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Old 05-31-2019, 04:07 PM
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Prince Joachim's 50th Birthday Celebrations: June 2019

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the birthday concert for Joachim's 50th is tonight.
We can see video of the Joachim, Marie and Frederik arriving in the DRF instagram stories
https://www.instagram.com/stories/detdanskekongehus/

I was hoping Nikolai and Felix would attend too
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Old 06-03-2019, 03:15 PM
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Hardly their taste in music, I'm sure.
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Old 06-03-2019, 03:21 PM
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im sure...but its the big 50th birthday, if they can go support their mother's musical concerts they can attend this one too.

article and more pics
https://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelig...KIdV9zBmIoKFug
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Old 06-03-2019, 03:46 PM
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The Palace shared some more photos from tonight:


** kongehuset gallery **


Alexandra attended as well:


** instagram gallery **
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im sure...but its the big 50th birthday, if they can go support their mother's musical concerts they can attend this one too.

article and more pics
https://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelig...KIdV9zBmIoKFug
I agree. It's a shame that Nikolai and Felix weren't there. It looks like the party was a nice summer occasion for Joachim and the family.
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Old 06-03-2019, 06:18 PM
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They actually had to change venues due to the weather

another video and article
https://www.bt.dk/kendte/skybrud-paa...ethvert-ansvar

Marie and Joachim on stage
https://www.instagram.com/p/ByQmiBTF...ource=ig_embed
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Nice to see Countess Alexandra present but disappointing that Princes Nikolai and Felix couldn't be there but it was a Monday night.
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And after the concert last night at the Bellevue Theater, there was a reception at Sølyst in Klampenborg


https://www.instagram.com/p/BySBfkrgqRB/
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:06 PM
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In connection with Joachim's 50th B-day, he has giver a long and remarkably honest and open interview to Billed Bladet.
It is absolutely worth a read! Not least since it answers some questions we have been debating here on TRF.
We get the answers to our questions in regards to Nikolai.
We get the family inside in regards to the decision to move to France.
We learn who babysit Henrik and Athena.
And we get a hint into the future in regards to the Joachim branch of the DRF.
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Nice to see Countess Alexandra present but disappointing that Princes Nikolai and Felix couldn't be there but it was a Monday night.
I think the boys had the option of not attending - and were grateful for that.
The entertainment at this show was something few teenagers would find particularly riveting.
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:14 PM
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And after the concert last night at the Bellevue Theater, there was a reception at Sølyst in Klampenborg


https://www.instagram.com/p/BySBfkrgqRB/
that's a nice picture of the two brothers
http://content.invisioncic.com/r3885...c298a34bbb.png

gallery from the DRF
Koncert i anledning af Prins Joachims 50-års fødselsdag | Kongehuset

articles and videos
https://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelig...ende-modtagere
https://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelig...elsdagskoncert
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:22 PM
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Thanks, Polyesco.

So the proceeds of the concert went to Danish Hospital Clowns.
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I'm afraid to say that Alexandra is almost unrecognizable to me.

https://www.bt.dk/kendte/skybrud-paa...ethvert-ansvar
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Old 06-04-2019, 05:04 PM
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I'm afraid to say that Alexandra is almost unrecognizable to me.

https://www.bt.dk/kendte/skybrud-paa...ethvert-ansvar
It sure isn't the most flattering photo of her!

However in today's issue of BB there are a number of photos of her where she does look like a human being.
You'll see them eventually.
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Old 06-04-2019, 06:44 PM
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Crown Prince Frederic and the royal security are the best-dressed ones.
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Old 06-05-2019, 02:44 AM
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Prince Joachim give an exclusive interview to Billed-Bladet for his 50th birthday


https://princessmariescloset.com/201...l-translation/


Thanks for the translation to Princess Marie's Closet!
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Old 06-05-2019, 04:04 AM
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I like the Countess Alexandra's dress, but What has happened to her face? (..)
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:01 AM
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Here is the interview and the scans.

Part one:

Summary of interview with Joachim in Billed Bladet #23, 2019.
Interviewer: Henrik Salling.

The interview takes place at Amalienborg in the mansion where M&F used to have their apartment, but today it’s obviously used as offices for J&M in DRF context. Makes sense as the DRF administration is nearby.

Among the trivia mentioned is that Joachim has a remarkable memory.
He is very fond of walking, at a brisk pace.
Another interesting thing I have noticed is that Joachim is usually very articulate, certainly when on the job, but when it’s more personal matters he talks about, especially when it’s something he is proud of, he has a distinct tendency to become much less articulate. I wonder if it’s a kind of shyness or a defense mechanism for a man who is usually reserved.

