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carlota 03-30-2017 05:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Nordic (Post 1972514)
Rubbish. Crown Princess Mary did curtsy to both Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde at the airport. And it didn't look the least bit uncomfortable.
But, having read many of your posts about Mary, it doesn't surprise me a bit that you would post something like that. ;)

i think you are misunderstanding what Mbruno said. he posted that 'mary does not seem to bother curtsying', meaning she does curtsy with no problems.

as it is usually the case, hell unleashes as soon as a mild indication of someone criticizing mary comes up (even when it was not at all what was meant initially in the post by Mbruno).

TLLK 03-30-2017 09:46 PM

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I noticed Frederik didn't actually bow either to Willem-Alexander or to Philippe.
I didn't see the video with W-A, but it appears to me that Frederik performed a neck bow to Phillipe which is typical to many royals. However Joachim seems to start his bow at the waist.

Muhler 03-30-2017 10:52 PM

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Originally Posted by countess felicitas (Post 1972525)
One other thing I have read in this thread - somebody commented on how frail the queen seemed to be at one point when walking. I also noticed listening to the speech that she sometimes slightly stumbled over the words - which is very unusal for Margarete .... anybody has more information?

QMII often stumble over her own words - at least when the show is on. - Perhaps it's shyness? She used to be shy and very insecure.
I think she's simply getting older. But she sure has begun to walk unsteadily within the past year or so.

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Originally Posted by carlota (Post 1972499)
what a fun tradition for guests to the danish palace to sign the glass windows! i had never heard about it. how many panels are signed to this date? are there pictures of the window with all the signatures? i find it a great idea - almost like a hollywood walk of fame, except for royalty and statesmen and on the windows rather than the floor! :)


According to the DRF website, the custom started back i 1841 and from 1916 239 window panes with signatures have been registered.
The oldest signature is from 1841 and that is the signature of Louise of Hessen.

This signature is assumed to be of Harry - the future King of Norway: https://kejserensvilla.files.wordpre...7/dsc08871.jpg

This is Georgie, the future King George of Britain: https://kejserensvilla.files.wordpre...7/dsc08873.jpg

But it's not only the windows. The door frames have royal graffiti.
QMII spoke vividly about it in the documentary about the royal palaces.

TLLK 03-31-2017 12:00 AM

In the documentary A Royal Family, Queen Margrethe said that in the past the guests would etch their names with a diamond.

duke of poliganc 03-31-2017 12:03 AM

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Originally Posted by TLLK (Post 1972606)
In the documentary A Royal Family, Queen Margrethe said that in the past the guests would etch their names with a diamond.

i think they still do it with a diamond .

iceflower 03-31-2017 06:02 AM

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Here's a nice, large additional gallery of the state visit:


** pp: Visite royale au Danemark : Mathilde, Mary et Marie, trio de charme **

Muhler 03-31-2017 02:55 PM

:previous: Thanks, Iceflower :flowers:

Billed Bladets deadline is Tuesday noon, so they really don't have that much about the Belgian visit. That'll have to wait for next week.
The articles this week is basically background info and captions to the photos. - Very little for hardcore followers.

So here are the scans: BB #13, 2017

Mbruno 03-31-2017 03:35 PM

I was watching the video of Queen Margrethe's speech at the state dinner, which I had not seen before, and I had the impression at the end that the Brabançonne (i.e. the Belgian national anthem) was slightly off. What do the Belgian posters think ?

https://youtu.be/6PCqVlW4VPU?t=497

betina 03-31-2017 03:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Muhler (Post 1972587)
QMII often stumble over her own words - at least when the show is on. - Perhaps it's shyness? She used to be shy and very insecure.
I think she's simply getting older. But she sure has begun to walk unsteadily within the past year or so.




According to the DRF website, the custom started back i 1841 and from 1916 239 window panes with signatures have been registered.
The oldest signature is from 1841 and that is the signature of Louise of Hessen.

