Summery of article in Billed Bladet #37, 2018.
Written by Ken Richter.
Joachim and Marie attended a commemoration ceremony in the garrison town of Fredericia. Fredericia is a young town, only 400 years old, yet it has been fought over in several wars. It is BTW the location of the first memorial in the world dedicated to the private conscript soldier "Den tapre Landsoldat = Roughly translated to The Brave Conscript" from 1858: https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landso..._version_2.jpg
Set up in memory of a battle in 1849.
However, Joachim wearing the full dress uniform of an army colonel and Marie paid their respect at the local barracks. They also attended a memorial service at Sct Michaelis Church: https://images.fyens.dk/18/3585518_1...928_3080_2.jpg
They also attended a parade in front of Fredericia town hall.
The Flag Day was marked in most municipalities in DK, 95 in total.
Since 1992 more than 32.000 individuals have been deployed abroad. Many several times, making the total number of deployments to more than 100.000 since the latest Balkan war.
At present some 800 are deployed abroad, which is actually a fairly low number compared to just a few years ago.
But it wasn't all serious contemplation. The local kindergartens had showed up in force and they were mainly Marie's department.
At the town of Varde, at the army NCO school, Nikolai also took part in a commemoration. He was among 1.000 soldiers marching through Varde town.
And because this is Southern Jutland, the soldiers were treated to the traditional "coffee table" with lots of mouthwatering pastries.
But it was Mary who took center stage, when she very much stood in for her husband. Which is no problem protocol wise, as she holds the same rank as her husband. I.e. Mary was on this occasion and according to the protocol, second only to QMII.
Looking very regal, Mary wore a dress by A.L.C. Held in place with a belt from Celine. On her feet she wore a couple of Louboutins and on her head a hat by Susanne Juul.
Her first task was to lay down a wreath at Kastellet = Copenhagen Citadel. Where she also, as the highest ranking present inspected the honor guard.
Present were also the Defense Chief, The Defense Minister and the Chairman of the Parliament, Pia Kjærsgaard (Who holds the highest office someone outside the DRF can hold. She insists BTW on being called chairman, not chairwoman or chairperson. You'll see her chat with Mary in one of the photographs.)
Then Mary and the other guests went to a memorial service at Holmens Kirke = the Naval Church, which is also very much the DRF church, even if it is in fact not their parish church. Holmens Kirke:
Here Mary teared up when the choir sang: You Raise Me Up.
The day ended with a large parade in a square in Copenhagen, where Mary again inspected the honor guard. And when the soldiers marched past her the colour was lowered to 90 degrees as a salute to her.
But see for yourselves here: https://app.box.com/s/pjdepfh0e2g4y2hvapqs12uoessyr8gw