Tomorrow's crowned heads

Tomorrow's crowned heads

søndag den 25. juni 2017

Residensforlæggelse til Marselisborg - og lidt historie ...

fredags startede sommerferien for alle landets skolebørn, og på en måde også for Regentparret. Ihvertfald var det dagen hvor de havde residensforlæggelse til Marselisborg Slot - noget der for alvor indikerer sommer i kongehuset. Dronning Margrethe og prins Henrik ankom med Kongeskibet Dannebrog til Aarhus Havn klokken 12.00 


... Lidt om den kongelige sommerresidens: 

Marselisborg Slot blev givet i gave til det daværende tronfølgerpar, prinsesse Margrethe og prins Henrik i sommeren 1967, af hendes far kong Frederik IX. De måtte bruge slottet som de ville, uden forpligtelser over for indretningen. Men den begejstring, som dronningen har overfor Marselisborg i dag, havde hun så absolut ikke dengang hendes far tilbød det nygifte par, at overtage slottet hvor dronningens farmor, dronning Alexandrine, havde levet sine sidste år, frem til sin død i 1952.
"Da jeg blev gift med prinsgemalen, var vi med mine forældre rundt i Danmark, og da vi kom til Aarhus og til Marselisborg, spurgte min far os, om vi ville overtage det. Jeg var noget skeptisk, for jeg kendte kun huset som ret gammeldags og mørkt, og jeg havde ikke rigtig noget forhold til det.

Men min mand - der jo kom med friske øjne - sagde, at det kunne vi bestemt ikke sige nej til. Og så var min far så large, at vi måtte bruge huset, som vi ville. Så vi fik det sat i stand i løbet af vinteren og flyttede så ind første gang i juni 1968 med vores nydøbte ældste barn," fortæller dronning Margrethe i bogen "Århus i hjertet".

"I mine bedsteforældres tid var huset aldrig blevet brugt uden for sommersæsonen. Vi fandt ud af, at huset egnede sig aldeles udmærket til at bo i hele året. Der var for det første centralvarme, og så kom der efterhånden også dobbeltvinduer - det var der ikke de første par år, og det kunne man godt mærke, når det blæste," forklarer dronningen, som har selv valgt de indvendige farver på Marselisborg, og dem er prins Henrik enig i. - "Men han tager sommetider en møbelvals, kalder vi det, når han skal se, om tingene kan stå anderledes," fortæller dronningen.


Fra at være et slot, som dronningen ikke umiddelbart havde den store lyst til, har det udviklet sig til at være et populært feriested for regentparret, hvor der kun bliver plads til meget få eller slet ingen officielle pligter. "Jeg glæder mig hver gang, når vi begynder at tælle ned til, at vi skal af sted til Aarhus - så slapper vi af og holder ferie. Jeg prøver altid på at have god tid til - rent ud sagt ikke at lave noget som helst, og det kan jo være aldeles dejligt," fortæller en ærlig dronning til forfatteren Søren Højlund Carlsen. 





fredag den 23. juni 2017

Kronprinsesse Victoria 40 år

Torsdag den 14. juli 1977 var Karolinska Sygehuset i Solna i Stockholm, omringet af journalister. Klokken 21.45 nedkom dronning Silvia nemlig med en lille pige; kongeparrets førstefødte, som nogle år senere blev Sveriges kronprinsesse. 

Denne sommer er det 40 år siden ...

Den 14.-15. juli fejres kronprinsesse Victorias fødselsdag i stor stil i den svenske hovedstad, og forhåbentlig med deltagelse af mange andre europæiske kongelige, så vi alle kan dvæle ved de mange smukke kjoler, hatte, mm. 

I forbindelse med den kommende 40-års fødselsdag har det svenske nyhedsbureau TT lavet et interview med kronprinsessen: 


Hun modtager os på Haga Slott under en smuk for-sommer himmel. Kronprinsessen er klædt i mørkeblå jakkesæt, hendes hår er samlet i den sædvanlige stramme knold og hun smiler. Hun beskriver sig selv som "lidt træt." Interviewet bliver lavet på en glasoverdækket veranda - eller en udestue som vi nok ville kalde det herhjemme - som ligger i den private del af haven bag slottet. En stor trampolin er placeret ved siden af, og i sandkassen på legepladsen flyder det med farverigt plastik legetøj.

Det er en helt særlig følelse for kronprinsessen og hendes familie, at være bosat på Haga: - "Jeg har aldrig haft mulighed for at møde mine bedsteforældre, så at bo her på Haga, som jeg ved betød meget for dem, det føles helt utrolig specielt. Det føles lidt som at komme til at kende dem," siger Kronprinsessen.


