Thanks for the pics and vids.
Summary of articles in Billed Bladet #24 & 25, 2017.
Written by Trine Larsen.
Straight back from the golden anniversary cruise QMII went on the summer cruise and the first stop was the town of Kalundborg. The town will this year celebrate its 850th anniversary. Kalundborg is one of the best preserved medieval towns in DK, and that was indeed the theme centered around the five-tower church https://www.kalundborg.dk/files/Bill...ue%20Kirke.jpg
Where people and reenactors had dressed up like people in the 1100's.
Together with her LiW, Ane Vibeke Voss, QMII among other things looked at children jumping and doing somersaults.
After various events and opening things, QMII and the entourage was transported on cycles around town. No doubt appreciated by QMII, whose back caused some problems, so her adjutant is usually carrying a folding chair for her to sit on.
These cycles are very much used in Copenhagen in particular as a convenient way to take elderly for a tour out of the retirement home in comfort and yet pretty far. The cycles are mostly driven by volunteers. The cycles are also used in other parts of DK, Kalundborg being among them.
Next stop was the town of Hobro, via Mariager Fjord. And this is where my mother-in-law comes in. She and half the town of Mariager lined up along the fjord to have a look at the giraffe. And they were not disappointed QMII did appear briefly on deck and waved.
But back to Hobro. QMII got the usual reception. A band playing. The local Home Guard companies, the local scouts and the local veterans association turned up with their colours. - QMII returned the favor by shaking hands with every OAP who had been wheeled out of the local retirement homes. You'd be surprised how many that amounts to!
Then it was off to the town of Mariager, where among others my in-laws waited with fresh batteries in their cameras and empty memory sticks - and managed to fill them to capacity...
QMII was to be received by a choir consisting of 600 members, but someone had forgot to check whether there was even room for that many choir singers on the quay. There wasn't... - These things just happen.
So QMII had to contend herself with 250 singers, mostly children. Who sang songs by Seebach and Wafande and while her grandchildren are no doubt familiar with the songs, I'm not sure QMII is. But she was very delighted.
Mariager is, deservedly, also known as the Town of the Roses, so QMII had to visit the local Rose Garden, and here she was presented with roses by Rose Queen, Signe Skov Damborg. The title as Rose Queen is awarded annually to the girl who is voted the best and most sweet mate. I know her parents, so the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree.
And as usual there was also a little treat for QMII herself. She is as you know fond of art, history and archeology, so she got the opportunity to climb up on top of the highest burial mound in DK, Hohøj. Being 12 meters high and with a diameter of 72 meters it really is big. Most of the few thousand burial mounds we have in DK are at most a couple of meters high. No matter what, a broad smiling QMII darted up the mound faster than any mountain goat!
But she returned the favor by driving through Mariager in a carriage escorted by the guards Hussars. All being saved for posterity on the 2.659 photos my father-in-law took of the procession.
And with that QMII has ended the first leg of the summer cruise this year.
And here are BB. Had to buy a new scanner and it really hurts deep in my Jutlander soul to have to take out my wallet:
BB #24, 2017
BB #25, 2017