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Mandy 01-01-2007 05:31 PM

Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik, Current Events 2: January 2007 - August 2010
Queen Margrethe during her New Year's Eve speech with a copy of her speech in Danish.

Paty 01-02-2007 05:22 AM

Where i can find a copy of New Year´s speech in English?

Thanks in advance!

Daneborn 01-02-2007 01:57 PM

It's extremely hard to translate the new year's speech since the Queen's language and expressions are very sophisticated. It takes a more educated person than myself.

The Queen looked so lovely, and having moved closer to Denmark I was able to see her speech live, which I haven't been able to the past years.

It follows the same procedure as every year. She sits behind her big wooden desk in her working room on the ground floor of the Christian IX palais of Amalienborg. She doesn't start by saying 'good evening' or anything like it. (Like a normal show host or a politician would do. The camera is directed right at her, first from a distance, and as she starts to speek it slowly, almost not noticeable, tunes in closer on her. Like it's done every year. And she ends her speech saying ''GOD SAVE DENMARK'' in a way only she can. In that moment it's like she really has the capability to save Denmark.

I think the brave and memorable parts of this year' speech were 1) She spoke about how Denmark for the first has been submitted to severe criticism and many Danes find it repulsive to see flag being burnt by other people. She used a word ''self-fascination'' about how the Danes admire and look at themselves and their country. 2) Also she spoke about the difficulties many immigrants have in Denmark trying to settle down here. 3) She also thanked for the participation the people has shown towards the Royal Family, and ''my, overall, excellent health''. (as she phrased it herself.)

And as always, the speech took about 8 - 9 minutes.

Lasse Pedersen 01-02-2007 03:11 PM


Originally Posted by Paty
Where i can find a copy of New Year´s speech in English?

Thanks in advance!

I have undertaken the task of translating the New Year's Speech. As DaneBorn said, it is quite difficult to get Her Majesty's phrasing just right in the English language but I will try nonetheless - it is as entertaining as it is difficult!

I expect the speech to be posted tomorrow!


Daneborn 01-02-2007 06:33 PM

You did such a wonderful job last year Lasse, so it will be worth waiting for for those who can't understand the Danish version.

I have to say, one thing that simply doesn't stop to amaze me, people are so occupied with how the royals LOOK, what they wear, how they interact on ''frozen'' photos. We can find numerous replies and pages about how they LOOK at the New Years receptions, yet when the Queen actually SPEAKS and gives us a hint who she really is and what she feels strongly about, an occasion where she's actually DOING something that might make a difference to people, then nearly noone (here ?) finds it interesting enough to comment.

It just doesn't stop to amaze me. Like the Swedish royals at the Nobel prize awards, there are pages up and down how they look, which tiara they use, which dresses are recycled and so on, yet a couple of days later when the Crown Princess participates on a one hour LIVE TV-show and among other things asks questions to an astronaut up on the International Space Station, it just doesn't seem to interest anyone.

Why is this ?

It's not that I want to offend anyone, I'm just saying those appearances where they actually SPEAK to me are PEARLS that should be worshipped far more than what they LOOK like at these ''keeping up appeearance''-events.

I wonder if anyone feels like me ?

Lasse Pedersen 01-04-2007 05:46 PM

TV2 reports that HM The Queen went to the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen a few days before Christmas along with her younger sister, HRH Princess Benedikte, to enjoy the Royal Ballet’s staging of Bournonville’s ballet “Napoli”, a performance which has been called ‘the essence of Danish ballet’.

Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness must have left home on an empty stomach, seeing that a footman was sent out to buy some soup, cold meat, hot coffee and cookies for the two royal ladies to eat in the royal box. Thus, the sisters enjoyed both “dinner and a show”!


norwegianne 01-12-2007 04:07 PM

The 14th of January marks 35 years since the proclamation that the King was dead - and Margrethe started her reign. It is odd that there isn't anything to mark it in the calendar... But 35 seems to be one of those aniversaries that aren't often remembered.

Sister Morphine 01-14-2007 02:50 AM

Today is the 35th anniversary of the Queen's ascension to the throne. Here's to another 35 years.