Childhood.
He and Frederik grew up as pseudo-twins, but there was a difference, which PH from very early on made clear to the boys:
“I have been living in that role for as long as I can remember – probably some 47 years. And pseudo-twins or not, my parents – and my father very clearly – said: There is in your upbringing and your brotherhood one thing that is set. It is just as important for both of you to know. There is one who will be first and there is one who will stand by. And I’m fine with that role which provides more and more freedom. That is the space in which I must act and in the same way my children”.
He adds that a lot of space is taken up by writing about the order in the line-of Succession for his children. “But let us be realistic.
The DRF has reached a point, where I am to concentrate more about my own core. (Family.)”
His family is merely a branch of the tree that constitute the DRF. And he is fine with that.
“The branch that I constitute, and which my children constitute, is the branch I must focus on and which I am to use my energy on. That is the task of my life.”

But during their childhood there were other things that were different. When they had playdates for example. Some of their mates came from affluent homes, others came from modest apartments. But children adapt quickly and settle down to play, like driving go-carts along the corridors.
As well as being surrounded by nannies and not dining with their parents until they were five.
And at times they had to attend something, they perhaps not fully comprehended, dressed in their finest, smiling and nodding.

About his family.

“I hadn’t been here today and I wouldn’t have been the one I am today, had it not been for my wife (informal word) and my children. That is as certain as amen heard in a church. (DK idiom.) That’s why I’d like it to be a celebration of them as well. Those five are my everything and will always be that. It’s a fantastic piece of happiness to have so many children that are age-wise so spread out. There is a young man who will soon turn 20. One who is almost finished with childhood. One who is in the middle of it and there is the little cheeky one, who is allowed everything… And who I stubbornly claim can’t cheat me. But always end up wrapping me around her little-finger.”

Q: Do You once in a while feel You have failed as a father?
“My family is with me always. I am not the best at phoning home, when I’m on travels, but they are always with me and I also hope, that they feel that even though I’m not with them, I’m still there.
I hope they all feel I have been there for them, as much as I could and under the circumstances there were. But also that I’m there now. That the freedom and the guidance they get is neither over-compensating nor too strict.
It’s alright that they feel that I’m firm without being hidebound or impossible.”

He and our Marie are very much in agreement in regards to raising the children. Joachim very much influenced by his father and Marie influenced by her French background.
“We mostly agree. Somewhere between 90 and 99 %. And then we have some we hold on to. There can be a little variation. We have a common way of doing it. But we also have an individual way to express it. That should not be changed otherwise it would be artificial.”

The later afternoon is a dreaded time for most families with younger children, also in regards to Henrik and Athena.
“Everything from waking up the children to putting them to bed. That we do differently. The children know perfectly well that there is a difference when dad is doing it and when mother is doing it. With dad you ask for permission to go to sleep. (Laughing.)”

The four siblings are very close. From time to time (probably relatively often, when it’s a few hours, from what I can read between the lines) Nikolai or Felix babysit Athena and Henrik, something the younger siblings are very pleased with. But the older brothers enjoy it as well.
Looking after the younger siblings on occasion is a chore though. That is also clear from reading between the lines.
But also the younger ones have daily chores in keeping the house. But on weekdays it seems, on weekends they are off.
“That’s how it is. They each have an age, where there are chores and expectations. Ad we fortunately don’t have to tell them. That comes natural.”
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Part two:

About Nikolai dropping out of the military.

Both Joachim and farbror Frederik were fond of their time in the military, so it was more or less expected Nikolai would follow in their steps. But he didn’t.

“Princess Marie had prior to that asked me whether I was absolutely certain it was a good idea for him. – Are you sure he is that type? – I replied confidently: Of course he is!
But I was wrong. So when the questions of doubt arose, we had to change strategy. And then we had a talk…
… I reality it was probably more me who should have the talk with him, rather than him having the talk with me.”

Joachim did need time for reflection.
“I couldn’t fathom it and couldn’t see it as neither a defeat for him, or for me and anyone.
We live in a different age. Here was a situation where it made no sense that he continued. When that’s how it after all is and when I after al has overpaced (him), he should not suffer an injustice. But there shouldn’t come a bad story out of it as well. Si we had to turn the table around and look at it in a different way. It was also a fantastically adult decision. Looking back I should have listened to Princess Marie.”

Q: But surely that’s a lesson that’s part of it. I mean there will be three more?
“Well… two at least.”

