Regent Couple's Summer Tour aboard the Dannebrog: 2009 - 2015

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Thanks iceflower.
I like these tours that the Regent Couple undertake, it nice that they visit different areas.
I wonder if CPFrederik and CP Mary will continue with this tradition?
Did King Frederik and Queen Ingrid do something similar?
Thanks iceflower.
I like these tours that the Regent Couple undertake, it nice that they visit different areas.
I wonder if CPFrederik and CP Mary will continue with this tradition?
Did King Frederik and Queen Ingrid do something similar?

I believe they will. Frederik is very fond of the sea and has spend a good deal of his childhood onboard Dannebrog. Mary is fond of sailing too and it's a convinient way to get around. - They just bring a home with them, no need for hotels or travelling back and forth by car or helicopter for hours.

Frederik IX, the Sailor King, was extremely fond of Danneborg as well and his family sailed with the ship often.
Thanks Muhler
I guess the age of the children could make a difference with Mary and Frederik,do you think?
Did King Frederik sail on the Danneborg from Greenland?
Thanks Muhler
I guess the age of the children could make a difference with Mary and Frederik,do you think?
Did King Frederik sail on the Danneborg from Greenland?

He did indeed.

One of the most sweet and wellknown clips from the DRF is this, where King Frederik is welcomed at the quay by his wife and three very exited daughters: YouTube - Wait for Father King Frederik IX
Thank you Muhler.
It is a very sweet clip. The children are so excited to see their father.

Back in Copenhagen!

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik ended the Summer's Cruise of the Royal
Yacht Dannebrog by landing at the Toldboden in Copenhagen, greeted by
salution from the Sixtus Cannon Battery on September 17, 2010.

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Thank you, Marika86 :flowers:

Summary of article in Billed Bladet #38, 2010.
Mælkedronningen - The milk-Queen.
Written by Annelise Weimann.

The summer cruises with Dannebrog has ended for this year (*) and last stop was the town of Slagelse, located on Zealand. This is where parts of the Guards Hussars Regiment, including the horse squadron, is now located.

It was pretty much a standard programme, with Dannebrog arriving at 10.00 sharp, regardsless of what your clock tells you. The Queen is always right on time! Meeting the local dignitaries on the quay, reception at the townhall, carrigde ride through the town escorted by the guards hussars.
This time it was QMII who dealt with the industry-part of the visit. She visited Arla, a large dairy plant. And here she was presented with the myriads of milk products produced. A neat little details is that all wore coats and hairnets, however QMII was wearing a hat, so she didn't require a hairnet...
She must have been thirsty, because while she was being told about the milk products that are a part of the milk-arrangement in schools (**), she pointed at one of the 0.25 litre cartons and said: "I'd like to taste that one". It happened to be kærnemælk = buttermilk and as this apparantly was outside the programme, there was no glass at hand, but QMII just drank straight from the carton, as any schoolchild. (***)
She said: "Yum, that tastes good. It sure is a long time since I last drank buttermilk. - I had schoolmilk myself as well". (****)

There is always something in connection with art on such a visit. In this case QMII visited gallery St. Galla and she hardly needed any encoragment when she was to decorate a sheet of glass that was later to be shaped into a bowl. The glass artist in charge of that was Branka Lugonja, a refugee from Ex-jugolslavia, who came to DK seventeen years ago. She said: "I've never had pupils before and - imagine, the first I'm going to help is the Queen. I'm very proud".

Right outside Slagelse is the Viking castle, or rather stronghold Trelleborg from the 980's (*****) and to here QMII was wheeled in a golf-car, driven by mayor Lis Tribler. The mayor wasn't good at driving, because the car almost overturned and QMII had to hang on tightly in order not to fall out. On the way back a PET officer prudently held on to the golf-car.
Outside Trelleborg castle the Regent Couple wittnessed a bloody Viking battle and were afterwards presented with six bottles of beer. Three of them authentically brewed Viking beers. (Mjød I presume). To which Prince Henrik exclaimed: "Lovely, we'll drink them tonight".

(*) The yacht will then sail to the naval base at Frederikshavn, where most of the crew, (the conscripts) will disembark. Over the winter the ship will go through repairs and get some new paint here and there.
Next year a new crew of conscripts will get to know her before the summer cruise of 2011.

(**) Also knows as Schoolmilk. That has been around since the pharaos here in DK! We got a carton with 0.25 L of milk each in my time in school as well. The differnce between now and then is that we had four products to choose from, schoolchildren nowadays have many more and the cartons that are supplied by Arla, use bottlelids.

(***) Other journalists noticed a peculiar look on QMII's face after the first gulp and concluded she wasn't used to drinking buttermilk.

