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Tarlita 09-19-2015 06:48 PM

Great photos and she sure makes a great pin up girl for encouraging women to join.
Many thanks for the info Mulher, and Roskilde and all who posted links.
I remember that photo of Mary & Caroline learning to shoot from some years back. Basic training kind of thing.

marfre 09-19-2015 08:23 PM


Originally Posted by Roskilde (Post 1821502)
I saw these comments from Home Guards members on Facebook:

"Have seen her with mud on both boots, knees and elbows and blurring of the face"

"I have also met her in HJV (read: Home Guard) context, and she's just so natural. Respect for her and our entire royal family."

"I was together with a Home Guard man yesterday who said that Mary is even more beautiful in real life than in pictures ..... oh my boy"


Originally Posted by polyesco (Post 1821668)
:previous: always nice to read these comments thank you for including them and translating.
You guys definitely have a warm and genuine crown princess (and crown prince too)

I agree, and would like to add my thanks also for the translation of the comments, as Tarlita said Mary makes a great pin up girl for encouraging women to join.

Muhler 09-23-2015 06:07 AM

From Daily Mail: Crown Princess Mary throws herself into field exercises with Danish Home Guard | Daily Mail Online

Tarlita 09-23-2015 06:40 PM

Once again good photos from the Daily Mail. Thanks for the link Muhler. I assume the story is fairly accurate??

Muhler 09-23-2015 07:28 PM

:previous: You are welcome, Tarlita. :smile:

The story is consistent with the Home Guard press release.

polyesco 06-02-2016 02:53 PM

this weekend, Mary will once again participate in the Home Guard exercises
H.K.H. Kronprinsessen deltager i Hjemmeværnets Landsøvelse 2016 | Kongehuset

"HRH Crown Princess participating in the Home Guard Country Practice 2016 4-5th June. Ryes Kaserne, Treldevej 110, Fredericia, kl. 8.00."

an article about it. The Queen will inspect the parade on Sunday
Kronprinsesse Mary klar til kamp i weekenden | BILLED-BLADET

"During the Land exercise will Crown Princess Mary have the opportunity to see exercise activities in Hærhjemmeværnet, Business Home Guard, Air Force Home and Marine Guard.
In addition, the Crown Princess, who is lieutenant in the Home Guard, participate in rural practice parade by Bülow's Barracks in Fredericia, where the queen receives and inspects the troops."

polyesco 06-04-2016 05:21 PM

Some pictures of Mary at the first day of the home guard exercises

always with a fantastic attitude in everything she does.

More info, the Queen will join her tomorrow for the parade
Hjemmeværnets Landsøvelse 2016 | Kongehuset

Archduchess Zelia 06-04-2016 08:46 PM

:previous: Thank you, polyesco, for all the links :flowers:


A video from day one of Mary's participation in the Land Exercise 2016:

polyesco 06-04-2016 09:47 PM

:previous: not a problem . It's great seeing Mary at this event. She is definitely a well rounded princess.

Another gallery
great photo

another gallery

dazzling 06-05-2016 02:36 AM

What a lovely event for Mary. This is more like an outdoors, fun activity than an official event. Must say, its nice for a change. Mary looks very relaxed and at ease.

Roskilde 06-05-2016 05:44 AM


Indeed lovely pictures. Mary looks to enjoy it to the full. The weather here in Denmark is also brilliant! About 26-27 degress and full sun.

(A nice comment from Pammy at CPmessageblog)
It also says a lot about CP Marys herself, and her absolute commitment to immerse herself completely and irretrievably into Danish society, and "earn" the position she was given when she became a Danish citizen and Denmark's Crown Princess. After all, she could have chosen not to do the things she has been doing, and simply become just another pretty face who cuts ribbons and enjoys the perks of being married to a rich man, who will one day be king. Good for her!


