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Old 02-20-2014, 07:21 AM
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #8, 2014.
Written by our correspondent in the Alps, Marianne Singer.

On the day of the photoshoot in the town of Villars-sur-Ollon in was a snowstorm, so for practicla reasons and in order to even hear each other the family and the press moved inside at restaurant Bretaye, named of the place where J&M stayed: Col de Bretaye.

Marie picked up some coffee and cocoa while the rest of the family settled down.
With Athena, who was completely unaffacted by the weird adults, switching between mum and dad and munching on a bisquit and bette Henrik sitting on the lap of Nikolai, then he was happy, it was finally time to get some holiday news.

Our Marie said: "The weather isn't so good today. But yesterday it was really beautiful. And we all love to be here and ski. The children are very, very skilled - also Henrik, while Athena is sleighing.
It's so important to me to show my family where I lived and where my family live. It's my little world - and now it's ours. It's really nice to be here all of us and Prince Joachim and the children really like it here as well".
About her daughter Marie said: "She's a little miracle. - And fun to be with".
But she did manage to ski: "Yes, a little, when Athena is having her midday nap".
The rest of the family remained quite while Marie was talking, almost, because Felix had to advise his dad about the bisquits: "You must dip it in your cocoa, then it tastes really good".

Then Joachim took over and told more about the holiday: "They (Nikolai and Felix) are doing better and better for each year - indeed for each day. So we appreciate that a lot. And they are of course becoming so familiar with the place that they know the lanes. They ski with a skiing instructor (see further down) a couple of hours in the forenoon in order to polish their style and condition, and then we ski a little together in order to take full advantage of the nature".

Q: Have you been on a couple of guys-outings?
J: "Yes, the boys and I have been skiing alone but we also ski together all of us. Little Henrik's level means that we can't just take him along if we want to go fast, but then we ski a bit in his speed and a little in ours".

J: "The week has been fine enough. It's also cosy to be here. We haven't had the best weather as it is the second time we have had a snowstorm at the peak.
They (Nikolai and Felix) cannot be stopped. It's all about skiing".
And as for bette Henrik: "We tried to let him ski last year but he was perhaps a bit too young back then. It's going better this year. He's devolped a taste for and and a flair for it".

What are they doing when they stay inside the chalet: "Keep warm. (Laughs). No, we just enjoy being indoors and being together as a family and in that way have a cosy time".
That includes watching winter Olympics and building a snowman with bette Henrik.
And as for Athena: "She's not allowed to ski, but today she's allowed to get up (on the mountain) and feel the elements. Then there is togaccaning and we pull her a bit. She's certainly also getting her share of the fresh air and enjoys it".

How about food: "We manage it all by ourselves".
Q: Are you doing som cooking yourself?
J: "Yes, breakfast. (Laughing). We try to vary the food and also want a good and healthy food. Of course it has to be something the children likes. and which is manageble in the kitchen".
Q: Would you consider buying your own chalet?
J: "It isn't a regular house for rent - it also has to rented out in the summer. I can understand those who will. Because it's tremendous to have your own. But then you also have to time and again and if you only do that during the schools winter holiday and with a weather like this, you could spend the money on something better".

But they certainly saw a lot to Marie's family: "To us it's a big family area - we have lots of things to do. They drop by and we go visiting them".

In fact Marie's brother, Gregory Grandet, was Nikolai and Felix' skiing instructor. It was also he who found the location for the photoshoot and arranged for the family to move inside the restaurant when the weather turned out to be so unco-oporative. And it was his girlfriend, Cecile, we saw in the background in some of the pics, helping taking care of the little ones.

But the press also wanted some pics of the family out in the snow. Okay, provided Athena is not too exposed to the wind. Bette Henrik tried to catch the snowflakes with his tounge, while Athena was less enthusiastic and closed her eyes, while wearing a ski-sut from LEGO Wear.
By then it was time for her midday-nap and the family departed. Most of it, because the oldest boys went out on the slopes, Nikolai with a GoPro camera on his helmet.
Nikolai again showed himself as the sensible and responsible older brother: "It's going well on the lanes. Right now it's a bit hard to tell how fast you are running, but apart from that it's right on. The steeper the better. - But that is, without it being too steep".

Bette Henrik was practising his skiing before the photoshoot, completely oblivious to the weather.
Athena didn't want to wear her mittens (typical) despite the cold. But Marie manage to get them on eventually.

BB informs us that J&M's holiday continue into this week, (week 8) and as such Benedikte is Rigsforstander, because QMII is in Norway and Frederik is in Sochi.


This picture of our Marie with her daughter doesn't look like much initially, but when you look closer it's a very warm photo: https://app.box.com/s/lgq39xlhtt2yi2y9h85f
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Old 01-28-2015, 07:39 PM
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This year, the annual photo opportunity will take place on 10 February 2015.

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Old 01-29-2015, 04:42 AM
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not many photos of princess athena is there? she looks a real sweety. I was thinking is there any fotos of Marie when she was a child would be nice to see them.
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Old 02-10-2015, 09:01 AM
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1st photo of Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Princes Nikolai, Felix and Henrik and Princess Athena in Switzerland.

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Old 02-10-2015, 11:12 AM
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nice seeing Athena on skis
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Old 02-10-2015, 12:19 PM
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Nice pictures, but I find it a little bit strange, that they are separate from Mary and Frederik. It was every time so nice to see the whole dutch royal family in the winterholiday in Lech. Maybe the danish are not so close to eachother?
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I dont think it has to do with how close they are. I think they get along just fine.
But I do think Joachim likes to do his own photo shoots (hence the one he does in the summer as well)

A few more pictures
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Old 02-10-2015, 02:06 PM
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Nice pictures, but I find it a little bit strange, that they are separate from Mary and Frederik. It was every time so nice to see the whole dutch royal family in the winterholiday in Lech. Maybe the danish are not so close to eachother?
Thanks for the pics.

As I understand it M&F and M&J go on holiday with different friends and in different places in Switzerland.
So unless they were to go on holiday with the same friends I guess it's natural to pose separately. - Also, by keeping the photo shoots separate there is no risk that M&J's children are put in the background because there is more and a more international focus on M&F and their children.

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ADDED: Here is BB video of Athena on skis: http://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelige...e-dage-paa-ski

It's mainly our Marie who talks and she explains that the children have asked every day for a ride with the horse. Bette Henrik is pretty good on skis - okay, the balance is not always there, but he want's to go himself! It's first time that Athena is on skis and her balance is fine. (You may notice in the beginning that Athena does not require mother's help!) Marie explains that the children attend ski-school every day.
Marie is pretty proud of her daughter's progress as this is Athena's third day on skis. Athena BTW didn't give one hoot about the press.

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Daily mail has an article as well: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...itzerland.html
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Old 02-10-2015, 03:09 PM
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Thank you to those who shared the photos and video of Prince Joachim and his family in Switzerland. I saw some bigger photos of the photosession from MyRoyals, and it looks as if Little Henrik has quite a large cut on his nose. It's cute to hear that Athena is progressing well at skiing.

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I dont think it has to do with how close they are. I think they get along just fine.
But I do think Joachim likes to do his own photo shoots (hence the one he does in the summer as well)

A few more pictures
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I agree, and I've always gotten the impression that the CP Family get on well with Prince Joachim's family. There's a GIF on Tumblr somewhere of Mary hugging Nikolai at an event. IIRC Joachim and his family have always had a separate winter photosession.
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Here are some more pics of today's photo session - I've missed a few more pics of the cute kids without those glasses..


** ppe gallery ** royalista.com article **


** dpp gallery: Danish Prince Joachim and his family in Villars **


** hellomagazine: Princess Marie and Prince Joachim of Denmark whisk four children off skiing **


** gettyimages/zimbio gallery: Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark Hold Annual Skiing Photocall In Col-de-Bretaye **
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Marie speaks Danish so beautifully, I'm really so impressed. You can barely hear her French accent anymore. Today's photo opportunity was really lovely. Athena has grown so much and I love that Nikolai is almost towering over Joachim now

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Nice pictures, but I find it a little bit strange, that they are separate from Mary and Frederik. It was every time so nice to see the whole dutch royal family in the winterholiday in Lech. Maybe the danish are not so close to eachother?
Mary and Frederik have always favoured Verbier (even before Marie came into the family) whereas Joachim and Marie holiday in Villars because IIRC Marie has family there (there's some sort of connection to Marie's mum and stepfather, IIRC her stepfather has a ski-resort there or something). I don't see anything strange in that.
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Again the weather was lovely for the photoshoot. The kids all look like they had a good time and Athena learning to ski is quite nice. I really liked how they had a pony sledge not sure what it's called for the photoshoot.
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Nice pictures, but I find it a little bit strange, that they are separate from Mary and Frederik. It was every time so nice to see the whole dutch royal family in the winterholiday in Lech. Maybe the danish are not so close to eachother?
The Dutch RF traditionally does their family photoshoot in winter in Lech, the Danish RF in summer in Graasten. Are the Dutch not close because they don't take their summer holidays together?
The only strange thing is that in the Danish RF there are actually such holiday photo shoots for the queen's second son + family (and even more so than there are for the family of the crown prince: winter, summer in Cayx, Graasten). Neither Constantijn nor Friso pose(d) for the media in their holidays, except when in Lech.
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If you think you can handle it, here is a cute video of in particular Athena on skis: VIDEO: Prins Nikolai og prins Felix er kærlige storebrødre i sneen | Billed Bladet
Athena couldn't care less about the press but she seems very much attached to Nikolai.
This is her third time or third day on skis, so the steering isn't quite there yet and that means that the strange adults with their cameras and questions just have to move aside...
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #8, 2015.
Written by Henrik Salling, who has followed Marie since the very beginning.

J&M along with their combined children went on skiing holiday in Villars-sur-Ollons, where our Marie incidently went to boarding school, so she knows the area very well.
And it was indeed a talkative and very proud mother and bonus-mother who showed off her children.
Athena, having her face almost obscured by goggles and a helmet, really couldn't be bother about some photographers. She was completely absorbed by this ski thing and having big brother dragging you was pretty cool!
However, learning to ski takes some balance so Athena, in the tradition of the DRF girls stuck her tongue out. (You know, gravity works better that way...)
But having mother push you worked as well. Athena stood there and quietly slid away (and through the pack of journalists as well). Steering and braking wasn't quite there yet though.
Marie, the proud mother, explained: "... But she's ready for it (learning to ski). It's the third day she's skiing. But she want's to do it herself. It's just so funny and she isn't afraid at all. After all Athena has only started this year. She has a good sense of balance, even though she's a bit nervous. She has been skiing three times already and I think she's enjoying it. - Athena will not be left behind by her brothers. She just has to learn to stop. But that is secondary. She has thrown herself into skiing and she's crazy about it".

But bette Henrik was skiing too, and while Nikolai cared for Athene it was Felix who looked after Henrik. That included hugging Henrik when that was needed. But Henrik is developing a will of his own! First he wanted mother to remove his goggles, and then changed his mind, so mom had to put them back on. But he isn't quite proficient yet, because when the group photo was taken, Henrik fell on his skis, causing a lot of laughter. Except from Athena, he was still busy just standing on them skis.
Marie explained: "They are doing really well. Especially Henrik who has become really good. The two little ones attend ski-school every day and Henrik can already ski with us. It's really fun to ski all of us together and we really enjoy it".
Henrik was pretty undaunted by obstacles. Marie said: "I don't think you can go that way, honey (*)... Oh, you can do everything, sorry".
And we also got an explanation for bette Henrik's injury on his nose. Henrik told our reporters: "I walked into the door to my room" (at Amalienborg). Marie added that he hadn't exactly walked into the door...!

Apparently bette Henrik and Athena had plagued their parents about getting a ride in a horse drawn sleigh and now that the photographers were there, they got their wish. While Joachim and Marie looked on, holding hands and whispering sweet nothings. (Henrik Salling speaks French).

Nikolai said about his younger siblings: "We can teach our little siblings a few tricks. We do have that gene about liking speed. It runs in the family".

(*) Actually she said "skat" = treasure (It's pronounced exactly like scat) and as you may know by now that is the most common name of endearment in DK. And also used by Mary.
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While Joachim and Marie looked on, holding hands and whispering sweet nothings. (Henrik Salling speaks French).
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how romantic
A very talkative Marie.
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