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Old 09-12-2013, 08:42 AM
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mary will only take part in the excersize friday 13 september :-) i read that some place in the news
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:25 AM
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mary will only take part in the excersize friday 13 september :-) i read that some place in the news
You are correct. You can read more here velse fr kongeligt besg:: Kronprinsesse Mary til en » tidende.dk

Mary will participate, but only in Friday's activities
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:44 AM
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Interesting. Since when has Mary become a first lieutenant?
Usually you don't go past second lieutenant in the Home Guard, unless you have attended an officers academy and Mary haven't had time for that.

So methinks there's a little mistake there.

Anyway, I notice there are also Americans present in the excersize.
Members of the Army Homeguard, who have been deployed at least once, recently took part in a major National Guard excersize in Colorado IIRC and for the first time. - That was a great success and now members of the National Guard have been to DK to attend a intructors course at the Home Guard School.
A logic thing to do since the Danish Home Guard has changed role within the past fifteen years from a territorial millitia to a role more akin to that of the British territorials and the US national Guard.

I also notice that the staff company that Mary is attached to in Copenhagen will not take part in Safe Sunshine, so we may presume we will see Mary more as a guests than a participant.
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Im sure there is a mistake as I cant image her getting a rank without taking the necessary courses. It would've been nice to see her attend the three day exercise. Any idea why she is attending only one day?

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Old 09-13-2013, 11:21 AM
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Pictures of Mary during the home guard exercises on the DRF website

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Pictures of Mary during the home guard exercises on the DRF website

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Thank polyesco
Great pictures, especially like this cool one http://kongehuset.dk/materialemappe/...bornholm-5.img


Mary (and Caroline Heering, I think) arrived this noon around 11 am to Nexø, Bornholm. Here they participated in a harbor exercise.

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Old 09-13-2013, 12:34 PM
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And here are som very high res pics of Mary:

First during her shooting drill. Where she practice skills with her rifle.
It is mandatory for active members of the Home Guard to attend such live fire drills regularly: http://www2.hjv.dk/nyheder/Documents/Skydeoevelse2.jpg

Mary rapelling down a cliff. My guess is that this is why she went to the Army Special Forces some time back, along with Caroline Heering. Because Mary look a bit too confident to be a beginner at this: http://www2.hjv.dk/nyheder/Documents/Rappelling.jpg
And I have rarely seen a uniform that new. Wow!

And here Mary and Caroline are training harbour security: http://www2.hjv.dk/nyheder/Documents/Gummib%C3%A5d.jpg

I see both Mary and Caroline Heering have been promoted to lieutenants, which is a notch higher than second lieutenants, but lower than first lieutenants (who are always regulars).

Here is an article from the Home Guard: http://www2.hjv.dk/nyheder/Pages/HKH...5Bornholm.aspx

The acting chief of Defence Region Zealand, lieutenant colonel Tonni Schumann says: "The Crown Princess manged all excersizes in fine style and we are very happy and proud that the Crown Princess with her participation show her acknowledgement of the many volunteers in the Home Guard.
With her commitment the Crown Princess contribute to raise awareness about the significant role the Home Guard has in the total defence".

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A seven pic gallery from BT of Mary and Caroline on harbour security, presumably with the Navy Home Guard.
http://www.bt.dk/royale/se-billedern...evelse#slide-7
I see PET is following behind, looking distinctly civillian.
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thank you for the very nice photos :-)

mary rocks that uniform :-) and she looks very happy to join the exercise.
my favorite is also the photo of mary rapelling down the cliff, it is a really great shot and she looks very confident
http://kongehuset.dk/materialemappe/...bornholm-5.img

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Wow I had no idea that the Cr Prss went to Special Forces!! You think she did some training with them? Or just to watch them in action?
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Wow I had no idea that the Cr Prss went to Special Forces!! You think she did some training with them? Or just to watch them in action?
Mary would have watched them in action before and probably later as well.

My guess is that she and Caroline Heering went there for a purpose.
My initial thought was that she was qualifying for her jumpwings, because that's handled by the army special forces. But she is not wearing any jumpwings and that would have required more visits and had she qualified it would have been all over the news by now.
So it may very well be possible that they went through a crash course in more advanced drill like rapelling - which isn't a part of the usual drill of a normal homeguardsman, simply because we don't have that many sheer cliff faces and mountains here in DK...

If you look at the picture of Mary rapelling (the HQ pic) there are two things that struck me.
A) Mary's uniform and boots looked like they come straight from the depot. So either she got kitted up on arrival to Bornholm, or if it's her own uniform, she has seen very little practical service in the Home Guard.

B) Mary has been doing rapelling before and enough times to ensure that she is confident, because there is not the least hint of apprehension or concentration in her eyes typical of someone who is a beginner at this.
That's why I think she has been rapelling down towering silos with the army special forces until she was blue in the face. It would be typical of Mary not just to accomplish a task but to excel.
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Thank you for that Muhler. The Cr Prss certainly knows how to rise to a challenge.
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(...) cute pictures of Mary training with a military unit. Who knew camo was so becoming?
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A number of articles about Mary's service in the Home Guard.

BB in 2008, Mary joining up: https://app.box.com/s/s3i4e7bmdjj9l4cawi45

The Home Guard Magazine 2009, Mary being promoted to lieutenant: https://app.box.com/s/udjkf0r6mh4cbcvfs44q

The Civil Defence, Mary's basic firefighter training: https://app.box.com/s/q0d0cvgwiuz7bc1bdw41

BB in 2008, Mary finishing the basic training: https://app.box.com/s/fi5jnl1t55ch95hiehsq
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