The Danish Royal Family Gets A Raise

Danish Royals Get a RaiseA new report has come out announcing the Danish Royal Family will receive an additional 8.7 million kroner ($1,538,420.74) for the next fiscal year — raising their annual pay to a total of 105.8 million Kroner ($18,567,146.85).

From what I gathered from the somewhat confusing Google translation of the article, the royals’ pay is increased along with the state’s average wage by law.

Here’s a breakdown of how the money is divided among the family:

Queen Margrethe 79 million kroner ($13,969,567.63)

Crown Prince Frederik 17.6 million kroner ($3,112,207.48)

Crown Princess Mary of 1.9 million kroner ($335,976.94)

Prince Joachim is 1,100,000.02 million kronor ($194,512.90)

Countess Alexandra (Prince Joachim’s ex wife): 2.3 million krone ($406,708.93)

Count Ingolf: 1.3 million kroner ($229,878.96)


h/t: Royal Dish

Annual Danish Royal Family Photo Shoot at Gråsten Palace







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.

Royal Rewind: Week of May 9, 2014

Kronprinsessne i havnen i Kristiansand. Foto: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB scanpix

Kronprinsessne i havnen i Kristiansand. Foto: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB scanpixNote: Let’s skip to the good stuff. If you want day-by-day rundowns of what the royals around the world were up to this past week, this site is far better at keeping up than I am.

This week in Royal news…

Crown Princesses Mary and Mette-Marit attended a commemoration for fallen Danish in the battle of Heligoland of 1864. (Pictured above.)

Prince Harry celebrated the tenth year of his charity, Sentebale. Joss Stone and the Prince proved to the world that Prince Harry will be just fine. There are many more blonde fish in the sea.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit helped clean up a local beach. CP Mette-Marit continues to be a respectable royal princess.

Prince Henrik of Denmark turned 5, super cute photos of the young prince were shared on the Danish Royal website.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands attended a play based on the diaries of Anne Frank.

Around the web…

Since we can’t stop it, we might as well help spread awareness. There is a seemingly huge misunderstanding in America about WHO the real Prince Harry is. Here is a guide to help. Please spread the word.

And even more on that subject, it seems as though Cressida and Harry are done for good. To that I say… time will truly tell.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official website has Prince George’s birthday listed incorrectly. They had ONE JOB. (Thanks, Kate Middleton Review for pointing out the blunder.)

Kate is ‘addicted to online shopping‘ and this allegation surprises… absolutely no one.

Tiara madness. (It’s as good as it sounds. Thanks GFY for the link.)

Crown Princess and her kids visited Eurovision, Crown Prince Frederik and Mary will attend tomorrow night.


And again… WHERE’S KATE?

Royal Wedding Wednesday: Queen Margrethe II to Prince Henrik de Laborde de Monpezat

Queen Margrethe II wedding to Henrik

Queen Margrethe II wedding to Henrik

A Danish Princess in London

Princess Margrethe was studying in London at the London School of Economics in 1965 when she met her someday Prince, French Diplomat, Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat. (After their marriage, ‘Henri’ was changed to the Danish version of the name ‘Henrik.’) The pair met at a dinner, however, it is rumored that the Count had hesitations about the dinner after finding out HRH would be in attendance, fearing she would be boring… But for some reason or another, the Count did attend the dinner and was pleasantly surprised to find the Princess not a bore.

Princess Margrethe of Denmark with Count Henri

A few weeks after their first meeting, of which the (now) Queen has no special recollections, they chatted quite a bit at a wedding they were guests of and slowly began to hit it off. They were able to keep the relationship and subsequent engagement low profile while the Princess was not well-known in Britain, and the Danes were unknowing of the affair.

The Engagement

On October 5, 1966, King Frederik IX asked the State Council for the consent of his daughter’s marriage to the Count. The country of Denmark celebrated the announcement, and the Princess and her husband-to-be waved eagerly from the balcony of Amalienborg Palace.

Queen Margrethe II wedding to Henrik

The King is reported as having said to his daughter after the engagement on Henri:

“He came, he saw, and you conquered.”

Queen Margrethe II wedding to Henrik

The Pre-Wedding Festivities

Though the ‘official’ celebrations aren’t said to have begun until May 30, 1967, the events surrounding the wedding began on the 25th when the Count arrived from France. A Royal Family reception was held and pupils from a school performed. However, it wasn’t until the Count’s family arrived on the 30th when the party truly began, firstly with a Gala Banquet for the Diplomatic Corps.

Diplomatic Corp Gala

The next day, the Royal couple attended a special performance by the Royal Theatre of Copenhagen in honor of the marriage. The King and Queen lent the Royal box to the pair, and the rest of the seats were sold as though it were a normal performance.Royal Theatre Performance

The 1st of June was spent preparing for the big day. In the evening the Government and Parliament Banquet was held at Christiansborg Palace.

