Wednesday 28 November 2007

Christian keeps busy & a family move is a bit closer

All Amalienborg photos © Steen Brogaard

As well as lunch at Ida Davidsen's with the Siesbye's on November 16, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Prince Christian attended a reception at their future Copenhagen home at Amalienborg Palace. The reception with the workers marked the end of major construction work on the Frederik VIII Mansion as part of the staged renovation of the building, which has not had any work done on it in more than 70 years. In Riddersalen (the Knight's Hall) they celebrated the conclusion of this part of the restoration with the workmen engaged on the project, which is not expected to be finished until autumn in 2009.

All Amalienborg photos Billed Bladet & ¡Hola! © Steen Brogaard

From Jyllands PostenSteen Brogaard

A bit of Amalienborg 101 below. Some aerial shots 1) shows the proximity to the harbour and the gardens next to the water, 2) the palace/mansion in the bottom of the picture is Frederik VIII's Palace or Brockdorff's which is being restored for Frederik and Mary and their family, 3) bottom right is Margrethe's and Henrik's, bottom left will be Frederik's and Mary's, top right is where Frederik and Mary, Joachim and Benedikte currently have apartments and it is also the location of the Amalienborg Museum, top left is the reception and guest palace and the scene of official functions, including "balcony scenes", 4) the facade of Frederik VIII's Palace, 5) a view from the harbour before Frederik and Mary were married, no work had begun on Queen Ingrid's and King Frederik's old Copenhagen home and Margrethe's and Henrik's was having some exterior restoration work done, 6) a view towards the new Opera House, Frederik's and Mary's on the top left and Margrethe's and Henrik's on top right, 7) a map!

Amalienborg - explains the history of the rococo buildings
Amalienborg and Amalienhavn
Frederik VIII's Palæ
Frederik VIII's Palace - from Frederik's and Mary's website

The Palaces and Properties Agency is responsible for the maintenance of the exterior and internal structure of the buildings, Europa Nostra has contributed to restoration of the facades during the 90s (helped by the good offices of ex-president Prince Henrik, no doubt) and the Royal Family is responsible for the cost of interior decoration, furnishings and including kitchens, bathrooms and other utility areas.