This signature is assumed to be of Harry - the future King of Norway: https://kejserensvilla.files.wordpre...7/dsc08871.jpg

This is Georgie, the future King George of Britain: https://kejserensvilla.files.wordpre...7/dsc08873.jpg

But it's not only the windows. The door frames have royal graffiti.
QMII spoke vividly about it in the documentary about the royal palaces.

Actually "Harry" was a nickname for the future Queen Maud of Norway :flowers:

Muhler 03-31-2017 05:45 PM

Thanks, Betina. Didn't know that.

The two examples I posted are from the orangerie. Some of the signatures at Fredensborg are more or less guesswork and it is not known when they were made.
After all it took some 60 years before someone even began to register the signatures - let alone figure out who made them.

Mbruno 04-01-2017 08:48 PM

I came across the video below on YouTube and thought it would be interesting to share.

Apparently the video was posted by an ordinary woman (the lady in the purple hat) who was greeting Queen Mathilde as she was leaving a building during the state visit to Denmark and was surprised that the queen walked towards her to shake her hand. What caught my attention is that the lady actually curtsied to Queen Mathilde in the middle of the street, which shows at least to me how deferential the Danes can be to royalty. The person in question also seemed to be genuinely touched that Mathilde stopped to talk to her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byQ_h3FxnVk

Muhler 04-01-2017 09:17 PM

:previous: Thanks. :flowers:

Well, I think that's pretty universal. If you believe in the concept of royalty and perhaps even consider yourself a monarchist, then a royal is a royal, especially a majesty, and you show respect in the way you think is proper. In this case by curtsying.
- Personally I would most likely nod my head, clearly, but not bow.

Hannelore 04-02-2017 03:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Mbruno (Post 1973001)
I came across the video below on YouTube and thought it would be interesting to share.

Apparently the video was posted by an ordinary woman (the lady in the purple hat) who was greeting Queen Mathilde as she was leaving a building during the state visit to Denmark and was surprised that the queen walked towards her to shake her hand. What caught my attention is that the lady actually curtsied to Queen Mathilde in the middle of the street, which shows at least to me how deferential the Danes can be to royalty. The person in question also seemed to be genuinely touched that Mathilde stopped to talk to her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byQ_h3FxnVk

Thanks! Great to see things from another perspective, and a nice souvenir for these 2 Danish ladies.

After them, Mathilde talks in French to a Belgian student who's standing there:
M: Are you Belgian?
Student: Yes, we're studying in Denmark.
M: Oh, we're delighted to be in Denmark. Nice to meet you!

This kind of little chat is typical of Mathilde, and she always greets people if they're waiting outside. In this respect she's very much like the late queen Fabiola - very chatty and often making the program run late. Often Philippe just waits in the car :lol:

cdm 04-02-2017 04:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Mbruno (Post 1972696)
I was watching the video of Queen Margrethe's speech at the state dinner, which I had not seen before, and I had the impression at the end that the Brabançonne (i.e. the Belgian national anthem) was slightly off. What do the Belgian posters think ?

https://youtu.be/6PCqVlW4VPU?t=497

La Brabançonne the remix 😂
It sounded as if some instruments were missing in the beginning and it was a bit slow but on the whole quite allright.

polyesco 04-03-2017 04:21 PM

a good video overview of the state visit, especially on the events for day 2
https://www.facebook.com/PlaceRoyale...4241206152161/

maria-olivia 04-03-2017 04:56 PM

Just back home for their Children school holidays.

Mbruno 04-03-2017 05:57 PM

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Originally Posted by polyesco (Post 1973423)
a good video overview of the state visit, especially on the events for day 2
https://www.facebook.com/PlaceRoyale...4241206152161/

Great video. Thank you very much !

Great to see how Queen Margrethe refers to Philippe and Mathilde as "mon cher cousin et ma chère cousine" although Philippe is only her second cousin once removed.

maria-olivia 04-04-2017 08:39 AM

Her Mother had a picture of her Cousine Astrid in her Bedroom.
As only girl among brothers she surely enjoyed Prince Carl Girls.

