I interpreted the press release prior to the photo op as : "You'll get some nice family feel-good pics of us. In return, please don't pester us".
And I think the press has respected that wish.
We have since then only seen M&F with their children at the pist for small children.
A very public place, with lots of people around.
At least Mary and Isabella were aware of the photographer, as they looked straight at him/her. - So no candid photos here.
As far as I know, there haven't been photographers laying in wait outside the chalet, each time they went out.
They haven't been followed around when skiing, going for a walk or dining out. Something they have no doubt been doing.
So I think the press and M&F have been very obliging towards each other.
Summary of a few articles in Billed Bladet #07, 2012.
All written by our Alpine correspondent Ulrik Ulriksen.
It was minus 18 degrees C, when M&F and their children arrived by car to the photoshoot.
Bella hugged daddy's leg lovingly as they approached the photographers.
Frederik opened the ball by saying: "Good morning, are you able to stay warm"?
Posing with four lively children was a bit of a challenge. The twins at least could be held, but Christian and Isabella went rolling down a gentle slope, which was so much fun!
When Mary posed with her youngest son, Vincent, Isabella played aeroplane behind them.
Mary said: "It's lovely to have all four children with us on a skiing holiday. It's simply so great, even though it is of course something of a logistic challenge. With (children) there is quite a lot to track of. Just look at that". Gesturing towards Christian sliding on his belly down a slope, followed by Bella.
Josephine turned up her charm and sported a couple of teeth.
Have they learned how to walk? Mary: "No, not quite, but almost".
How are the twins enjoying their holiday? Frederik: "The twins get a couple of trips on a bobsleigh".
But when will they get skiing lessons then?
Frederik: "Oh, that's a good question. But first and foremost they should, right here and now have a hurrah-experience, and then, after two or three years, that is, a bit further out in the future, then they'll learn how to ski".
How are the two oldest doing? Frederik replied that both Christian and Isabella are pretty good on skis.
On the way back M&F swapped twins and the family had to walk up a slope in order to get to the car. And here Isabella came to a dead stop. That slope was daunting for her and little legs, så Mary gently gave her a push in the behind and that restarted the rye-bread-engine. (*)
During the photo shoot our reporter observed that:
The twins are very skilled crawlers!
Mary speaks bot Danish and English with her two oldest and that Isabella called her "Mummy". (**)
Christian called for his sister to join him in sliding down the slope with: "Come on, Bella".
Christian and Isabelle greeted all the photographers with: "Hi".
The hand-knitted cap Mary wore during the shoot is by Birger Christensen. It has a pompom made of the fur from a fox and it costs 2.200 DKK.
The same morning Bella and Christian arrived in Verbier, Frederik took them with him to rent skis for them.
Mary spend a lot of time with Isabella in particular in the first few days. While Christian attended a ski-school, she and Bella had a girl's lunch.
A lot of the friends of M&F stayed with them in Verbier or where there. Amber Petty was observed strolling with Caroline Ahlefeldt. Mary's sister Jane, appeard to have a good rapport with Frederik and on this vacation he took her up on the slopes to ski. She is an accomplished skier, the articles says, and the next day she was guide for other of M&F's Australian guests.
Don't know who they were, only Jane and Amber are mentioned in the articles. It wasn't Amber Petty, she didn't ski, but preferred to stroll and shop in Verbier town with Caroline Ahlefeldt and Mary.
(*) People's personal stamina is sometimes referred to here in DK as the rye-bread-engine.
(**) Christian has been known to call her "Mor". Perhaps that depends on which language they speak? Or perhaps Bella simply finds it more natural to call Mary "Mummy"?
A trip to the past for comparison: https://picasaweb.google.com/1008659...MedMasseAfTid#
The first pics of Christian in a brown ski suit are from 2007. - A little later Bella arrived: