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Muhler what did Queen Margrethe say in the interview about the balance between being royalty and being normal?
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Old 04-09-2020, 06:18 PM
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I'll get to that tomorrow.
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The interview of QMII continued.

QMII visiting Argentina was the first visit after the death of her husband, how was that?
QMII explains that she took it in her stride, after all PH retired a couple of years before he died and CP was with her. So that wasn't a problem. And it was nice to have Frederik with her, two can cover more ground than one. And that's also how it was, when her husband went with her.

A: Presumably it's also a part in quietly passing on the baton?
QMII: "You can say that. The Crown Prince is experienced, he is doing tremendously well, I think. I feel very, very comfortable about that. Both in regards to him coming along (to visits abroad) and in knowing that he is the one who will be taking over.
You have a tremendous responsibility as head of state, but it also contains many delights. And that I can tell that the Crown Prince is very much aware of. He is also very much helped by Crown Princess Mary, they are a very fine team."

QMII goes on to talk about the state visit to Argentine, which she had visited back in 1966, so it was interesting to return and see the changes. And a lot has happened since then! It was amusing to meet two or three she met at the previous visit.

(This is based on the photo from QMII and PH's siver anniversary, with the two of them in the window.)

A: What thoughts do You have regarding lifelong love?
QMII: "You find each other and then you build something up together. Make experiences with each other. Get to know each other and you have children and get to know them. The children become a part of ones life and all you have together.".

A: There are many today who doesn't manage to stay together all life?
QMII: "That's true, but some fortunately do. I actually have quite a few friends who have been together for just as long as my husband and I was."

A: What do You think is the recipe?
QMII explains that having something both are in to is essential, both together and apart. In their case it was art, and that came about after they met.
"We didn't spend much time together before we got married and that was probably just as well. Because then there is so much you can discover together and find out together. I knew about my husband's musical talent from the beginning, but it came as a surprise to me - for him as well, I think - when he suddenly started to make sculptures and was so good at it."
PH began to to make sculptures shortly before the death of Frederik IX.
Making sculptures is not something she masters, because it requires a 365 degree angle and that was something PH had.

A: You are good at being creative as well?
In a different way, explains QMII. She is into colors and lines, she is not good at being three dimensional.

A: Your husband also had a way with words?
QMII: "Yes, very much so."
That also evolved over time and he improved over time as well. The poetry appeared suddenly though. There was a musicality when he worked with the language. A rhythm and tone in his poetry, that in her opinion clearly stemmed from PH's musical talents.
This was something she and PH worked on together.
The discussed the meaning of the words, the structure of a sentence and how it could be changed. They played wordgames in both Danish and French and in both languages at the same time and they did that from the very beginning.
When PH started to write poetry, she helped a little with the translations and that she enjoyed as well.
So they had a rewarding teamwork both publicly and privately.

A: How has it been for You to lose Your husband?
QMII: "I began to sense that something was wrong, but it takes some time before it dawns on you what is wrong, when it's dementia. And before you find out that, yes, it's true alright, that something is wrong.
I don't mind saying that it wasn't easy for the last couple of years. He wasn't well."

A: Can one say that it in a sense was a relief when he passed away, even though that is not something you say?
QMII: "Yes, it's difficult to say out loud. It doesn't sound nice, when you say it. But I was glad that wasn't to linger on for longer than he did. For his sake. And for mine too. It's hard to be the relative of a person who is suffering from dementia, because that person change. It's not the same person you have been with for so many years."

A: Did You experience a form of loneliness in that?
"Yes... In a sense there was, I suppose..."

A: But You have moved along well?
QMII: "Yes, I do believe I have."

A: How does one move on after such a loss?
QMII: "I'm fortunate that I have my job. There is something I have to do. And then it turns out along the way, that things are going really well after all. Because you are preoccupied by the things you have to do. And because whet you have to do, is also what you would like to do. That counts for something as well. It's no sour duty. It's really a good thing to have something to do, so I'm very fortunate in that respect. I have also got a fantastic support from my entire family."

