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Old 03-30-2019, 09:59 AM
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Some nice pictures shared by the DRF Instagram for this Sundays event with the anniversary of the Home Guard
https://www.instagram.com/p/BvoOCnuA...JPdhKJL0M9HhHN
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Old 03-31-2019, 06:24 AM
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A video from this morning as The Queen and The Crown Princess attend Danish Home Guard 70th anniversary.

https://www.facebook.com/hjemmevaern...3675771025970/


"HRH Crown Princess Mary has just been appointed captain of the Home Guard at the 70th anniversary at Nymindegab. We congratulate Her Royal Highness on the new rank."

"Hjemmeværnet @Hjemmevaernet
"H.K.H. Kronprinsesse Mary er netop blevet udnævnt til kaptajn i Hjemmeværnet ved 70 års jubilæet i Nymindegab. Vi ønsker Hendes Kongelige Højhed tillykke med den nye rang. #hjv #hjemmeværnet #hjv70"
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Old 03-31-2019, 08:34 AM
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Thanks, Eya.

Interesting to see high ranking officers salute a relatively junior officer as a captain is first. But Mary is after all the Crown Princess, and outranks everybody else present, except QMII.

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A BB article where Mary is presented her captains distinctions:
https://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelig...nt-til-kaptajn

The presenter was the head of the Home Guard, major general Garly.

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The Home Guard has completed its transition from a kind of armed citizens militia for territorial defense, under the overall command of the Defense Command, to what is best described as an active reserve like the British Territorials. Divided into an active component, who are well trained and relatively well equipped.
And a reserve component, that consists of members who for various reasons cannot be active and attend exercises on a regular basis, nor are they able to be deployed right away for various duties. But they try and attend what they can.
At the height of its size around 1990 the Home Guard constituted about 1.5 % of the entire population. But now older and inactive members have been weeded out. The Home Guard is now 45.000 strong.

The roles of the Home Guard have also changed. Usually the Home Guard would only be deployed in war times and during national emergencies. Or locally to take part in searches for missing persons. Or in the case with the Police Home Guard direct traffic and guard crime scene. As well as of course being sparring partners for regular military units.
Today the Home Guard acts as a direct support to the regular military, both at home and on international missions - having also suffered casualties in that respect.
The Navy Home Guard patrol Danish territorial waters, freeing the navy to conduct operations in the North Atlantic or take part in international missions.
The Air Home Guard, also patrol the Danish territory using the light planes they have been issued, freeing the air force to be deployed abroad and to conduct stand-off alerts from these days Russian planes.
The largest component, which Mary belongs to, the Army Home Guard, will no directly support the army, both in front and behind the lines. As well as freeing regular soldiers from guarding key installation. Or when deployed abroad providing base security.
One unit is earmarked to be in direct support of the special forces, performing secondary special forces operations behind enemy lines should DK be invaded or be at war or involved in a semi-war in the Baltic. (That is the most likely scenario regarding a conventional war in Europe, in regards to where Danish military will be operating.)
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Old 03-31-2019, 08:52 AM
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Here are some more photos of today:


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** fyens.dk gallery: BILLEDSERIE: Royalt besøg ved fejring af Hjemmeværnet ** belga gallery **
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:02 AM
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Thanks, Iceflower.

Let's go through the gallery:
https://images.fyens.dk/91/3860391_1..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
Mary is here meeting the MP who is attached to the Home Guard. That person is always a "patriotic" politician. In this case the Foreign Affairs spokesman for the Danish Peoples Party, Søren Espersen.
You may have your opinions about him, but he usually knows what he is talking about when it comes to foreign and security policy.
The Home Guard was formed after WWII by mainly former Resistance fighters who were to put it mildly displeased with how the politicians handled things, before and during the Occupation. They wowed that Denmark would never again surrender after just a few hours. They would also be ready to form the core of a new resistance should Denmark be rolled over be a foreign power.
Needles to say the politicians were a bit nervous about having ten of thousands or armed civilians who if need be would ignore the politicians in case of war. So it was decided to attache an MP to the Home Guard, partly to keep an eye on the force but also to promote the force and speak for it in the Parliament. For sheer necessity that politician would always be someone who was pro-Home Guard.
But the Home Guard has had many political enemies since it was formed, some (and not all on the left wing of the political spectrum) would very much like to disband the Home Guard, or at least disarm them. But they never really succeeded because the force was simply too large and too popular to take out.
But they did succeed in disarming the force a couple of decades ago. Prior to that most members had their personal weapons and 100 rounds of ammunition at home, now weapons and ammunition are stored in depots.

