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Old 11-15-2020, 12:18 PM
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"Tonight at 21.00, DR brings an interview with His Royal Highness Prince Joachim.
Here, the Prince talks about his new working life in France, about the family's everyday life during the COVID-19 pandemic and about a year that has offered many experiences and challenges.
The interview was recorded this week at the Prince's office at the Danish Embassy in Paris.⁣"

https://www.instagram.com/p/CHngq11APom/
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Old 11-15-2020, 01:32 PM
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Thanks, I'll provide a summary
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Old 11-15-2020, 02:26 PM
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Thanks, I'll provide a summary
Always appreciate your summaries and insights Muhler
Here is an article and some clips of the interview
https://www.dr.dk/nyheder/udland/pri...g-vaere-i-live
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Old 11-15-2020, 04:55 PM
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This is going to be in two parts.

The first part will be about my impression and observations.

The second part will be translations of various quotes from articles in various papers.

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The interview was conducted at Joachim's office at the Danish embassy. It lasted about five minutes but was very relevant and informative..
Not least because the interviewer was Stephanie Surruque (spl?) a Danish-French journalist, who is very good indeed and she has written probably the best biography of PH ever made.
So she knows the family first hand.

The interview took place using the informal you. Informal you is simply the established way of address at the embassy, the Foreign Ministry and the Defense ministry and that was adhered to here.

The topics of the interview were:

Joachim recovering from his stroke.
He is physically fine, but he is still in recovery. (He looked tired to me, so I guess he is having problems with fatigue.)
He is also careful to listen to the doctors and for signs of another stroke. (In other words: This was a big scare! No wonder!)

He was also careful to point out that the stroke had been hard on his family. They didn't know the outcome for days and they witnessed first hand what happened. (No doubt scaring the wits out of Marie and the children.)

He referred several times to "The Creator." So maybe he is having a religious awareness as a result of the stroke?

Another topic was Corona in France.
Curfews and not being allowed to move around freely is a very different from the France he knows so well.

A third topic was terrorism in France.
Something that is in the back of the mind always. Partly through news coverage and partly due to the precautions and increased awareness of people.
This is not something people take lightly!

2020 has sure been a dour year!
So it's about finding joy and pleasure in little things. Like just being together with the children. Helping them with their homework and so on.

And finally: Will they stay in France?
Joachim has firmly decided that he will not think further ahead than the three years his current position lasts, with a possibility of an extension for one year.

- He was well articulated as always. Very precise in his language as always. But tired.
Mentally has is IMO clearly in the recovery phase. This was an experience that makes him ponder his life and it remains to be seen where that will take him.
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Old 11-15-2020, 05:32 PM
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Part two.

Translation of quotes.

First from DR.dk:
https://www.dr.dk/nyheder/udland/pri...g-vaere-i-live

"The (physical) shape is fine.
But I have to say that there are still things I work on... and that's how it will be for a long time yet.
It's after all not just me and my physical well being that was hit. My wife (informal word), my children and the nearest family - we have all been affected by this. I was hit physically, but they were on the front row. That's why the family is also a part of this healing and we thank out Creator for every single day. Simply."

Q: Has the priorities changes as a result of this?
"We are after all together here in our little life in Paris, which with Corona on top of that has become even less physical - and we enjoy to be able to be together. We enjoy every moment we have. And it's right down in the light detail like helping the children with the homework. Just that, being together..."

Q: So comfort and presence matters even more?
"Yes."

About France being in lockdown:
"It really is weird times.
There are restrictions on movement, there is curfew, we have to have a permit if you move more than one kilometer away from the home.
In a way that's not what you connect with neither France, Paris, let alone the day to day life we have all been born and grown up in. But we all have to contribute in order to be a part of the solution and not opposite directions.
Of course I adhere to the demand about wearing a mask. We owe that to each other, but you also owe that to yourself. It's too stupid to walk around thinking you can't get Corona. All can get it. Some can be hit very severely, some are fortunate, but there is no reason not to step carefully. This is serious."

Does the terrorism affect the family?
"It sure does. We are all aware of it. You become that, the moment you turn on the French media. It's no joking matter here. It's a threat, and where the threat strikes that is not something we should bet on. It's serious, no matter where in France you are, but in particular in the capital.
For that reason alone, there is a bit of a cloud hanging above everybody here in France."