A: Has Your mother ever put You in a dress, where You though: Ush, I don't like that very much?
QMII: "As a child there were dresses one wasn't particularly fond of and other you loved and used for as long as they could possibly last.
My sisters and I had practically all our dresses sewn and we got new (dresses) every summer and autumn. When my mother brought us three girls to England for the first time, that was in the summer of 1952, we had SEVERAL dresses. My, they were fine. An my, we were fond of them. Most of the dresses I got at that occasion were some I really, really liked.
But there was one dress I always had a particular ability to spill on. I was tremendously good at spilling. The dress was actually really neat, but it met with ALL stains out for a walk. They sat down on that dress and in the end I couldn't stand it. Because I knew it wouldn't end well, when I wore it.
My mother got no stains. Benedikte get no stains. They don't dare. The stains.
But they come to me. (Laughing.) They always have."

A: That hasn't improved over the years?
QMII: "No, not really."

- Taking a break. The last bit tomorrow.
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Old 04-10-2020, 04:19 PM
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This is placed here temporarily: https://www.bt.dk/samfund/dronningen...forandringerne

I guess I will be doing a good deal of translations over the next couple of days!

In this interview to the paper Politiken, QMII talks about climate changes, and while she admits there are climate changes, she is far from convinced as to why the climate is changing.
In fact QMII is not in line with the dominating view that the climate changes are man-made.

- Quite a few Danes will agree with her and just as many will disagree completely!

I look forward to writing about that article!
But it will have to wait a couple of days.
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Old 04-11-2020, 05:11 PM
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The third and last bit of the interview in Alt For Damerne.

Tomorrow it will be the climate-comments by QMII, I will deal with. And QMII has made headlines again!

This is based on the photo of QMII in a ballet-pose with her dear friend Susanne Heering.

A: Can You put some words on Your friendship with Susanne Heering?
QMII: "I got to know her lots of years ago, because was married to an acquaintance of mine, Peter Heering. She was interested in ballet and my mother had started up a small class with ladies that went to ballet instead of calisthenics. I was on that team and when we at some point needed to fill out the class a little Mrs. Heering joined us. We went to ballet every Tuesday for many years..."
Later on Susanne Heering moved away from Copenhagen and here she started a local ballet class in the nearby town of Næstved. Surprisingly it was a big success and she ended up having that ballet school for 31 years. And each year at the end of the season QMII contributed with ideas and sketches.

A: What does a friendship like this mean to You?
QMII: "It's nice to have good friends you tag along with through a long life. And I have many other good friends that I see regularly. It's people where you can be completely at easy with in each other's company and where you can see each other without the big hullabaloo. Some of my friendships goes all the way back to my time at school."

A: What does it take to become friends with You?
QMII: "That the characters/mindset/temperaments are compatible. And then I'll say that my friends are very careful about being discreet and be pretty at ease with everything."

A: Where in particular do You Yourself buy clothes?
QMII: Mainly in Cahor (summer dresses) and in London.

A: How ordinary can one be as a royal?
QMII: "I don't know. But you should preferably be fairly ordinary. (Laughing) Insofar as any people are ordinary.
If it's the clothes You think about, that is mostly a question of it fitting the occasion and that's something I learned from home. My mother was tremendously good at that. It's about not showing up in whatever suits you. That you are either really neat because that's what you are supposed to be, or that you are not too neat, because that's not what you are supposed to be."

A: Presumably it's also about being visible?
QMII: "Yes, I happen not to mind that very much. And as I actually also also has to be visible, it doesn't bother me showing up in strong colors."

A: And if it's not about clothes, but in general, how does one stick to being someone special and still be at eye-level with people?
QMII: "Well, you do your best and hopes that suffices."

- That's it.
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Old 04-11-2020, 05:55 PM
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Mange tak Muhler for the translations! They'll be something for me to read through tomorrow!
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Old 04-11-2020, 07:26 PM
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What a great, interesting conversation! Thanks for the transcribing, Muhler. I could almost hear Queen Margrethe talking! She's a very vibrant person I always think.
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Old 04-11-2020, 08:37 PM
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What an interesting interview.
Thank you Muhler for the translation.
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Old 04-12-2020, 03:32 AM
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Thank you, you are most welcome.

