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Old 05-31-2013, 06:37 AM
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Danish newspapers report that Prince Joachim has been visiting Danish troops in Afghanistan, that's why he didn't attend the funeral.
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How very touching and moving words spoken,the Count must have been greatly cherished by the family.
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #23, 2013.
Farvel, far - Goodbye, dad.
Written by Hanne Rask.

This article cover the actual funeral and I'm pleased to see that BB has had the decency not to show close-ups of people, especially the children, crying.

Count Christian had cancer before, in the neck, but was cured three years ago. Alas the cancer returned and this time it won.
The priest, Julie K. Goldschmidt said in her sermon: "I don not have cancer, he said. But he had. The night before the confirmation of his oldest grandchild on the 11. May he collapsed and then it went quickly. Because he had cancer and he knew.
It was his decision not to recieve treatment. He wanted to die with open eyes, in dignity and not being numbed by pain-relieving treatment. He did not shy around the realities of life, but he wouldn't let realities decide the agenda either".
Count Christian, whose full title was: His Exellency, Coun Christian of Rosenborg, born Prince to Denmark, specifically requested that the preist only referred to him as Christian - and she did.
To the relatives she said: "One of you said that it's so unreal to plan this funeral because it hasn't dawned on you at all that Christian is dead. I hope it will remain being unreal in the sense that I hope the dead can be alive with up through our love for them".

Many friends and relatives attended the funeral. Among them Princess Astrid of Norway.
The Regent Couple of course and Princess Benedikte, who apparantly drove with Princess Marie. (*) Joachim was in Afghanistan.
Among the most prominent wreaths were five from the Regent Couple (signed Daisy & Henri), M&F, Princess Benedikte, Queen Anne-Marie and King Konstantin and Prince Joachim and Princess Marie.

After the sermon Count Christian's son-in-law, Mikael Rosanes, gave a moving speech, before the coffin was carried out. Earth from Sorgenfri Manor was used to throw on the coffin.
After condoling the next of kin the congregation went to have buriel-coffee not far from the cemetary.

(*) Marie looked elegant and I don't believe she has been featured in any of the footage posted so far. https://www.box.com/s/rxtvk7h8oahnwlup1iah
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Old 11-02-2013, 04:09 PM
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Countess Anne-Dorthe interview

Last week - Oct. 24th, Billed-Bladet featured an interview with 66- year old Countess Anne.Dorthe, the widow of Count Christian of Rosenborg.
The time after his funeral in May has not been easy for Anne-Dorthe, who is still recovering from a tough treatment of throat cancer. She did not refrain from showing her present state, which is a far cry from the bubbly, feminine woman we are familiar with. Countess Anne-Dorthe was visibly weak, using crutches, make-up free and dressed in comfortable home gear.
Yet she managed to talk of her ordeal and loss, and she also remembered the good and fun times with Christian and even managed a smile for the photographer.

Countess Anne-Dorthe is now back at her home at Sorgenfri Palace, where she is being looked after by a friend. Her three daughters are visiting whenever possible. She is tube feed and too weak to look after the house, but as the reporter noted, she was as hospitable as always!

To cut a long story short: Countess Anne-Dorthe was seriously ill when it turned out that Count Christian's illness had recurred last winter - he was treated from a similar type of cancer a few years ago - however he refused to tell her. Instead of worrying Anne-Dorthe and family by seeking treatment, he struggled on to visit Anne-Dorthe twice a day at the hospital and later, the hospice.
Indeed a moving story of true love from real life!

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Hi Viv,many thanks for the update.I recall you telling us about the Countess being ill and her battle with cancer.
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