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Old 10-01-2019, 04:10 PM
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It's a question that pops up from time to time.
And my opinion is that while this is a formal event they are after all also close family members and it would be in the eyes of the vast majority of Danes be seen as way over the top, should QMII's beloved sister curtsy to her older sister and her son bow to his mother. A kiss on the cheek suffice.
As for Mary and our Marie, when there, it's seen as a sign of respect since they are married into the family. But keep in mind that they kiss first then curtsy. Not the other way around.
It's another matter at the really big events like weddings and baptisms where it's a part of the show that Frederik and Joachim bow to their mother - or rather bow to the Queen.

The Danes in general prefer to see a family greet each other as a family first and foremost - greeting each other as royals will be bordering on the edge of being too formal.
It's a balance between the DRF maintaining the proper formalities in the eyes of the people without turning it into a parody of itself - again in the eyes of the people.
Very interesting reply. Thank you again. The British seem rather stiff by comparison. Although it would be dull if everyone had the same customs.
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Old 10-01-2019, 04:13 PM
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Very interesting reply. Thank you again. The British seem rather stiff by comparison. Although it would be dull if everyone had the same customs.
And I prefer the British/Dutch Versions,the Danish is my least favourite and reminds me a line up prior to a church service.
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Old 10-02-2019, 04:06 PM
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Well, yes.
Joachim and our Marie currently live in Paris, where Joachim is attending an advanced staff-course, six days a week, 70 hours.
J&M took part in the memorial service for former president Chirac, presumably because they were on the scene. But that I think is about as much Joachim has, and can afford, to take time off from his course.
But surely Marie could've made it there? I don't think the court has given a reason for her absence (although of course I don't know if anyone's inquired).
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Old 10-02-2019, 04:13 PM
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I wonder if Marie simply didn't want to attend without Joachim. I mean there are neither sovereign nor crown princely couple so does it warrant flying back from France for?
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Old 10-02-2019, 04:28 PM
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It is a pity that the Parliament does not spice up the royal loge a bit. For an example by covering it with a gobelin or carpet with royal emblems or by flowery arrangements. It is so dull, looking like no any effort is made for the occasion.
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Old 10-02-2019, 04:33 PM
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I wonder if Marie simply didn't want to attend without Joachim. I mean there are neither sovereign nor crown princely couple so does it warrant flying back from France for?
Agree. She could, but she didn't. No big deal IMO.
It's another matter is Mary didn't attend.
Benedikte too could get away with not attending.

Another matter is, that our Marie not being there, could also be emphasizing my little pet-theory, that J&M are quietly bowing out.

I'm far from certain that J&M will take part in the grand New Year court either.
Joachim because he is about to start in his class the very next morning I will assume. And again, Marie could go without her husband, but I very much doubt it.

- There is a wide agreement among royal commentators here in DK these days that should J&M stay for more than these twelve months in France, his apanage will "become a point for discussion" on next years Finance Bill. I.e. he is likely to be stripped of his apanage or have it reduced, or turned into an expense account or something similar. - It shall be most interesting!

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It is a pity that the Parliament does not spice up the royal loge a bit. For an example by covering it with a gobelin or carpet with royal emblems or by flowery arrangements. It is so dull, looking like no any effort is made for the occasion.
That's deliberate.

The main focus is on the opening of the Parliament and what happens in the hall.
The galleries are for the guests and spectators. The DRF are merelythe guests of honor, but they are not the main characters on that particular day - even if they very much are in the eyes of the public and press.
That's also why no members of the DRF are seated on the floor of the Parliament either. That's reserved for the MPs - not all of whom are in favor or the monarchy.
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Old 10-03-2019, 11:43 AM
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That's deliberate.

The main focus is on the opening of the Parliament and what happens in the hall.
The galleries are for the guests and spectators. The DRF are merelythe guests of honor, but they are not the main characters on that particular day - even if they very much are in the eyes of the public and press.
That's also why no members of the DRF are seated on the floor of the Parliament either. That's reserved for the MPs - not all of whom are in favor or the monarchy.
Hmmm... It will be the Dutchman in me. This is the public tribune in The Hague for "normal" guests" and even this is always decorated for the occasion:
https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...9wytlAoVEt_hH0

It is just weird in my eyes not even to mark a place for a special person, The Queen...
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Old 10-03-2019, 01:13 PM
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I won't argue against you.