Queen Margrethe and CP Mary will take up residence on Dannebrog together these days, as Margrethe will join Mary's event today :wub:


"H. M. The Queen and HRH The Crown Princess take up residence on the royal yacht Dannebrog in connection with the Home Guard National Exercise 2016 and the Home Guard Parade"

5 June 2016, 11:00 am
"H. M. The Queen receives the Home Guard Parade. Fredericia.
The parade marks the end of the Home Guard National Exercise 2016"

5 June 2016, 1:30 pm
"H. M. The Queen hosts a reception on the occasion of the Home Guard National Exerciseon the Royal Yacht Dannebrog.
The Kastel harbour in Fredericia."
Rigth now:

Crown Princess Mary ready for the parade which is received and inspected by Queen Margrethe

"Waiting for mother-in-law"

Muhler 06-05-2016 08:46 AM

Thanks for the pics.

Here is a gallery from BT: Se alle billederne: Mary hoppede i uniformen

Mary wear her uniform well, but she is clearly not used to be in a uniform.
Unless you are on guard duty or a duty-officer/NCO you don't wear a cover (in this case a beret) indoors. (Especially in the army (Home Guard) where discipline and order reigns ;) It's not like in the navy, where... Well, they are the navy... And the fly-boys from the air force can come up with anything! :rolleyes: ).
Normally a lieutenant would get a discreet tap on the shoulder should she forget, (and have to buy a round of kvaje-bajere = screw-up-beers) but with Mary being the Crown Princess no one corrects her.
Our Marie made a similar mistake a while back in connection with the Civil Defense where you don't wear a cover outdoor unless needed.
I guess both ladies were preoccupied with other things to remember that detail.

But keep an eye on Joachim and Frederik, both have been too long in uniform to keep their covers on indoor.

First report from the parade:
I see Mary is there as well.
And I think a certain major-general could need a few rounds around the field-course...

ADDED: A BB video of a startled Mary:

She went aboard a Navy Home Guard vessel she named herself a few years back.

It's big excersize! About 10 % of the total number of members of the Home Guard took part.

I see from the clip, kindly provided from Archduchess Zelia, that proper navy protocol was observed.
Mary leaves the boat as first but enter it as the last. She may be a mere lieutenant but as the Crown Princess she outranks everyone else present, but QMII herself.


BB video from the parade. QMII walked quite a distance! Some 300 meters.
The Home Guardsmen had lined up out an hour prior to QMII arriving, so it was hot!

A considerable number also taking part were from the home guards/national guards/territorials in other countries.
The Danish Home Guard have for some years now had an extensive co-operation with several US National Guard units from various states, who are not as used to working as a part of a multi-national force on platoon-level as the Danes and Balts are. Units from the Baltic countries are routinely embedded with Danish regulars as well as Home Guard units, both at home and when deployed abroad.
While the DK Home Guard do co-operate with other Scandinavian countries it's not in the same capacity. The Swedish Home Guard for example are more comparable to the British Territorials and as such attached to a specific parent regiment from the regular military.

Roskilde 06-05-2016 12:41 PM

Great to have you back, Muhler :)

A nice picture and comment from one of the Danes there had meet up:

"Super sweet and smiling crown princess who took the time to receive a small gift from my three-year-old daughter, even though she was supposed to be a professional soldier. It's a wonderful crown princess Denmark has <3"

Muhler 06-05-2016 01:22 PM

:previous: I'm only visiting. :smile:

A gallery of Mary from the Home Guard Facebook page:

Mary is wearing a uniform with the old pattern of camouflage, which is absolutely perfect for hiding in a Danish forest - but as so much action takes place outside forests nowadays the lighter and more bland pattern has been introduced in recent years.

Looks like Mary stood at the controls of a locomotive. A small part of the Home Guard is called The Railroad Home Guard and as the name suggest they are devoted to protecting and using railroad materiel and stations. They consist mainly of employees at the state rail-service and private railroad contractors.
And yes, the fire that startled Mary did indeed come from a TMG = 12.7 = .50. They make a terrible noise but it's an indescribably feeling to fire one! :cool:

Another pic of Mary interacting with onlookers while waiting for QMII to arrive:
It was actually the sight of a labrador dog that made her come forward.

ADDED: BB from this week:

This may mainly interest American members.

