Danish Royal Watchers

Sunday 29 January 2006

You can see the christening

If by any chance you missed the christening a week ago, or you would like to see it again, you can see it still via Norwegian Nett TV. Click on the link which follows.


Click on the underlined 'Klikk her for å åpne NRK Nett-TV' and the webclip will appear in a new window. Thanks to Norwegian Nett TV for providing this ongoing link!

Set aside an hour and fifteen minutes if you want to watch all the way through. The commentary is in Norwegian, but it is no less interesting. Check out the photos here in previous posts to help you identify who is who. Some moments to watch for: the interactions between Mary and Christian, also with Frederik and between the godparents, Nikolai full of beans at the moment of the christening and then later playing paper, rock, scissors with Joachim towards the end of the service! I have heard on another clip from Danish DR news that the name was announced on the loudspeakers of buses and trains. I remember a reporter saying he was travelling to work on a train in Copenhagen the day Christian was born, when he got a call about the birth on his mobile phone. He announced it to everyone on the carriage and they all clapped and cheered. Enjoy the christening courtesy of Norway!


Saturday 28 January 2006

More photos for the album....

It might have been broadcast, photographed, talked of and written about in the media, but it was still an event for family and friends. Some more photos for the family album:

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1. John and Susan Donaldson enter the church after being greeted by Chief of the Crown Princely Couple's Court, Per Thornit. Thornit greeted everyone as they entered, before taking his place with all other members of the couple's staff as guests at the christening.
2. Grandad Prince Henrik holds Nikolai and Prince Joachim holds Felix before the family leaves the church on the way to the reception 'next door' in Christiansborg Slotskirke.
3. Well rugged up, the Queen and Prince Consort leave the church.
4. Not so well rugged, John and Susan Donaldson follow.
5. Then along come Mary's older sister Jane Stephens and Mary's middle sister Patricia Bailey.
6. Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium.
7. Princess Alexandra leaves church with sons Nikolai and Felix.
8. Weather shot: lucky John Donaldson's tie is attached to his neck and hang on to the hat Susan!
9. Mum smiles, Nikolai is glad to get inside and Felix is being very good despite being under the weather!
10. Mary's friend Amber Petty is blown into the church wisely with hand very firmly on hat!
11. Mary's sisters Jane and Patricia ahead of Haakon and Mette-Marit in the procession out of the church after the christening.
12. Patricia and Jane.
13. Friends of Mary and Frederik, Christoffer Castenskiold and Ellen Hillingsø.
14. More friends, Holger Gad Foss and Rose Gad Foss.
15. Three princesses in a row: Princess Alexandra of Berleburg, Princess Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg and Princess Elizabeth, cousin to Margrethe, Benedikte and Anne-Marie.
16. Frederik's brother Prince Joachim with his sons Nikolai and Felix. Frederik is godfather to Nikolai and Joachim godfather to Christian.
17. Patricia, Jane, Nikolai, Felix and Joachim, who is involved in a bit of child wrangling!
18. Mary's hofdame Countess Victoria Bernstorff-Gyldensteen (originally from New Jersey) and her husband Count Frants Erich Bernstorff-Gyldensteen (link Gyldensteen coat of arms). Also link: Estate of Gyldensteen.
19. The Queen and Prince Henrik contend with some emotions during the service (most unusual).
20. While Mary was contending with Christian during the baptism, Joachim also had to contend with a sick Felix. Nice that the two little cousins to Christian were so closely included in the ceremony.
21. An Australian friend, Amber Petty, right, and a Danish friend, Rose Gad Foss, left.
22. All in the family, after the service.
23. King Konstantine, Queen Anne-Marie and Princess Benedikte leaving the church. Princess Benedikte's husband Richard was ill and unable to attend.
24. Prince Joachim with his sons in the procession leaving the church.
25. Rikke Juel and her husband Michael Brandt, clearly part of the baby boom among the royals and Frederik's and Mary's friends, expecting their second child.
26. Julie Mølsgaard.
27. The Queen mops up!

