Thursday 11 June 2009

Happy 75th for Prince Henrik

Today Prince Henrik celebrates his 75th birthday. Born in France, he has lived in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Paris, London and, of course, Denmark. Henrik is a most interesting consort, who speaks multiple languages and has talents including author, poet, sculptor, pianist, cook, sailor, tennis player and winemaker. By his own admission, Henrik was a strict father, but appears to be a very attentive and fondly loving grandfather to his now five grandchildren Nikolai, Felix, Christian, Isabella and the yet-to-be-named newborn prince of Joachim and Marie. Henrik doesn't come out top in royal family popularity surveys among Danes (maybe it is his imperfect Danish accent? although his knowledge of the language is said to be superior, or, his 'Frenchness'?), but he has been a loving and supportive husband to Queen Margrethe and dutiful as her consort for 42 years. The Regent couple celebrated their 42nd anniversary yesterday. He is popular among journalists who cover the royals and see him regularly up close for his good humour and ability to put people at their ease. But some recent opinion polls have not been so kind (...more to come). This morning there was the traditional birthday morning greeting to Prince Henrik from family, members of the court and friends at Fredensborg Palace and it was followed later by a parade by Royal Guards and the Music Corps.

Photos © Hanne Juul/Billed Bladet, Jesper Sunesen/Billed Bladet, Lars Laursen/Billed Bladet, Martin Høien/Billed Bladet, Keld Navntof/Berlingske Tidende, Thomas Lekfeldt/EB

More to come, including on opinion polls, Henrik's dogs and more on his birthday

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really sad that this site has not been updated since june 11. whats going on?

9:55 am  
Blogger Casey said...

I think the Crown Prince family looks so preppy in their photo togethor!

4:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that things are so quiet around here, I know I should have appreciated the daily additions/photos/articles more ...

Hope that the administrators are OK, and back soon. We miss Mary-and-Fred-News!!!!

4:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"More to come"? When?

You know, there was a christening yesterday...

1:49 pm  
Blogger logansrest said...

I can only agree that I'm missing this lovely site's news very much. Hope everything is all right? See some news soon we all hope. Keep well administrator(s).

7:21 am  
Blogger Catherine said...

I was just thinking the same thing! I miss hearing about the Royal Family :-(

1:19 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you dropped off the face of the earth?? :-)

3:52 pm  
Anonymous Agnessa said...

Hi! I too really miss your posts and new about Fr&M. I understand that that there are real life of blogers but I really wish that this blog will be updated soon cause there have been so much happening meanwhile in DRF :-) Best wishes

12:17 pm  
Anonymous Paula said...

I hope you will be back soon ??

2:12 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

As a keen aussie follower of the Danish Royals I miss the updates from this site,it was part of my daily routine to come check in,hope it comes back soon

2:15 pm  
Anonymous Becks said...

Is this really the end of the blog? I really enjoy it! Please come back :-)

6:10 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Gigi and Lotte,

I long for the updating of this site. Where are you?

Thank you for all your wonderfuls pics.

Come back soon.

12:19 pm  
Blogger Artemis_Oz said...

Yes, I miss the news too, this is such a balanced and professional site--but it takes a lot of commitment and available time to keep the site updated. I hope the administrators will be able to do so soon.

3:21 am  
Blogger Still thinking said...

Yes I used to visit regularly but life takes over, I guess.

Thanks for the work the two blog compilers have done over the years!

Hope everything is well with you both.

9:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes! I too miss all of the updates!!!

5:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes indeed we miss updates on the DRF

8:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know please how i can write to Queen Margrethe i cant find an address anywhere

5:47 am  
Blogger Artemis_Oz said...

You can use the court contact details at for the Office of the Lord Chamberlain or the Office of the Private Secretary.

12:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I´ve appreciated this blog very much, and I hope you will continue to write soon!!

10:37 pm  
Blogger Another blogger said...

Like many individuals, the Danish Royal Watchers website became a part of my daily routine with the first morning coffee. I always looked forward to reading about the amazing blessed life of Mary on a fascinating fate driven destiny.
I hope the administrators will return soon or provide and explanation. Your work was always appreciated and now is greatly missed.

1:02 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if you can't continue the blog, please tell us you are well.

6:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still check several times a day for the hope that a new post will be here! Since these comments must be approved by the blog authors and they are being posted, someone is reading them.. please come back! The other blog site for danish royalty news is okay and is better than nothing, but it is not at the caliber of Danish Royal Watchers Blog site!

3:43 am  
Blogger Another blogger said...

Assuming this blog has been abandoned, is there a willingness to relinquish it to individuals willing to keep updates posted? That perhaps, new individuals can step in to assume and share responsibility for the site while maintaining the original intent and integrity? Any Volunteers?

