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Old 01-02-2013, 07:48 AM
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Perhaps we should have a look at a little detail, that also took place last night.
The guards standing to arms - not to be confused with the guards turning out in arms, which is a pretty serious thing!

Video: Livgarden træder til gevær nytårsaften 2012 - Kongehuset
This clip is from New Years Eve, where the guards always stand to arms while QMII deliver her New Year speech. The difference is only that yesterday they wore red gala.

The guards not on sentry duty march out from their rooms with the front left private leading the way and pace. Behind them go the fifer and the signalman, the drummer. (The Royal Lifeguard was originally a heavy infantry regiment of the line, hence the use of drummers as signalmen rather than hornblowers, which was used in light regiments).
The fifer, played a merry tune, which was considered desirable on marches and good for the morale. He would also pick up the drum and step in as signalman should the drummer get shot or in some cases act as a runner. Beforehand (up until 1920's or so) they were boys.

Once outside they take up position next the the rifle-rests, the metal-thingies.
Beforehand the muskets stood in these rests, so that the guardsmen could hurry out and grab their weapons if need be. Simply because it's akward (and pretty dangerous as well) to run around inside a corridor and out through a door with a musket almost the length of a man, and with a permanently fixed bayonet to make it even longer!
The rests are a French invention.

Once the guards are in position the colour-sergeant come out and take up position in front of the detail.
After having (in theory) picked up their muskets, the sergeant orders the detail forward, muskets in hand and turn around himself.

Then the officers of the watch come out, salutes the colour and take command of the detail. Draw his sabre, the officer's equivalent to the privates picking up their muskets and orders the men to stand a ease, before turning around waiting for the royals to come. (Or as in this clip for the Majesty to begin her speech).

When the royals drive out of their mansions, the detail present arms and the drummer and fifer play the Colour March as a salute.
When Her Majesty is coming, the colour is lowered in salute.

The white stripes on their trousers does not designate the wearer to be an NCO as it was in USA, but it's a branch color. In this case white for infantry.

I love this sort of nerdy details.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:36 AM
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Mange tag once more, Muhler! This reader shares your love of detail that may be considered 'nerdy' by some, but is important enough to be immortalised in this video published by the Royal House on its website. Prompted by you, I noticed the white trouser stripes had different widths that I imagine denote different rank..
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:01 AM
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Thanks Muhler!!!. I see these things online, but without your "nerdy details" (as you put it!) it's not the same! I need the nerdy details!! LOL (how else is this non-Danish speaking Canadian suppose to know the Drummer and Fifer are playing the Colour March in salute?!?!)

Let your nerd flag fly!! LOL
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:39 PM
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Well, if we are to be pedantic, Mary is correct.

The honour guard is to be inspected by the general only, not the general's wife.
You see the same thing when recieving a foreign head of state at the airport.
QMII escorts the head of state to the honour guard, so that he/she can acknowledge the curtesy.
Both PH and the wife/husband of the head of state stay behind.

Mary has indeed previously inspected an honour guard herself, but that was when she was alone and the highest ranking around. (Like the time she named a Navy Home Guard vessel).

The only one who always escorts a royal/commanding officer who is inspecting an honour guard is the adjutant. Last night it was the head of QMII's staff of adjutants, who escorted QMII, Frederik and Joachim.
Thank you for the explanation.
I wasn't complaining why she wasn't inspecting, just wanted to know what the reason was.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:40 PM
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I seriously dont like Prince Joachim's uniform..Especially the trousers..EEww.
But of course anything looks good on him, thats a different thing. Why didnt Frederik take off his hat/cap..I wanted to see his hotty hotty greying hair..
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:53 PM
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I seriously dont like Prince Joachim's uniform..Especially the trousers..EEww.
But of course anything looks good on him, thats a different thing. Why didnt Frederik take off his hat/cap..I wanted to see his hotty hotty greying hair..
he did and looked great
http://kongehuset.dk/materialemappe/...g-taffel-5.img
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:37 PM
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Thank you for the explanation.
I wasn't complaining why she wasn't inspecting, just wanted to know what the reason was.
Oh, I didn't think you were. It's just a figure of speech.

My pleasure, fellow nerds Gerry & Queen Penelope
(Watch out that you don't encourage me too much ).
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:19 PM
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Ya but I wanted a more close-up view..
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:48 PM
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Ya but I wanted a more close-up view..
dont we all?
but maybe for tomorrow's event
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:50 PM
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Oh, I didn't think you were. It's just a figure of speech.

