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Old 07-26-2012, 04:54 PM
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A lot of the torch relay has been a complete nonsense. Through Oxfordshire where I lived 32 out of the 72 torch bearers were people brought over from the states by Cocoa-cola. At least Frederick has a slight connect.
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:00 PM
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Depending upon your definition of sportsman, in Olympic terms he isn't as he hasn't competed in a games nor won any medals, but he's definitely a sportsman. Just because it's been in the UK, doesn't mean it cannot be a world event, as evident from the runners who have carried the torch. Like I said no odder than picking Will.i.am who was born in LA, has done nothing except host a reality tv show that flopped, produced some rather catchy songs and happened to donate quite a bit of money only days after or before he ran with the torch. At least Frederik represents the IOC.

i agree.
I've been following the torch relay online BBC - Olympic Torch Relay - Live Relay

and it seemed like today and other days, IOC members have run with the torch.
the olympics are an international event and the torch runners would surely bring a little bit of press in their home countries. get people excited.

that plus, Frederik as an IOC member has worked a lot in events that features sports and the youth and healthy life choices. i know in denmark he has attended some school olympic events.
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I understand that Frederick is a royal IOC member but other royal ICO members such as Prince Albert of Monaco or Willem-Alexander havnt carried the torch so why the difference made??

The torch relay should have been for local people who did community work or exceptional deeds etc NO celebrities etc especially those with no revelance to our counrty ... ie Will.I.Am
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I think it should be UK people also.
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I understand that Frederick is a royal IOC member but other royal ICO members such as Prince Albert of Monaco or Willem-Alexander havnt carried the torch so why the difference made??
Maybe because Frederik is himself an avid sportsman? Boating, cycling marathons, running, tennis etc.

Just a thought.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:40 AM
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The royal yacht Dannebrog has arrived in London: Billed-Bladet - Dannebrog på plads i London

Prince Henrik was onboard as you may notice....

Dannebrog will stay in London through out the Olympics and as such she will serve as residence for the various members of the DRF who will attend the Olympic games at various points.

However, while she is there the ship is also used for other things than a floating hotel. Saturday QMII and PH will host a reception for business leaders onboard, so it isn't all fun and games.
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:46 AM
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Just saw that Prince Henrik was interviewed by TV2 and he said he was very excited for the Olympics and was looking forward to all the sport that happens on and in the water and for the handball and football games, if I remember correctly.
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I am in london for the Olympics and went today to have a walk around canary wharf where the super yatchs are docked for the Olympics. My surprise when I saw the dannebrog between them! I took a picture for you as I thought you may enjoy it :)
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:14 AM
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The torch relay should have been for local people who did community work or exceptional deeds etc NO celebrities etc especially those with no revelance to our counrty ... ie Will.I.Am
In a perfect world world, this would be what happens, but we don't live in a perfect world. The torch relay has been hugely expensive and has been bankrolled, in large part, by Coca-Cola and Samsung. They will have been given the right to choose some, if not most, of the runners. The celebrities are crucial to ensure that media coverage is maximised and that the corporate sponsors get their money's worth. That sums up the modern Olympics unfortunately.

You may feel Will.i.am has no relevance to our country, but I'll bet the young people across the UK who will benefit as a result of his huge donation to the Prince's Trust would beg differ.

The idea that Frederik was asked because he's a 'sportsman' is laughable. Millions of people all over the country take part in sport on a daily basis, Frederik is not special in that regard. From what I've read elsewhere, his record as an IOC member has been fairly mediocre also.
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The idea that Frederik was asked because he's a 'sportsman' is laughable. Millions of people all over the country take part in sport on a daily basis, Frederik is not special in that regard. From what I've read elsewhere, his record as an IOC member has been fairly mediocre also.
The idea that will.i.am was asked because he 'happened' to donate money on the right day is more laughable. Considering there have been torchbearers in my own county who have done less than Prince Frederik, I see nothing wrong with an excellent sportsman, an IOC member (not the only one mind you) and a royal prince carrying the torch.

Exactly how he is mediocre? Is there a member of the IOC who isn't? I can only recall three names from the IOC excluding the president, Princess Anne, Prince Frederik and Prince Albert. I think you can guess why.
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Carlota, you are really lucky. You have no idea how MUCH I envy you right now!!!
Great pics of the dannebrog, i've never realized how big it is!!

Great outfit of queen sofia! that's really wearing the flag


Bigger without tags pics of Mathilde and Philippe with their kids in London can be found in daylife
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The idea that will.i.am was asked because he 'happened' to donate money on the right day is more laughable. Considering there have been torchbearers in my own county who have done less than Prince Frederik, I see nothing wrong with an excellent sportsman, an IOC member (not the only one mind you) and a royal prince carrying the torch.

Exactly how he is mediocre? Is there a member of the IOC who isn't? I can only recall three names from the IOC excluding the president, Princess Anne, Prince Frederik and Prince Albert. I think you can guess why.
Did I say will.i.am was asked to take part because of his donation? No I didn't, and I'd prefer it if you didn't accuse me of saying things I clearly haven't. No doubt he was asked because he's part of one of the most successful music groups in the world, plus he's spent an awful lot of time in the UK, not to mention he was asked to perform at the Diamond Jubilee concert. The charity donation demonstrates that he feels a certain connection with the UK, and appreciates the way that many in the UK have taken to him. I think that's laudable. Even if this were not the case, he got a lot of international press attention for the relay, which is necessary and something that Frederik couldn't do.

There has been criticism of Frederik's work as member of the IOC. See here:

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Crown Prince Frederik is not participating as much in Olympic work, sports politics and sports environment, as was expected of him when he was presented as the candidate for the International Olympic Committee, IOC. Both the Olympic constitution, called the Olympic Charter and the internal laws of DIF (Danish Sports Confederation), state that those serving as IOC members also must be a member of the DIF's board. Since he was elected as an IOC member in the fall of 2009, Crown Prince Frederik has only participated in two of 21 board meetings.
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I never actually suggested you said will.i.am ran because of his donation, I said it as it's my opinion. Please don't get it mixed up.
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Lovely photo's of a family day out!
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Carlota, you are really lucky. You have no idea how MUCH I envy you right now!!!
Great pics of the dannebrog, i've never realized how big it is!!

Great outfit of queen sofia! that's really wearing the flag


Bigger without tags pics of Mathilde and Philippe with their kids in London can be found in daylife
princess mathilde 26 july - News, photos, topics, and quotes


Edit: here are more pics of Mathilde and Philippe today
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Actually, Queen Sofia´s clothes are Spain´s uniform for today´s ceremony. I really pity her (and the team) for having to wear it, it´s pretty awful


Wow, the Dannebrog is very big! I had seen it in photos before, but it´s the first time I realise how enormous it is! Since some of you were saying that it would be the DRF "hotel" while in London, at that they´ll even host a reception there, I assumed it would be quite a big yatch, but it still surprised me!

And the Belgian children are soooo cute!
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