https://images.fyens.dk/92/3860392_1..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
QMII flanked by the head of the Home Guard, a major general, is here inspecting the honor guard.
The Army Home Guard wear green berets.

https://images.fyens.dk/93/3860393_1..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
Mary is still officially a lieutenant in this photo.

https://images.fyens.dk/94/3860394_1..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
500 Home Guardsmen were represented at the parade. Some as you can see have been members for many years.

https://images.fyens.dk/95/3860395_1..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
The locals had also turned out in force.

https://images.fyens.dk/96/3860396_1..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
This man has been a member since the beginning in 1949 and is being presented with a medal by QMII.

https://images.fyens.dk/97/3860397_1..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
Mary getting her third star and she's now captain.

https://images.fyens.dk/98/3860398_1..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
QMII ain't displeased with her daughter-in-law.

https://images.fyens.dk/99/3860399_1..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
The show is over.

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Daily Mail has the story: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/a...ome-Guard.html

Nothing new, but a more detailed article by the Home Guard, with some additional photos: https://www.hjv.dk/oe/HJK/nyheder/Si...l%C3%A6um.aspx
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:06 AM
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What a nice picture of our Queen and our Crown Princess

https://via.ritzau.dk/data/images/00...097f-w_960.jpg
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Old 04-06-2019, 02:04 PM
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Queen Margrethe and Crown Prince Frederik attended the funeral of Danish chamberlain and courtmaster Claus Christian Castenskiold today, April 6:



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Old 04-10-2019, 01:12 PM
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Right now QMII and Mary are opening the new Panda enclosure in Copenhagen Zoo:
https://www.bt.dk/samfund/live-nu-aabnes-pandaanlaegget

The pandas are on permanent loan from China and the enclosure is brand new.
They are settling in fine, the pandas! Muching down Danish bamboos like they were paid for it! The reason is that Danish bamboo is more fresh, or at least taste more fresh. Reason: Freezers are uncommon in China.

But why, I can hear you ask, does QMII herself (who has rarely shown any particular interest in wildlife) and Mary show up for the official opening of something as relatively banal as new pandas?
Look up "Panda-diplomacy."

Pandas are loaned out to countries as a physical statement of very good relations between country X and China, not least in regards to trade.
DK has cultivated (read sucked up) to China for quite a while now and now we have the stamp of approval. (Akin to Supplier to the Court.)
The pandas are followed with considerable interest in China, not least the pandas that are "ambassadors" and good PR is worth gold - or a new luxury enclosure in Zoo...

Of course the pandas can be "recalled."
That happened to pandas in Norway, when Norway annoyed China with some details about Tibet... The Norwegian salmon export to China, fell thorugh the floor - instead Scotland got lots of orders. And a couple of Pandas...
The pandas in Canada were also "recalled" when Canada refused to drop investigations against a leading Chinese managing director.

So the bottom line is that as with almost everything involving the DRF and foreign relations, this is about money and export and jobs.
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:28 PM
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The pandas are on permanent loan from China and the enclosure is brand new.
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According to an article somewhere in the Danish press today, it's a 15 year loan and the zoo (or Denmark ?) pays quite a lot of rent for it. It's the same in Finland, where the pandas arrived early 2018, also after a State Visit. They cost us about 12 million euros for the period...
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:35 PM
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Fantastic. We have some pandas here at the San Diego Zoo, a big draw that is coming to an end. They are heading back to China this month

article with a pic
https://www.fyens.dk/indland/Pandabo...rtikel/3339645
https://scontent-arn2-2.xx.fbcdn.net...56&oe=5D2E5630
https://scontent-arn2-2.xx.fbcdn.net...78&oe=5D4DE206

Mary and the Queen look great!
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:59 PM
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According to an article somewhere in the Danish press today, it's a 15 year loan and the zoo (or Denmark ?) pays quite a lot of rent for it. It's the same in Finland, where the pandas arrived early 2018, also after a State Visit. They cost us about 12 million euros for the period...
With extension after the period and the steep price is paid for indirectly by export orders and an estimated 15 % increase in visitors to the zoo annually.
The enclosure itself was sponsored by foundations funded by major export businesses.

