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Old 01-25-2017, 02:28 PM
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as we have seen for various years, Frederik and Mary make a great team hosting the Presidential couple during state visits. great job
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Just a little tidbit about the first lady of Iceland, she is Canadian and I believe she met her husband when they were going to university.
Thank you for the info! I was meaning to ask about the first lady's origins since she has an English sounding name...

Does anyone know more about Marie's gown at the banquet? She looked gorgeous.

It took me a while to realize that Mary's wearing a gala skirt that dates from 2005, designed by Oscar de la Renta: Mary from the start: Australia tour: day 6

I'm quite sure Mary & Marie coordinate their outfits for occasions such as these. They always look a beautiful match.
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When I saw the first pix of this dinner I thought someone had died. 2 princesses in black - at a State Dinner! I thought for one moment the Queen had joined in but it turned out to be dark green.

Thank goodness for Benedicte!

Deeply disappointing.

What´s wrong with black? It´s a very elegant and distinguished colour; red is ok, but never sophisticated! I cannot recall the british Queen at any state banquet ever wearing a deep red dress.
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Old 01-25-2017, 05:35 PM
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pictures from the reception, last event of the day
SE BILLEDERNE: De kongelige ankommer til islandsk returmiddag | BILLED-BLADET
https://beta.tt.se/media/image/sdltb...arkPreview.jpg
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https://beta.tt.se/media/image/sdltb...arkPreview.jpg

after a very busy day, Frederik and Mary look fantastic
http://www.ppe-agency.com/500px/Jan2...E170125173.jpg

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https://www.facebook.com/detdanskeko...9295471742373/
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Return Reception at the North Atlantic House in Copenhagen nice to see Princess Benedikte in attendance again tonight.

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Everyone looks great and it seems like they had a great time!
That picture of the Frederik and Mary with Mary's jacket blowing in the wind is everything!👍😆
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Here are two more galleries of day 1 and 2:


** dpp: State visit Iceland to Denmark **


** pm: Mary rejoint Margrethe II pour dîner avec le président islandais **
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Day 3, with the presidential couple signing the glass window
Signering på rude | Kongehuset

nice picture of Frederik and Mary and Joachim and Marie
https://www.instagram.com/p/BPuZ6CbA...danskekongehus
Muhler, please note who has his hands in his pockets and who does not

lovely photo of Mary greeting the children
https://www.instagram.com/p/BPuDQfSgy4F/

and a lovely photo of Frederik and Mary
https://beta.tt.se/media/image/sdltb...arkPreview.jpg

another gallery from yesterday
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lovely photos from the Dailymail. nice to see the two couples together
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/...5441923844.jpg

a few more photos
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nice picture of Frederik and Mary and Joachim and Marie
https://www.instagram.com/p/BPuZ6CbA...danskekongehus
Muhler, please note who has his hands in his pockets and who does not
Do you need smelling salts, Muhler
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nice picture of Frederik and Mary and Joachim and Marie
https://www.instagram.com/p/BPuZ6CbA...danskekongehus
Muhler, please note who has his hands in his pockets and who does not
Now, now, ladies.

There is of course a perfectly rational explanation.

It is, as you know, an undeniable truth that Joachim is a perfect gentleman who as a matter of course always endeavor to have ladies in his presence feel at ease.
The lady in this case being Mary. Joachim know that Frederik, who is a master in being casual, always bury his hands in his pockets and as far as at all possible leave his suit unbuttoned. So as a courtesy to his sister-in-law, whom he no doubt holds in high regard and is very fond of, Joachim decided to place a hand in his pocket as a chivalrous gesture to Mary.
Now, our Marie, who is a well-known prankster, learned about Joachim's plans (lest Marie should think he was seriously unwell, when she saw his hand in the pocket later on) texted Frederik and told him to whatever happens to keep his hands out of his pockets and keep his suit buttoned.
You can clearly spot the confusion in Mary's face.

That little detail aside I'd like you all to marvel at Joachim's neatly folded handkerchief.

Anyway, the Icelandic President amused those present by singing (a kind of Icelandic rap I think) and telling jokes. Hence the general amusement seen in the video.

It is also a tradition for new Icelandic presidents to make their first state visit to Denmark. Presumably because Iceland was a part of the Danish realm until 1944 and because it's a good practice-run in friendly surroundings.
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Just a little tidbit about the first lady of Iceland, she is Canadian and I believe she met her husband when they were going to university.
You're very correct marlene, thank you for sharing.
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Just a little tidbit about the first lady of Iceland, she is Canadian and I believe she met her husband when they were going to university.
Yes they met at Oxford, she was doing her masters and he his Ph.D. They are both academics, or were until now. He was an unknown modern Icelandic history professor before he entered the election as an independent. She plans to continue some of her work with the university futzing his presidency. They have four kids and he a daughter from a previous relationship.
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Another short video of Frederik and Mary arriving to an event with the Presidential couple.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BPsVIBJj...n-at=619447656
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I think this little video of Frederik and Mary during the state visit is sweet haha


"He can not keep his hands off her! ��"

https://www.instagram.com/p/BPsVIBJj...n-at=619447656
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Still some more pics:


** pm: Mary mobilisée pour la First Lady islandaise **


** dailymail: She'll toast to that! Princess Mary dresses in an elegant blue coat as she enjoys canapes and a glass of bubbles during a tour of Copenhagen **
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Summary of articles in Billed Bladet #05, 2017.
Written by Trine Larsen.

