Summary of article in Billed Bladet #22, 2019.
Written by Ulrik Ulriksen.
This is the rest of the BB coverage of the visit to Korea.
DK was hosting the Grand Dinner at Hotel Shilla in Seoul, where various Danish representatives for the 49 businesses accompanying M&F to Korea were among the guests, as well as local Danish representatives, diplomats and what not - and of course their Korean counterparts and business partners. All in all some 440 guests in all.
They were treated to Danish cuisine and Danish culture, with M&F themselves as the clou of the night.
Mary wore a dress by Zimmermann and shoes by Prada as well as the earrings from her Ruby Parure.
Frederik wearing a suit and a nice tie gave the main speech.
M&F were not seated at the same table though, and that meant then when Mary was to be led to her table, the guide led her to the wrong table, so she got a little exercise before dinner. There is always a detail that goes wrong somewhere.
That dinner was the culmination of some very bust days!
M&F were made honorary citizens of Seoul. At a Citizen ceremony presided by the mayor of Seoul, Wonsoon Park.
Flanked by guards in traditional gear (I understand they are not a part of the armed forces, but civilians paid to stand still and look scenic. Please correct me if I'm wrong.) and a cute girls choir singing M&F were presented with a scarf, a diploma and a medal. In return Frederik gave a little speech, in which he said: "Now I can truly say that I'm a Seoul-man. And here is my Seoul-woman." Looking lovingly at Mary.
And as if that wasn't enough the Danish ambassador during his speech in the evening referred to M&F as "Seoulmates" the jokes were lining up...
Mary dressed, wholly in white went straight to a cooking show, where she managed to help to help two chefs preparing smorgasbord without staining her clothes.
Frederik was wearing suits during the entire visit, so BB focus almost entirely on Mary in the article.
That included looking at a mouthwatering, and no doubt insanely expensive, series of porcelain, produced by Royal Copenhagen, called Flora Koreanica. Comparable to Flora Danica.
East Asia is a cultured part of our planet, so H.C. Andersen's fairy tales are mandatory teaching in schools in Japan, Korea and China. As such Korea is marking the 200th anniversary of the author arriving in Copenhagen, and this is where he really took off and became a household name. Along with a number of local school children, Mary visited an exhibition of the author.
But we can't have a female royal who doesn't visit a children's hospital! So Mary did just that. And even though the children at Seoul National Hospital had no idea who this strange woman was, they eventually overcame their shyness and played a little with Mary.
It is a well known fact that Frederik is fond of modern art so M&F visited the Museum of Modern Art, where a number of paintings by Asger Jorn were exhibited. - As well as other pieces of I-think-the-artist-was-on-acid-works...
Here they were received by the Danish ambassadorial couple, including their four year old daughter, who had been shanghaied as a flowergirl for the occasion. But she did well.
The ambassadors wife, Jule Lehmann, wore what to me what looks like a traditional Korean robe, with a modern touch. Looking good actually. But there are no doubt someone somewhere, who will yell: Cultural appropriation!
That is nonsense. I think it's a sign of respect to wear a traditional outfit of the country in which you are a guest. Anyway we would all be stark ravers if there was no such thing as "cultural appropriation."
At the art museum, it was Mary who gave a speech and she was guided around by the, in Korea, well-known ballet dancer, Kang Sue-Jin. Who, just like Mary, is patron for the Danish South Korean Cultural Year.
Towards the end M&F met the press.
Frederik said: "It has been a blazing tour. It's been really good coming back after an interval of seven years and a lot has happened in this land since then, just ask the delegation that went along. They have also benefited a lot from this tour and have cemented some good relations, that were already in place." (Okay, that's not a direct translation, but Frederik doesn't always speak that good Danish.)
But did they have time to reflect?
Mary: "We have had some evenings together, but we have been in the company of hundreds of people or something like that. We talk when we are in the middle of events, but we are going to talk about this when we come home."
Frederik: "Yes, that's going to be nice."
But why are they such a good team?
Frederik: Ask my wife and she'll tell you to ask me."
Mary: "We are good together. We supplement each other."
Frederik: "We are also fine together. Also in the way that we really feel like and have courage to take on such jobs. It's fun and we learn something all the time. It's a learning-process for us, and you must learn all through life, and then you really make something out of each visit."
Mary: "We are passionate when it's about representing Denmark and Danish commerce abroad."
- For those who haven't seen the BB-scans in the Shaman-thread, here they are:
There is also an appendix about Joachim's life, that I haven't scanned yet. And I don't think I will. It's not particularly interesting and printed on recycled paper it's not even particularly inviting.