For lidt over fem år siden, gik drømmen om at blive mor i opfyldelse, da prinsesse Estelle blev født. Og sidste år kom lille prins Oscar til. - "Jeg vil virkelig gerne være en 'tilgængelig mor', en mor der er til stede, og en mor, der er en god rollemodel også." Men moderrollen skal kombineres med den professionelle rolle som kronprinsesse og kommende dronning for sit land, og det er ikke altid let. Nogle gange kan det bedst beskrives som en sorg, det hun går glip af: - "Du går glip af mange fine stunder med børnene. Jeg hører til dem, der er meget omhyggelig med at dokumentere børnenes opvækst. Jeg forsøge virkelig aktivt at observere og nedskrive de små ting, der sker," siger hun.

Kong Carl Gustaf og dronning Silvia var ofte fraværende under deres tre børns opvækst, og kongen har tidligere givet udtryk for, at han håbede Victoria kunne være mor "så meget som muligt og tage hånd om sin familie, inden det er hendes tur til at tage over."


- "Det er lidt en anden tid, vi lever i. Der er en større forventning om, at du skal være mere hjemme med børnene ... Det hjælper os også, at der er en forståelse for, at vi - nu når vi har små børn - kan ikke være væk så meget som vi kan, når børnene bliver ældre," siger hun. 


TT: Hvordan ville Kronprinsessen beskrive prins Oscar og prinsesse Estelle?

- "Oscar er meget rolig og iagttagende. Lidt reserveret, men frygtløs, meget social - og så elsker han sin storesøster. Estelle er så fuld af liv. Hun elsker andre mennesker, er selvsikker, social, har en dejlig humor, og er enorm omsorgsfuld. Jeg har ihvertfald ikke kedelige børn!"  



I sit hverv som kronprinsesse, forbereder Victoria sig også på at skulle overtage tronen en dag: 

- "Min livsopgave er at tjene Sverige. Det lyder måske prætentiøst på nuværende tidspunkt at sige det, men det er virkelig, sådan jeg føler! Jeg ser på mine forældre og deres utrættelige arbejde og med hvilken glæde og interesse de går til opgaverne på. Jeg håber, at jeg kan komme til at have den samme glæde, som de har, når jeg når deres alder."


TT: Hvad tænker De om dét at fylde 40? 

- "Ahhh ... Tiden går for hurtig. Jeg føler mig ikke på nogen måde som en der fylder 40. Men prinsesse Lilian sagde altid, at det er hvor gammel du føler dig, der tæller, ikke hvad der står på papiret."


TT: Hvad ønsker Kronprinsessen sig så allermest selv? 

- "En lang sommer. Jeg er meget klar til sommerferie lige nu," slutter kronprinsesse Victoria.






mandag den 12. juni 2017

Prinsesse Marie i Point de Vue

Prinsesse Marie pryder forsiden af sidste uges udgave af det franske magasin "Point de Vue Magazine". Desuden bringer magasinet et stort interview med den danske prinsesse med den franske baggrund.

Interviewet er blevet oversat til engelsk og vi bringer det såmænd lige her.


Interviewer: For several years, Denmark is seen as "the country of happiness". How do you explain it ?
Marie : There is a lot of reasons. The social model, the education and even the weather! The severity of the climate forces the Danes to be so strong and brave : they won't be stopped by any storm. The long winters are also why they like to spend so much of their time at home, it is what is famously called Hygge, this joy of staying together , in the family home,  and sharing simple joys. We do this a lot too. Being at home, lighting candles everywhere, resting in front of the fireplace, listening to the kids playing inside, reading a good book , what is more pleasant than that ? In general, Danes have a very balanced relationship between their professional lives and personal lives.

I: How does that show?
M: Here, we do not work late at night. My fellow citizens are efficient, they avoid wasting their times and start their day early in the morning. By the way, as French, I used to have latin hours. It took me a lot of adaptation to be fully active by 6 am. But I'm used to it now.. And with the kids , you have to wake up early anyway. Another form of wiseness : the Danes are good at leaving their phones away when they are home. It's hard. I always want to answer the emails I receive very quickly.

I: But do you have a "danish" daily life ?
M: We have a simple life. The most important thing to me is taking care of my children. They are everything for me and it's important for me that they are not raised by other people than me and my husband. Of course, we are lucky to have people to help us when we work but it is very important to me to take care of the daily life. If my daughter needs anything, she calls me. The same thing applies to my son. Even if I sometimes tell them I don't have the time (laughs). We have the same life as our fellow citizens , except that when we work, the press is there.