My pleasure, fellow nerds Gerry & Queen Penelope
(Watch out that you don't encourage me too much ).
Hi Muhler (and thanks for the welcome yesterday) can I say as a long time lurker on these forums how much I've appreciated your knowledgeable comments. Please carry on being a nerd.
It was nice to see on the tv report yesterday the Queen's recently retired master of ceremonies (sorry, can't remember his name - Olsen?) Do you think he's now got a new job as a royal commentator? I have the DVD 'The Kingdom' and I enjoy his dry sense of humour on it. The only frustrating thing yesterday was not having a clue as to what he was saying!
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:17 PM
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Hi Muhler (and thanks for the welcome yesterday) can I say as a long time lurker on these forums how much I've appreciated your knowledgeable comments. Please carry on being a nerd.
It was nice to see on the tv report yesterday the Queen's recently retired master of ceremonies (sorry, can't remember his name - Olsen?) Do you think he's now got a new job as a royal commentator? I have the DVD 'The Kingdom' and I enjoy his dry sense of humour on it. The only frustrating thing yesterday was not having a clue as to what he was saying!
His name is Christian Eugen-Olsen And I for one too hopes that DR has/will hire him as reporter to all the royal things. He knows the drill, the DRF and all the other RFs and I really like him.

The dreamteam for me: Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen and Christian Eugen-Olsen
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:40 PM
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Well, I got the last part of his name right! Let's start a campaign for DR to hire him (I'd have to ask for subtitles though, sorry!) Not being very knowledgable about the Danish Church, I don't know about the Bishop. What's he like?
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:40 PM
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"Princesses Go to 80's Prom"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/02/royal-new-years-banquet-photos_n_2395720.html?ir=Style

At 71 years old, Queen Margrethe can wear whatever she damn well pleases -- she's a dress-designing, chain-smoking, multilingual rockstar in our book, so we'll love her in anything. But Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, one of Europe's most stylish princesses, showed up in a detailed, off-the-shoulder orange gown with an extra layer of orange material cascading from the waist. We can't tell for sure if it's satin or taffeta or what, but it was certainly... shiny.
Mary was out-shined by Princess Marie Agathe Odile of Denmark, her sister-in-law. Marie wore an even glossier magenta gown with long sleeves and an impressive ruffled train, visible when she turned to walk up the palace steps.
We love the Danish royal family, but between the bright crinkly dresses and the tiaras, this was like Princesses Go To '80s Prom.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:48 PM
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Well, I got the last part of his name right! Let's start a campaign for DR to hire him (I'd have to ask for subtitles though, sorry!) Not being very knowledgable about the Danish Church, I don't know about the Bishop. What's he like?
Oh, bishop Erik Norman Svendsen is the one, who married the CP Couple and have baptized all the children (except for Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix).
Erik Norman Svendsen was the bishop over Copenhagen from 1992-2009. He is now the personal priest of the DRF

You can see him here: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...n_Svendsen.jpg
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:18 PM
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I recognise him now, thanks. You're right, they look like they'd make a good team!
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:23 PM
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I recognise him now, thanks. You're right, they look like they'd make a good team!
I´m sure they would and they would be such a jolly company, just the two of them, having a real cosy time talking and laughing
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:25 PM
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Hoping one of our Danish members can help with a good pic of Jardins Knights Hall in Christian VII palace. Most pics I have found are quite small and I am hoping for a larger photo of this magnificent room. Thanks in advance
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:30 PM
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If it is 22K gold it will be that "gold". The higher the karat the more golden it will be.
Yes, yes, I know. Though the yellow can be upped a bit with addition of other metals. If 22K, it is very malleable, and all those little anthers are bending in the wind!
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:42 PM
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Hoping one of our Danish members can help with a good pic of Jardins Knights Hall in Christian VII palace. Most pics I have found are quite small and I am hoping for a larger photo of this magnificent room. Thanks in advance
Like these perhaps?
http://www.kulturarv.dk/1001fortaell...-jpg/690x_.jpg

http://utf8.kultunaut.dk/images/stedfig/501084.jpg

http://www.denstoredanske.dk/@api/de...=bd-09-148.jpg
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:53 AM
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Any videos of the royal family's arrival at the dinner?
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