Profession Princess: Book review

Catarina Hurtig: Profession Prinsesse – translated to Danish.

Let me start out by saying that I wish I could have read the original Swedish version of this book. Unfortunately, the only version I could get my hands on, was the Danish translation.

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The mistresses of Danish Kings – book review

The mistresses are the darker side of the royals – they weren’t perfect, the mistresses are proof that they did not stick to their marriage vows. And as the book by Henning Dehn-Nielsen shows, it also happened in the Danish royal history. Repeatedly.

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Freud m’a dit – Freud har sagt – a book review

In 2006, Steen Kristensen published a triple biography in Danish on Prince George of Greece and Denmark, Princess Marie Bonaparte and Sigmund Freud. The result was definitely worth a read.

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Frederik: Kronprins af Danmark

Frederik“Frederik: Kronprins af Danmark” is the newest biography about the Danish royals. Where the unofficial biography about Marie Cavallier came before the wedding – just in time for the Danes to get to know their new princess (and the publisher to make quick money on it, if we’re being cynical about it…) – this latest endeavour was published on the occasion of Crown Prince Frederik’s 40th birthday. It is written by Karin Palshøj og Gitte Redder, the same two journalists who wrote the biography of Crown Princess Mary.

The fact that this is an official biography is shown by the fact that not only is Crown Prince Frederik talking to the authors, his brother, his close friends, his head of security, his former colleagues, and so on, are also doing it – and they’re doing it by name. A few notables are missing – the Queen, the Prince Consort, some royal cousins… but that’s just nitpicking.

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Victoria’s wedding, cost vs. profit

Di.se had an article a while ago, which I found fascinating, and wanted to discuss. They have basically taken the potential wedding between Crown Princess Victoria and her boyfriend, Daniel Westling and calculated what they estimate to be the cost of the wedding, and the profits.

Let’s take a look at their calculations:

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The Jewels of the Danish royal house

Juvelerne i det danske kongehus – Bjarne Steen Jensen, 2001.

According to an interview with Bjarne Steen Jensen in 2006, he has spent years building up his knowledge of the Danish royal jewels, and this most certainly shines through in this quite excellent reference book on the jewels in the Danish royal family.

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Borders and royal books

*giggle*

Originally uploaded by librarian_triumphant

 

Tina Brown’s Diana is a great Christmas gift for “Your Grandma” according to the Borders staff.

 

I’m not sure what this says about the general perception of royal watchers (that we’re all 80 year olds?).

 

I do own a copy of it. And I wouldn’t classify myself as an 80 year old or a granny. How about you?

County visits

For the people who didn’t spend their education memorizing the Norwegian counties as yours truly did; Norway is divided into 19 counties – which in turn is divided into municipalities. (If you’re interested in random factoids; there are 430 municipalities.)

 

The royal family has made a habit of making special visits to the counties, so they can meet people who may not normally get a chance to meet the royals. These county visits roughly follow the pattern of a state visit; they’re three days long, usually, and the royals tend to do two of them a year. (Haakon and Mette-Marit does one, and Harald and Sonja one.)

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“Our” royals?

A lot of the time, when someone is about to make an argument against having a monarchy- if they diverge from the ever faithful “they’re living on our taxes” argument, or the “it’s an old-fashioned form of government” one- for some of the countries we usually end up with the ever true and tried one: “They’re not XXX nationality, they’re from YYY.”

 

In a lot of ways, it is true.

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Helt Konge

Some years ago, the Norwegian language adopted a new use of the word King. It was not used solely to refer to King Harald anymore.

 

From being a substantive, it also mutated into being an adjective. Things that formerly were cool were suddenly “konge”/”king.”

 

And, as always, the newspapers gripped hold of this fascinating new meaning, which allowed them to make less than clever puns when they talked about the King, or the royal family.

 

The picture text in this article on the Norwegian holiday residences, state that the King and Queen have it “helt konge” at their summer house.

 

It is also used about their visit to Nordland. And, of course, when they opened the new playground – the playground was, according to the paper, helt konge.

 

A boat trip in sunny weather this summer was also described by the same words. As was the new Lexus the royal family acquired.

 

Whereas, the deficit in the royal budget was described as not “helt konge”…

The Humanitarian Foundation

At the time of their wedding, Haakon and Mette-Marit started a Humanitarian foundation, which  gives out a sum of money to various cases, on their wedding anniversary.

 

Crown Prince Haakon has previously joked that this is a way for him to remember his anniversary.

 

This year, the board of the foundation decided that the money should go to the Fundación Xochiquetzal from Nicaragua. Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited this organization during her visit to Nicaragua last year.    The organization, which focuses on social project, received 500,000 NOK. The sum will be used for micro-credit loans, to help youths who have formerly been part of the sex-trade, to start their own businesses.

 

Pictures from BA

Royal Magazines

It is not always easy to find royal magazines. Even in Europe.

Or, more precisely, it is not always easy to find them outside the geographic scope they publish for. Where many newspaper/magazine kiosks will have Cosmopolitan, Elle or Vogue, often in more than one language, they often don’t seem to cater to those of us who’re into royalty.

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First royal book

In 1996, I received my first copy of a book that would prove to give ample fruit to the interest in future investigations on the subject. The city was London, with its many bookshops, and in one of those… I received my first copy of Kings and Queens of England and Great Britain, by Eric R Delderfield.

The edition of the book, which I acquired, may not be quite up to date today – after all, Charles and Diana are no longer married; the Queen has two more grandchildren; Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother have passed away, et cetera. However, it is still an interesting book to rummage through, for the longer historic lines, and details… even if the more current history is not quite up to date.

Today, for basic information, I suspect one would just go to Wikipedia, instead of to an actual book.