(****) She was homeschooled. But 0.25 L of milk a day also applied to pupils being homeschooled.

(*****) This is one of a number of circle castles from that period dotted all over what was then the Danish realm. They are of dirrent sizes and each had what must have been a permanent garrison. Interesting for an age where the Danish kings had personal "housecarls" and the most senior nobles also had a handful of professional soldiers. And that was the standing military forces.
However, up until the Reformation in the 1530's the concept of "mand af hus" applied. The term is still used today. Back then it meant general mobilization. I.e every free man was obliged to muster in defence of the country with his personal arms and armour.
The concept was however abandoned after the Reformation. Partly because it was outdated and partly because of a vicious civil war in the 1530's. The latest and probably most serious of armed uprising since the Viking Age.
Up until then free men would pick up their arms at the drop of a hat and there were constant (the majority practically bloodless) uprisings all over the country for the first 700 years of Danish history, which the king then had to deal with. Usually using diplomacy and rarely force, as the free men was the powerbase of the kings against the influence of nobillity.

And now something for those interested in jewelry.

In Billed Bladet #38, at note informs us that the brooch QMII was wearing during her visit to Slagelse was presented to her as a birthday present from the Guards Hussars regiment when she turned 70.

It's made by goldsmith Michael Hansen.

It's in the shape of a circle, symobolising the Viking stonghold of Trelleborg and in the middle is a figure depicting H.C. Andersen.
The brooch is made of white-gold, red-gold and 18 carats of light gold.
Regent Couple's Summer Cruise to Jutland: May 23-27, 2011

Following program posted on BB see here
Programme for the tour with the Royal Yacht to May 2011 is as follows:

May 23
Royal Couple shall bybesøg in Grenaa

May 24
Royal Couple shall bybesøg in Brønderslev (Royal Yacht calling Hals)

May 25
Royal Couple shall bybesøg in Hadsund

May 26
The royal couple visited Anholt

May 27
Royal Couple shall bybesøg in Horsens

Translated BB article

and from the royal website
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Thanks for the pictures & updates.
So far I do like the Queen's fashion choices, very spring/summer.
The white & peach outfit from May 24, the Queen wore the same hat & jacket on their cruise in 2008 when arriving to the port of Ærøskøbing see here
In this PPE picture the royal couple look bored/uninterested :lol:
I quite like the red on the Queen.
Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik at the island Anholt during their trip with the Royal Yacht Dannebrog. May 26, 2011

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Day 4, May 26, is spent in Anholt!

** video: Regentparret på Anholt **

Poor little girls, it's been a bit too cold for those little summer dresses..

** BB: Dronning Margrethe og prinsgemalen i top-humør **

** Regentparret i sus og dus paa Anholt **

** Det lykkedes Margrethe at komme til Anholt **

And here are some great additions from the last days:

** Regentparret fortsætter sommerturné **

** Dronningen i Hadsund **

** Regentparret paa tour de Auning **

** Margrethe og Henrik aabner sommertogt i Grenaa **
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26-05-2011 Prince Henrik with strange glasses ( bril) at the island Anholt during their trip with the Royal Yacht Dannebrog.

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I remember that few years ago the Queen and Prince were travelling with their dachshunds. What about this trip?
I remember that few years ago the Queen and Prince were travelling with their dachshunds. What about this trip?

I don't have a source for it, but they rarely leave the dogs behind. So surely, they're aboard the Dannebrog.

Day 5 - the final day of the summer cruise - is dedicated to Horsens.

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** Galleri: Dannebrog sejler ind til Horsens **

** Galleri: Regentparret ankommer **

** Galleri: Royal karettur gennem Horsens **

Zarat, I haven't seen any of them, so I guess they travelled without them.
It's a pity because these dogs are so grafecul when they come out from limousine during official welcoming/farewell......;)
Thanks for the many pics. :flowers:

Based on a number of articles in Billed Badet #21 & 22.
All written by Ken Richter, in his usual matter of fact way.

- There is a set pattern when the Regent couple arrive at a town during their summer cruises.
Dannebrog enter the harbour, with the Regent Couple standing outside the bridge waving to people on land on on the many boat escorting Dannebrog, manned by elderly and middleaged gentlemen, who usually have adorned themselves with a fake captains cap and calling themselves "skipper" or "captain", almost feeling like colleagues to the captain of Dannebrog.
The clock is always 10.00 when Dannebrog moor, no matter what your watch may tell you.
In land everything is ready. The city council is lined up at the end of the red carpet and the mayor is wearing his chain.
The local Home Guard company is lined up with the colours. The local marchuin band is playing. The scouts are out. The local kindergardens have been mobilized and issued flags and the OAP's from retirement homes have been wheeled out on the occasion.
The police are wearing white caps, instead of the usual baseball caps. - Yes, it's a grand sight to behold.

The landing is lowered, a sailor is stationed at the bottom of the landing with a drawn cutlass and then, there they are. The Regent Couple!
They are recieved by the mayor who introduce them to the city council. QMII and PH are waving their arms off and QMII often greet some of the elderly among the onlookers.
Then the mayor escort the Reget Couple to the waiting carriage, which will drive to the townhall escorted by Guards Hussars.
At the townhall there are a couple of speeches a presentation of gifts to the Regent Couple and a little bite, then it's off to work.
Did you think the show at the harbour was over? No, no. When the dignitaries and the Regent Couple are gone, the royal Dachshunds are taken ashore and they usually deliver on the spot, to the delight of the onlookers.
In the evening there is a reception onboard Dannebrog, for the local dignitaries and it means a lot, who is invited and who is not!
At 22.00 Danneborg sails, hopefully without some of the silverutensils having been pinched. - That happened in grenaa sixteen years ago. A promt police invstigation revealed that a member of the city council had "borrowed" three spoons. That was the end of that political career...

With this background info, let's look at the actual visits.
Grenaa: They visited a designer of furnitures and QMII tried out an office chair. (It looks practical and comfy, I'm a bit envious). They visited the Manor turned into a museum, Gammel Estrup, where some of the rooms have recently been renovated and brought back to how they looked 300 years ago. Something that interested QMII. - That project was under the wings of Joachim. They visited Dronningens Holiday Resort. They visited Baunhøj Mill, which has been rebuild after a fire. That mill is hallmark for the town. And they visited the business Datagraf, where QMII was shown how easy it is to manipulate pictures nowadays, leading her to exclaim with a smile: "You are full of mischief".

The visit followed a similar pattern in the towns of Hadsund, Brønderslev and Horsens. With Prince Henrik showing that he is pretty good at breaking the ice and get people to relax. One of the visits were to Horsens State Prison, now a museum. Here PH wielded the executioners axe, last used in 1892. (*)

Anholt: A small island in the middle of the sea between jutland and Sweden. Population: 160, including 15 school children. A scenic and idyllic island with a unique nature, a place where the Regent Couple have come often, not least PH. The weather was pretty rough and as Dannebrog cannot enter the small harbour, it was planned that the Regent Couple would sail in the barge (prudently escorted by another boat from the navy). Alternatively they would be flown by helicopter to the island. But the Regent Couple have strong sea legs and chose the barge. They went for the usual tour, including ascending the 42 meter tall lighthouse, to have a look at the local seals who frolic in that area. (**)

(*) People were usually beheaded in DK at public executions. Often by a drunk excutioner, leading to several scandals. Capital punishment in peace time was abolished in the early 1930's and in times of war in the 70's or 80's.
There is a famous and in every way a very fascinating letter from an executioner to the king in the national archives.
It's actually a letter of complaint from an official executioner complaining about how some of the local courts used cheap local labour to perform executions and those bungling amateurs made a mess of it all, it really went against his sense of professionalism! He then went on to list how he was able to behead and hang people in neat professional way, how he could flogg people competently, could perform amputations, could quarter executed criminals and how he was well versed in using instruments of torture. - Now would His Majesty please grant him exclusive rights to act as the public executioner in all such matters in this part of the country?
I believe even back then that this letter caused some raised eyebrows! I don't know about any reply.
I think this must have taken place after Frederik III became king in the mid 1600's as there is no mentioning of his skills in burning witches. Frederik III basically put an end to burning witches in DK as well as becoming the first absolute Monarch.
My guess is that our executioner here was an ex-mercenary, probably around 1700. He would have been hardened in the wars about that time, probably risen to the rank of profoss, a kind of senior NCO. Presumably put in charge of executions and other punishments and he would have gained plenty of experience and no doubt ending up feeling a certain pride in how good he was.
Now, contrary to popular belief, executions were not that common in DK in the 16 and 1700's. In peace time it was only the king who could confirm a death sentence. As such an executioner had plenty of other jobs when it came to punishing convicted criminals. Long prison sentences were uncommon, physical punishment being much more common. Like whipping naked whores out of a town. (Especially if they forgot to pay for "protection"). And sometimes torture was used, but frowed upon in the latter half of the 1700's in particular. But a good executioner should at least be able to use instruments of torture.

(**) One of the lighthouses was the centre of a minor battle during the Napoleonic wars. Anholt had been occupied by the British after they bombarded Copenhagen in 1807, leading Denmark to become Napoleon's last ally by 1814. Anyway, it was attempted to take back Anholt and a force was landed there, but the assault was repulsed with heavy losses, as the lighthouse was fortified.
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This is a charming little story about the Regent Couple on the day, the summer cruises for 2011 officially ended. That happened on 19. september.
And this is the Navy Homeguard perspective: Hjemmeværnet - Sejlads med regentparret
Now, what goes on behind the scenes really interest me, because that's where we get a better view of both the royals themselves but also what they are doing. I love trivia!
As such, I'll translate this article.

