Danish Royal Watchers

Sunday 3 August 2008

Mary, Frederik & kids in Skagen & Blokhus

From July 16 Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella and Ziggy went on their customary summer visit to the northern Jutland coast at Skagen and Blokhus. They stayed with friends Christian (Isabella's godfather) and Elisabeth Buchwald and their three teenaged children in Skagen. Other friends with a holiday house in the area are the Skeels (Marie Louise Skeel is also a godparent to Isabella).

In Skagen:

In Blokhus:

Photos © Hello!/Rex, TV2, TV2/Nord, SE og HØR and Billed Bladet

From Billed Bladet's (no.30,2008): Ken Richter, who covers Jutland and Funen for the magazine, has been busy lately. Most of the Danish royals were in Jutland last week, north and south, so he has been travelling from one end of the peninsula to the other.
Mary and Frederik and their two children were staying in pretty cramped quarters. Fifteen squaremeters to be exact. All four of them. They were staying with their good friends, the Buchwalds, including their three teenagers. They occupied the main house of 70 square meters. While Mary and Frederik occupied the more modest guest quarters. That meant no nanny since there was no room. Mary and Frederik were full-time parents while in Skagen, and they stayed at home in the evenings instead of attending the daily parties with the jetsetters, who are also in Skagen right now. The locals incidentally call this week "Hellerup week", Hellerup being a posh part of the greater Copenhagen area.
It is incidentally Andreas, one of the Buchwald teenagers, we see holding Isabella in photos while walking down a sand dune.
Mary and Frederik went to a party at Ruth's Hotel one evening and Frederik went out on another evening with the guys. They stayed at a place called Hyttefadet until 5am. Apart from that, they went for walks or visited friends during the day.
Reporter-on-the-spot Ken Richter was stationed in the sand dunes while Mary and Frederik, the children, Ziggy and friends went to the beach on two occassions.
One the first day it was very windy with showers and a bit chilly. On this day we see Mary wearing a vest and Isabella being carried by Andreas.
The second day on the other hand was better. Frederik and the guys went into the water and Christian discovered that the water was cold! Brrr!
Mary and Isabella prudently chose to stay on land and contented themselves with watching. After a day at the beach it was time to go to Gråsten.
Frederik and a number of friends played football, while the womenfolk and the children looked on from the sidelines and chatted among themselves. Frederik may have been among the oldest on the field but he was also among the fittest. And he played to win! He went for the ball and if someone happened to have it, well, Frederik wasn't afraid to tackle his opponents either!

Hello! 'Summer fun on the beach for Danish royals Frederik and Mary'
Hello! 'Sun, sea and sand for Danish royals on a family break'
TV2 article 'Frederik og Mary på ferie i Skagen' - Frederik and Mary on holiday in Skagen
In summer mode Crown Prince Frederik has conquered Skagen with Mary and their two children, Christian and Isabella.
The Crown Prince was together with Prince Christian in a stroller with Ziggy and spotted by one of TV2 North's photographers last Saturday.
The Crown Prince Family has been in Skagen for the whole week - and they are still in Northern Jutland.

TV2 photo gallery
TV2 photo gallery

Thanks very much to Valentine, cph, bonsai and jema! And thank you Muhler!

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Royal Family @ Marselisborg & Circus Benneweis

During the July summer holiday period Frederik, Mary, Christian and Isabella stayed at Marselisborg Palace near Århus with the Queen and Prince Henrik. And also during the stay, the family attended a performance of the 121-year-old Benneweis Circus on July 13. The circus is currently celebrating it's 121st anniversary. A few days later Frederik and Mary also stepped out for a walk with the children and Ziggy, which happened to be captured by royal photographer Gert Blume.

Photos © !Hola!, Århus Stiftstidende, Circus Benneweis and Gert Blume/Billed Bladet.

From Billed Bladet no. 29, 2008, 'Se den flotte cirkushest' - Look at that magnificent circus horse (by Ken Richter)
Mary and Frederik and their children along with the Regent Couple spent part of their summer holiday at Marselisborg in Århus. That visit normally coincides with the visit to Århus by the largest circus in Denemark, Cirkus Benneweis. The circus is less than a kilometre from Marselisborg at the beach, which also gives the elephants an opportunity to bathe in the sea.
Anyway, the Danish Royal Family showed up at a performance of the 121 year-old of Cirkus Benneweis. The current circus princess Diana Benneweis (sprechstallmeisterin) is now retiring and will be replaced by her adopted daughter, Nadia Benneweis, who presented flowers to Mary. Her twin brother presented flowers to Queen Margrethe.
Isabella and Christian were at a circus performance for the first time in their lives. It was actually only Prince Henrik who was to go to the performance, but Mary and Frederik and their children decided to join him, and when Queen Margrethe heard about that, well, she went into grandmother mode and decided to join her grandchildren. The Queen was watching the reactions of her grandchildren more than the actual show.
Benneweis had omitted a couple of loud bangs in one of the performances in order not to frighten the royal children, not that they were frightened at all. Christian was visibly fascinated and Isabella was busy watching the show, reading the programme and playing in the sawdust at the feet of the adults.
Mary considered taking Isabella home during the intermission but stayed to look at the elephants. Or more correctly, Isabella looking at a delighted Christian looking at and petting the elephants, while sucking her thumb.
The professional elephants, Titch, Lachsmith and Kenya, weren't that impressed by the DRF, they were busy munching down lots of fruit.
All in all, it was a pretty sucessful visit.
Mary said afterwards: "It was a delight. The children really enjoyed it a lot." The other princess present, Diana Benneweis said: "It's impressive. Because it's difficult to be at a circus with such small children, but the Crown Prince Couple understood how to make it interesting for the children when the little ones sometimes lost concentration. Often small children can become frigthned and start to cry but that didn't happen at all with the small Prince and Princess. Just to be on the safe side, we had omitted two bangs from the show."
She added: "We couldn't get a better birthday present."

Billed Bladet 'Tour de Christian' - Tour de Christian (by Ken Richter & Jan Bergman)
Like a true Tour de France hero Prince Christian zoomed away on his go-bicycle. He was with his parents and little sister Isabella on his own go-bicycle when on an outing near Marselisborg Castle.
At one of their first holidays Marselisborg Castle in Århus, the family set out for an excursion. Crown Prince Frederik controlled the Royal dog Ziggy, while Crown Princess Mary pushed the stroller with Princess Isabella.
And Prince Christian has become super smart to keep his balance and push himself off fast that both mother and father plus stroller and dog had to hurry to keep up.
The little fellow kicked himself forward with one burst after another, and when he got ahead a bit Prince Christian stopped short to check whether the others followed him and to be sure that he was going the right way.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess continued on holiday in Jutland.

Benneweis Circus 'Kongeligt besøg i Århus'
B.T. 'Kongefamilien klappede elefanter'
Billed Bladet 'Isabella og Christian klappede elefanterne'
¡Hola! 'Tarde de circo para La Familia Real danesa'

Many thanks to commoner, Valentine and a special thanks to Muhler!

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