As always around QMIIs birthdays various anecdotes with her are published.
This is from the TV-journalist, Janni Pedersen.
Back in 2005 her husband, who is a journalist and author, had written a book about a Ugandan woman, Esther Tibasiimas, who was suffering from AIDS and who lived in the slum of Kampala - the capital of Uganda.
In connection with that book and because she was to receive an award, the Pedersen family was visited by Esther, and Janni was taking Esther for a tour of Fredensborg Palace.
While looking at the place Janni told that it was here Mary and Frederik got married. (Their wedding was shown on TV in various African countries. So was the wedding between Alexandra and Joachim. Taking place on a snowy day it could hardly be more exotic from an African point of view I guess.)
That was something that really impressed Esther: "Here stands an AIDS-afflicted woman from the slum of Kampala looking at a royal palace. The contrast is fantastic and I am myself very moved by the situation."
In fact Esther has tears in her eyes, when one of the security around the palace comes up and says, that is they keep an appropriate distance, they will see QMII coming out to inspect the memorial set up for Queen Ingrid, located near the palace.
They accept this most unexpected invitation.
Here is the memorial: https://bt.bmcdn.dk/media/cache/reso.../23721678-.jpg
They watch QMII paying her respects to Queen Ingrid and when QMII pass them on the way back, Esther sits down greeting QMII reverently as is custom in Africa when showing deep respect for an elder.
"The the Queen looks at Esther, places her hand on her heart, bow to her, smiles and walk on. All the Queen's attention was directed towards Esther. It was such a fine moment, that I enjoyed immensely."
Esther also got to meet the then PM, Anders Fogh. Esther accompanied Janni to Christiansborg (The Parliament) where she was to do an interview. And here they met the PM, whom Janni approached and asked to say hello to Esther.
It impressed Esther a lot that you could just meet both the Queen and the PM.
- A heartwarming story, that shows both the wisdom and knowledge of QMII as well as her personality - she could after all just have walked on.