Summary of article in Billed Bladet #11, 2016.
Written by our woman at the court, Trine Larsen.
342 guest came to the ball, the official name being Art et Lettres (the DRF has to this day retained a lot of the wording and customs inspired by the French court in the 1700's), which took place at the Royal representation rooms at Chrisitiansborg Castle.
The last ball was in 2009, so for quite a few of those invited it was the first ball.
Mary wore a dress by Temperley.
Our Marie one by Rikke Gudnitz.
QMII a dress made by Birgitte Thaulow.
When the guests filed past the DRF it was in accordance with the protocol.
First the ladies and gentlemen of the court.
Followed by the PM and the Minister for Culture and the Chairwoman of the Parliament.
Then the ordinary guests followed.
It was actually a problem that QMII was sitting down. Because some of the ladies wearing longs gowns had problems curtsying and holding QMII's hand while wearing stilettos. The difference of some 40 cm between sitting down and standing up apparently makes a big difference.
As the only one Princess Nathalie got a kiss on the cheek by QMII, but she is of course family.
Frederik was more heartwarm in some of his greetings. Not least the singer Lars HUG, who got a big hug, and also a kiss on the cheek from Mary. Lars HUG was the one who wrote the lines about weightless love that Frederik quoted in his wedding-speech.
The party was seated at round eight-man tables.
QMII sat between director Bille August and entertainer Søren Østergaard, who didn't know beforehand that his tablepartner was to be QMII. - Søren Østergaard has performed for QMII before and his wacky humor inevitably makes her crack up.
Frederik was seated between actress Danica Curcic and triathlete, Camilla Pedersen, who was presented with a award some time back by Frederik. After a serious accident she was in coma, yet she recovered and recovered enough to win the world championships.
Mary was seated between actor Lars Mikkelsen and singer, Rasmus Seebach, whom it is absolutely certain her children is very familiar with.
Marie was seated between stand-upper, Jan Gintberg and designer Stine Goya (so it seems a rearrangement must have taken place, because normally women are not seated next to each other).
During the dinner, the Music Corps of the Royal Lifeguard played and the Copenhagen Boys Choir sang.
After the dinner it was time for dancing Les Lanciers, led by the younger members of the DRF.
Then the conferencier of the evening, Jesper Kryger went on stage and pretended to be improvising: "While we're here shouldn't we just have the wildest party"? Yeah!!
He snapped his finger and the Royal Lifeguard played QMII's Parademarch. Another snap and 40 gentlemen wearing bearskin caps (guards headgear) marched in on the balcony overlooking the hall playing Paul Simon's You Can Call Me Al.
Afterwards Jesper Kryger asked if they'd like it even wilder. Yeah!! The lighting went into disco-mode and 30 dancers from PIVOT, dressed up like the discreet freemasons who had been serving, started dancing between the tables to Michael Jackson's Don't Stop Till You Get Enough. By which time everyone, QMII included, stood clapping with their hands over their heads.
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