US National Guardsmen are all over DK these days. Some from Michigan going through specialized training at a shooting range on Zealand. And others, from Tennessee I believe, taking part in the exercise at Fredericia where Mary took part as well.
There may be updates over the next few dates from some of these sites:
Michigan National Guard Soldiers learn Danish marksmanship skills
Michigan National Guard Soldiers travel to Denmark for specialized training
Kaitseliit unit to take part in volunteer drills in Denmark :: The Baltic Course | Baltic States news & analytics

It's very high tech nowadays. In my days we were trained to engage targets with rifles (M75 = the German G3, 7.62) up to 400 meters and expect to hit, even with iron sights. But in reality anything beyond 250 meters was usually engaged with machine guns.
One reason being that engaging East German convoys protected by tanks and APC's was high risk in fairly open terrain. The phosphorous tubes would lay out a semi-circle of fire in front of the tanks and could burn a squad to death if we got too close. 400 meters being a good distance, because the Carl Gustav anti-tank round worked very well at that distance, and we had a good chance of getting away, in order to hit the next convoy.
Now, with the optic sights they routinely train to hit consistently at 500 meters with the 5.56 C5 versions of the M16.

The news have hit Australia:

News clip.
And I don't blame an Australian journalist for not getting details about Danish geography right. Fredericia is just as little the harbor of Copenhagen, as Adelaide is the harbor of Perth.

polyesco 06-05-2016 04:10 PM

:previous: thanks Muhler for the inputs.

A lovely Mary indeed .

the Queen

Larger gallery of today
Ros til de frivillige fra dronningen | Fredericia Dagblad

nice that she stayed the night on the Danneborg with the Queen

Selfie with a fellow home guard

polyesco 06-06-2016 12:07 PM

pictures from the DRF webpage
Hjemmeværnets Parade | Kongehuset

PPE Agency
Se billederne: Kronprinsesse Mary trak i uniformen - Herognu

and from the Dailymail
Crown Princess Mary participates in the Danish Home Guard Field Exercise 2016 | Daily Mail Online

Roskilde 06-06-2016 06:10 PM

Thanks for all the pictures, article and information :flowers:

She looks like a fish in the sea, Mary, doesn't she?

No doubt she (just like Frederik) enjoys being among and part of the general Danish people.

Generally she just beams of joy and pride over performing all thing we see her to.

More pictures from Day 2:

Mary on board on Dannebrog where she and Queen Margrethe stayed together during their weekend in Fredericia

Queen Margrethe receiving the parade (including her daugther-in-law)


Originally Posted by Muhler (Post 1895812)

Another pic of Mary interacting with onlookers while waiting for QMII to arrive:
It was actually the sight of a labrador dog that made her come forward.

If there is a dog, a baby, or children you can be sure to see Mary there.
No timetable is too tight in that case... :biggrin:

I remember Mary having said in an interview: Many times people have perhaps stood waiting for hours for us to come, so the least we can do, is to give us time to greet them.

A quote that I remember because I think it's so important, and a thing she always live up to.

Muhler 06-07-2016 06:10 AM

Having gone through the news and become thoroughly depressed as a result, it's cheering me up to learn that general stupidity is not something that is on the rise only in DK. It's alive and well in Australia too!
There are times when I seriously wish to sign up for the one-way mission to Mars.

Anyway, see for yourselves. I'll get a blistering headache if I wrote a brief summary: Princess Mary sparks debate as Karl Stefanovic calls out anti-gun campaigner Lisa Wilkinson | Daily Mail Online

Muhler 06-07-2016 04:01 PM

Mary in uniform has caused some attention in Australia it seems: Princess Mary of Denmark Sports a Sword-Wielding Style We've Never Seen Kate Middleton Wear

Which is fine and good PR, as Australia has a long and very well established tradition for volunteer service. The firefighters springs to mind.

The only detraction, which is no fault of Mary, is the inability or perhaps rather unwillingness of some, to understand the concept of Mary wearing orders that are not military.

royal rob 06-07-2016 07:40 PM

Timely you mention our fire fighters volunteers. Our labour union controlled state government in Victoria is going to make it very hard for these wonderful people to continue. Anyway off topic I accept my slap on the hand.

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