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Old 04-16-2021, 01:29 PM
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Like last year, I still think it's a bit detrimental to essentially tell people to stay away and then entertain the people who show up anyway. But then, I can sympathise with QMII not wanting to disappoint people who've come for her sake.
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Old 04-16-2021, 04:54 PM
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Video of the arrival of the Crown Prince Christian's family to have lunch with the Queen.
https://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelig...ing-margrethes
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Old 04-16-2021, 05:23 PM
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Later a little surprise concert was given.
It's good to be the Queen, and even her dog seems to know it. If only they took requests! (And what a beautiful coat/wrap.)

Does anyone know what they were actually playing?
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Old 04-16-2021, 06:19 PM
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The (Danish) birthday song.
A gallop (I can't place it off hand though.)
The theme to Matador. (An extremely popular TV-series, which Mary and our Marie used when learning Danish, and get acquainted with Danish culture, history and mindset.)
Svante's Happy Day. (The lyrics defines Danish mindset and offers a very good explanation as to why we seemingly are so happy.)
A mixed medley I couldn't make out.
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Old 04-19-2021, 11:45 AM
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As always around QMIIs birthdays various anecdotes with her are published.
https://www.bt.dk/kendte/dronning-ma...elig-oplevelse

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.
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Old 04-19-2021, 05:45 PM
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That is a lovely little story. It is often the small fleeting moments with a Royal that become so irreverent and long lasting in ones memory. A moment of awe becomes an inspiring thought.
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Old 04-20-2021, 11:09 AM
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So true.

BB reports in some details from QMII being celebrated in the evening of her birthday, Friday.
https://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelig...sede-margrethe

As we already know M&F came and so did Benedikte.
We also know that QMII is very fond of ballet and often attend performances in the Royal Theater. But the theater has pretty much been closed down for most of this past year, due to Corona, so a group of ballet dancers came and danced a part from two ballets, that QMII has not been able to see.
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