At the gala dinner, which took place at Amalienborg (*), there were 90 guests.
Mary had the Icelandic ambassador to her right. Frederik had the Icelandic First Lady, Eliza Jean Reid, to his right, while the Icelandic President was flanked by the Regent Couple.
It's tradition that the first state visit made by a new Icelandic president goes to Denmark. - It strengthen important relations and it's a good trial-run in friendly surroundings.
As is customary the heads of states exchanged speeches.
QMII referred to Donald Duck (**) as the most important Danish-teacher in Iceland for decades after the Icelandic independence in 1944 in her speech: "It was so that they could be able to read the Donald Duck Magazine that children in Iceland for decades thought it was fun to learn Danish.
Danish is still taught in Icelandic schools - now as the second foreign language (after English presumably). The Danish (language) is important because it's the key to a Nordic language-understanding (***) and as such to further education in the Nordic countries. (****) To know and understand more than one Nordic language, I think is very important for all of us in the North. It ought to be a matter of course in all our countries - where else in the world do you find otherwise closely related peoples and nations who can communicate in their own tongue without having to resort to a foreign language/franca lingua"?

All the members of the DRF present wore the Icelandic Grand Cross.

At the return dinner, which took place in the Black Diamond (main library) in Copenhagen, the actress Sofie Gråbøl was invited. Some of you may know her from various TV-series, but in Iceland she has a huge following!
PH had a very merry time! He was placed between the Icelandic First Lady and the wife to the Icelandic Foreign Minister, Agusta Johnson. - So the mood was great at that end of the table! He was in particular fascinated by the table decorations, which among other things consisted of lava-stones from Iceland. That Icelandic schnapps was served may also have helped a bit...
It was here M&F and J&M were seen cracking up at the Icelandic President who appears to have a talent for stand-up.

But for the rest of the visit it was M&F who were the hosts, and who accompanied the Icelandic First Couple to most events. That included a cup of coffee at the UN-offices in Copenhagen. And to a kindergarten named Tante Olga = Aunt Olga, where the Icelandic First Lady was presented to the Read-Play concept, which helps pre-schoolers to learn to read basic things through play. One of the books shown is also one M&F use at home, presumably with the twins.
But the Icelanders were also presented to Nordic cuisine, including oysters. And here Frederik showed that he is the son of a Frenchman. He opened oysters more expertly than the chef.

(*) As such the atmosphere is more intimate, because the Great Hall at Amalienborg is small.
Small gala dinners = Amalienborg.
Medium sized to larger dinners = Fredensborg.
Very large dinners = Christiansborg.

(**) Donald Duck is the most well-known and popular of the Disney characters in DK. As such the weekly Disney magazine, that has been published in DK since 1947 or so, is called Anders And = Donald Duck.
The European versions of Donald Duck are written and edited in Copenhagen.
The Donald Duck magazine became an instant hit, when first published. Also in Iceland, but the Icelandic market is too small to (at the time) to translate and print the magazine in Icelandic - and it was also desirable that children were encouraged to learn Danish.

(***) It has been claimed that if you can learn Danish, Norwegian and Swedish is a piece of cake. I don't know if that's true.

(****) With a population of 380.000 Icelanders there is a limit to how much education you can get in Iceland, so many if not most Icelanders study abroad. Mainly in the Nordic countries.

You can find the articles here: BB05, 2017
A couple of remarks:
The funeral of Iuel-Brockdorff is basically a list of the closer friends of the DRF.
Mary and Marie are being compared and I'll return to that later in another thread.
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QMII referred to Donald Duck (**) as the most important Danish-teacher in Iceland for decades after the Icelandic independence in 1944 in her speech: "
Danish is still taught in Icelandic schools - now as the second foreign language (after English presumably). The Danish (language) is important because it's the key to a Nordic language-understanding (***) and as such to further education in the Nordic countries. (****) To know and understand more than one Nordic language, I think is very important for all of us in the North. It ought to be a matter of course in all our countries - where else in the world do you find otherwise closely related peoples and nations who can communicate in their own tongue without having to resort to a foreign language/franca lingua"?

(***) It has been claimed that if you can learn Danish, Norwegian and Swedish is a piece of cake. I don't know if that's true.


Just to make an unrelated comparison , Spanish and Portuguese are somewhat like Swedish and Danish in the sense of being different from each other, but generally mutually intelligible; however, very few Spaniards actually learn Portuguese formally or can speak it (King Felipe VI BTW is an exception to that rule). Conversely, there are comparatively more Portuguese speakers who can also speak Spanish, but they tend to learn it more or less on their own (out of necessity) rather than learning it formally.


Going back to Scandinavia and the Queen's remarks, as I understand it, Danish and standard written Norwegian are practically the same language, but how many Danes actually learn Swedish at school and vice-versa ?
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