Queen Margrethe’s life in a comic book

September 16 the publishing house Cobolt releases the first in a series of new comic/illustrated books. The topic of the series is Queen Margrethe and her life. The first in the series follow her from birth to when she becomes the Queen of Denmark.

Like a lot of the Queen’s life – this is a dual collaboration between Denmark and France. Erik Svane, a Danish author living in France, and Thierry Capezzone, a French artist living in Denmark, have worked together to produce this. DAISY – EN PRINSESSE I DANMARK

Royal Food: Documentary – 2/3 (2014

The documentary with Prince Henrik has now gone on to France and the Château de Cayx.

Two Danish food personalities, the Price brothers, join him in the kitchen.

Henrik is really in his element when discussing food, shopping for food… He is also talking about eating seasonally and how he grew up with a mother who did it that way.

He is also shown as participating in the winery there.

In this episode, the Queen also pops by the kitchen, and Prince Henrik comments that his wife enjoys gastronomy, but that she’s not much of a cook. “I assume. I have never asked her to cook anything.”

At Cayx, the prince says that they come to get away from the routines. They’re almost a normal regular family there.


Royal Food: Documentary – 1/3 (2014)

DR has made a documentary in three parts with Prince Henrik cooking in the kitchen. The three episodes are reputed to take place in three different palaces. The first one is Fredensborg.

“What does the regent couple eat for dinner? Get the answer and all the recipes when HRH the Prince Consort exclusively invite into the palace kitchen where he and the chef Jesper Vollmer plan and make the regent couple’s dinner.”.
Part one: http://www.dr.dk/tv/se/hofretter/hofretter-fredensborg-slot#!/

Available online until June 26.

Favorite part: When Prince Henrik gives the chef mushrooms he has picked, tells him how to prepare them, and then tells him: “If I die, it is my own fault.”

The chef refers to him in third person as “The Frenchman”.

Henrik’s poor Danish accent is kind of cringe-worthy compared to the chef’s Danish, but he is sounding really into what he is talking about, and he has a great vocabulary.

May 18 – Unveiling of the Statue of Christian Frederik

Pictures from May 18, when Queen Margrethe, King Harald and Queen Sonja came down to the parliament to unveil the statue of Christian Frederik.

Since I had not got good pictures of the royals the day before, I got a decent enough spot at this unveiling. At least enough to photograph the arrival.


Scandinavian royals to celebrate Norwegian constitution

The Norwegian constitution will celebrate its bicentenary on May 17. (Trust me, I will probably mention this a lot during the coming year…).

The committee, who is arranging the celebration, sent an invitation to the Swedish and the Danish court (in addition to the Norwegian, I would presume.) to invite them to the celebrations at Eidsvoll on May 17.

Eidsvoll is the place where the constitution was signed in 1814.

NRK revealed that the Danish Folketinget passed on the acceptance from  Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik.  They had accepted the invitation and would participate. Nobody from the Swedish royal house was listed as attending. The arrangement committee demurred, and said that they wouldn’t comment on it.

Acting PR person at the Swedish court said that the Swedish king has a principle, that he does not visit other countries on their special days, such as their national day.

Both the initial revelation and the Swedish court’s justification received criticism, on both sides of the border. An editorial in Expressen called the decision “lacking in history knowledge.” Especially, the writer points  out that since it was the King’s ancestor,  who invaded Norway in 1814, and ended up uniting the two countries…  It seemed particularly wrong to call the bicentenary celebration just a national day.

(Swedish politicians who were invited to the celebration accepted, citing the brotherhood between the two countries.)

After much back and forth in the media in the two countries, the Swedish court has made a historic turnaround. The King and Queen will be attending the celebration after all. The court is citing that they’ve received new information – it will  be a special event in the evening. And not part of the standard celebrations. Which of course, makes all the difference.

They’re also announcing that the royal palace in Stockholm will host a special seminar on May 5 about the 200 years of peace between Norway and Sweden.

Prince Henrik’s visit to the hospital

When the twins were born on January 8, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie were two of the people who didn’t visit them in the hospital. The court said that they were on a private holiday that had been planned well in advance, and Prince Joachim confirmed this. Billedbladet first stated that this holiday was in Spain, but it was later revealed that they went to Miami.

Now, Se & Hør have also revealed that while they were in Miami, young Prince Henrik was admitted to the Baptist Children Hospital with breathing problems. The court confirms to Se & Hør that he was treated for bronchitis and dehydration.

This leads BT to ponder if being around second-hand smoke could have provoked this reaction, (and have a television doctor state that children who are around second-hand smoke are more prone to illnesses such as pneumonia and asthma) and poll their readers if they think Prince Joachim should use this time to quit smoking.

There will also be a poll on this site, but feel free to chime in with your opinions in the comments.

Programme for Queen Margrethe’s 70th birthday

[picappgallerysingle id=”7717006″]The Danish court has released the programme for Queen Margrethe’s 70th birthday celebrations. The programme may be changed.

To my mind, there is a whole lot of exhibits going on. No indication yet whether there will be a massive invasion of royal guests from all over Europe, as there was for her 60th birthday, although the “party for private friends” on the evening of the 16th, could be interpreted that way.

Without further ado  – the programme.
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Danish Evening Party

Tonight Queen Margrethe hosted an evening party. The guests were the members of the Danish cabinet, the Danish parliament (Folketinget) and the Danish member of the European parliament. In attendance was also the majority of the senior members of the Danish royal house – Princess Elisabeth was missing – as well as the various members of their courts.

The guests were entertained by the royal guard’s band, and the Uppercut Dance Theatre.

Berlingske has a picture series.

Amalienborg, 16. April, 2009

The Queen’s Birthday. And the whole family was out in full force. I did not actually notice Princess Isabella until I came home – she is rather small behind the bars.

The balcony scene is interesting to see, year after year, especially when it includes the children. Prince Nikolai is tall enough to comfortably look over the barrier now, and his brother, Prince Felix has also reached the desired height. Prince Christian, on the other hand, is trying so hard to look over the barrier, whereas his sister, Princess Isabella has decided against trying and is more comfortable looking through the bars.

Amalienborg Palace Square was stuffed with people today, old and young, Danes and tourists – as well as Her Majesty’s guard playing the birthday song. If you ever have the occasion to be in Copenhagen on the 16th of April, I sincerely recommend a trip to the Palace square, at 12 o’clock.

This was probably the last public engagement for Princess Marie until the birth.

For more pictures taken by yours truly: Flickr

The Danish Home Guard

With Crown Princess Mary in training for the Danish Home Guard: Army, Billed Bladet has pulled out pictures from the time her mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe II, went through the training for the Airforce branch of the Home Guard.


The Home Guard stands strong among the Danish female royals: the Queen’s sister, Princess Benedikte is a member of the Navy branch of the organization. 


The Danish Home Guard is a part of the Danish military. It has around 50,000 volunteers, and 650 full-time employees. It was formed in 1945, by former resistance fighters, who wanted to ensure that Denmark had a wide network of people who knew how to fight, if Denmark was to be invaded again. Today, the organization deals with education of military forces sent out for deployment, and with more civilian matters inside Denmark, such as handling environmental or other emergencies where the government is in need of extra hands.