Q: It might be that Princess Athena will also sign up for the military?
“Well… yes, as she is right now, it might very well be!
But the whole story taught me to by-pass my own norms and expectation. Get hold of yourself, slow down and don’t be so hidebound/obdurate. Better use your own age to look mildly at things. There is no such thing as the perfect person in the perfect world. That was a lesson for life for me. And for him.”

Joachim has since supported his son wholeheartedly in his modelling career.
“I’m very, very proud. I’m proud as a peacock over him. He is standing as the first in a modern age and has to both create his career and make a living for himself. Knowing very well that there is a (family) connection he cannot run from. What I told him about the modelling career was: Try it. And then you learn to earn your own money. That is one thing. But you will also grow wiser about the world.
I recommended him to stay exclusive. Because if he aims for the top, no one shall say that he was cheap for sale. The grand thing is then to maintain being exclusive. That was my advice to him and that I will stick to.”

“Prince Nikolai has in principle left the nest now and is now more coming visiting. But there is always a bed ready if the oldest one comes. The oldest must feel that here they are not guests. Here they are home and then some house-rules apply and which you take part in.”

About leaving Schackenborg.

Does he miss being a farmer? Joachim sighs deeply:
“I don’t know if I can say that I miss the life as a farmer. It wasn’t easy and I never managed to get it fully up and running in a sustainable way. But I miss life in the countryside. The big sky. And I miss Southern Jutland.”
Fortunately the family is able to go to Schackenborg often and they were there to celebrate Henrik’s birthday, because the boy is very fond of the place. The family still has ties to the region. But Joachim admits freely that the sale of Schackenborg was a major downer for him.
“It was certainly a defeat not being able to continue running it for longer than it was. Because it was something that I had determined during the years where I quietly and with delight got used to the thought of living there. You are always wise when you see things in the rearview mirror. You can analyze all of it thoroughly. What could you have done? What did you do wrong? But it didn’t work and there is no use crying over spilled milk.
You are tested all your life. You become a knowledge richer. Then you have gone a good deal further with yourself. That doesn’t mean there won’t be other challenges of a different nature. I have had defeats and they have over time been very well described. But I have moved on and have become wiser. I have reflected over the causes.”

Joachim has often been on the front pages without speaking up. If it’s made up or wrong it’s one thing. Also whether it’s cause for reflection.
“But if I feel hurt, then there is probably something true in it and in those cases I have reflected personally over the criticism that is justified. And then I don’t pile up excuses, but realize that I too make mistakes.”

His wife and going to France.

“My wife (formal word) is a fantastic source of inspiration. In all her approach to what she is doing. Everything from homely chores to her public work. Simply. She has always looked dynamically and differently at it. And not just dusty and squared. It has from the start been an eye-opener for me and a huge source of inspiration.
I can feel that I too can live through her. She can so much and do so much I would wish I could as well and I can only try and keep up with her. She’s a free creature, inspiring and dust will never grow on her. She is way too dynamic for her to gather dust. Whereas I might be… and is… the dusty one.
I wouldn’t be able to be where I am today, if it hadn’t been for her. All the way through.”

And now they are moving to France for a period. Joachim is looking forward being a Francophile and Marie wasn’t difficult to persuade.
Joachim don’t expect to see much of Paris while there, he will be too busy with his studies. For the children it will be a change though.
Marie is not supposed to be a homemaker while there. After the initial period of adjusting the family, she is meant to have time for other things than home and children.
Joachim is well aware to the speculations as to whether they will return to DK again.
“I don’t think we in any way will leave Denmark. In that respect I’m too Danish and during the eleven years the Princess has been in Denmark, she has also become attached to Denmark. A year of opportunities for her and a year of schooling for the children. That’s our starting point. That’s where our focus is now. Now the year must start. With the challenges that will bring and with the possibilities that comes from it.
The children took it differently. Because they are different. One immediately saw the advantage of living in Paris (my guess is Henrik) while the other is perhaps more seeking comfort. But this will be big for all of us and now both children are reconciled to the plan.”

“Last year we could celebrate Henrik’s birthday in Paris. He would like that. And instead of going to amusement parks, he wanted to see monuments. So we saw Notre Dame both inside and outside. So when we saw the disaster during Easter, he said: “How fortunate it was last year we saw it.
That I thought was a touching reflection.” (And that’s why I think Henrik, to my surprise, is the one who looks most forward to go to Paris. Apart from apparently being a little nerd, he is obviously fond of France...)

See for yourselves here: https://app.box.com/s/69o58vjxm2t81o2tjm35e211mzab80uk
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Thats a good interview. So they are moving to Paris.
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