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Old 11-21-2018, 11:41 AM
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The Queen today watched the anniversary party at the Royal Livgarde in the barracks in Copenhagen.

Overrækkelse af "Dronningens Ur” | Kongehuset

https://www.facebook.com/detdanskeko...Q&__tn__=-UC-R

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Old 11-22-2018, 06:06 AM
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Here's a video of the event:

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Old 11-28-2018, 05:34 AM
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The program of the one day visit on 1 December of the Queen in Iceland

Program for visit to Iceland | The Danish Monarchy - Front Page
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Old 11-28-2018, 06:13 AM
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A very full and busy day for Queen Daisy, so wanting to see pictures of the gala.
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Old 11-29-2018, 07:47 AM
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Here is a funny anecdote from 2004. The Olympics in Athens.

https://www.bt.dk/haandbold/haandbol...ar-saa-pinligt

Rikke Hørlykke represented DK in handball and she shared a room with fellow team mate, Mette Vestergaard.
At some point QMII was to meet the Danish athletes backstage, but our two roommates had opted to stay in their rooms.

Then all of a sudden there was a knock on their door.
"We had stayed in the apartment because we weren't that royalist minded.
When I open the door I'm actually standing there in a sports-bra, shorts and bare belly. Then it's chef de mission and Queen who is standing outside the door."

QMII had wished to see how the athletes live and since Rikke Hørlykke and Mette Vestergaard were at home, so to speak, that was likely the reason why their apartment was chosen.
QMII was of course allowed inside, buuuut...

"We hadn't been warned, so there was everything from smelly sports-bras and socks to all the kinds of untidiness that is a part of a final round, all over the apartment."
That included posters of (very naked!) men on the walls as well.

"She was really calm/unperturbed about it. It was a quirky experience."

- You can say QMII got an authentic experience.
I don't think she's stranger to mess though. Not with two sons.
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Old 11-30-2018, 10:07 AM
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Queen Margrethe received Hungary's Parliamentary Chairman László Kövér today, November 30:


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Old 11-30-2018, 01:51 PM
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The program of the one day visit on 1 December of the Queen in Iceland

Program for visit to Iceland | The Danish Monarchy - Front Page
On the occasion of H.M. The Queen's visit to Iceland on December 1, 2018 shown below a selection of pictures from previous royal visits.
Besøg i Island gennem tiden | Kongehuset
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Old 12-01-2018, 11:19 AM
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Billedbladet reports that Queen Margrethe had a windy arrival in Iceland this morning:


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Old 12-01-2018, 04:26 PM
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The Queen looks great and a bit cold : D The president seems attentive to her, very nice
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That's a lovely photo. Wasn't Iceland owned by Denmark for a bit during the 20th century? I wonder if the two countries still share close relations with one another.
I'm off to visit Iceland in a few weeks and am looking forward to it! Hoping to see the Northern Lights.
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Old 12-01-2018, 04:33 PM
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Yes, that's a pretty red nose!

She'd better look out, when you are past 70, a severe cold or ear infection isn't something to take lightly.

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That's a lovely photo. Wasn't Iceland owned by Denmark for a bit during the 20th century? I wonder if the two countries still share close relations with one another.
I'm off to visit Iceland in a few weeks and am looking forward to it! Hoping to see the Northern Lights.
Well, Iceland was initially independent and settled by outlaws and people who did not wish to conform to the growing powers of kings in the northern countries, so what we today would call political refugees were also among the settlers.
Despite the, to put it mildly, very different kinds of people settling in Iceland in the 8-900's they did in fact develop the first true democracy in Europe north of the Alps.
But by the 1100's that had ended, because by then Iceland came under the Norwegian throne.
In the 1300's the Scandinavian Kalmar Union under Queen Margrethe I was formed, and when that broke apart, Norway ended up under the Danish throne. Norway and Denmark was officially and dual monarchy, but in reality Norway was a province in the Danish realm, and so was Iceland. Now detached from Norway administratively speaking.

In 1814 Denmark for various reasons ended up being one of the last allies of Napoleon. Our arch-enemy Sweden backed the winning side and wanted their spoils - Norway!
The Norwegians weren't at all keen on changing allegiance from Denmark to Sweden. they wanted independence and tried to fight back, they were overwhelmed.
However, Sweden did not get Iceland!
Some powers (Britain in particular) were not all displeased with seeing Denmark and Norway being separated, but there was no reason to make Sweden too powerful, so Iceland remained with Denmark.

