Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Princess Mary in Kristiansand: May 9, 2014
upcoming event for Mary in Norway.
On May 9th Mary will travel to Kristiansand, where she together with Mete-Marit will participate in the 150th anniversary of the Navel Battle of Heligoland.
To kronprinsesser deltek i markering for sjøslag i Kristiansand | Hordaland
It will be nice to see the two royals together, although we miss out on Frederik and Haakon being in their navel uniforms ;):biggrin:
I agree; it will be fun!
Thanks for the info, Polyesco :flowers:
Nice event for the two Crown Princesses. They always seems happy in each other's company and they meet to common events more and more often now. Will look forward to the day.
Could had been fun if Frederik and Haakon would be there as well.
Crown Princess Mary & Crown Princess Mette-Marit in Kristiansand: May 9, 2014
Another upcoming event: Crown Princess Mette-Marit together with Crown Princess Mary will come to Kristiansand (Norway) on May 9th for an official visit. They will take part in the memorial ceremony for those who fell in the Battle of Heligoland in 1864.
Kronprinsesser til Kristiansand - NRK â€“ SÃ¸rlandet
A little more information about the event
kongehuset.no - 150-årsmarkering av Slaget ved Helgoland
ADD: Program https://www.kristiansand.kommune.no/G...mai%202014.pdf
kongehuset.dk announcement on the upcoming event.
According to kristiansand.kommune.no the programme of the visit is as below
How fun, i always love these multi-house events ;)
looking forward already, i bet we will get lots of good pics.
Article and a video of M+M's arrival
Prinsessene pÃ¥ plass - NRK â€“ SÃ¸rlandet
Another picture and article
BB article and pic
A little video greeting the children
Kronprinsesse Mary hilser på barn - YouTube
Some great HQ pictures :smile:
Gallery from Kongehuset.no
kongehuset.no - Hedret de falne ved Helgoland
A funny picture of the press
Perhaps we should have a little background info of what all this is about?
The battle of Helgoland or Heligoland if you will, was the largest naval engagement of the Second Schleswigan War 1864 and it took place towards the end of that war.
It's interesting to historians because the ships were among the very latest designs in warships, and tactics with ships independent of the wind was very much in it's infancy.
As a consequence of Preussia and Austria siding with Schleswig & Holstein against Denmark in 1864, Austria send a small squadron to the Northsea, consisting of two steam frigates. Here they would meet with five Preussian gunboats. The Preussian navy at the time was very small and consisted only of coastal vessels and since the Danish navy blocked the German ports there was a limit to what they could send out to support the Austrian squadron anyway.
The aim was primarily to defeat the Danish navy, secondary to lift the blocade of the German ports.
To counter them was a part of the Danish navy, consiting of the larger ocean going ships. Two hyper modern steam screw frigates, Niels Juel and Jylland, supported by a just as modern corvette, Heimdal.
In May 1864 the two squadrons closed in on each other at Helgoland. The number of islands close to the mouth of river Elbe in present day Germany.
Britain was not pleased about having an Austrian squadron sailing around in th North Sea and a British patrolship, Aurora, informed the Danish fleet.
And on the 9. May the two squadrons formed line of battle.
It became a slogging match, both sides pounding away on each other, however the Austrian ships had no support in their Preussian allies. The canon boats, perhaps wisely, chose to stay out of range.
By mid afternoon, the Austrian ships had suffered hard and the two ships strayed into British waters. (At that time Britain posessed a number of islands in the island chain, going from Denmark, across Germany to the Netherlands.) And the British patrolship, Aurora, sailed in between the two squadrons. Ending the battle.
Now, those of you well versed in geography will ask: what on earth that has got to do with Norway, hundreds of kilometres away.
While the two squadrons licked their wounds and prepared to fight again the next day, orders came in that there had been a ceasefire. And since Jutland at that time had been occupied by German troops and there was no harbour bigh enough along the west coast anyway, the Danish squadron was ordered to sail to Kristianssand in Norway and off load the wounded and then proceed to Copenhagen.