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Fantastic. We have some pandas here at the San Diego Zoo, a big draw that is coming to an end. They are heading back to China this month

article with a pic
https://www.fyens.dk/indland/Pandabo...rtikel/3339645
https://scontent-arn2-2.xx.fbcdn.net...56&oe=5D2E5630
https://scontent-arn2-2.xx.fbcdn.net...78&oe=5D4DE206

Mary and the Queen look great!
And they will be back when relations between USA and China become better...
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Old 04-10-2019, 02:05 PM
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And they will be back when relations between USA and China become better...


more galleries
https://kendte.dk/se-billederne-pand...oyal-velkomst/
https://www.belgaimage.be/#/gallery/6522523

article from the Dailymail on the zoo visit
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/a...e-opening.html

lovely photo
https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/04...4925929566.jpg

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https://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?...2019%20Denmark
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Old 04-10-2019, 02:29 PM
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Here are some more photos and a videos of the joint event at Copenhagen Zoo today:


** rex gallery ** robinutrecht.photoshelter gallery ** kongehuset gallery ** gettyimages **


** BB article: Kronprinsesse Mary og dronning Margrethe ankom til pandafest i ZOO ** translation **


** BB article: UPS I ZOO: Dronning Margrethe fik sig en overraskelse ** translation **

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Old 04-11-2019, 11:52 AM
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article on how the Queen was reminded of Henrik during the panda visit
https://ekstrabladet.dk/flash/kongel...henrik/7592412
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:40 PM
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #14, 2019.
Written by Helle Skram de Fries.

QMII and Mary recently attended a parade on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Home Guard.
During that parade a number of very senior guardsmen, who have been members from the very beginning were decorated by QMII.
- Of course they have long since stopped being active members, but being among the founding members and having remained members for so many active years they have been kept on among the currently passive members for life - as IMO a deserved cutesy.

The Home Guard was formed by former Resistance fighters who were appalled that Denmark surrendered after a few hours on 9th April 1940 and who wowed that it should never happen again. When the Russians came, it was expected, Denmark would go down fighting!
(In fact Polish, supported by Russian Marines, were supposed to land south of Copenhagen. Airborne troops were supposed to have landed, taking control of key bridges and East German divisions were supposed to roll up through Jutland a few days after war broke out. - But before that tactical nuclear missiles deployed in East Germany would have destroyed Copenhagen, as well as the towns of Aalborg, Aarhus, Esbjerg, Frederikshavn, Korsør. So would the air bases at Aalborg, Karup, Skrydstrup and Værløse. As well as the fortress at Stevns. And finally the government bunkers Regan East and West - where key persons including the DRF would have taken shelter.
There wouldn't have been much left of Denmark to fight over...)

Another reason why DK surrendered so quickly in 1940 was that the army had been cut down to a skeletal force and had been forbidden by the politicians to prepare defensive position, let alone deploy into defensive position until at the very last minute.
The military was to offer a symbolic resistance - a kind of diplomatic protest by gun.
In the ice cold light of hindsight it was a sound policy that spared Denmark as much as possible from the terrors of war - but it sure isn't something to be proud of!
Many Danes, during and after WWII, when they saw the same politicians in power again, harbored a bitter resentment towards the politicians. So they build up a kind of citizens militia under the military. But with the members having their personal kit, weapon and ammunition at home, so that "the next time" ten of thousands could be mobilized and in place no later than within a couple of hours after an invasion.
The public resentment was high, and the Resistance popular (and as consequence also the Home Guard, combined with a genuine and real fear of a communist fifth column that meant the politicians could not prevent the formation of the Home Guard, even if quite a few feared they could get of control.
There have over the years been several attempts to disband the Home Guard, reduce it or at least disarm it - I won't name a certain party, The Radicals, for being the Home Guard's main adversaries...
And by the late 1980's the Home Guard reached it's peak with more than 70.000 members. Or more than 1 % of the population.

Today, no one wish to disband the Home Guard, not even the far left Unity List have that particularly high on their agenda. Today the Home Guard has been reduced in size but it has also become more professional. The old nickname for Home Guardsmen (I was one myself) was "Weekend warriors" and there was too much truth in that for comfort...