It was on June 3rd that the Princess’s sister, Princess Benedikte, celebrated her own engagement with her family. June 5th, the Danish National Day, brought with it a cloud of somberness while conflict broke out in the Middle East. The Royal Council gathered in discussion of what to do and decided that life goes on, and they should continue with the Royal festivities. They went ahead with the gala at Fredensborg on the 6th.

June 7th the Princess and the Count attended the French Embassy’s Gala Banquet, followed by a reception and ball.

French Embassy Gala and Ball

The Princess’s grandfather, the King of Sweden, arrived on June 8th, and an informal dinner was held for all the incoming guests to meet and mingle at Fredensborg Palace.

June 9th brought with it reduced tensions in the Middle East, as well as a reception for the Royal couple at Copenhagen City Hall.

Copenhagen Town Hall Reception

The Wedding

On June 10, 1967, Royals from all over Europe were in Copenhagen to attend the marriage of Princess Margrethe to Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat at Holmens Kirke. 

Princess Margrethe's Wedding

The Princess’s dress was designed by Danish designer–favorite of Queen Ingrid and courtier–Jørgen Bender. The dress was designed to include both traditionally regal details, as well as having details that showed the Princess’s love of art and her creativity. 
Princess Margrethe's Wedding

Along with the gowns elegant square neckline, beautiful silk fabric, and long, 15-foot train, and lace passed down from the Princess’s grandmother, Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden, the gown featured a daisy brooch.

In the center of the lace, she pinned a special family brooch. The diamond daisy brooch was commissioned by Ingrid’s father from diamonds belonging to Crown Princess Margaret, and was a wedding gift for Ingrid (she wore it on her wedding day too). “Daisy” is the affectionate family nickname of both Crown Princess Margaret and Queen Margrethe herself, making it an extra precious symbol. She also carried daisies in her bouquet that day, and had them placed in her bridesmaids’ hair. (The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor)

Princess Margrethe's Wedding

Princess Margrethe's Wedding

Princess Margrethe's Wedding


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Princess Margrethe Wedding 1967

Princess Margrethe Wedding 1967

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The Danish Royal Family Portrait

Danish Royal Family Portrait

Late last fall the Danish Royal Family revealed their newest family portrait…

Danish Royal Family Portrait

It features Prince Christian front in center, symbolic of course for the role he will play in the monarchy’s future as King. Meanwhile the royal grandchildren play with toys on the floor while their mothers, Crown Princess Mary and Marie look adoringly at their youngest. Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik look straight ahead as do their sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Joachim.

It’s been criticized for its ‘horror-film’ like portrayal, and one can certainly see how one would draw such comparisons. However, it’s being reported that the artist was simply trying to create the portrait as a homage to the 1880 family portrait (pictured below) painted by Lauritz Tuxen. I’m not 100 percent convinced of this, but the similarities are certainly there.

I think what’s most perplexing about this portrait is the way Prince Christian is portrayed as putting his childhood behind him and already assuming the role of King-to-be. It just breaks your heart a little bit, especially when you know it was his own father that was sometimes found in the attic of Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen sobbing at even the young age of four that he didn’t want to be King. But it’s sadly not the first time a royal has had a tragic childhood, and probably not the last. Knowing the pressures Crown Prince Frederik himself endured, it’s hopeful that he has been of more help to Prince Christian than his Queen mother was to him.

Danish Royal Family Portrait 1880

The Future Kings and Queens of Europe

Future Kings and Queens of Europe

Future Kings and Queens of Europe As we wait for Prince George’s first official royal engagement to take place–a royal play group!–I figured it’d be a great time to introduce the future monarchs of Europe.

Starting with…

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium

Princess Élisabeth of Belgium

Born: 25 October 2001 (age 12) First in line of succession to her father, King Philippe of Belgium Princess-Catharina-Amalia

Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands

Born: 7 December 2003

Heiress apparent after her father, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. Princess Catharina-Amalia was a bridesmaid in the wedding of her godmother, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.


Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Born: 21 January 2004

Second in line to succession preceded by her father Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, who is heir apparent of his father, Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway. Princess Ingrid was also a bridesmaid in the wedding of her godmother, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

Prince Christian of Denmark

Prince Christian of Denmark

Born: 15 October 2005

Second in line of succession preceded by his father, Crown Prince Frederik, heir apparent to his mother, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Prince Christian was a page boy in the wedding of his godmother, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

Infanta Leonor of Spain

Infanta Leonor of Spain

Born: 31 October 2005

Second in line of succession preceded by her father, Felipe, Prince of Asturias, heir apparent to his father, King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

Princess Estelle of Sweden

Princess Estelle of Sweden

Born: 23 February 2012

Second in line of succession preceded by her mother,  Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, heiress apparent to her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Prince George And of course…

Prince George of Cambridge

Born: 22 July 2013

Third in line of succession preceded by his father, Prince William, second in line to Prince Charles, heir apparent to his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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