CP Frederik & CP Mary's visit to India: February 26 - March 1, 2023

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Day 3 today, February 28, started with Crown Prince Frederik giving the opening speech at the business conference „Partners for Green and Sustainable Progress”:

** Pic ** A copy of his speech **

And here are more photos of today:

** gettyimages gallery ** dailymail article **

** kongehuset gallery: Kronprinsparrets besøg i Indien - dag 3 **

** BB article: Stærk oplevelse: Kronprinsesse Mary ramt lige midt i hjertet **

** BB article: Kronprins Frederik talte kærligt om kronprinsessen: Kaldte Mary vidunderlig foran stor forsamling **
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A nice video of Mary visiting a hospital today.
The woman almost died when she gave birth on 22. February.

I find the journalist's comparison of Mary and Diana both off, very worn and odd.
The poor woman has been dead for many years! And royals have visited hospitals both before and since.


I notice to my delight that Frederik is now so much more comfortable in giving speeches.
I doubt he enjoys giving speeches though, but because of that his speeches often come across as more genuine.
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Love the DRF instagram we're they shared some pictures taken by themselves. Thank you Izzie.
This one is beautiful

Day 2 will be much busier ending with a dinner for the 38 Danish businesses that join them on this official trip.
Interesting how much, fashionwise, these officials trips have changed since a couple of years - no hat or gloves for the CPcss at the arrival (and certainly for the ceremony at the memorial!), no business suit and -shoes for Frederik... instead, leisuretime outfit and sneakers....!:whistling:
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Day 3 starts with Frederik giving the opening speech for Partners for Green and Sustainable Progress

Indeed Frederik has improved in his speeches.

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess visit the companies from the Danish business delegation

Mary at the Hospital

The Crown Prince Couple are received by India’s President, HE Droupadi Murmu, at the presidential palace

Visiting the presidential garden


Video interview with Frederik and Mary

"Will we see the Crown Prince Couple have a different role in the future?
- It is clear that my mother has reported to be absent for the time to come, and it is natural that I take over many of the obligations that lie with the work we are responsible for in general .

The couple tells TV 2 that they are "very proud" that India and Denmark will work more closely together in the future.
- I think we have only reached the beginning of something here. I think that in twenty years we will see a significantly different India than we do today, says the crown prince.

According to him, the Danish visit is about inspiring the Indians to adopt Danish solutions when it comes to the green transition.
- From the Indian side, they have done their homework and assessed that Denmark was a good partner that they wanted to bring in to reverse the Indian growth locomotive. It must become green, that is their focus and they have the will to do so, says Crown Prince Frederik.

Crown Princess Mary also believes that Denmark has a lot to be proud of when it comes to what we can offer the world in the green transition.

- Denmark can contribute a great deal. We are in the world's most populous country, and they look to Denmark to work together and are interested in our knowledge and our technological solutions, says Crown Princess Mary to TV 2."

:flowers: A great team!
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Of course India is not interested in working with DK, because we have pretty blue eyes, but because India has studied similar projects in not least Vietnam, but also China. India aiming to if not supersede China eventually, then certainly grab a very big chunk of Chinas export. And DK key-finished products have a very reputation in Asia.
Very busy last day visiting Danish business. It's great that they can split their agenda to visit more companies.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark were received by Governor Ravi and the First Lady of Tamil Nadu Tmt.

video interviews from yesterday
- We contribute by creating awareness, being part of the platform that allows the right people to meet and exchange experience and knowledge, but hopefully also build new partnerships for the benefit of both countries, says Crown Princess Mary, who for the first time time is in India.

The last time the crown prince was in India was 20 years ago, when the couple had just met. Now they are in the country together for the first time.

- It's great to be able to travel together. We have done this many times before since we got married. For me, for both of us, it is a pleasure to be able to enter into a partnership, also when we are at the head of a large business delegation, says Crown Prince Frederik.

