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Old 07-14-2014, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by MidwestMom View Post
This may not be the proper thread to post this, but I have a question: with the news today of Juan Carlos' pending abdication, do any of you think there will be more among the 'older' generation of royals? Personally, I'm not too sure. I think if QEII were going to abdicate, she would have done it by now. Harald in Norway has had some health problems, and the Japanese emperor is getting on in years. Both of their heirs seem to be well prepared. I can't see Margarethe stepping down at all! But if she did, I think Frederik would do a fine job.

Just some ramblings from an American, who is seriously thinking of getting a bumper sticker that says '' Bring Back the Monarchy'' !
Abdications are rare in Scandinavia and the UK.
Interesting that you want to bring back the monarchy in a country so obsessed with 1776, founding fathers, an outdated constitution etc. But I do get the impression that many americans haven't really cut the umbillical cord to UK. You constantly refer to her as "the Queen" - not the Queen of England (as you do the Queen of Denmark). This in a way puts her on par with "the President" - whom you of course refer to that way because it is YOUR president. Is the Queen of England in some unresolved way YOUR Queen? I bet Freud could get a lot out of that. LOL.

Personally, I think that monarchy is superiour to the republic. It's my impression that division rules in republics, because a huge minority (and in USA's case sometimes the majority) voted against a president and thus find it difficult to reconcile the fact that this person is supposed to represent you (even though you actively voted against him). I could write a lot on that, but won't bore you.

Just one last thing, though. It seems that cracks are showing in some republics. USA is the oldest real republic out there and looking from over here, the Americans seem really discontent with the political system and situation, not least the presidency. The monarchy seems to work as a valve for such dissent as the head of state isn't affected by day-to-day operations, so to speak.
Also, the republic is fairly young. Working for a hundred years or two is perhaps not the ultimate test of a form of government. Only time will tell - but the Danish monarchy have existed five times as long as the US republic. In some ways it's still in it's infancy.

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Old 11-06-2014, 11:24 AM
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Summary of a Q&A in Billed Bladet #45, 2014.

Where a Ulrich Andersen would like to know why the DRF Chamberlain/Marshall Uve Ullerup, resigned rather than staying on in his position until retirement as is normal. (Uve Ullerup is now ambassador).

Jon Bloch Skipper explains that it most likely is because Uve Ullerup is a career diplomat. He was headhunted for the DRF from the Foreign Ministry. And while working for the DRF he has initiated and completed a number of reforms and basically been reshaping the administrative structure to resembling that of the Foreign Ministry.
It is debateble whether that is necessarily a good thing, Jon Bloch Skipper says, but on the other hand a court needs to adjust to changing times.
Jon Bloch Skipper hints that the reforms have been completed and as such Uve Ullerup felt it was time to move on.

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Old 11-06-2014, 01:13 PM
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I have no idea about where else to put this, so here we go.
Summaries of captions in an article in Billed Bladet #45, 2014.
Written by Marianne Singer.

Since Christmas is coming up, the author Nina Hald has written a book about gold and a part of that book is devoted to gold that is part of the DRF collections.
Top left: These two candleholders are each made from five individual pieces. They are 21.5 cm high, but their weight is different. One weighs 600 grammes, the other 545 grammes.

Right and bottom: The baptismal font that has been in use since 1671.
It's made from silver and gilded silver. 91.6 cm high and weighs about sixteen kilos.
There is a depiction of John the Baptist (Johannes in DK) baptizing Christ.
This baptismal jug weighs 975 grammes and it can contain 0.4 litres of water. The handle is shaped like a dolphin while the mouth is in the shape of a dragon.
A robe worn by QMII and made by Mogens Eriksen. The sleeves (in Medieval style) are 130 cm long. The threads are gilded, not gold.
The baptismal basin, made around 1650. It's made from almost 24 carats of gold and weighs 1.350 grammes on top of that it can hold 0.5 litre of water.
Prior to Nikolai's christening no less than fifteen leaks were found and they were sealed with a special lacquer.
Top: From 1632 this chalice is 23 cm high. On it is depicted the Last Supper. The skull symbolize eternal life for all. The eyes are rose-cut diamonds.

Bottom: QMII's personal utensils. Along with that of PH also made of gold and the design is modern, from 1992.
Made in 18 carats gold, rose-gold for QMII and white-gold for PH along with personal initials: M and H.
Top: The Greenland tiara. (I read today that there is no more gold to be found in that mine).
Weighing 206 grammes and made from 18 and 20 carats of gold, it consists of 121 flowers and 109 brilliants.
On top of that there are three hair-clams made from horn and 18 carats of gold. Three brooche-thingies also in 18 carats and a couple of 20 carat earclips with 35 brilliants.

Bottom: The book.
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:19 PM
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very interesting Muhler.
Do these objects belong to the DRF or the state?
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Old 11-06-2014, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by polyesco View Post
very interesting Muhler.
Do these objects belong to the DRF or the state?
Well, apart from the utensils. The rest must, stricktly speaking, belong to the DRF/the monarchy and therefore the state.

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