Summary of article in Billed Bladet #29, 2018.
Written by our man on the spot, Ulrik Ulriksen.
Some 300 riders and bands paraded past M&F and their children outside Gråsten.
It was the four girls of the family who got most attention, Mary, Bella, Josephine and Grace. - The boys remained in the background.
Both Josephine and Bella ride at the nearby riding school and as such they knew quite a few of the girls in the procession.
At some point a girl approached the family (red skirt, striped t-shirt), but she got overwhelmed and began to cry. So Mary had to comfort her and gave her a hug, while Josephine and Bella offered positive vibrations.
Before the procession started three little girls were noticed among the onlookers, they were standing clutching flowers in their hands, eager to present them to Isabella. After a little nudging she went over and accepted the flowers, to the general delight of the locals.
Our reporter noticed a few details:
M&F returned back to Gråsten on bicycle about an hour before the show started.
Bella went over to the riding school, while they were preparing for the procession.
It was Josephine who received (or accepted) the majority of the flowers.
It delighted Vincent when he and his siblings each got a big lollipop by a rider.
Frederik laughed when he was presented with a liquorice pipe. Which he put in his pocket. Such a thing: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...e_On_White.jpg
The horse Tarzan got a particular warm greeting by Mary. She know the horse (and probably rides it) from the riding school.
In the mean time J&M are on holiday abroad somewhere. (My guess is France.)
Here are the scans for this week: https://app.box.com/s/gq0ay1zqhtfierrqdanz4ca1wzb74yzc
And from last week, but there really isn't much happening DRF-wise these weeks! https://app.box.com/s/ecyas2fhffo1eg4mm0qu2632jmcrxbcl
And we have a local news report from QMII arriving at Gråsten. And being welcomed there, before driving into the palace itself.
There is a 23 pic gallery.
But the article is more about the onlookers.
One of them is Maria Vasileva with her children, from Russia. Who came to DK a month ago, because her husband has found work in Gråsten.
She said: "We are here to see the Queen, we've never seen her before."
Another is Elin Johannsen, who actually usually receive QMII at Gråsten palace along with the staff there.
"I have been a flower-decorator at the palace for 31 years, but I was laid off on 1st April. So it's the first time I receive the Queen here on the square. Without the DRF there was no Gråsten."
She is accompanied by Olivia Spokauskiene from Lithuania, and her two children. Olivia Spokauskiene was an exchange student who lived at the Johannsen home years back.
"It's exciting to see the Queen, because we have no queen back home."
When the mayor delivers his speech, someone among the crowd shouts: "Yahoo!" very loud!
Another among the crowd is Yue Sun from China, who has lived for ten years in the nearby town of Sønderborg. (No doubt working at Danfoss) He has his parents visiting for the first time.
"I've seen the Queen on TV, but I've never had the opportunity to see her in real life. When we heard that the Queen of Denmark would come here, then there was a chance to see her. Here it's possible to get close to Queen, in contrast to the Chinese leaders who are distant from us."
The experience moved the family and Yue Sun added:
"It was fantastic and I was very moved. The Queen has lost her husband, but she smiled ad looked healthy and well. I wish her a good life. It was very emotional for me, so I almost cried."