Here is an interesting snippet from one more interview with QMII published in connection with her birthday. It should perhaps have been posted in the M&F threads.
Do you recall that there was some controversy in DK over M&F having bought a small chalet in Verbier?

QMII has commented on that in the conservative paper, Berlingske:
https://www.bt.dk/royale/dronning-ma...-det-saa-slemt

Here she says:
"I have indeed noticed that there were some who a little pain in the throat (Read: butt) over the CP-couples chalet in Switzerland. But I actually find it very difficult to see why that should be such a terrible thing.
I think it's because nothing was known (public) about it. It wasn't something that was kept secret. It just wasn't something that was talked about.
When it emerges they say: oh dear, there was something we didn't know!
But you (they, the public) don't know everything!"
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Old 04-12-2020, 04:10 PM
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As predicted QMII caused quite a stir!
But let's first learn what she said.
And I will keep my personal opinion to myself about what she said, until later.

These quotes are a part of larger interview in the newspaper Politiken, prior to the Corona lockdown. Politiken is a academic/republican paper.

In the interview QMII is asked about the climate-initiatives and the current public interest and policies in regards to help do something to reverse the ongoing climate changes. The current government won the last general election because it focused on the climate.
To all that QMII says:

"It is quite obviously something very significant and important to be aware of.
But, well... panicking is a very bad way of addressing issues. That won't work. You shouldn't do that" says the Queen.

QMII herself is not among those who see "bigger calamities/disasters" ahead of her. That's what the Queen say in the interview that is made on the occasion of her upcoming 80th birthday.

She explains that her opinion is founded in her all her life having been interested in history and not least prehistory.

"Then you have some pretty long perspectives. And then you know that things change. You also know that the climate has changed and keep changing all the time, she says to Politiken.

"Well, that man/humans play a role in climate-changes, that there is probably no question about. But whether they are man-made - directly - that I'm not quite convinced about. That is, I believe there are changes in the climate and it might be that human activities have played a role" says Queen Margrethe.

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Okay, that of course has led to many reactions! Both from scientists, opinion-makers, politicians and not least ordinary Danes (and Norwegians.)
It can basically be divided into a number of categories:
A) Shut up!
B) You don't know what you are talking about.
C) She should be forbidden to speak about the climate in any way that is can be interpreted as remotely critical of the current climate policy.
D) She is a boomer and like all boomers don't understand anything. Probably going senile as well.
E) She's right!
F) She is allowed to have her opinion and she has a point!
G) She is merely questioning an orthodox climate-policy that it has become heresy not to follow blindly.
H) The climate-loons are going nuts! Ha, ha.
I) How cool that we have a Queen who dare speak up and who is not politically correct!
J) She is ruining everything by having such reservations. The climate issue is too important for such things. Influential people like QMII should keep her opinion to herself if she is not in agreement.
K) You shut up! QMII is a wise and deeply respected woman. (More than you!) Don't criticize the Queen!
L) As a politically neutral head of state, QMII should keep her opinion to herself on such a controversial subject.
M) QMII made a rare miss here.
- I think you get the picture.

I have glanced at the comments and not least who commented where. (To my surprise that includes quite a few Norwegians. Guess they are bored up there as well.)
Interestingly the majority of views tend to be supportive of QMII. Either agreeing with her, or believing she has a right to speak her mind as well even if you don't necessarily agree with her.
And those who have been most vocal in criticizing QMII are really getting a rough treatment!
Also interesting in this issue is that the comments tend to be equally divided between men and women. And just as interesting there is no difference between the opinions of men and women in this. Just as many men as women agree with QMII and express skepticism about the climate-policy. And that's also the case of those who speak against QMII.

I think the political commentator Jens Ringberg summed it up very well, when he wrote:
The Queen celebrates her 80th birthday later this month and she is loved by her people - so she is untouchable, almost no matter what she says. That won't be changed by her statements about the climate in the birthday interview.