The day to day life in Paris:
"Keep in mind that I'm half French and down here I can also cultivate the French side of my personality and blend into the French day to day life when I wish to.
In the same we can within the four walls of the home be Danish, we can be French, we can Danish-French, we can mix it just as much as we darn well please.
And as for the work at the embassy and that about being stationed in Paris, then Princes Marie and I are proud to be those, who after my father, keep the connection between Denmark and France close."

Returning home or not?
"I have simply decided to take things quiet and easy. Just stepping into a full time job for the Defense abroad is a major change, it's a whole new world to me.
The job as defense attache is for three years at a time, with possibility for an extension of up to one additional year, but I will not look further into the future - that would simply be unmanageable for me.
We enjoy living in the present - with the trouble that sometimes entails. We always look forward, because there will always be something exiting beyond the next hill."

Billed Bladet: https://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelig...lige-i-hjertet

About the public sympathy he got when he fell ill:
"It was incredibly warming and it was also something we all felt. So the sympathy we all got, that really has gone straight to the heart."
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Old 11-24-2020, 04:11 AM
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Prince Joachim and Princess Marie celebrating their copper wedding anniversary today with a picture taken by Princess Athena !


https://www.instagram.com/p/CH90teVgvev/
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Old 11-24-2020, 04:18 AM
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Prince Joachim and Princess Marie celebrating their copper wedding anniversary today with a picture taken by Princess Athena !


https://www.instagram.com/p/CH90teVgvev/
Lovely picture

I always love when the tables are turned and the kid is snapping the photos of their parents instead
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:59 AM
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This is too cute.

You can feel the love between them.
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Old 11-24-2020, 10:48 AM
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I know we should we should be careful about deducing too much from a single snap.

But this photo fascinates me.
I find it to be a very strong photo, with a deep sense of quiet intimacy.
It's the expression in Joachim's eyes that especially draws me in.
I believe the Americans have an expression for it: The thousand yard stare.
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Old 11-24-2020, 10:49 AM
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Prince Joachim and Princess Marie celebrating their copper wedding anniversary today with a picture taken by Princess Athena !


https://www.instagram.com/p/CH90teVgvev/
Athena is quite a good photographer- I believe she also took a picture that was released for her brother Henrik’s birthday this year!
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Old 11-24-2020, 02:18 PM
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Lovely photo of the two. That they can celebrate together is a blessing. Calmness is what I though of when I saw it.

The DRF website is celebrating with a gallery of the two from the past 12.5 years
https://kongehuset.dk/foto-video/dkh...-kobberbryllup
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Old 11-24-2020, 02:38 PM
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Here is a super high res version of the photo: https://kongehuset.dk/sites/default/...se_marie_1.jpg

Normally a copper anniversary is a big thing here in DK.
Being celebrated with quite a big party for friends and family.

However, considering the Corona situation and the fact that Joachim very likely still is very tired, I think they will decide to celebrate it privately with a romantic dinner. I.e. no party, not even post.Corona.

The other anniversaries being celebrated big time here are: The silver anniversary and the golden anniversary.

Try explore the posts about M&F's copper anniversary for more details about hos it's celebrated.
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Old 11-24-2020, 05:12 PM
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I assume they are especially thankful that Joachim is still with them so they can celebrate their 12 1/2 years of marriage. That's what Marie's hug looks like to me...
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Lovely photo of the two. That they can celebrate together is a blessing. Calmness is what I though of when I saw it.

The DRF website is celebrating with a gallery of the two from the past 12.5 years
https://kongehuset.dk/foto-video/dkh...-kobberbryllup
Athena seems to be a talented young photographer! Lovely photo.
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:33 PM
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That is a lovely photo of them. Athena did a beautiful job photographing her parents.

I didn’t know 12 1/2 years of marriage was a big celebration in Denmark. How nice!
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Old 11-25-2020, 03:48 AM
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That is a lovely photo of them. Athena did a beautiful job photographing her parents.

I didn’t know 12 1/2 years of marriage was a big celebration in Denmark. How nice!
Athena did a wonderful job capturing her parents love for one another and a most thankful Prince Joachim and Princess Marie for life itself.

And yes, who knew about the Danish 7 1/2
year Copper Wedding celebration. Well, everyone in Denmark and probably most folks on TRF

The wedding site The Knot has a little blip about M&F Copper celebration. https://www.theknot.com/content/amph...sary-tradition

I'm in agreement with Muhler when he says: "However, considering the Corona situation and the fact that Joachim very likely still is very tired, I think they will decide to celebrate it privately with a romantic dinner. I.e. no party, not even post.Corona." Thank you, Muhler.
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