Mary's birthday is covered in unusual details this time.
I will divide the coverage in two. The birthday celebrations at Amalienborg Saturday here and the continuing celebrations in the Verbier thread.
Summary of article in Billed Bladet #06, 2012.
Et brag af en fest - A bang of af a party.
Written by Anna Johannesen & Ulrik Ulriksen.
- Who pulled sentry duty outside Amalienborg in minus ten degrees C that night.
The guests were invited for dinner Saturday. With the exception of Joachim who was assumed to turn up around evening-coffee-time (*). Our Marie stayed at home.
The guests were received at the door inside the portal by Mary, with her hair hanging lose. And Isabella, wearing a long dress and pink nailpolish, - yes, she was looking neat.
She and Christian were present throughout the celebration but behaved very well.
Around 140 guest were invited and they dined at round tables in the Knights Hall and the Garden Room, facing towards the garden.
When the guest had been seated it was time for entertainment, in the shape of the magician Micheal Deutsch.
There were a number of speeches during the dinner. Frederik held a speech in a mix of Danish and English, where he talked about his great love for his wife and what Mary means to him and also about the love for their children. Visibly moving among others Mary's sister, Jane, who sat at Mary's table.
Mary also gave a speech, where she thanked her guests, talked about her life these past 40 years and ending up by declaring her love for her husband.
Later in the evening the rapper, L.O.C., entertained.
At midnight the champagne corks popped and Mary was congratulated and everyone sang the birthday song.
Some guests apparantly expected a fireworks at midnight, but there was none. (**)
Now let's look at the guest. A loooong list of guests!
The Belgian CP Couple was slightly late, they had had problems with their luggage at the airport.
QMII was one of the very few who showed up in a long dress. Her face lit up, when she saw that Christian and Bella was there. (Grandma-mode).
Prince Henrik wore a lilac dinner jacket.
Carina Axelsson was there, minus her Gustav.
So was Alexandra of Berleburg, minus husband.
Prince Nikolaos was there without his wife.
But CP Pavlos and Marie-Chantal were there.
Among the friends were:
Peter Warnøe, wiithout wife.
Gitte and Christian Dalum.
Otte and Helle Reedtz-Thott. - Their present was a painting.
Malene Birger with her Irish sweetheart John, who wore a kilt. (***)
Jarl Friis-Mikkelsen, who was seated next to Mary, and his wife, Susanne Pehrsson.
Birgitte and Jeppe Handwerk.
A lot of Ahlefeldts: Jean, Ditlev, Caroline and Micheal.
Ellen Hillingsøe, as usual alone. She wore a dress by Malene Birger.
Marie-Louise Høm, kid sister of Caroline Heering, and her husband Marc Høm.
Lars Thomassen and his wife Christine Obel.
Malou and Jørgen Skeel.
Nina Wedell-Wedellsborg with her husband, Peter Aandahl.
Frederik and Christel Lüttichau, wearing a coat from Amani and a dress from Prada.
Pernille and Bent Wedell.
Helle Joof with her sweetheart Henrik Jepsen.
Peter and Caroline Heering. Caroline Heering is sporting a new curly (and blonder?) hairstyle. (****)
Elisabeth and Christian Buchwald.
Holger Foss and his wife Rose Gad.
Anja Alajdi and her husband Steen Christensen. Anja wore a dress by Diana von Furstenberg and shoes from Malene Birger.
Mary's hair had been done by her hairdresser, Søren Hedegaard and he was joined at the dinner by his spouse, Preben Christensen.
Apparantly our reporter succumbed to the cold, because there is no mentioning about when the party ended.
(*) Around 19.30-20.00 for ordinary Danes.
(**) Fireworks are incidentally outlawed outside the New Year season, except by permission. - The state is fed up with taxpayers in perfect working order blowing their fingers off at all times of the year.
(***) Didn't know kilts were supposed to cover the knees. Or is that an Irish phenomenon?
(****) It has been decided here in the Muhler household that we do not
like it... So I'm under orders to dislike it as well.
You are welcome 4Pam, Daria S & Emmily