The opening could indeed be a little more festive.
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Old 10-06-2020, 05:41 AM
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The Royal Family attend at the Opening of Parliament today

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Old 10-06-2020, 06:15 AM
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Here are photos of today's opening of Parliament:


** kongehuset: Folketingets åbning **


** tt.se gallery ** gettyimages gallery ** gtresnews gallery ** ppe gallery **


** rex gallery ** BB article: De kongelige til Folketingets åbning: Så du den søde detalje? **
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Old 10-06-2020, 08:53 AM
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Haha I love the air kisses.

I watched the opening in TV as usual.
I think it was a good speech from ourPrime Minister.
And we are always guaranteed to see Frederik and Mary sending each other loving/flirtatious glances during the one hour opening speech. They also comment to each other during the speech and I think they have their own private opinion about things in our country. It is private, but it could be interresting to hear them

They all look great. Mary is good at recycling very old clothes. This black jacket and purple dress is quite old, isn’t they?

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Flirting F&M
https://www.instagram.com/chris.chri...F-3171D95B25A8

The DRF sending each other handkisses today:

https://scontent.fzgh1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...1d&oe=5FA36DFE

Flirtatious Frederik and Mary
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Old 10-06-2020, 12:51 PM
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Was the opening of the Danish Parliament always such a simple ceremony or was there more pomp in previous reigns?

Always nice to see the Crown Princely Couple and Princess Benedikte with the queen.
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Old 10-06-2020, 01:05 PM
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Love the air kisses. Frederik and Mary in top form

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Old 10-07-2020, 06:46 AM
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It is sad Princess Marie did not attend . She is Member of the Royal Family and is no wotking.
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Old 10-05-2021, 06:10 AM
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The family attended the Opening of Parliament today:


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** BB article: Mary og Frederik ankommer til stor festdag på Christiansborg **


** BB article: Margrethe modtaget med kys og kram af Mary og Frederik **
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Old 10-05-2021, 10:12 AM
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Was the opening of the Danish Parliament always such a simple ceremony or was there more pomp in previous reigns?

Always nice to see the Crown Princely Couple and Princess Benedikte with the queen.
The current setting has been pretty much the way it's done since the change of the Constitution in 1953.
Prior to that it reminded quite a lot about how the Norwegians do it today. That is the Monarch had a more active role and was seated at the floor of the Parliament.
But even then there was little pomp and circumstances.
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VIDEO: Opening of the Folketing 2021.
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Old 10-05-2021, 12:09 PM
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VIDEO: Opening of the Folketing 2021.
https://www.kongehuset.dk/video-folk...s-aabning-2021
The gentleman presenting flowers to QMII is the Chairman of the Parliament, Henrik Dam Kristensen, Social Democrat.
The members of the Presidium stand in order of seniority from the curb, with the Chairman furthest away from our angle. Then the Second Chairman, Third Chairman and so on.
While the Chairman is always elected, the members of the Presidium earn their seniority according to how many seats their party has. (Except, if the party with most seats also hold the post of Chairman. That is the case with the Social Democrats) That's why the Second Chairman is from the Liberal Party (which incidentally is also the main opposition party.)
Confused?
Don't worry, it's just a little detail designed to making things work on as equal footing as possible and to prevent one party from having all the main posts.
So the members of the Presidium represent different parties.

The Chairman escorts QMII inside.
The Second Chairman escorts Frederik.
The Third Chairman escorts Mary.
And the Fourth Chairman escorts Benedikte.

Well inside, and after the DRF has been seated. The nestor of the Parliament will open the procedings and unless there is an election for a new Chairman, he will ask whether there are any objections to the current Chairman leading the rest of the proceedings. There never are.
The Chairman will then take over and after a few details, he will give the word to the PM, who will outline the governments policy and intentions for this session and also describe the current conditions of the Realm. - It's akin to the State of the Union Address in USA.
That speech is usually pretty long and not always that exciting...

And it is here the photographers and camera-people step in. The aim is to catch a member of the DRF or an MP dosing off, or at least looking like they are bored stiff! That's part of the fun.
And as the DRF members in particular are supposed to listen, without showing excitement or disapproval, it's very easy to look like they are bored witless.

Tomorrow will be a big day of debate, where pretty every single party will say how they think the government's policy and intentions are hopeless and inadequate and certainly wrong and the opposition parties will point out how things would be so much better if they were in charge.
Fortunately the DRF are spared that marathon-ordeal.
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BB posted live video of the arrivals today. What are all those people yelling and why was Mary seemingly being called over and over via what sounded like a megaphone!

https://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelig...ingets-aabning
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