From the Reception tonight
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Mary and Frederik are an amazing team and shine on trips like this. And like is said, because they can so easily split the agenda they cover more ground. Mary is just as well-versed in and informed about the issues as Frederik is. And they are both always prepared. Plus, they can run-around for days from morning to night w/no problem and can handle such a jampacked program like they do. They must be exhausted, but you would not know it. These trips require the energy they bring to all the events rushing from one to another. They really are in their prime!
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Last day recap.

“India has the scale, Denmark has the skills.”

The Indian cities of New Delhi and Chennai have in recent days formed the framework for a large Danish business promotion with the Crown Prince couple at the forefront.

The promotion ended yesterday with a major closing reception, where His Royal Highness The Crown Prince thanked representatives from both Danish and Indian companies for their commitment during the business promotion.

During the promotion, 38 Danish companies have gained insight into additional market opportunities and built knowledge of new partnerships and business opportunities in India - thus the business promotion is only the beginning of many companies' commitment to India.

Denmark is already making a significant contribution to India's green transition - especially in water and energy, and these are the two tracks that have been the focus of the Crown Prince couple in recent days.

A gallery of some excellent moments

a great team
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Danmark is so lucky to have them. :wub:
Mary and Frederik gave an interview to BB, which will come out on Thursday March 2nd along with photographs of the trip.


Muhler - will you be getting the magazine? Maybe be so kind as to provide a translation/summary of the interview/photos?

Tusind Tak!

I will, yes.

Plain forgot earlier today. But our dog has promised me to take me for a walk to the local supermarket tomorrow.
Here are first the scans from this weeks issue of BB, very much focusing on India.
I left out a couple of articles that doesn't contain anything new or relevant.
Summaries will follow.

Summary of short interview in Billed Bladet #09, 2023.
Interviewed by the omnipresent Ulrik Ulriksen.

Who started out by asking M&F how it was to lead this very large Danish commerce offensive, with emphasis on sustainable solutions regarding energy and water.
Frederik responded that they were filled with pride in leading the Danish delegation, for many of them this being their first step into India. It's also a source of pride that India has reached out to DK and invited DK businesses in helping with India changing into more environmentally sounds solutions. (*)

Ulrik Ulriksen notice that Frederik handled the energy sector, while Mary worked in the interests of Danish businesses who specialize in solutions regarding clean water, purification, water supply etc.

Mary explains that they split up in order to cover more ground. Not least because a trip like this is jam packed. They have however been advised in splitting up the areas they each cover into specific topics: I.e. Frederik = energy, Mary = water.
Which suits them fine as Frederik has a very considerable knowledge about energy, while Mary being more preoccupied with nature (preservation) and bio-diversity. (**)

How was it to visit Taj Mahal together?
F: "Some fine pictures of us in the foreground have been published and the whole glory in the background, but to stand there yourselves and and sense, feel, see and enjoy this beautiful sight, that's something I'd wish for a lot of readers, because it's so unique. It's truly one of the marvels of the world."

They intend to visit Taj Mahal with their children at some point?
M&F: They sure would very much like to.
M: "We had a fantastic guide who showed us around and he said it even more clearly - that it is so much more beautiful than can imagine. That's something you sense when you see the place. It's not just a piece of concrete. It's a building with a soul and which is a symbol of cultural history and a special time. It was a magnificent experience."

Mary visited a maternity wards, how does she see the situation for young Indian women in a country with big challenges in this area?
M: "It's a country with big challenges, but my impression is that they are aware of the challenges. They have focus on the challenges and what I experienced was a clear improvement, when we talk about maternity-fatalities. My impression is that there is a lot of focus on the rights of women."

UU also asked into the condition of QMII and the increased role and responsibilities of M&F.
F: "She is well as has indeed been reported earlier. And as for stepping up, that I have been used to for the past years, so it's not something I see as an extra burden. It is of course a part of what I must do and also do wholeheartedly. It's my duty and it's a pleasure to help my mother."
M: "That goes without saying."


