1st December Mrs. Muhler open up veritable shipping containers of Christmas decorations.
Kravlenisser (pixies) are taped everywhere and on anyone who isn't moving around. http://www.reklameillustrator.dk/ill...eder/ark21.jpg
Nisser (pixies) made of cloth replace the usual decorative pillows.
http://lenesjul.dk/billeder/Strikkeo...gyngestole.jpg
The same thing about Julehjerter = Christmas Hearts, they are also placed here there and everywhere: http://www.balslevforedragsforening....ulehjerter.jpg
And as if we haven't got enough candlelights daily, we get Christmas Lights as well: http://www.deichmannplanter.dk/Files...-med-4-lys.jpg - Usually homemade or givent to us as presents.

And we shouldn't leave out the adventskrans http://www.juleugle.dk/wp-content/up...ventskrans.jpg
On the first Sunday of Christmas one candle is lit, on the next two candles and on Christmas Eve all four candles are lit.

Then there are the Christmas calendars. With one lid being opened until the 24th. Our children are now so big they don't care - except for the calendars containing chocolates! That's my job to get those, because Mrs. Muhler also wants one - and will she share with her poor starving husband? No!
Apart from that there are calendar candles with 24 notches.

We also put a couple of strings of light on a couple of trees outside. December is th month of darkness and there is no need to overdo it.

December is also the month of oranges, so the house is full of the scent of fir, oranges and candlelight.

Then a few days before Christmas the Christmas tree is brought in and decorated and as I have no sense for proper decoration I'm quickly chased away, and contend myself by offering my expert opinion from an armchair. I am allowed to put the star on top of the tree because I'm (still) the tallest.

Here is QMII putting a final touch of the Christmas tree at Marselisborg. She decorate it herself. And I think it's a little bit boring: http://www.bt.dk/sites/default/files...rselisborg.jpg
Notice the Christmas carpet, which is there to collect the needles and protect the underlying carpet from dripping candlewax.

Christmas trees in more modest homes look like this: http://images.cloud2.vixdata.com/dat...2caf4ce78d.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2p-uP-l6UE...0/IMG_2328.jpg
http://soholmweb.dk/photogallery/Jul2011-02.JPG

Come Christmas Eve it's time for dancing around the Christmas tree, good for the digestion too. Normally it's lights out so only the candles on the tree are lit (on all other days and after the dance it's electric lights), but here they have been obliging enough and left more lights on, so we can se what happens. The song they sing is from the mid 1800's:

Then there is Christmas Eve itself, but that's an entirely different post.

In one way or another the DRF, especially the younger members, will have incorporated some of the above as well.
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Thanks for the Festive tidbits Muhler and also the photo of Her Majesty decorating the tree,I did notice the Xmas Carpet and also 2 of the ugliest couches I've ever seen
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:26 AM
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You are welcome An Ard Ri

I can always provide more pics of the infamous couches if you think you can handle it...

I really shouldn't say this... Sources inform me that the couches are a part of the security system at Marselisborg. They are simply designed to stun and blind intruders.

Here is an even better look at the pattern: https://www.box.com/s/xdpc60ozi43mrk0pkfrt
There are also two armchairs in the same pattern... That living room is a veritable booby-trap for anyone with taste!
When you have recovered sufficiently, notice the dachshund in the couch. And also the painting on the wall of a guy puffing away on a cigarette.
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