Dutch State Visit To Denmark

maxblue The Dutch state visit to Denmark is happening, and I love it.

Like me, you probably love to see royals hanging out together. It was great seeing Marie of Denmark and Letizia of Spain chatting during the Olympics, along with Mette-Marit of Norway sitting alongside Guillaume of Luxembourg.  It’s great!

So this Dutch state visit to Denmark this week has been nothing short of spectacular. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima make their official visit to strengthen the relations between Denmark and the Netherlands, says the Danish Foreign Ministry. Following the official welcome by Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik at Copenhagen Airport, the Dutch royal couple began their visit at Fredensborg Palace. The Dutch King and Queen then met with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen.

Queen Margrethe held a State Banquet Tuesday evening for her visitors and the royal women wore their shiny finest. Maxima, however, was the best.

Impressing the heck out of all concerned, Maxima was swathed in her delicate blue lace gown and Dutch Sapphire tiara. She wore both for Willem-Alexander’s investiture as king, and I’m so glad she brought both back for this occasion. In fact, she made the tiara slightly taller by adding a diamond sprig at the top (as if it needed embellishment!).

It is fantastic to see these major royals all together. I hope for more visits like this between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and fellow crowned heads in the future! Britain often seems far removed from their European counterparts, save for Edward and Sophie (the Earl and Countess of Wessex).  So let’s hope the Cambridges get to the Continent and then little Prince George will perhaps see his royal compatriots more often than not (George and Estelle = yes)!



Princess Marie of Denmark: 4 Things You Need To Know

Princess Marie of Denmark

Princess Marie of Denmark

Going from commoner to royal isn’t easy, but Princess Marie of Denmark makes it look effortless. How, you ask? Here are four things that make Marie a star in the world of royalty:

Marie comes from an outgoing family

During an interview, Marie’s brother Gregory revealed that they grew up in a talkative family who like to meet new people. Definitely a plus for a princess who needs to meet and greet different people every day!

Marie gets along famously with her royal in-laws.

From the outset, the pretty brunette charmed her in-laws Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik. The prince especially took a shine to her because like Marie, Henrik is also a French native. Queen Margrethe and Marie both enjoy museums and the ballet, recently attending a performance in Tivoli Gardens.

Marie’s friendly and outgoing nature is a crucial attribute for a public person. The princess’s sunny disposition has also made her own family a warm, loving unit. Marie adores her stepsons Nikolai and Felix, and they love her. The boys get along well with their half-siblings, too. Nikolai and Felix are big brothers to little Henrik, 5, and Athena, 2, from Joachim and Marie’s marriage. They are frequently seen doting on the little ones during family outings.

Marie is multilingual.

Born in Paris, Marie grew up speaking both French and English. Upon her engagement to Prince Joachim, she added Danish to her language repertoire, which by then included Italian and Spanish. She can now give smooth speeches in Danish and chats easily with her adopted countrymen. Marie fits in well with the royal family: both Joachim and his elder brother, Crown Prince Frederik, speak fluent French. Queen Margrethe herself is multilingual in French, Swedish, English and German.

Marie looks good anywhere!

The princess has proved time and again that she can easily transition from girl-next-door to elegant royal. Whether it’s a family holiday in sporty shorts or a gala banquet with a tiara, Marie seems born to the role of a royal.

Her story:

Marie (née Cavallier) was born February 6, 1976 in Paris. She lived with her parents and two elder half-brothers, Gregory and Benjamin Grandet.

Despite initial happy beginnings, Marie faced her parents’ divorce when she was still very young. It was a situation familiar to many children, but it devastated young Marie. Little did she know that her experiences would give her an understanding that would help her in her own role as a stepparent one day.

Marie’s parents both remarried: her mother, Françoise, married Christian Grassiot in 1987. Marie got along well with her new stepfather, but never warmed to her father’s new wife. Alain Cavallier’s new marriage produced two more sons, but that would also end in divorce.

