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Old 09-04-2006, 05:00 AM
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In her younger years, Margrethe was clearly the most 'akward' of the three sisters when in public - I remember my grandmothers discussed it a lot when she became a queen. Many of the elders in my family felt that it would never 'be the same' as with her father. Margrethe didn't have the same ease in public and with people; which is true she doesn't but I think she has added something else to her role which is her unique mark and which most people are quite satisfied with. Frederik is said to resemble his grandfather more
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Old 09-05-2006, 10:15 PM
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Hmm well I have done a little search of youtube and someone has kindly (and very recently) posted a collation of all the channel 7 news coverage during their Australian visit. At the start of the second half there is a good contrast between the reporter and Mary. I would be interested on other member's opinions

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Old 09-05-2006, 11:16 PM
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Hmm well I have done a little search of youtube and someone has kindly (and very recently) posted a collation of all the channel 7 news coverage during their Australian visit. At the start of the second half there is a good contrast between the reporter and Mary. I would be interested on other member's opinions


I've watched it twice and as wonderful as it is to see that footage again, I don't understand your question?

Are you referring to their accents?
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Old 09-06-2006, 12:33 AM
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Yes - the topic of this thread. I was referring to them as a comparison.
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Old 09-06-2006, 01:52 AM
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I have watched it and I don't really see that much of a difference between the reporters accents and Mary's. Or maybe I'm not looking hard enough.
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Old 09-06-2006, 05:28 AM
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I think Mary sounded very much like a lady who has spent the best part of her life in Australia thus far. A Scandinavian lilt yes, but certainly a recognisable Australian accent

If I thought Mary were faking her accent then I would certainly state as such but she isn't.
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Old 09-06-2006, 06:17 AM
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Well I can't dispute your opinion so thanks for listening to mine
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:08 AM
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Well I can't dispute your opinion so thanks for listening to mine

Although we disagree (respectively), I respect your opinion as I would like mine to be respected Quality Blonde
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Old 09-07-2006, 08:17 PM
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Sounded to me like Mary was attempting to control more "obvious" Australian vowel clusters and diphthongs along with a more British pronunciation of consonants. But sorry, vowels are among the hardest sounds to cull out of one's original accent completely, and almost always betray the true origins of one's accents. If I met Mary on the street, I would guess Australia or New Zealand is where she grew up...but I am curious what she sounded like 10 years ago...before the Danish lessons and grooming to be a princess. It would be only natural that her accent has changed over time. I can speak for myself that it's an almost subconscious process.

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Old 09-08-2006, 12:17 AM
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I watched some of Mary's documentaries from www.youtube.com
I typed in "mary donaldson" in the search bar at the top.

Anyways, Mary's voice is like butter...it is just so WONDERFUL to listen to, in English, I mean. You should really listen to it...it's perfect!

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Anyways, Mary's voice is like butter...it is just so WONDERFUL to listen to, in English, I mean. You should really listen to it...it's perfect!

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Old 09-08-2006, 01:20 AM
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I watched some of Mary's documentaries from www.youtube.com
I typed in "mary donaldson" in the search bar at the top.

Anyways, Mary's voice is like butter...it is just so WONDERFUL to listen to, in English, I mean. You should really listen to it...it's perfect!


She does have a beautiful accent, even if it is a combination of English, Scottish, Australian and Danish.
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:31 AM
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She does have a beautiful accent, even if it is a combination of English, Scottish, Australian and Danish.
It is a very interesting accent. I think she speaks quite well but I understand when people say there are lots of pauses in her speaking so her speech doesn't sound as smooth. She's probably trying to make her English understandable for the Danes and to speak with correct grammar and what not.
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there's nothing wrong if a northern ireland's accent , i am from belfast , some of my danish friends can understand me ok , but the twang i don't have of belfast accent
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:39 PM
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She does have a beautiful accent, even if it is a combination of English, Scottish, Australian and Danish.
I finally got to listen to her speaking...and I think she has a lovely voice and accent. She does sound a little Australian (in the engagment interview)...I also heard her speak Danish but since I had never heard somone speak it before I was not able to notice any sort of accent. She just sounded Danish to me...
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:17 AM
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I also heard her speak Danish but since I had never heard somone speak it before I was not able to notice any sort of accent. She just sounded Danish to me...
Where did you hear her speak Danish? I'd LOVE to hear it.
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Old 09-09-2006, 02:21 AM
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Where did you hear her speak Danish? I'd LOVE to hear it.
Its quite quick, but it gives you an idea

Such a beautiful, beautiful voice.

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Old 09-09-2006, 04:49 PM
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Thank you, Madame Royale! I quite agree, her voice is beautiful!!
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How long are Mary and Fred together? And how well does Fred speak English? I´m a native English speaker living in Germany with a French boyf..I speak English everyday, but have inadvertently begun speaking simple English and even making basic errors...I also (subconsciously) speak slower, pause a lot etc...some of the foreigners here pronounce "clothes" as "closes" rather than "close" and after many years of hearing this it is starting to sound normal (scary, eh?!). If I remember, Mary spent some time in Paris before moving to Denmark so she has been some time out of Australia - don´t know how often she speaks English with native speakers. Personally I think any changes to her accent are due to changes in her situation and not something she has deliberately set out to do. My accent changes all the time depending who I´m speaking to (I even had an Aussie twang when I was younger from watching too many Aussie soaps!)
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Agreed. Mary has a beautiful voice, speaking either language.
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