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Det er ganske givet meget væsentligt og vigtigt at være opmærksom på. Men altså ... at panikke er en meget dårlig måde at tage fat på problemer på. Det går ikke. Det skal man ikke, siger dronningen.

Selv er Margrethe II ikke blandt dem, der ser "de store katastrofer" foran sig. Det fortæller dronningen i interviewet, som er lavet i anledning af hendes kommende 80-års fødselsdag.

Hun forklarer, at hendes holdning bunder i, at hun livet igennem har interesseret sig for historie og ikke mindst forhistorie.

- Så har man nogle ret lange perspektiver. Og så ved man, at ting forandrer sig. Man ved også, at klimaet har forandret sig og forandrer sig hele tiden, siger hun til Politiken.

Jamen, at mennesker spiller en rolle i klimaforandringer, det er der nok ingen tvivl om. Men om de er skabte – direkte – det er jeg ikke ganske overbevist om. Altså, jeg mener, at der er forandringer i klimaet, og det kan da være, at menneskelig aktivitet har spillet en rolle, siger dronning Margrethe.



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I guess I will be doing a good deal of translations over the next couple of days!

In this interview to the paper Politiken, QMII talks about climate changes, and while she admits there are climate changes, she is far from convinced as to why the climate is changing.
In fact QMII is not in line with the dominating view that the climate changes are man-made.

- Quite a few Danes will agree with her and just as many will disagree completely!

I look forward to writing about that article!
But it will have to wait a couple of days.
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Old 04-13-2020, 11:38 AM
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Thank you for all the translations for the interviews Muhler.

Some of her portraits over the years
http://kongehuset.dk/foto-video/offi...r-gennem-tiden
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Are you able to watch this outside DK:
https://www.dr.dk/drtv/program/dronn...kvarter_179311

It's a docu covering QMII being creative, both privately and as a scenographer from 2017-2019.
A little bit of it is in English.
It has just started

and if you like just looking at QMII being creative you might enjoy this even though you won't understand much.
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As you know QMII is passionate about archeology and she has several times said that if she wasn't a queen, she would be an archeologist.

Here are a number of photos taking part in archeological digs.
At one such dig, she happened to be Regent, because her parents were abroad and she was not at all pleased when duty called her away, for example when she was to sign laws.

Here as a twelve year old, visiting a site with her mother and farmor, Alexandrine.
https://bt.bmcdn.dk/media/cache/reso...sse-graver.jpg

Here at age seventeen in Rome, with her morfar King Gustav Adolf.
https://bt.bmcdn.dk/media/cache/reso.../23367780-.jpg

Here at age 22. Notice her cigarette.
https://bt.bmcdn.dk/media/cache/reso...rethe-1962.jpg

This is from 2010 on the island of Femø.
https://bt.bmcdn.dk/media/cache/reso...ertogt2010.jpg
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Margrethe is a very interesting character - I'd love to have a conversation with her; it seems like she'd have a lot of life's tales to tell.
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Thanks for the interview, Muhler.

I enjoy hearing what Queen Margrethe has to say in her own words. I like her productive/artistic traits, her fine mind and her sense of humour..
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She is definitely on that very short list of Royals I would love to talk with.
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Queen Margrethe remember:

"When the message of liberation sounded over the BBC radio in London at 20.35 on 4 May 1945, five-year-old Princess Margrethe lay in her bed asleep. After a short time, however, the little Princess was awakened by the crowds from Amalienborg Castle Square. Peace had come to Denmark ����

Her Majesty The Queen tells in this video about her memories of the historic evening 75 years ago, which for the Majesty, ended with, among other things, lemon soda."


https://www.facebook.com/detdanskeko...77621866/?t=27
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Old 05-04-2020, 01:37 PM
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QMII has been on the job today.

Laying a wreath at the Remembrance Grove in Copenhagen, where members of the Resistance are buried.
https://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelig...hun-befrielsen
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It's great to see the Queen again

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