Annual Danish Royal Family Photo Shoot at Gråsten Palace

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Royal families seem to be a lot like any normal family… hectic photo shoots and all! The Danish royals gathered earlier today at their summer chateu outside of Copenhagen, Gråsten Palace.

One thing’s for sure: wrangling up the entire family for the perfect shot is quite the feat…crown or not.

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#tbt: European Royals together for Queen Margrethe’s 70th Birthday, 2010

Queen Margrethe's 70th BirthdayQueen Maxima, King Willem-Alexander, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Crown Princess Mary, and Crown Prince Frederik gather at Fredensborg Palace for the celebration for Queen Margrethe’s 70th birthday, April 16, 2010.

Royal Doppelgängers: Crown Princess Mary and Patricia Heaton

Royal doppelgängerI’ve been a long-time fan of Everybody Loves Raymond, so when I first saw a picture of Crown Princess Mary, way back when I visited Denmark, I immediately felt the “she looks so familiar, but why?” itch.

And then it hit me out of nowhere: She looks like Patricia Heaton, aka Debra Barone, Ray’s wife on the show!

If there is ever a movie made about the Danish Royals–fingers-crossed!–I think Patricia would be the perfect casting for Mary.

What do you think? What royals do you think look like other celebs?

 

 

Royal Review: A Royal Affair directed by Nikolaj Arcel

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I was flipping through Netflix a few days ago and came across this gem, A Royal Affair (En Kongelig Affære).

The story

It tells the true story of when Caroline Mathilde (the sister of King George III of Great Britain) married King Christian VII of Denmark.

A sadly familiar theme in royal history, King Christian suffered from ’bouts of mania.’ Thus leaving the young Queen to a new country, language, and mentally unstable husband.

The King finds friendship in his new physician, Struensee who came from Germany and influenced the King with his ideas of enlightenment and new laws for the country of Denmark. Struensee then fell in love with the lonely Queen after the birth of her first child, the future King Frederik VI.

The court grew more and more in contempt of Struensee’s influence on the King, eventually convincing the King of the Queen and Struensee’s ‘plans to kill the King.’ (Of course a lie.)

During this time the Queen gives birth to a daughter, which is actually Struensee’s child. Soon after, the former court staged a coup and deported the Queen to Germany, and executed Struensee.

The story is told from the perspective of Queen Caroline Mathilde, as she writes the story to have handed down to her children.

Personal take

I love Denmark though am admittedly ignorant about its history. Since having au paired in Northern Germany in a town an hour from the Danish border, (next to the town where King Christian III is said to have died, I read last night) my fascination in Denmark has grown exponentially. So it’s no surprised that I love this film.

The story in itself is captivating, and when you add the actors and the detailed scenes and costumes, it’s a beautiful piece. I love that it was done in Danish (with subtitles) and they stayed true to the period and location, not getting to ‘Hollywood,’ if you will. It’s how I wish Marie Antoinette had been done, to be honest.

If you are interested in royals, enjoy period pieces, and love history you’ll love this movie. I rarely buy movies, but this is one I am adding to my collection.

You can watch the trailer here, read more about the film here, and read more about Caroline Mathilde here.

Have you seen the film? What’d you think?

Crown Princess Mary Vogue Australia Feature, 2004

20140507-222501.jpg It’s an ordinary story – during the 2000 Olympics, a young Australian woman, Mary Donaldson, goes to a pub in Sydney, where she meets and ultimately marries a man named Fred. In this case however, Fred just happens to be His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, heir apparent to the Danish throne. 20140507-222746.jpg Being a modern princess must come with its own set of challenges, full stop, and it’s a subject I broach with the Crown Princess later in the day. Once she realised that marriage was on the horizon, was she ever daunted by the fact that she was about to join a monarchy, and leave behind her previous life? 20140507-223001.jpgCrown Princess Mary looks reflective.

“I’m the sort of person that takes things as they come,” she answers thoughtfully. “I never look too far ahead of myself. The way I came into this situation was gradual. By the point marriage was a consideration, I was too far gone on the personal side to turn back. I was beyond the point of return. I knew I could deal with this because I was in it for all the right reasons. I am with the person that I love.”20140507-223457.jpg“But of course there were times when my best friend and I used to joke about it. ‘How did I get myself into this mess?’” she laughs. “It was almost too surreal to actually think about at times. The word surreal is probably one of my most commonly used words right now! So I am lucky that I am of that nature where I tend to take things as they come, otherwise I may have run away from it. Maybe? But I wasn’t in his world, I didn’t see him in his everyday world. I was in Australia. So it came about from a pure place, from love. You really don’t know exactly how you’re going to react in a situation until you’re in that moment so it’s important to focus on that moment.”

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“Destiny is a very big question, I think it’s a comforting and helpful thing to have some belief in. It gives you some comfort, that there’s some reason behind why things happen the way they do. Not only the good but also the bad. If you experience a large grief in your life, in order to understand it and accept it, you have to believe that there is a reason behind this, something bigger.”

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Vogue Australia December 2004

I love this spread which was written less than a year after Crown Prince Frederik and Mary’s wedding in 2004. It’s a classy introduction to the Australian-born, now Danish Princess’s new life abroad.

I think the Duchess of Cambridge could have benefitted hugely had she done something similar after her nuptials in 2011. Maybe someday.

Features like this give royals a great opportunity to share a more intimate look at their lives, while controlling the terms.

When done right, Vogue and other magazine spreads can be a brilliant move for monarchs.