I: Is this exposition hard to deal with?
M: It really depends of your personality. You have to know that , despite wanting to, you can't please everyone. I wouldn't be able to play a role , to not be myself in any ways. That's how it is. I'm doing my best. Human beings have always been critical, maybe that today with social media you can hear it even more but I know how to concentrate on what is important.

I: If you had to describe the danish spirit in three words..
M: First and foremost, without any hesitation, positive!

I: Just like you then!
M: I can seem very happy but you know, I can also be very French... (laughs). For the two other words , I'd say peaceful and truthful. You can count on the Danes.

I: Your fellow citizens are so honest that you can see in front of shops or restaurant , strollers with babies asleep in them without any parents near them!
M: It's pretty amazing actually. It shows that Danes feel good, are not afraid, that they trust other people. It is a safe country where the society works harmoniously. It doesn't mean that this model is exportable everywhere in the world.

I: Is this harmony linked to the fact that your country is small ?
M: The size of the country plays a role in it because the territory is homogeneous. But you also have to take into account our history. We have the oldest monarchy in Europe and we deeply care about our traditions. But the country is also very modern. The education plays a big role too.

I: In what way ?
M: In Denmark, we teach children that they shouldn't compare themselves to others. The idea is to be happy with who we are , with what we have. This way we avoid jealousy and competition. At school, there are no grades for example until very late in their schooling. Every student is at the same level. The children don't feel diminished. They don't doubt themselves. You can always find negative things about this system but I think that it is mostly positive. It's also positive because children like to learn. My son cries if he can't go to school! He's very happy when he goes to school.

I: What are the keys of this joy to learn ?
M: Children's creativity is very encouraged. We teach them to be themselves. In France, we had backpacks full of big books as soon as we started school. Here, kids start going to school when they're 6. We think that before 6 , they need to play. I sticked to that idea for one of my children. The other will start school a little before school because we feel like it's the right time. Every personality is different. Another danish feature : there is less classes each day here. For example, my son starts school at 8 am and is done at 1pm. Then, in the afternoon, they do activities like sport, art, music. My son sometimes goes to the forest to observe animals. They are outside as much as possible and their link to nature is fundamental. Even babies sleep outside a lot.

I: Even when it's very cold ?
M: We are careful when the temperatures are low of course (laughs). The first time my husband showed me this method, I was...surprised! Even pretty scared but I was convinced pretty quickly. Kids sleep very well apparently...

I: Do you have education principles that come more from your side of the family ?
M: Fundamentals are very important to me. Politeness of course , good manners too.. For example, children shouldn't interrupt adults when they are talking. They have to look at whoever they are saying hello to. I'm very strict about this and I think it doesn't prevent the children to be and feel free, to have fun and to feel loved. Respecting adults is very important. You have to be able to live together. There are moments for adults and moments for children.


I:Your father-in-law is French, would you say that your husband is fully Danish though ?
M: He is just like his mother, he is very creative just like her. He is very good in artistic fields even if not a lot of people know that. From his father, he took elegance, a huge culture and he is very lively. He is ultra positive and equanimous. I have never seen him in a bad mood! He always see the good side of everything. He is a perfect Dane but he is still open to the world, he married a foreigner after all!

I: What about your children ?
M: They are a mix of us both. They have a little of my spirit of freedom. They have amazing personalities and are very curious!
I: Since simple pleasures are valued in Denmark, could you tell us what your simple pleasures are ?
M: When I go get my kids from school. I'll never get tired of it. Being with my husband just before dinner. Drinking wine together, talking about our day. Our big walks in the nature too! I can walk for hours. As soon as I can, I go walking. I hate running though!

I: Is there a Danish saying that you think is very true ?
M: "Speech is silver, Silent is golden" (i.e it's better to listen than to talk). It also exists in French but I think it suits the danish way of living quite well. My fellow citizens don't talk a lot about themselves. They know how to listen, which can make them a little shy sometimes. I love this ability of always taking interest into others.

I: Is there any cliché about Denmark that makes you angry?
M: Do you have an example ?

I: That Denmark is a country of Vikings ?
M: That's also true. My husband is never sick. He never goes to the doctor. He's very strong. He is a Viking! They have very good genes!

I: That every Danes bike ?
M: It's true! Even the Ministers! You can even see very sophisticated women , in high heels, fighting wind and rain , or mothers biking to drop their kids to school. I do that too, I'm totally used to it now : I take my son, my daughter and even my dog! Everyone comes...

I: Your dog has to be small then
M: It is. She is a Bichon Frisé. Her name is Apple. I had her before coming to Denmark.

