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Old 06-30-2017, 06:16 AM
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Thanks, Iceflower.
I watched the opening together with my daughter on TV last night (what we dads won't have to do to please our daughters...).
At least they weren't on the verge of drowning like last year! They were literally performing in pools of muddy water!

But the first half an hour was talked away by the commentators! They babbled incessantly! Was it interesting what they had to say, I hear you ask? - No!
Was it relevant? - Nah!
Then what were they talking about then? - About how great it is to take part in such an event, previous years and how well it was organized. - It probably was, but us poor viewers couldn't see anything, all we had was a 200X300 pixel-screen in the upper corner to look at.
Even school kids would at least try and focus on what was going on. Sometimes I despair...
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Old 06-30-2017, 08:26 AM
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It seems they are rarely lucky with the weather..


Today, June 30, Queen Margrethe presented the Queen's Watch and, as I already commented at her fashion thread, chose an eye-catching mix of colours and prints, which made me smile and like her even more


** fb gallery ** kongehuset.dk gallery: Overrækkelse af ’Dronningens Ur' **


And here are two more small galleries from yesterday:


** kongehuset.dk: Åbning af DGI Landsstævne **


** kongehuset.dk: Åbning af Tunø Festival **
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Old 06-30-2017, 11:43 AM
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That raincoat strikes again. I love that she wears it
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Old 06-30-2017, 12:53 PM
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What better way to chase away a gray, dismal day than to wear a raincoat depicting a colorful garden for the raindrops to water? Not too many people could pull off wearing such a raincoat but on QM, it seems tailor made to suit her personality.

I know someone that has a pair of shoes that would kind of match that raincoat too. QM is the epitome of how to wear something unique and totally look great while doing it.
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Old 06-30-2017, 01:01 PM
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Only QMII and Queen Maxima could get away with that.
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Old 07-01-2017, 10:49 AM
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Now you've forced me to imagine Máxima wearing that coat as well - what an image


Today, July 1, Queen Margrethe attended the opening of the expansion of the "Metropolis of the Vikings" exhibition at the Danish Castle Centre in Vordingborg:


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** kongehuset.dk: Åbning af udvidelsen af særudstillingen ”Vikingernes Metropol” ** translation **
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Old 07-01-2017, 12:38 PM
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Thanks, Iceflower.

I imagine QMII was there well before time! And unless they've managed to drag her away by force, she's probably still there!

Hedeby, located in what is now Southern Jutland, was indeed a very important trade center during especially the Early Viking Age.
Not least slaves. (*)
But also amber, gold and silver and weapons. As well as luxury items from Byzans, like silk cloth exported to Britain.
At the time (700-900's) there were well below fifteen towns in the whole of Scandinavia. And with towns I mean with a permanent population of more than 1000 people.
Practically all Danish towns were established after Hedeby became a thriving trade center. The earliest were established in the 8-900's.

(*) Slaves were very much an international export in the 700-900's.
A decree from the Pope had forbidden Christians to have Christian slaves and since pagans were few and far away what to do? In comes the Vikings. As Heathens they couldn't care less about the Pope, so slaves they bought or took, depending on the mood and circumstances, in Eastern Europe were sold at Hedeby and shipped off the central and western Europe.
Most of these slaves were pagans, so Christians could exploit them with a clear conscience.
While captives from western Europe were shipped off to the east, many ending up in the slave markets of the Byzantine empire.
The Vikings took many captives during their raids. That was big business! The more wealthy were held for a ransom, the same thing applied to some of the clergy, but if you were poor or your wealthy relatives didn't pay up in time, you were shipped east...
But you could be lucky, because sometimes Christian slaves were bought free in groups, either by the church, or by someone wealthy who wished to score some good brownie points in Heaven. - But only Christians were brought free! The poor usually ending up as laborers or farmhands somewhere. Few would ever see their homes again anyway.

That export in humans is very much evident in the DNA from skeletons found from that period. In a surprising number actually! Viking merchants and Viking warriors (that was to some extent the same thing) unsurprisingly tended to find and fall in love with women during their journeys abroad, and brought them back with them, - some more willingly than others mind you!
Viking warrior-traders tended to have money, status and access to luxury goods (or loot). So provided a girl or woman who was captured or traded was treated fairly well, especially if he fell in love with her, which happened more often than one should think, and eventually being "proposed" to. She could actually very likely go up quite a few notches on the social ladder. Even taken their own background into consideration.
The alternative was of course to reject a marriage proposal, in which case her master was free to rape her whenever he wanted anyway and any children she had would be subject to the whim of her master. I.e. become slaves or acknowledged as his children, but put out of the influence of their mother. A slave can't raise a Viking!
As a wife she would have a considerable status, her own household, clothes and jewellery, protection by a family, legal rights and her children would be free. - Life was hard, so most accepted the "proposal".
That the wife happened to be Christian, Pagan or Muslim was no particular problem to the Vikings. Believing in many gods themselves, one more or less made little difference, as long as certain pagan traditions were respected that is. Most captives quickly found a way to compromise with their faith, and many became pagans themselves.
Such women are now found in fairly high status graves indicating a wife of a free man.