As a child, the princess attended primary school in Paris. She then moved to the exclusive Beau-Soleil International Boarding School in Villars, Switzerland. There she made lasting friendships and had her first taste of independence. After completing her studies there, she went on to study economics in Geneva.

Fluent in English, Marie made the decision to continue further studies in the United States. The princess studied international business and economics at Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts. After she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marymount Manhattan College in New York, Marie returned to Switzerland.

During the autumn of 2004 Marie attended a hunting party held by friends of her stepfather. There she met the dashing Prince Joachim, younger son of Queen Margrethe. Marie and Joachim became friends and she took an immediate liking to his two small boys, Nikolai and Felix.

The relationship did not turn serious until after Joachim’s divorce in 2005. He and Princess Alexandra, now Countess of Frederiksborg, agreed to part on good terms and remain friends for the sake of their sons.

Not long afterwards, Joachim and Marie landed in the media. Danish tourists secretly photographed the pair during their holiday in Avignon in 2005. Despite the intrusion, they carried on as normal as possible. After a two-year courtship, the Palace announced their engagement in October 2007.

In preparation for her new role as a Danish princess, Marie began Danish language lessons. For her history lessons, Marie toured museums, castles and churches. She got to know the people in the village of Møgeltønder, where she and Joachim would live in Schackenborg Castle. The pair married May 24, 2008.

In subsequent interviews, Marie stated that she tread carefully with the children when she and Joachim began dating. As a child of divorce, Marie did not want to intrude on their relationship with their father nor step on their mother’s toes. Marie needn’t have worried – the boys warmed to her instantly. She and Alexandra also get along very well, and they are often seen together with their husbands for many events.

The verdict

Princess Marie of Denmark is definitely a royal role model. Her poise and elegance, combined with her friendly nature, makes the princess life look effortless.  The happy family life that she and Joachim have created is a testament to true love and deep friendship. The Danish royal family is very fortunate indeed.

Denmark’s Prince Nikolai Turns 13

Birthday Cuppy

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Happy birthday! Denmark’s Prince Nikolai turns 13 years old today (born 8-28-99).

Ah, lucky 13 (seriously, it’s my husband’s lucky number)! For Nikolai’s birthday, the royal court has released a charming array of photos. There are serious photos mixed in with playful moments with his younger brother, Prince Felix. The photos were taken by the always excellent Steen Brogaard.

Nikolai is the eldest son of HRH Prince Joachim of Denmark and Alexandra, the Countess of Frederiksborg.

Tiara tip to: The Danish Royal House & PPE

Denmark Celebrates Twins Announcement

On August 6th, the Danish royal court announced that Crown Princess Mary is pregnant with twins.

Princess Mary, the former Mary Donaldson of Australia, married Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederick in 2004. Their elder children are Prince Christian, 4, and Princess Isabella, 3.

This will be the first time a set of twins has been born into the Danish royal house, according to Dag Trygsland Hoelseth (see his blog). He explains that there are twins in the extended family (Countesses Camilla and Josephine of Rosenborg), but there have never been twins in the immediate Royal Family.

The twins are expected to be born in January of next year.

Royal April! What’s on in April 2017

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April is a very royal month. Lots of events and birthdays, including mine! What happened in royal history on my birthday? Let’s take a look:

April 28th 

Wedding of Tsar Alexander II of Russia and Marie of Hesse and by Rhine

Prince Harald of Denmark, third son of King Frederick VIII of Denmark, married Princess Helena of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand marries Mon Rajawongse Sirikit.

Birth of Lady Helen Taylor (daughter of the Duke of Kent)

Oh, and it’s also National Blueberry Pie day that day. Yum!

The rest of April is also very royal. My fellow April babies are:

April 15
Philippe, King of the Belgians

April 16th
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg

April 21
Your fave and mine, Elizabeth II

April 27
King  Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

April 29
Infanta Sofía of Spain

April 30
Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
The late Princess Juliana (formerly Queen Juliana) of the Netherlands

April 29th is, famously, the wedding anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! Isn’t April a great month? Not only is it spring, but it’s full of lovely events and royal history. Oh, and cake. You can’t beat it!

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