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Old 12-10-2009, 05:46 AM
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Mary's speech (in English) at the Nordic Fashion Summit (bottom link). The top link showcases eco-friendly outfits shown at the summit.

Øko-tøj kan godt være trendy - TV 2 Nyhederne

An article about the materials used for eco-friendly fashion shown at the summit. Materials such as corn scraps and milk powder!

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She spoke in english. She sounds wonderful, but she struggled to get out the word sustainable. Her accent sounds wonderful.

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Old 12-10-2009, 02:20 PM
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This article says that Arnold Schwarzenegger is due at the conference?
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:15 PM
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She spoke in english. She sounds wonderful, but she struggled to get out the word sustainable. Her accent sounds wonderful.
She struggled more than once, not her best day delivering a speech. When she slipped up for the 3rd time I thought she could have been better prepared.

In general I think Mary is an ok speaker with an appealing voice. She clearly is an OZ girl, her accent makes me smile.
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Old 12-12-2009, 08:01 AM
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Wonderful pictures of Frederik, looks ever so handsome. It's a shame Mary isn't attending more events with him.
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Old 12-12-2009, 09:33 AM
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Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Crown Prince Frederik at the opening of the Danish Industries exhibition Bright Green Expo in Copenhagen. They were invited to talk about their joint trip to Greenland, where together they tried to focus on climate change.

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judging from this video i would not say she is the best public speaker - and what is with the remark of not seeing anything? i found it most odd.

that being said, i'm glad she is supporting this cause. it would be really great to expand it to high-end fashion and everyday wear brands and i hope her support helps this happen. maybe she will start wearing eco-fashion from now onwards?
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Old 12-12-2009, 04:52 PM
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I love Victorias voice, this is the first time I've heard it.
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That noise in the last video frightened me.

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Old 12-12-2009, 08:20 PM
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A question, that I bet has been asked before. For what I can undestand swedish, danish and norweigan are very similar languages, something like italian portugese and spanish, but which language do the scandinavian use to talk?
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English would be my guess. They all know it and speak it fluently.

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judging from this video i would not say she is the best public speaker - and what is with the remark of not seeing anything? i found it most odd.
I didn't find it odd. Probably to do with the lighting from above which when standing underneath, can blind a person from seeing little more than a few feet or so in front of them.

Mary did stumble a little more than I would have anticipated. To me, it seems as though she still gets a little nervous. Endearing on one hand, not an overlly great habit to allow oneself to form when you are a public figure.

I noticed that there was a sentence where she articulated very similar to Frederik; how he pauses either midway or just before his sentences conclude. I'd nip that in the bud.
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That was my gues too Madame Royale, however I've heard the presentation they were listening in the video was not in english and when Victoria got scaed she used another languange. That is what I asked. Thanks for answering
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I was under the impression you were referring to the language used by the Scandinavian 'family' (Denmark, Sweden & Norway) when they are together. Hence my response...

I'm not aware of what happened at the Nobel Prize as I didn't watch the live streaming.
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I didn't find it odd. Probably to do with the lighting from above which when standing underneath, can blind a person from seeing little more than a few feet or so in front of them.

Mary did stumble a little more than I would have anticipated. To me, it seems as though she still gets a little nervous. Endearing on one hand, not an overlly great habit to allow oneself to form when you are a public figure.
I did. I supposed it was intended to be an icebreaker but didn't work at all. It sounded rather desperate than natural. In general the whole speech was far from natural. I cannot judge Mary in Danish but I was disappointed what she produced in English, her native language. The wording was pretty overblown, she obviously wants to get rid of her aussie accent (which is natural and I like) in favour of "stiff upper lip" British English, not to mention that she stumbled through the speech. To not get "sustainable" right is ok, but there were at least three or four more occasions where I thought, well, somebody wrote it for Mary and because it's in her native language = a no brainer, she didn't bother much to practise or read through it properly before the event. Not well prepared at all but I do like her voice.
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How long is Cp Victoria and CP Haakon staying in Copenhagen or have they already returned home? if they are staying or did stay overnight would they have stayed with CP Frederik and CP Mary.

It was a bit embarrassing for the interviewer to call Haakon, Crown Princess, although as we are not all perfect we can all have a bad day I guess.
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It sounded rather desperate than natural.
Can't say that was my interpretation. Light hearted, yes. Desperate? that makes little sense to me.

