Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Princess Mary in Kristiansand: May 9, 2014


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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 ;):D
 
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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 – Sørlandet
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A little more information about the event
kongehuset.no - 150-årsmarkering av Slaget ved Helgoland
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ADD: Program http://www.kristiansand.kommune.no/Global/Bilder/NYHETER 2014/Hovedprogram 7 - 10 mai 2014.pdf
 
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According to kristiansand.kommune.no the programme of the visit is as below

The program for the commemoration includes service in Kristiansand Cathedral, visit to City Hall Block, wreath-laying ceremony at Kristiansand cemetery, visiting the Danish consulate in Lasarett height Odderøya and reception with lunch at the Danish marineheimevernsfatøynene MHV 804 Andromeda, MHV 902 Manø and MHV 807 Jupiter.
 
How fun, i always love these multi-house events ;)
looking forward already, i bet we will get lots of good pics.
 
First pics
http://gfx.nrk.no//wX_TCc9iPAZvhlkjTtlQYgbgV_jSNPgY9x3Uc-y81SxA
http://www.cdn.tv2.no/images/?image...=100&croph=94.9792010827379&digest=0e98474cc9

Article and a video of M+M's arrival
Prinsessene på plass - NRK – Sørlandet

Another picture and article
http://www.agderposten.no/nyheter/kronprinsesser-markerte-slaget-ved-helgoland-1.1150319

BB article and pic
http://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelig...arit-og-kronprinsesse-mary-modtaget-med-jubel

A little video greeting the children

Kronprinsesse Mary hilser på barn - YouTube

Some great HQ pictures :)

http://www.kongehuset.no/aim/kongeh...e01de049d3628feca5d916a70ca5536cf71a96a85.jpg
http://www.kongehuset.no/aim/kongeh...5ffb672821647b2ee7262fe3b72d536cf0a5069d2.jpg
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http://www.kongehuset.no/aim/kongeh...dd006226985fc66a23f5f27e10c8536ce2eee7f4b.jpg
http://www.kongehuset.no/aim/kongeh...e01de049d3628feca5d916a70ca5536cf71a96a85.jpg

Gallery from Kongehuset.no
kongehuset.no - Hedret de falne ved Helgoland

Pictures
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A funny picture of the press
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nrk.no video (scroll down) and a picture gallery.

PPE gallery


It's great seeing the ladies together.
 
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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.
Preussian: None.

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.
 
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: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
http://www.kongehuset.no/aim/kongeh...5ffb672821647b2ee7262fe3b72d536cf0a5069d2.jpg

well done:flowers:

Was it only Mary that laid a wreath and not Mette-Marit?
http://www.kongehuset.no/aim/kongeh...d3283c10df5c69e89cc42ece30e3536cda4828cad.jpg
 
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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: http://gfx.nrk.no//Q87F3CTdy91rrkodjXSWWA5jeRLwT12SmysJacw_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. :p
 
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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.


thank you:flowers:
must have missed that point
 
B.dk gallery:
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.
http://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelig...insesse-mette-marit-til-herlig-fest-paa-manoe

And a video from BB with a quite lovely ending:
Kronprinsesse Mary og kronprinsesse Mette-Marit i Kristiansand - YouTube
 
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Anybody knowing what medals they were wearing and from whom they received them (from the distance looked like the red and white danish colours?!)?
 
Anybody knowing what medals they were wearing and from whom they received them (from the distance looked like the red and white danish colours?!)?

That's a commemoration medal, issued by Ebeltoft Marine Association.
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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
 
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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.

Maybe. ;o)

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!!
 
Quite a lovely picture of Mary and Mette-Marit :blush:


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.

Maybe. ;o)

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!!

You wasn't! I actually had that in mind too when I wrote it :D

Three very lovely pics

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And gifs

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thank for all photos..nice event with two nordic crown princesses :)

i can hear in the video that they speak danish/norwegian to each other..i dont know..but i actually thought they were speaking english together..i know the nordic languages is similar..but i as a native danes think it can be pretty hard to understand norwegian..
 
Lovely pix and video : a joy to behold !!!!
 
Summary of article in Billed Bladet #20, 2014.
Written by the everpresent Ulrik Ulriksen.

It was a special day for Mary and Mette-Marit for several reasons. For Mary to honor those Danish sailors that died at battle of Heligoland and who were subsequently buried in Norway, but also because the two close friends met again, albeit only for a few hours. On top of that Kristiansand is Mette-Marit's hometown.
Mary flew to Norway and was recieved at the airport by Mette-Marit and from her the two of them drove to Kristiansand. Here they were met by crowds of locals, among them two children from Mette-Marit's old school who presented their Crown Princess with an old class-photo. Something both Mary and MM had fun looking at.
They visited a local cemetary where Mary laid down a wreath in honor of the fallen.

However during the tight schedule there was also time for a little sightseeing with a local guide. From a cliff at Odderøya, there is a spectacular view over Kristinsand and surroundings and from here Mette-Marit pointed out various things for Mary and she apparently had a lot to tell Mary!
Then it was on to the last item on the agenda, a reception onboard the Danish Navy Home Guard vessel Manø, where a maritime choir was heard entertaining the guests during the hour the reception lasted.

But all things come to an end and MM and Mary said goodbye with a big hug. MM was heard saying: "It's been a lovely day and I hope to see you here again soon".
Mary flew home and MM went to the nearby island of Dvergsøya, where the Norwegian CP couple has a cabin and here she spend the weekend with her family.
 
Thanks for all the links, it was nice to see the two ladies together. Both looked lovely and it was easy to see the genuine friendship between them without the need to be over the tops as we see some others.
 
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