The Daily Telegraph - Sydney 'Hands-on mum Princess Mary grooms baby Prince Christian' (!)
¡Hola! 'Los Príncipes Federico y Mary con su hijo, el Príncipe Christian, supervisan las reformas de la que será su neuva residencia real'
New photos above and from Jyllands Posten - Topping-out ceremony with Frederik and Mary
By Else Boelskifte
Published 29 Nov 07
Prince Christian went along when the builders and craftsmen and his parents raised the roof tree the other day in connection with the renovation of Frederik VIII's Palace at Amalienborg.
The palace becomes Frederik's and Mary's official home when the extensive renovation works are completed during 2009.
Rafters and roof beams in the building are finished and that inspired a party, not only for those who were responsible for the roof, but with all the builders who are currently working on the renovation of the palace.
However, Mary and Frederik and their children will only stay at Amalienborg for a part of the year, just as the Queen and Prince Henrik do now [in winter].
Nice as the palace in capital is, it can't compete with Chancellery House in Fredensborg, which has a swimming pool and is, after all, a nicer place to be for Prince Christian and his little sister Isabella. This is even though it is thought the palace is endowed with some 70 square metres of roof terrace at the back of the building.
The budget for the renovation by the Palaces and Properties Agency has gone up and is now around 200 mill. DKK. [More serious structural and rising damp/wood rot problems were discovered in 2005] and in particular, the wings of the building were found to be in greater disrepair than expected.
And from Billed Bladet 'Her skal vi bo, Christian' – We are going to live here, Christian:
The Crown Prince Couple took Prince Christian along when they held a topping up ceremony in Frederik VIII’s Palæ (mansion) at Amalienborg with the many craftsmen who, for a couple of years now, have worked hard in restoring the building. Mary and Frederik have long looked forward to moving in to the renovated mansion together with little Christian and Princess Isabella in the Autumn of 2009. And it is no less now, after having seen how grand the craftsmen have made the old Frederik VIII’s Mansion look already. New kitchen, new bathrooms, roof terrace and much more luxury will be completed in a year and a half from now.
While Princess Isabella was sleeping soundly during the entire reception, Christian had a cosy time with mum and dad and with the many craftsmen present at the reception at the palace. Mary diddle-diddled him on the nose and told him about the old palace. Christian listened to his mother, just as he listened to a couple of the many builders who came to say hello to him.
Crown Prince Frederik loves traditions and has a huge respect for the craftsmanship and the people who have toiled in order to make the mansion beautiful and more modern inside. That’s why he and Mary got a topping up ceremony up and running. A topping up ceremony is traditionally held when the walls are finished, the beams laid and the roof construction raised. The new construction is then decorated with garlands (in the shape of wreaths). The master craftsmen take care of the garlands and the building's owner pays for the reception for all who have taken part in the construction. Frederik had therefore brought port, marzipan ring cake, red sausages (a DK specialty) and beer and fizzy drinks
ad libitum for all the craftsmen, who got a perfect end to a long workday. The Crown Prince Couple naturally proposed a toast to the workers and Frederik then gave a speech in which he thanked them and emphasised that he and the Crown Princess look forward to moving into their new home. Frederik, Mary and children will however not completely abandon Kancellihuset in Fredensborg, where they live now.
“The idea is that the Crown Prince Couple will live at Amalienborg a part of the year. Bur some of the time they will still live in Fredensborg where there are better possibilities for activities for their children,” says the DRF information chief, Lis M. Frederiksen.
Prince Christian will still attend a nursery in Fredensborg when he and the family move in at Amalienborg in Copenhagen, but a year or so later he will start school. In all probability he will be together with his cousins Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix at Krebs School, located only five minutes by car from Amalienborg. From a purely practical point of view it is therefore also an advantage for the Crown Prince Couple to move to the capital.
There are however other benefits as well. The newly renovated and restored mansion at Amalienborg for example has a 70 square metre roof terrace. It is large enough for the Crown Prince Couple to enjoy the weather and a BBQ-evening under open sky along with Christian and Isabella. And it will be little wonder if they won’t host a BBQ or two with their closest friends. There will also be a brand new kitchen of the Italian brand Olis, costing almost a million DKK. And then there will be a couple of sparkling new and grand children's bedrooms, naturally prepared for Prince Christian and Princess Isabella. (By Ulrik Ulriksen and kindly translated by Muhler!)
More hunting. Prince Henrik hosted the Grib Forest hunt yesterday. Frederik participated and when the results of the hunt were displayed at Fredensborg Palace, the Queen, Mary and Christian joined the proceedings as is traditional.

Photo: Claus Poulsen
Also see Søren Steffen's photo gallery
Our post on last year's Grib Skov hunt.

Added: Her&Νu video clip the Grib Skov hunt display (as usual, slow loader) - hear Christian exclaiming over the display

  • And in this week's edition of HER&NU it is reported that Princess Isabella eats oatmeal in the mornings, according to Frederik, who told the press yesterday morning before the hunt. He said that she sits and eats by herself, although perhaps with some hovering assistance from Mum or Dad. Seems inconsequential, but this is the kind of news you get about a seven-month-old! (thanks Benedikte!)

  • And today Crown Princess Mary has had another meeting concerning the ongoing work of the Mary Foundation, this time at home at the Chancellery House.
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    Blogger Sternchen said...

    Nice to see Carina :) But what has happened to her lefthand?

    Did Gustav take part in the hunt, too?

    9:55 pm  
    Blogger lotte said...

    Hey Sternchen,

    I noticed Carina was there, but must confess I haven't 'studied' the pics (couldn't get past Christian and the antlers!).

    No doubt Billed Bladet will give us the goss - about Gustav and Carina :D
    Will add any info I can....


    12:50 pm  
    Blogger lotte said...


    Still don't know about Carina's hand, but yes, Gustav was at the hunt.


    2:16 pm  

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