Some great pics of a QMII in high spirits looking at and discussing the local art, so she was in her right element!
Dronnningen: Derfor er jeg så vild med Færøerne
Yesterday she climbed around in the rugged hills, which is impressive for a women her age and two new knees!
You are welcome, Valkyrie.
And thanks for the suggestions. Perhaps pluck is the best general word to cover "frisk"?
Summary of article in Billed Bladet #24, 2016.
Written by our woman in the North Atlantic, Trine Larsen.
This covers the first part of the visit.
QMII arrived by plane Sunday and went on to Dannebrog so that she could arrive officially in the proper fashion Monday forenoon to the southernmost island of Suouroy (which, surprise, means South Island). Here she was officially welcomed by her host, the Faeroese PM, Aksel Johannesen.
QMII went to the islands for the first time in 1959, which is also when she for the first time wore the costume she's seen wearing during most of the visit.
The last time she was here, was in 2010. She and PH were scheduled to go in 2015 but then a general election was called and she had to cancel.
But she's delighted to be back, even though it's without PH and it is a little odd to be here on her own, she said.
Her schedule is busy, but it's far from her first visit, so many things she has seen before, she explains. Actually she's been there fourteen times.
(Note: I will here use capital Y, when it's formal You, just like in Danish).
Q: When the mayor welcomed the Queen he said You were heartily welcome to say hello to the family bring them along...
QMII: "Well, I hope the rest of the family at some point... or several points will come here".
Q: Could you imagine that You at some point came up here with Your grandchildren?
QMII: "Aaha... I'm not sure... it's so suitable to do that. I think it's better they do that with their parents".
But apart from the odd question QMII enjoyed the scenery, that is when she wasn't shown around a fish processing plant or visiting the local activity.house for young. Where some some and blushing girls showed QMII examples of their artwork.
She also visited a nursing home for elderly, where she was received with ballad-singing at the coffee-table. (*)
The Faerose being very proud of their heritage were seen dressed in lots of costume. The article mentions that QMII made a slight mistake in the way she wore hers, but I need help from Danish readers when I upload the scans in the Mary current events thread later, because I don't understand it!
(*) This is particular to the Faeroese Islands and Iceland too I believe.
Called "kvædesang" in Danish, a "kvad" is basically a story told in a song. It consists of about a zillion verses! The origin goes back to pre-historic times and during medieval times, troubadours and minstrel singers were expected to memorize lots
of such songs. The troubadours of course focusing on high art, while the minstrel singers could be a bit, ahem, saucy...
The unique thing about the Faeroese singing is that people dance, holding hands while singing. In this case however, they were sitting down.
I guess the best translation for "kvædesang" would be saga-song.
Here is a video of a kvædesang - with dancing. And it's long
! And it's as close to the way the Vikings sounded we can come today: (With English subtitles. They are singing about a battle that took place about a 1.000 years ago)
Here in a modern version, enjoy the scenery!
I need a little help from Danish readers in getting on with this post.
In BB there is a note saying that QMII made a slight mistake in the way she wore her costume. But I can't understand the explanation, nor can I see any mistake!