And... Frederik, Mary and Christian arrive back in Fredensborg after the christening in Copenhagen, to be greeted by their fellow townsfolk, before their private evening party which included a dinner with Tasmanian food and wine and a small fireworks display:


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1. Mary's father John Donaldson and her stepmother Susan Donaldson arriving.
2. In the church, from left to right: Susan Elizabeth Donaldson (Moody), Mary's stepmother, her father Professor John Donaldson, Prince Henrik and Queen Margrethe. Behind them you can see Prince Joachim attending to little Prince Felix, who was suffering a cold on the day.
3. From top CP Haakon, CPss Mette-Marit, CP Victoria and just visible CP Pavlos and Jeppe Handwerk.
4. Princess Alexandra and CPss Marie-Chantal get each others' number!
5. Norway's Princess Märtha Louise hangs on to her hat as she arrives.
6. CPss Mette-Marit of Norway continues her adventures with extreme weather!
7. Princess Alexandra: "You've got to keep it on!" Nikolai: "Don't want to!"


Friday 27 January 2006

and the day before...

20 Jan 2006. Crown Princes Mary, with her sister Jane and some friends, go for a walk with Ziggy. Fredensborg, Denmark.

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Thursday 26 January 2006

Amalienborg Museum's royal display

UPDATE: I added more photos to the following posts:
- Leaving the church and meeting the press
- The reception

From Lotte's previous post:
The Amalienborg Museum will display the christening robe, the royal baptismal font and the gold plate with its accompanying ewer and candlesticks from Friday 27 January until Sunday 19 March 2006.

The objects exhibited will form part of the current exhibition, "The Royal Succession – an exhibition for children" and will illustrate the continuity of the Royal House, which is the theme of the exhibition.
Jan. 26. 2006 Museum curetor Gerda Petri is shown hanging Prince Christian's robe. One can also see a ribbon on the floor, that's because sometime during the ceremony, one of the ribbons from Prince Christian's robe fell to the floor --to be later collected by Crown Prince Frederik. That's the reason why the ribbon will also be placed on the floor at the museum display.


A peek at some of the guests

Some of the guests in hires:

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1. Alexandra, Princess zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (in Carolina Herrera) with her husband Count Jefferson-Friedrich von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth. Princess Alexandra is the eldest daughter of HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark, younger sister to Queen Margrethe. Alexandra and Frederik are first cousins. The couple have a daughter, Ingrid (born 2003), named for Queen Ingrid.
2. Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and her husband Ari Behn. Märtha Louise and Ari Behn are part of the young parents brigade present at the wedding. They have two daughters, Maud Angelica (b.2003) and Leah Isadora (b.2005). Märtha Louise was among the royal visitors at the 2000 Sydney Olympics 2000 when Frederik and Mary had their chance meeting at The Slip Inn at The Rocks, (and 2, and 3). Märtha Louise and Frederik are distantly related through Prince Carl/King Haakon of the 1905 succession crisis.
3. From Belgium, Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde (Duke and Duchess of Brabant). Again, among the young royal parents of Europe, the couple has three children: heir apparent Princess Elisabeth (b. 2001), Prince Gabriel (b. 2003) and Prince Emmanuel (b. 2005).
4. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. Victoria, future queen of Sweden is also distantly related to Frederik and is chosen as a godmother to Christian. Victoria is yet to marry.
5. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. Frederik is godfather to the future queen of Norway, their first born Ingrid Alexandra (b.2004). The couple has just had a second child, Sverre Magnus (b.2005) to add to their family of five as Mette-Marit has a son Marius from a previous relationship. The Norwegian and Danish royal families are close historically and in the present.
6. Queen Anne-Marie and Princess Benedikte are Frederik's aunts, the younger sisters of Queen Margrethe II.
7. Princess Alexandra (ex-wife of Prince Joachim) with eldest son Prince Nikolai and youngest son Prince Felix.
8. Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Pavlos (Marie-Chantal) of Greece. Pavlos is the first born son of ex King Konstantine and ex Queen Anne-Marie, who have five children and live in London. Pavlos is Frederik's first cousin and godfather to Christian. An unofficial site and the official site (under development). Pavlos and Marie-Chantal have four children ranging in age from 10 years old to 18 months.
9. From The Dutch Royal House, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, who have two children 4 and 2 years old.