I: How old is she?
M: She's 12 and she has the obligation to stay alive! I want her to be with us as long as possible.

I: Did certain things surprised you when you arrived in Denmark?
M: People swimming in winter! Apparently, it creates a real sense of exhilaration. I'm going to try because I'm very curious and I don't want to die without knowing..
I: There is another important aspect of a culture : gastronomy
M: Nordic and Danish cooking are very popular and well-known right now. Tourists from all over the world come to Denmark to discover this cooking based on the naturalness of products, the importance of organic food, the creativity. I'm Patron of the Copenhagen Food & Cooking Festival , which is a great joy for me because I love food! This engagement is linked to another mission that I care about : fighting against food waste. Denmark is a pioneer in this fight. We take more initiatives on this theme than any European countries.

I: Could you give us a traditional meal that you really like ?
M: I like cooking a lot and one of my favorite meals is "crispy pork". We eat this kind of like we eat crisps. You can eat it everywhere in the country but it is not very "dietetic". The other thing I find delicious is rye bread, there are around two hundred different kinds here. We don't have white bread here. I also cook French meals of course..



I: If you had to guide our readers through your country, where would you start ?
M: When friends visit us,  I love showing them the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Louisiana Museum just outside Copenhagen, but also the small galeries in town. The Opera is worth seeing and the ballets at the Royal Theatre as well : it's a must! The beautiful castles truly are the historic identity of our country. And what could be more pleasant than a walk on the beautiful bridge Nyhavn with an obligatory stop to Tivoli for the children... and the parents! Another thing that fascinates me is design which is becoming one of our brands. It started in the 1950s and since then , this purified and ultra-modern trend hasn't stopped developing.

I: Could you tell us about some of those designs ?
M: A visit to Ilumsbolighus will give you an idea of the Danish style. Every generation can find something they like there. There are classics like the porcelain of Royal Copenhagen, the furnitures of Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl or Fritz Hansen, the silverware and jewelry of Georg Jensen... You will also find there the creations of new brands like Hay, very young and creative, Normann Copenhagen or Muuto. The architecture is very dynamic too. Today we are lucky to witness the success of the young architect Bjarke Ingels. He is 42 and he creates extraordinary places all around the world. He was selected to built the second tower of the World Trade Center and the Google Campus in California. In Copenhagen, he will build a waste incinerator and its roof will be... a ski area! In France, he is supervising the Europacity project, near Roissy.

I: Even if the country of happiness, there has to be things that need improvement. Could you tell me about the causes you defend and work for ?
M: Wherever we are, we have to pay attention and care about the most vulnerable ones. I try to take care as much as possible of the people with disabilities , autistic children and epileptic persons for example. I also work with the AIDS Foundation. These moments are important for me. I deeply love spending time with these persons and I am proud to live in a country that take care of its people.



torsdag den 8. juni 2017

Royalt guldbryllup - uden pomp og pragt

For snart 50 år siden sagde den danske tronfølger Margrethe ja til at leve resten af sit liv sammen med franske diplomat, grev Henri de Monpezat.

Det unge par blev gift den 10. juni 1967 i Holmens Kirke i København, og tronfølgerens bryllup blev fejret med pomp og pragt på Fredensborg Slot.

Siden er tronfølgeren blevet dronning, og i overmorgen kan dronning Margrethe og prins Henrik fejre deres guldbryllup.

Det royale guldbrudepar har allerede taget forskud på festlighederne, og mandag fejrede parret deres mangeårige ægteskab omgivet af både børn, svigerbørn og børnebørn på slottet, der dannede rammen om bryllupsfesten for 50 år siden. Selve dagen, lørdag, tilbringer Regentparret i helt private rammer ombord på Kongeskibet Dannebrog. 



Kronprinsparret på svensk visit

Jeg har lige været på ferie - en dejlig tur til Albufeira i Algarve, og derfor har der været lidt stille på bloggen ... Mens vi var afsted, var vores Kronprinspar en tur i Stockholm for at deltage i erhvervsfremstødet ’Liveable Scandinavia’ - et to-dages visit der ikke mindst bød på gode timer sammen med deres svenske kollegaer og nære venner, Kronprinsesse Victoria og Prins Daniel. 
Vores dækning af besøget kommer her, bedre sent end aldrig ...

   Ankomst til Stockholm søndag den 28. maj.


Officiel middag i Eric Ericssonhallen Kl. 19.30




Det svenske kongepar bød på frokost. Her deltog også Prins Carl Philip og Prinsesse Sofia.
   Ankomst tirsdag aften til Rådhuset i Stockholm: