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Old 09-02-2010, 05:41 PM
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Fascinating, Muhler, thanks a lot! I'm dying to get my hands on this book, but I doubt it will ever be released in English or German ...

I wonder how well the book will do in sales? Even though you said Danish media has been covering it - is there actually much interest in the Danish public? I somehow doubt it, which is a shame, because he's certainly an intriguing person, and often misunderstood and/or underestimated! But then, I've always had a soft spot for Henrik (save the few times once and again that leave me sighing!)

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Old 09-02-2010, 05:52 PM
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You are welcome.

There has actually been a pretty good coverage of this book, there usually is when a member of the DRF speak out in a book.
All the major serious newspapers have written about the book, mainly Politiken, if you wish to dig up articles and do a Google.
In the next week or so the reviews will be printed, so there will be more focus on the book.

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Old 09-02-2010, 09:16 PM
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Thanks, Muhler! The book sounds very interesting. I'd read an article online through Google Translate, and it sounded as though there were some extraordinarily open interviews.

I've always found Henrik a fascinating person. Somedays I'm a big fan, other days I could bash him over the head with one of his wine bottles.

I love the part about Margrethe and Henrik's early meetings - I'm sure she was very innocent and naive, especially compared to him. But I can see how innocence itself could actually be very attractive - she sounds like she was actually rather cute.
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:48 PM
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I know how you feel, Maura724

Summary of article in Billed Bladet #36. 2010.
Jeg har altid haft en svaghed for Prins Henrik - I've always had a weakness for Prince Henrik.
Written Annelise Weimann.

This is presumably the preface by the auther Stephanie Surrugue.
Who is 33 and half French herself.

It came as a bit of surprise to her that she ended up writing this book, but she some day found herself at Amalienborg at a meeting with Prince Henrik, arranged by her publishing house, Politikens Forlag.
She did not want a book based on interviews, she wanted free hands and she got it.
To her surprise she was never once told that a subject could not be discussed.

PH apparantly reminds Stephanie very much of her own father, who according to her playmates was very strickt in regards to bringing up children.
- "Many people believe that Frederik and Joachim had a strickt upbringing. But my sister and I were brought up in the same way..... My mates thought that my father was very strickt. We could risk a slap or two, so I can well understand the methods used by Prince Henrik".

After the first meeting at Amalienborg she got a mail inviting her to spend four days at Chateau Cayx.
She lived in a guesthouse and spend time at the chateau every day for twelve hours, being completely wasted when she returned due to the many impressions.
Alas, Henrik didn't have that much time for her, so the Queen stepped in and suggested an interview with herself.
- "It was worth gold for me. I saw the everyday life at the chateau and had lunch with the Regent Couple every single day. I did not speak that much with Prince Henrik, because he was busy but I spoke with his family and friends, because both the Queen and Prince Henrik are very hospitable indeed".

To her surprise QMII's LiW and adjutant are also dining with the Regent Couple, even if there are no other guests.
The topics were not simple chit chat.
- "It's intelligent chatting and I was wasted afterwards. You may talk about art in churches or ammunition of older times or wine production, heavy subjects and this is characteristic for this family".

She can however see how alien Henrik must sometimes have been in the eyes of the Danes.
- "He was used to living a life of the French upper class and (he) came from an entirely different world. His family had a huge position (in society in Vietnam) when he grew up. It was a Chatolic, very conservative extended family with an extremely strickt hierachy, even for the French".
She goes on to explain that French also differ from other French in the sense that he brought with him a cultural ballast based on Asian as well as French values.
She concludes her impression of Henrik: "He has humour and a lot of self-irony and he can easily laugh at himself. It surprised me how he is not snobbish at all, Prince Henrik is inetersted in people, not titles".

To her astonishment, Stephanie was invited to Joachim and Marie's wedding, because Henrik thought she should experience how they party in his family. As this happened while she was sriting the book, she sneaked a couple of times to the ladies room to take notes.
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:05 PM
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Thx for the summaries Muhler. The book sounds like a good read. Like him or not, one thing is for sure about Prince Henrik, he's an interesting character!
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:33 PM
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Two short articles from TV2 Gossip about the new book Amalienborg, wher members of the DRF and other persons from the court and people around the DRF tell about the life behind the walls and the DRF in general.

Frederik kunne tale med mormor om alt - TV 2 Vipøjnere.html

First Frederik who talks about his relationship to his mormor (grandmother) the late Queen Ingrid:

He admits freely that she was instrumental in getting him through the insecure period of his youth and made him face his future as an heir with a clear mind.

"I could go to her with other questions than to my parents and I remember that as a big priviledge".
"Beforehand you spoke about people of the older generation as the wise or the learned - they were people who posessed a particular form of being wise and wisdom of life. She possessed that in full, and she had the apperance as such, not just to me, but also to my cousins and probably also to my mother and her sisters, all the way to the end of her life".
"I will label her a master (teacher/sensei/meister), because a master is not someone who will agree with you in everything, but (is) someone who will turn your questions around and makes you think in way so that you yourself find the answer. That's a master out of the zen-buddist tradition".

(Frederik is, not for the first time, pretty challenging to translate).

Prince Henrik also has some thoughts, albeit in a different direction:

"We are basically gypsies, luxury-gypsies. We migrate. We don't one home. We have four, five, six homes, and we have that because we belong to the entire nation. That is not a new tradition - all European royal houses have done that".
"The changes means that one must be less preoccupied with the physical framework and focus more on the values and interest which one can bring you". - He adds that to him and QMII that is "their artistic minds".

- Sound like an interesting book!
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:12 AM
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Henrik and only Henrik would see fit to call himself and his family a gyspy!

Just browsing through, and found this new book about Princess Mary which hasn't been released yet -"10 år med Mary"

10 år med Mary af Kristian Bo Eriksen - køb bogen hos

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Old 11-16-2010, 07:13 AM
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He does have a keen sense of humour.
The book: 10 years with Mary, is one I intend to buy and I will eventually post a review here.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by bibliophilia View Post
...Iwonder how well the book will do in sales?
Yes, it has become a bestseller and indeed it has improved Prince Henrik's standing in the eyes of the Danes, several observers have stated.
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:16 PM
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Yes, it has become a bestseller and indeed it has improved Prince Henrik's standing in the eyes of the Danes, several observers have stated.

Muhler, would you know if this book has been, or will be, translated into any other languages besides Danish? One would think that a French version would be forthcoming, at least!
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:53 PM
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I haven't read it unfortunately. Too, ahem, fond of my money to go buy one.
I don't know if it will be published in other languages.

But if the publishing house recieve enough request, they may....
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:51 PM
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Are there any in English for sale about anyone in the Danish royal family but especially on queen margarethe or the crown prince and princess of Denmark
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Muhler View Post
...The book: 10 years with Mary, is one I intend to buy and I will eventually post a review here.
Muhler, has the book already been published, and have you read it?
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:32 PM
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Kongehuset (danish royal yearbook)

does anyone has books of this section? I want to buy some.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:55 PM
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I have recently acquired Ingrid by Roger Lundgren and it's highly recommendable. It features great anecdotes and memories about Queen Ingrid from Queen Margrethe II of Denmark; Princess Benedikte of Denmark; Queen Anne-Marie of Greece; Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark; Prince Joachim of Denmark; Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg; King Constantine II of Greece; Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Princess Alexia of Greece; Prince Nikolaos of Greece; Alexandra, the Countess of Frederiksborg; Queen Silvia of Sweden; Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson; Count Carl-Johan and Countess Gunnila Bernadotte of Wisborg. I don't know if it's available in English, but I know it's available in both Danish and Swedish.
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Originally Posted by Archduchess Zelia View Post
I have recently acquired Ingrid by Roger Lundgren and it's highly recommendable...I don't know if it's available in English, but I know it's available in both Danish and Swedish.
Yes, Swedish and Danish editions only (apparently the latter has more photographs).
A good run-down of the book can be found on the Trond Norén Isaksen blog.

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