Article by the Navy Homeguard.
Sejlads med Regentparret - Sailing with the Regent couple.
Written by Søren Pedersen.

Monday the 19. September Flotilla 363 Skovshoved (*) had the honor of sailing HM The Queen and HRH The Prince Consort from Skovshoved harbour (**) to Holmen (the navy yard) in Copenhagen.

The cause for the grand visit was that the Regent Couple were to board the Royal Yacht Dannebrog, for the Regent Couple's official disembarkation from the Royal Yacht.
HM the Queen and HRH the Prince Consort arrived at Skovshoved harbour, where they boarded MHV 809 Antares at 14.45. The flotilla had lined up the crew on the foredeck in the honor of HM the Queen (***) and commander of the flotilla, lieutenant commander Søren Pedersen recieved HM the Queen with phalarope (i.e. she was pibed onboard). After the flotilla commander had recieved the permission of HM the Queen, the royal standard (**** )was raised onboard MHV 809 Antares as a sign that the Queen was onboard.

Together with the flotilla commander, the second in command of the flotilla, first lieutenant Axel Miethe and operations officer, lieutenant Erik Jørgensen (the captain of the day of the vessel) stood and bid HM the Queen and HRH the Prince Consort welcome onboard.
After the welcoming HM the Queen and HRH the Prince Consort inspected the lined up honor guard on the foredeck. Then the flotilla commander followed HM the Queen and HRH the Prince Consort up to the open bridge (*****), so that the Regent Couple could watch the manouvering in the harbour. During the sailing HM the Queen was taken for a tour of the ship and offered coffee in the ship's mess.

When sailing into Copenhagen Harbour the Regent Couple again stood on the open bridge, so that they could recieve the salute from the Royal Yacht Dannebrog.
For the crew it was a very special occasion to recieve the greeting from Dannebrog, since it's normally Antares' crew who greet Dannebrog.

When HM the Queen had recieved the greeting from Dannebrog, the Antares moored at Holmen. Then the royal barge with Jagtkaptajn (******), captain of the Royal Yacht Dannebrog commander Lars Rosendahl Christophersen, sailed up to the larboard (left) (*******) side of Antares in order to recieved HM the Queen and HRH the Prince Consort.

The flotilla commander thanked HM the Queen and HRH the Prince Consort for the visit and phalarope was pibed, while the Queen entered the royal barge.

(*) In reality it's more a navy squadron. There are incidentally three words for squadron in Danish:
Eskadre = Navy squadron.
Eskadrille = Squadron of planes.
Eskadron = A cavalry squadron.

(**) Skovshoved is located a little north of Copenhagen, while Amalienborg is very close to Holmen in Copenhagen Harbour. My guess is that is was little salute to the Navy Homeguard.

(***) In official military articles it's unthinkable not to mention the title or at least the abbreviation of the title of the royals, - no matter how many times.

(****) You'll see the standard in the upper right corner of the article and again flying from the barge in the bottom. All other Danish warships are obliged to salute any ship or vessel flying that standard. It's comparable to nominating a plane with the US President, Air Force One.

(*****) QMII is the higest ranking and PH is on top of that full admiral a la suite, as such they will walk up the stairs first, followed by the flotilla commander.
The same thing when entering a barge. The higest ranking, QMII, enters the barge as the last, but she leaves the barge as the first.
ADDED: Except that QMII this time entered the barge as the very first. Oh well...:rolleyes: If she can't break the rules, who can? And she usually do enter the barge as the last person.

There is an excellent 56 images gallery here: Hjemmeværnet - Billedarkiv

(******) Being captain of Dannebrog is the most prestigious command a naval officer can hold. He is the Monarch's personal captain, and at the same time the first among her adjutants, no matter the other adjutants ranks or seniority.

(*******) Also known as portside. Simple because the port, where you entered ships-of-the-line, was always placed to larboard.

Some trivia about Dannebrog herself:
She is 76.60 meters long, 10.40 meters wide and has a depth of 3.65 meters.
Her crew consists of 58 including a number of conscripts.
Apart from that there is room for 27 staff members and 14 passengers.
Dannebrog is the only sailing purpose build royal yacht in the world. (She was officially to double as a hospital ship, but that has never been taken serious).
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Thank you for this Muhler! I think it must always be a bittersweet moment for HM and the Prince Consort when the Dannebrog season ends. Does she remain moored in front of Amalienborg throughout the winter?
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