There was some independence movement in Iceland by the beginning of the 1900's. And IRRC Iceland had de facto autonomy.
Then Denmark was invaded in 1940.
The Allies, meaning Britain did not want Iceland to be occupied by Germany! So Britain occupied Iceland and the Faeroe Islands. Later on the Americans took over in Iceland.
Not knowing when the war would end, or even who would win, the Icelandic independence movement grew stronger and by 1944, no doubt "not discouraged" by USA, Iceland declared itself independent and a republic.
That led Christian X to feel somewhat bitter. He felt that by 1944 it was clear who would win and couldn't the Icelanders wait until the war was over and then seek independence so that the two countries would separate more amiably?
But the political realities were of course to be considered. After all there was no agreement on which side of the Iron Curtain Denmark would end up in. It was literally first come. Fortunately for Denmark the German forces in DK surrendered to Field Marshall Montgomery. But had the Soviets been more successful, they might have "liberated" Denmark...
That meant that Iceland would for all practical purposes have ended up as a US protectorate, along with the Faeroe Islands and Greenland. The island was and is too important strategically. - In fact it may only be a matter of time before the NATO Base is Iceland is reopened.

The political realities were as they were after WWII, so DK and Iceland established very friendly relations. Icelanders wishing a higher education went to Denmark at studied at universities here. And for decades after WWII Danish as such remained the second language taught in Iceland.
Today Iceland is a wealthy country with a very well-educated population and they have become much more international in regards to where they get the education they can't get in Iceland.

Today Iceland is one of the three countries closest to DK, and as such also one of the three countries that a new regent couple visit first officially. So when M&F take over, one of the first state visits will go to Iceland.
There are still very strong bonds between Iceland and Denmark and Norway. During the Cod-War between Britain and Iceland in the 1970, there were actually serious calls in Norway and Denmark to send our navies to assist the Icelandic coast guard.
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One of the final events today was a dinner hosted by the President at his residence:


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Here's another video of the day in Iceland:

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A video share by the Palace from the Queen visit in Iceland testerday

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So how does language work in Iceland....is Danish also understood by Icelanders?
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So how does language work in Iceland....is Danish also understood by Icelanders?
We used to have an Icelander around here on TRF, who will have the final word on this.

My impression is that increasingly fewer Icelanders speak, let alone understands Danish.
I don't even think Danish is taught in schools there anymore. That has long since been replaced by English and as you can get an university education in English in Denmark and elsewhere now, I don't think Danish is seen as particularly relevant.
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Old 12-02-2018, 11:49 PM
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We used to have an Icelander around here on TRF, who will have the final word on this.

My impression is that increasingly fewer Icelanders speak, let alone understands Danish.
I don't even think Danish is taught in schools there anymore. That has long since been replaced by English and as you can get an university education in English in Denmark and elsewhere now, I don't think Danish is seen as particularly relevant.
Thank you Muhler, as always! I was curious because I believe Queen Margarethe was speaking Danish when she presented the book (can you share which book it was?) to the Icelandic president and he seemed to understand what she was saying ...
By the way; hot Danish news from Toronto....we now have a Danish Pastry House http://danishpastryhouse.ca/
in our downtown Union Station (main transportation hub) and at Eaton centre, our largest shopping mall. I think it is time for the DRF to come back and officially open these wonderful ambassadors of Danish culture in my city!
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Old 12-03-2018, 12:48 AM
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I just checked the site you gave us on the Danish Pastry Shop.......oh my goodness what a delight, I have had Stone Age Bread many many years ago and loved it. Since I am gluten free it is a must have for me when I find it. I am wondering if they could ship it over night or what? Would be to expensive for my bank account I bet, yet worth it only for a one time shipping. Thanks for sharing that info with us, makes my mouth hungry just looking at it. I also so not eat manufactured food nor chemicals in my food, my body was not built for those things that I have a strong belief they cause us medical problems. Now I want bread..........
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Thank you Muhler, as always! I was curious because I believe Queen Margarethe was speaking Danish when she presented the book (can you share which book it was?) to the Icelandic president and he seemed to understand what she was saying ...
By the way; hot Danish news from Toronto....we now have a Danish Pastry House The Danish Pastry House - Authentic Danish Pastries
in our downtown Union Station (main transportation hub) and at Eaton centre, our largest shopping mall. I think it is time for the DRF to come back and officially open these wonderful ambassadors of Danish culture in my city!
While you and Payton enjoy your pastry, I'll answer your question.

The book is the memoirs of Christian X, including his thoughts about Iceland becoming independent.
As mentioned in a previous post, they were not altogether positive. Being a proud man Christian X probably took the fact that the independence was declared in 1944 as a personal affront, and perhaps he felt quite a bit hurt as well.
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It was a nice one day visit by the Queen. Now Frederik is regent until December 5th .
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