Muhler 04-07-2017 04:35 PM

Despite the regular terror attacks these days, life must go on.

Summary of article in Billed Bladet #14, 2016.
Written by Trine Larsen.

After the initial welcoming and trip around the harbor, the visit started with a gala-dinner in the evening.
QMII wore a dress by Birgitte Thaulow and Queen Mathilde a dress by Armani.
The food was served on silver plates from the 1700's. (That results in a very special sound during the dinner BTW. The DRF and senior guests east from gold-plates). The gilded silver cutlery is from 1863, the year Christian IX was crowned.
On the tables 25 large put-flowers-into-thingies (see the scan) had been placed with poppies in various hues. The poppy is the national flower of Belgium.

Princess Elisabeth, who looked pretty frail, was escorted to her place by and adjutant.
Mary wore a dress by Jesper Høring and Frederik the gala uniform of a rear admiral.
Our Marie wore a dress by Rikke Gudnitz while Joachim wore the gala uniform of a full colonel in the army.

Earlier that day M&F took King Phillipe and Queen Mathilde for a trip round the harbor. The Belgian Regent Couple stayed at the guest/representation mansion of Amalienborg and were driven to the quay, where the barge waited for them. M&F were in good time and strolled the couple of hundred meters from their own mansion and stood waiting holding hands for a while, delighting tourists and local onlookers.
Mary wore a coat by Claes Iversen.
The boat trip was probably one of the few occasions the two couples had for a little, almost private chat, during a busy visit. - And that showed! Okay, from time to time M&F did actually point out things in Copenhagen.
The two royal ladies may have regretted their footwear, as the perforated deck on the boat was a virtual booby-trap for stilettos. - But they made it.

It was once again M&F who were the de facto hosts of this visit.

Of course the Belgian Regent Couple, didn't go to DK, just to say hi, this was also very much about export. As such a considerable Belgian business delegation accompanied the Belgian RC.
So at some point the two couples went to look at Belgian products. Not least chocolate and beer.

In the forenoon, Frederik and King Philippe went to Copenhagen Town Hall, in pouring rain. Later on they strolled to nearby House of Industy to look at Smart-city solution. I.e. high-tech control of traffic and improved infra-structure in major cities. Something that is needed in the highly urban Belgium.
In the meantime Mary and Queen Mathilde went to a school to have a look at how Free From Bullying was implemented there. 0-2 graders demonstrated how to become better friends and what to do to avoid bullying. That included the children singing You got friends".

On the second day it was time for the Belgian return dinner, which took place at the Black Diamond, the state library in Copenhagen.
Here Mary wore a dress by Jesper Høvring and earrings by Dulong and a clutch from Prada.
Queen Mathilde wore a dress by Natan.
The two ladies hugged when they met and as observers noticed Mary did not curtsy. Partly because they are close personal friends and partly because they have been together the whole day anyway, so some formalities were dispensed with. - But when it was time to say goodbye Mary did a deep curtsy, following the protocol. (See the scan).
The Belgian RC confided that they see M&F privately regularly, and that Queen Mathilde had seen her goddaughter, Isabella, both at this visit but also on previous private visits to Belgium by M&F and children.
Princess Elisabeth, who also seems to know the Belgian RC well, was also there - against escorted by an adjutant.
And so was J&M. Marie again wearing a dress by Rikke Gudnitz and a shawl with gold-embroidered elephants.

And here are the scans: BB #14, 2017

wartenberg7 04-07-2017 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Mbruno (Post 1973451)
Great video. Thank you very much !

Great to see how Queen Margrethe refers to Philippe and Mathilde as "mon cher cousin et ma chère cousine" although Philippe is only her second cousin once removed.


This has nothing to do with the real kinship degree. It´s the way european monarchs call each other on an official basis. The british Queen calls fellow Queen Regnants in letters "My dear sister..." (I think only in official ones, not privately) although Beatrix or Margrethe are not her blood sisters like everybody knows.


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