QMII served as as a WAC = Women's Auxillary Corps = In Danish The Lotte Corps. (A male Danish soldier is called Jens, a female soldier a Lotte.) She served from 1958-1970 ending as major a la suite. I.e. having no command.
In 1961 the Lotte Corps came under the Home Guard.
(They were still around when I served in the Home Guard. Issued hopelessly worn out submachine guns, they were little more than female cannon fodder.)
Today women serve on equal footing as males in the Home Guard and issued assault rifles and they constitute some 15 % of the members.

Mary has been a member of the Home Guard for ten years and was on this occasion promoted to captain, or more correctly, issued her three captains stars.
Captain is today the highest rank someone who has not attended the officers academy can rise to. In my time it was lieutenant.

Mary is not attached to a specific company or even region. She belongs to the Home Guard Command - a la suite of course.

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A report from the Home Guard:
https://www.hjv.dk/oe/HJK/nyheder/Si...l%C3%A6um.aspx
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Old 04-14-2019, 03:51 PM
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And in continuation of the previous post.

To illustrate the nuclear effects I was mentioning en passant, try use this Nukemap: https://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/

Try type in Copenhagen.
Then enter yield. For the medium range missiles that were deployed in East Germany a typical yield per warhead could very well be around 100 KT. - 50 KT if it's in the lower medium range class.
So enter: 100.
Then select airburst: Airburst are for destroying cities and areas. While ground bursts are against bunkers and similar hardened facilities.
Tick: Casulties.

And detonate...

Try zoom in to locate Amalienborg.
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Old 04-18-2019, 02:06 PM
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #16, 2019.
Written by our wildlife reporter, Marianne Singer.

As you know pandas have arrived at Copenhagen Zoo, and this being about diplomatic relations and export, (the weekly export of the largest slaughterhouse in DK alone feed some 11 million Chinese with pork, and it's rising, due to Swine Flu in China) QMII and Mary were mobilized on a cold day.
QMII, wearing skirt and red jacket from Celli Freifeldt, had the main role, while Mary, wearing a coat by Strenesse and shoes by Jimmy Choo, had the supporting role.
The pandas, Mao Sun and Xing Er, couldn't care less, they were busy munching down bamboo.

QMII and Mary listened patiently and quite few speeches, with Danish and not least Chinese camera crews dancing around all over the place.
Finally it was time to unveil the new enclosure for the pandas. QMII gave a nice speech and proceeded to open the whole thing by untying a knot. Alas, it turned out to be Gordian knot and QMII fumbled a bit trying to untie the thing. Finally, rather than using a sword, she simply shrugged her shoulders, tossed the knot aside and declared the enclosure open. - There is always something that goes wrong.
Then it was time to see the panda. The female panda was out in the enclosure, but the male one prudently stayed inside, needing a little more time to adjust to his new surrounding. In fact the enclosure consists of two enclosures. Pandas are not social animals and they live happily apart, only meeting when it's time to breed - if they are in the mood for that, that is...
But Mary got a few snaps of the female panda.

And returned the next day, but more about that in the M&F threads.
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Old 09-03-2019, 12:23 PM
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On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, Her Majesty the Queen will host the traditional Fredensborg concert, which this year celebrates the reunion between Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Denmark.
Fredensborgkoncert i rigsfællesskabets tegn | Kongehuset

And according to BilledBladet, Frederik and Mary will attend
https://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelig...edensborg-slot
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Old 09-03-2019, 12:58 PM
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Good. That usually means big robes and bling bling.
It's of course very natural that M&F will attend, not least considering Frederik close ties with Greenland. I think this is something he would want to take part in, even if he didn't have to.
Another reason is that J&M will not be able to take part in anything like this for almost a year, and QMII never go alone to such a concert. So we will also see M&F take part in cultural events, where J&M might just as well have taken over.
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Another reason is that J&M will not be able to take part in anything like this for almost a year, and QMII never go alone to such a concert. So we will also see M&F take part in cultural events, where J&M might just as well have taken over.
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If I counted correctly, this concert & dinner will be the 5th since 2012 and it will be the 4th time Frederik and Mary attend. It's not like they have left the "cultural events" to J&M until now and are attending only because they can't.
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