So Danish sailors ended up being treated and buried in Norway and that's why Mary is in Norway.
The casualties were:
Danish: fourteen dead, 53 wounded.
Austrian: 32 dead, 59 wounded.
Here is a painting of the battle from the frigate Niels Juel: https://app.box.com/s/sdxnysx7c1pt9z9925rk
As you can see the modern name for the command center on a ship, bridge, stems from this period.
The captain and officers really stood on a bridge.
:previous:thank you as always for the back ground.
and everyone for the links :flowers:
its a great event and I love that the two crown princesses got together for this event and can represent their countries well
both ladies look elegant and a great representation.
this picture is lovely
Was it only Mary that laid a wreath and not Mette-Marit?
One of the charming things about Norway are the uniforms they use at such occasions, they are often special and very different from other countries.
This picture is like reading an open book: https://gfx.nrk.no//Q87F3CTdy91rrkodj...2SmysJacw_S8_A
Notice the five reenactors in the background. Their uniforms are 1700-1750.
The gentleman to the far left, must be a dragoon, hence his heavy boots and the pipings on his uniform being the cavalry yellow. The others have the white infantry piping.
Number two and three from left also stands out. They are NCO's or officers and you can tell that from their gorgets hanging around their necks. The metal plate, often in silver, was originally a part of armour and designed to protect the throat. When cuirasses finally went out of use during the late 1600's the gorget was all that remained and that became a badge of rank.
The two last gentlemen are grenadiers, even though their tricorn hats were not standard European headgear for grenadiers.
But they are each carrying a grenadier bag over their shoulders, and in there they had their bombs and fuzes.
Grenadiers were predominantly large men, usually older, mature and reliable men - and in that respect they fit the description admirable, eh?
Sorry if I got nerdy, Can't help it, it's a question of medication. :tongue:
CPss Mary laid a wreath in remembrance of the DANISH sailors who died in the 1864 battle of Helgoland, our fellow poster Muhler reported above.
must have missed that point
Mary og Mette-Marit mindedes de slagne fra Helgolandsslaget i 1864 | www.b.dk
BB article telling that after goodbye hugs Mary drove to the airport and home to a weekend with Frederik and children, while Mette-Marit took off to her cabin on Dvergsøya to enjoy a weekend with her family.
And a video from BB with a quite lovely ending:
Kronprinsesse Mary og kronprinsesse Mette-Marit i Kristiansand - YouTube
Anybody knowing what medals they were wearing and from whom they received them (from the distance looked like the red and white danish colours?!)?
Ebeltoft is the town, where the frigate Jylland, which took part in the battle is now placed. As it is virtually down the road and second turn on the left from where we live, I've seen the frigate many times.
That's why there were a number of photos with Prince Henrik in the gallery Roskilde posted.
Nowadays it's the Danish Navy Homeguard, along with the Norwegian Hegolandslauget (guild) that ensure that the graves are well kept and that the day is honored each year.
That's why Mary and Mette-Marit were invited onboard a Danish Navy Home Guard vessel and that's where they were presented with their medals.
Kronprinsesse Mary og kronprinsesse Mette Marit højtideligholdt Slaget på Helgoland
I wish we could see such events and pictures more often. It is lovely to watch the royals mingling.
M&M!?! Please tell me I wasn't the only one whose mind went to Red and Yellow, the mascots for M&M's candy on seeing that up there?
I am so tired right now, I'm at that punchy stage, so just bear w/me for the time being. I'll be fine after the upcoming nap coming my way.
I love, love, love what Mary has on. Very elegant and Jackie O in feel. I'd love Mette-Marit's too if it wasn't for that tacky headband...fascinator...thing on the side of her head. A shame too because it's so good to see her, about and looking so very good healthwise and then...Sigh!!
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