Daneborn 01-14-2007 03:55 AM


Originally Posted by Sister Morphine
Today is the 35th anniversary of the Queen's ascension to the throne. Here's to another 35 years.

:ohmy: That would mean she would live to be 101 years.

As long as she has her overall good health I wish for that too :wub: :flowers:

Juanita 01-22-2007 07:07 AM

Here is an article from hola about the 35 years of Reign of the Queen :flowers: (the translation might not be very good but the translation i used it's good, I think)


Queen Margrethe - Daisy for the Royal Family -, been born the 16 of April of 1940, later came al world one week from the invasion from the German troops from Hitler and, to the thirteen years, after the abolition of the Law Sálica, became, against all prognosis, in inheriting Princess.



fanletizia 01-23-2007 05:55 PM

January 23
HM The Queen attends the opening of the exhibition “Kongerækken i Kunsten” (i.e. ‘The Rotal Lineage in the Art’) at Christiansborg Palace at 15.00.

JessRulz 01-23-2007 06:37 PM

Pictures from Polfoto:

Sophus 02-02-2007 11:49 AM

According to danish TV2 the Queen is going to have her knee operated again on this Thursday at the hospital i Aarhus.

Lasse Pedersen 02-02-2007 12:22 PM

My quick translation of the official press release regarding The Queen's upcoming surgery:

Her Majesty The Queen

Amalienborg, February 2, 2007

Her Majesty The Queen will undergo surgery on her right knee on Thursday, February 8, 2007 at the knee surgical sector, Orthopaedic Ward E, Aarhus Hospital.

The surgery will be led by consultant Anders Odgaard, M.D., who likewise operated on The Queen’s left knee last summer, June 1, 2006, where an artificial knee joint was inserted.

After the surgery, it is expected that Her Majesty The Queen can be discharged in a week’s time whereupon The Queen will take up residence at Amalienborg.

In the light of the surgery, some of The Queen’s scheduled engagements for the next 1-2 months will be cancelled. Others will be carried through with the participation of His Royal Highness The Prince Consort or His Royal Highness The Crown Prince.

Ove Ullerup
Lord Chamberlain

stellam 02-03-2007 05:27 AM

Does this mean the Queen will not attend the celebrations in Norway?


Lasse Pedersen 02-05-2007 04:49 AM


Originally Posted by stellad
Does this mean the Queen will not attend the celebrations in Norway?


According to this online B.T. article (in Danish), HM The Queen will not attend the celebrations in connection with HM The King of Norway's 70th birthday. However, HM The King of Norway will practically be invaded by Danish royalty: TRH The Prince Consort, The Crown Prince Couple, Prince Joachim and TM King Konstantine and Queen Anne-Marie will all attend the festivities.

/Lasse Pedersen

UserDane 02-08-2007 06:10 AM

TV2's online news - TV 2 Nyhederne - Dronningens knæoperation gik godt - just reported that queen Margrethe's knee replacement operation today went well. According to the article QMII is not in pain and will be released from the hospital in about a week's time - and will then recover at Amalienborg.

This should according to the article be the queen's fifth knee operation (don't know if they mean this knee only or altoghether).

Daneborn 02-08-2007 06:13 AM

I hope she recovers well


Lasse Pedersen 02-14-2007 06:37 PM

Her Majesty The Queen discharged
A press release from the Royal Danish Court, translated by yours truly!

Her Majesty The Queen
discharged from Århus Hospital

Amalienborg, February 14, 2007.02.15

Her Majesty The Queen discharged from Århus Hospital.

Her Majesty The Queen was discharged from Århus Hospital tonight after a successful surgery on the right knee during which an artificial knee joint was inserted. The surgery took place on February 8.

The Queen is well and has taken up residence at Amalienborg again. The rehabilitation is going as planned. It is expected that The Queen will be able to, gradually in the course of the months to come, carry through some visits and other engagements.

Olle Ullerup
Lord Chamberlain

JessRulz 03-16-2007 09:49 PM

Queen Margrethe with Ukranian President Viktor Jusjtjenko yesterday

Source: Polfoto

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