What about the boys I hear you ask.
Well, boys who showed a fighting spirit or talent, could raise in status by merit and become adopted or simply quietly and eventually be considered a member of the extended family.
The difference between a Viking slave and a free member of a Viking household could be very blurred. As a part of a household you, as a slave, was the lowest member, but at least you were clothed and fed and protected from outsiders. - Unless you were unfortunate enough to end up in one of the more psychopathic families, but that's another story. - And in many cases you became a kind of member of the family, because the households were after all so small that everyone had a place and was needed.
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Old 07-06-2017, 06:31 AM
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Here is a delightful video of QMII and PH having fun at Zirkus Nemo: SE VIDEOEN: Dronning Margrethe og prins Henriks sjove aften i byen | BILLED-BLADET

I won't explain what happens, because it's simply too wacky. Either you love it or don't get it at all. - QMII loves it!

They are getting older...
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Old 07-07-2017, 07:58 AM
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #26, 2017.
Written by Trine Larsen.

Walking hand in hand the Regent Couple a couple of weeks ago went to Tivoli in Copenhagen to see the ballet Cinderella at the outdoor Pantomine Theatre. Here they sat among the audience and enjoyed the ballet.
PH was dressed like only PH could get away with. But he is getting older at some point he missed a step and only the quick reaction from a PET officer prevented him from falling.
Among those who were present at the ballet was a Chinese ex-pat, Lili Zhang, who is a huge fan of QMII! (*) She had brought a friend, Lisa Tan, from China with her and she told our reporter: "We love Queen Margrethe. Your Queen is so utterly fantastic. She's sweet, beautiful and elegant and we have always dreamed about one day seeing her.
We heard that the Queen would be here today and hoped to meet her. But that we got the opportunity to present her with a present and tell her how much she means to is totally wild. It's simply the greatest thing".

The friend, Lisa Tan, said with tears down her cheeks: "Why, it's so big and fantastic. More than I could ever dream about and and she was so beautiful in real life".

The two friends presented QMII with a necklace made from Chinese fresh-water pearls. (You can see it in the article in the link below. And feel free to crop the pic and post it in the jewellery thread if you like.)

When the ballet ended the dancers and stage people got a big applause, which included QMII. And here pH began to loudly praise the work of his wife, until QMII lovingly put her hand on his cheek. (That must be a universal thing among wives!)
QMII's hairdresser, Poul Nejlund, and his husband was there as well, so there were some familiar faces among the crowd.

You can see it all here: BB #26, 2017
And for those who are interested in this weeks issue of BB, look here: BB #27, 2017
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:22 AM
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Prince Henrik handed out the Prince Henrik Honorary Medal and the Export Association's Diploma at Marselisborg Palace today, July 12:


** fb gallery ** kongehuset.dk: Uddeling af "H.K.H. Prins Henriks Æresmedalje og Eksportforeningens Diplom" **
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:20 PM
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Can anyone tell me why the Queen and Prince are referred to as the Regent Couple? It sounds strange as a Regent is someone who stands in for a monarch when he or she is not in the country or is too young to reign.
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:39 PM
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Can anyone tell me why the Queen and Prince are referred to as the Regent Couple? It sounds strange as a Regent is someone who stands in for a monarch when he or she is not in the country or is too young to reign.
Could it be a translation "thing"? in dutch a "regent" can also be a generic term for "one who reigns" (so for instance a monarch) maybe that's similar in Danish?
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Old 07-12-2017, 02:38 PM
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Lee-Z is right.

In Danish The Regent is another word for monarch.
While Frederik from time to time act as a Regent.
- A very subtle difference.

The Regent Couple is a literal translation. - Dronningeparret = the Queen Couple, albeit more precise, sounds wrong in Danish. It doesn't ring so to speak.
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Old 07-13-2017, 11:09 AM
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Prince Henrik in hospital because of a leg infection
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Old 07-13-2017, 11:18 AM
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Hope for a quick recovery. I noticed he was no longer listed on the Grasten Parade with the Queen and Crown Prince family on the 16th and now know why
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Old 07-14-2017, 12:29 PM
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Henrik has been transferred to a different hospital
Pressemeddelelse: Hans Kongelige Højhed Prins Henrik overført til Skejby Sygehus | Kongehuset

"HRH Prince Henrik has today been transferred to Skejby Hospital in connection with the treatment of an infection in the leg.

The prince thus stays in the hospital so far. This means that Prince Henrik does not come to Gråsten Castle as planned."
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Old 07-14-2017, 01:39 PM
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On PH and his transfer to Skejby Sygehus (hospital) from "Aarhus University Hospital".

It's the same hospital but two different locations. All the hospitals in Aarhus belongs to Aarhus University Hospital.
He was initially committed to what the locals still call Aarhus Kommunehospital (municipal hospital). That hospital is being decommissioned and the wards there transferred to Skejby Sygehus but it still deals with fairly routine cases of short duration.
He has now been transferred to the much more modern and well equipped Skejby Sygehus. The reason is that they have modern single-bed rooms as standard.
I imagine (thanks to Mrs. Muhler) that they are going to give him the full treatment at the hospital until his ulcer is definitely on the mend.
A normal retiree would be send home and a health-worker would check on the ulcer daily but PH is of course not normal.

So the guess from the Muhler home says age-related-diabetes. Probably mainly caused by overweight.
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So the guess from the Muhler home says age-related-diabetes. Probably mainly caused by overweight.
Or he has a vascular ulcer, which -given his lifestyle- is just as likely.
All that foie gras have finally caught with hom, I guess.

Nevertheless, I hope he has a speedy and succesful recovery.
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Could it be a translation "thing"? in dutch a "regent" can also be a generic term for "one who reigns" (so for instance a monarch) maybe that's similar in Danish?

Thank you.
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I guess diabetic ulcer...
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