Summary of note in Billed Bladet #51, 2013.
Prince Richard has now returned to Berleburg after his surgery. It was Prince Gustav who was his chauffeur on the eight-hour drive (autobahn speed) from Amalienborg to Berleburg. Benedikte followed a little later.
The doctor in charge, Ulf Helgstrand, said: “It’s gone by the book. The surgery went well and last Sunday I removed the stitches and Monday Prince Richard could drive home.
I have to check on the patient after six weeks and again after a year, but that’s just to ensure that he is well. Prince Richard need not be scanned again, because the procedure was successful”.
Summary of article in Billed Bladet #51, 2013.
Et kongeligt kram – A royal hug.
Written by our senior reporter Henrik Salling.
The Benedikte Home in Fredensborg celebrated its 40th anniversary and on that occasion Benedikte dropped by. Actually it’s twenty years ago, she last visited the place and Benedikte summed it up afterwards: “I leave here with a good mood inside me. Here is so light and friendly. It is always the staff who sets the atmosphere. Why, the one in charge put her/his mark on the home. And that also influence the residents. It’s happy residents I’ve greeted…yes, I actually think I’ve greeted them all”. And she did meet someone she knew from way back. Børge Skov, a former major in the Royal Lifeguard and as a guard’s officer he attended several dinners with Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid. He said: “I was very fond of your mother and father”. Back then Benedikte was a teenager and she had been water-skiing with Børge Skov. Well, actually Benedikte steered the boat while Børge skied. Benedikte said: “I did remember him. I sailed the boat. But actually it was major Skov and other colleagues of his who were water-skiing”. Børge continues: “We were water-skiing and Anne Marie was also to try it, but that didn’t go that well”.
He also observed: “You resemble your mother”. To which Benedikte replied: “I may have heard that once before”.
Some of the residents are of course in various ways getting closer to the final one-room apartment with a lid and some residents have become withdrawn and have problems communicating or even interacting with other, to that purpose the home has Telenoid doll, called Kasper and that helps the staff basically getting through to some residents. Benedikte also tried to hold the robot (*): “How do I pick him up”. And the remotely controlled robot, which resembles a small child, responded to her hug.
Benedikte also met another resident, 101 years old Anna Marie Giss, who insisted on getting up on her feet to greet the Princess. Benedikte said: “101 years! My, that’s a grand age”. To which the venerable lady replied: “Yes, unfortunately. I’ve never wanted to become that old”.
(*) What do you call it in English? Hugge-bot or pet-bot? – Sorry, couldn’t resist…
But they do work; Mrs. Muhler is familiar with such robots through her work.
BB also has an interview with Princess Elizabeth, who is getting older and things isn't that well as it used to be. Perhaps another Danish member will cover that interview?