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In general the whole speech was far from natural. I cannot judge Mary in Danish but I was disappointed what she produced in English, her native language. The wording was pretty overblown, she obviously wants to get rid of her aussie accent (which is natural and I like) in favour of "stiff upper lip" British English, not to mention that she stumbled through the speech. To not get "sustainable" right is ok, but there were at least three or four more occasions where I thought, well, somebody wrote it for Mary and because it's in her native language = a no brainer, she didn't bother much to practise or read through it properly before the event. Not well prepared at all but I do like her voice.
She obviously wants to get rid of her Australian accent? As is your opinion of course

To me the Crown Princess sounds quite naturally Australian when she speaks, if not accompanied by a slight Danish lilt. Her english accent doesn't appear to have altered very much (to me) these past four or so years.

I acknowledge she attempts to articulate each letter in every word, and in the process seems to stumble on occasion. I can't say I've noticed anything that coulde be considered a "stiff upper lip", in either her demeanor or when she talks. She has quite the charming voice. Delicate even.

I agree with the likeliness of the speech having been written for Mary. To me, that too was quite evident. I personally percieve her to get a little nervous when reading aloud infront of such an audience, though it's also entirely possible she didn't revise over it like she should have given it was written in her native tongue. I can't say, but I certainly noticed the errors and only hope she betters her public speaking as I'm hopefull she shall.
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How long is Cp Victoria and CP Haakon staying in Copenhagen or have they already returned home? if they are staying or did stay overnight would they have stayed with CP Frederik and CP Mary.

It was a bit embarrassing for the interviewer to call Haakon, Crown Princess, although as we are not all perfect we can all have a bad day I guess.
Victoria is attending the conference from the 12th-15th. I couldn't find dates for Haakon. I presume they would stay with Frederik and Mary.


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The wording was pretty overblown, she obviously wants to get rid of her aussie accent (which is natural and I like) in favour of "stiff upper lip" British English, not to mention that she stumbled through the speech.
She certainly doesn't have a stiff upper lip accent, she sounds more relaxed, natural, more aussie than danish yes, but not english.
I imagine she'd try for a danish accent not a british one.
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Can't say that was my interpretation. Light hearted, yes. Desperate? that makes little sense to me.



She obviously wants to get rid of her Australian accent? As is your opinion of course

To me the Crown Princess sounds quite naturally Australian when she speaks, if not accompanied by a slight Danish lilt. Her english accent doesn't appear to have altered very much (to me) these past four or so years.

I acknowledge she attempts to articulate each letter in every word, and in the process seems to stumble on occasion. I can't say I've noticed anything that coulde be considered a "stiff upper lip", in either her demeanor or when she talks. She has quite the charming voice. Delicate even.

I agree with the likeliness of the speech having been written for Mary. To me, that too was quite evident. I personally percieve her to get a little nervous when reading aloud infront of such an audience, though it's also entirely possible she didn't revise over it like she should have given it was written in her native tongue. I can't say, but I certainly noticed the errors and only hope she betters her public speaking as I'm hopefull she shall.

Well, I think is natural, that even though, english is her native tongue she hasn't been in an english enviroment in a long time, ergo she lost "practice" of Australian english. I have seen this happen before, for instance a relative of my husband was born mexican lived her all his life but moved to the US about 20 years ago, and now he speaks funny. When he comes visit it takes him a few days to get used to our accent and eventhough there is something odd about the way he talks. I'm guessing this is what happened to Mary, cause for what she has said, she mostly talks in Danish almost all day even with her kids.

About the stumbling, it could happen to all of us in any presentation!. I think you are more suceptible to it in your native tongue cause you don't have to be so aware of the words as you do in a foreign language, actually I think you even use different parts of the brain. My guess here too is that she got a bit nervous when she first stumbled or didn't listen to herself doing well and got nervous.

Not a good day for Mary with the much discussed outfit and the stumbling, but is wonderful to have videos of her
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The Crown Princely Couple hosted a reception for mayors and business leaders at Christian VIII's palace, in connection with COP15 Climate Summit. (Mary's Father was also invited)

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They look very happy together. Always nice to see them together.
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I saw the video of the interview and I couldn't believe the way the interviewer kept committing gaffes. I think the best course of action would have been to either apologize quickly after the "crown princess" gaffe or continue on with the interview as if nothing had happened. To make senseless jokes after the first one, IMO only compounded the situation for him. I kept thinking "somebody stop him before he puts his foot in his mouth yet again."

It is indeed to Haakon's credit that he remained cool and calm throughout and even laughed at those absurd jokes.
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