Summary of the trip next.

(*) India has of course seen the light. This is where the money is and that those who do not adapt to this are left behind in the future. And of course the rapidly growing and ever more wealthy India middle class in particular are also concerned about the future, not least in regards to climate changes, which is likely to affect India very severely, if they do not prepare themselves - now.

(**) I do however believe that this more direct commercial and export oriented focus is new to Mary, while Frederik for years routinely have covered his areas with a commercial aim in mind.
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Summary of articles in Billed Bladet #09, 2023.
Written by the indomitable Ulrik Ulriksen.

M&F started out at Taj Mahal in 30 degrees C - about 25 degrees warmer than back in DK.
Wearing a shirt from Etro Mary and Frederik were taken for a tour of the mausoleum that was completed in 1653 by Shah Jahan. Mary was busy snapping away with her phone.

Then it was off for another ceremony in New Delhi, where M&F showed their respect at the memorial for Mahatma Ghandi. It is in fact 70 years ago that he was murdered.
Having been issued white slippers for the occasion M&F laid down a wreath and spread rose-petals at the memorial.

M&F also opened a Danish-Indian cultural event, an exhibition called Silver Treasures from Denmark and India, at the Indian National Museum. That involved a lighting of lamps ceremony, which traditionally is supposed to bring luck.
The exhibition contains a mix of Danish silverware as examples of typical Danish craftsmanship and similar Indian silverware. (*)

While in New Delhi M&F also visited the magnificent and more than 1.000 year old Agra Fort, also known as The Red Fort.
Here M&F also snapped away, presumably for the benefit of their children as they have explained that they usually show pics and tell about what they see on their travels.

As is customary the Danish delegation hosted a gala dinner at Hotel Maurya, for their Indian hosts as well as representatives of Danes living in India. With M&F of course being in the forefront.
Mary wearing a dress by Søren le Schmidt as well as large earrings (in Indian style as far as I can tell) as jasmin flowers in her hair. Her hair was done by Søren Hedegaard, who must have accompanied her on the trip.
The open air dinner held around 400 guests, many being representatives of 38 Danish companies who took part in the visit as well as government ministers.
One of the songs played was a jazz version of a favorite of Mary: Solen er så rød, mor - The son is so red, mother.
It's a favorite of mine as well. On the face of it it's a song, a lullaby, about the reflections a little boy is doing around bedtime. But the real meaning may be more somber though: Is the boy going to sleep? Or is he dying? It's really up to what you think and how you interpret the lyrics. Hence why it is so often used at funerals for children.
I'm not surprised Mary likes it and it shows how advanced her mastery of Danish really is.

(*) The trade relations between DK and India goes back to the 1600s, where DK, as with most major European merchant nations, established two trading posts in India, which grew into cities. IIRC these trading posts were still in place when the battle of Plassey took place. At that battle the Mogul dynasty was defeated by the British and that led to India being gradually colonized by UK. The Mogul dynasty was supported by the French. It's interesting to speculate that had UK lost that battle, India could have fallen into the French sphere of influence and as such French might still be the lingua franca today.
The Great Indian Mutiny started in 1856. One of the things that encouraged the rebels was a prophecy that foretold that the British rule would fall 100 years after the battle of Plassey.
Anyway, around the time where UK took control of India there really was no room for trading posts from other nations, so they were either soon abandoned, quietly taken over by the British or bought out and that's what happened to the Danish posts as well.
But there are still traces of them in India and without animosity from India, because they were trading posts. DK, like most other European nations did not have the resources in colonizing even parts of India, nor any political interests for that matter. But Britain was at the time in a very real struggle with France for dominance. And during that struggle Danish merchant ships quietly sailed with goods and made a very decent profit, including sailing goods to both France and UK... - Something both sides saw the benefit of, so Danish ships were left alone all through basically most of the 1700s.

This is my favorite version of the song. A metal-version, which I think covers both sides of the song.
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