8:42 pm  
Blogger lotte said...

Hi dear readers,

Thanks for all your comments and your many, many emails. Real life has overtaken our time recently and unfortunately the blog has had to take a backseat of necessity.

There is stuff going on back here, but there is a LOT to do to bring things back on line.

Sorry to say some more patience is required before the blog will be back as usual. I will post as soon as I possibly can.

Again, thank you all who have left comments and especially those many of you who have emailed. All is well, as I have said to other friends of the blog: "Am not dead!" LOL

Best to you all, and thanks sooo much for being so loyal to the blog - it is very much appreciated.

lotte :)

2:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh thank GOD!!! YIPPEE Updates are coming soon!!! Thank you Lotte for letting us know you are okay. I continue to check several times a day in hopes new post will be there.. I'm from the United States and absolutely love this site.. One day I actually went back through all the archives here!

11:07 pm  
Blogger Another blogger said...

Lotte—Thank you for responding to the many concerns and inquiries. Reading your message made my day. I never realized how special this blog site was to me until these last few months when postings waned. This is a high caliber blog site in comparison, and most appreciated. I also live in the U.S. I first became intrigued by the story of how Frederick and Mary first met and romance grew developing into true love; how the life of an ordinary young professional woman transformed into a modern Princess in the oldest reigning dynasties.
You have my continued encouragement and support.

5:47 pm  
Anonymous Paula said...

That's great news! Thanks for the update.

7:04 am  
Blogger Artemis_Oz said...

Lotte, thank-you for responding and letting us all know that you hope eventually to resume posting to this marvellous site. I've been in the habit of checking it daily. There has never been any of the crassness in the commentary here that one so often finds on blogs about royal families, just good information about a family in whom many of us are interested and whom many admire. Thanks so much for your efforts in the past, and I hope you'll be back with us soon!

10:15 am  
Anonymous Emily's Mom said...

How wonderful - so glad to know you are well - understand life takes over; also from the US and agree with other comments the quality of this blog site is excellent. Looking forward to new posts soon.

2:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear you are oaky! I love this blog but you being okay is more important by far. (I was beginning to fear something really bad had happen.) Thanks for getting back to us and just know that whenever you’re ready, and able, to come back we're here. :) [hugs]

6:26 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi to everyone!
I was also wondering why there weren't any news all the time, because I also love the blog, it really IS the best (in the meantime I was watching for another blog or website about the DRF, but I didn't find anything comparable to this one)! And now I saw all the comments and the answer of lotte, and I'm really happy and hope to be able to watch and read beautiful photos and stories as soon as possible. Could anyone maybe tell me which date lotte posted her answer? because I only sea the time, but not the date. I would like to know it because then I know better how long I have to wait... =)
(and please excuse my bad english, I'm from Germany, but I do my very best ;))

11:28 pm  
Blogger Another blogger said...

Hi, Lisa
The posting from Lotte was October 9.

3:52 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey countess, thanks a lot, I hope it won't take so long until the blog is updated...I really need it =)

3:53 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We miss you! Please come back!

4:37 am  
Blogger Bettina said...

As a Dane living abroad, I love visiting this site to read about the royal family. I'm very proud of the royals and how well they represent Denmark.
Can't wait to read more again soon.

4:14 pm  
Blogger I Love Life said...

Hello From Canada. I Miss Your Site Very Much. Hope You Get Feeling Better Soon. For All Your Readers. If They Go To Billed Bladet. Then They Can Get All The Updates On The DRF. If They Hit The Translator Button, Then They Can Get It In Any Language They Want.

7:51 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, since it’s now December 1 as I write this and she’s still not back can any one recommend another DRF dedicated site, in English, to keep up to date with the DRF? Billed Bladet just takes way too long to translate via Google and the only other DRF blog I found is just way too negative. They rather criticized and bash then to just report the news/events.


7:09 pm  
Anonymous Patricia said...

Hi! I still hope this website is coming back. Now 3 months after Lotte´s post: Tell us when you will return. There is no other website like this.

5:10 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to miss postings here and hope for the new year - Merry Christmas to our blog mistresses and fellow readers.

4:56 pm  
Blogger BABS said...

Is it true that Princess Mary is pregnant again? She was at some function today and her face looked very pregnant. VERY.

9:57 pm  
Blogger diana said...

And now it's January. Longing for news...

10:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:36 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

Anyone here who has any idea how long we have to wait?? It's soo sad there aren't any news =( Especially because it's Mary's birthday today... I miss the pics and articles... =(

7:23 pm  

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