"I may not be able to move my face, but I am so happy to see so many cameras here tonight!"
That's quite a corset giving Madam Yrma Donaldson a whittled waist for this first of the New Year's Kurs (levees! that's the word in English)! Last night was the levee to entertain the branches of government: ministers, the supreme court, the mayor and bishop of Copenhagen, etc. This is the only annual event for which the royals wear their chain of the Order of the Elephant.
Daisy wore a gown with silly, puffed sleeves in a wonderful shade of dark royal blue. A simple pearl necklace accentuated the neckline and her gray head suit was topped off with the new Greenlandic tiara she was given for her 40th Jubilee. Shame. Such a pretty little work of art, this golden diademe, but it doesn't flatter Daisy much. The gold isn't great against her light silver hair and the sides might be too high. How beautiful it might look on a Princess Beatrice of York, ginger type!
Mary was her usual shade of ridiculous. Swaning and cutesy-poo posing with head tilts, maxed-out smiles against the pull of Botox and flash-with-cash shininess from her tangerine orange Jesper Høvring dress and the clash of too many rubies. Escorted by what looks to be a Derf in the early stages of drunkeness, their discordant relationship not soothed by Derf's drink or the happiness and exhilaration of a new year and happy holidays just completed, Mary nonetheless was there to preen for her small, fat, cat-owning public back in Oz who will no doubt devour Mary's photographs in a manner in which Madam feels we should all become accustomed.
Princess Marie won the fashion stakes tonight - not hard to do with slightly surly, republican ministers and a flashy sister-in-law present. What? Yes. Here's why: the dress is in a flattering, festive colour, and a modest, season-appropriate cut, but it totally channeled Princess Benedikte. Whenever you can evoke the nation's most queenly - sorry, Dais - female royal with her dedication to soberly cut, festively coloured, but badly executed satin gala dresses, you are aligning yourself with her values, her elegance, and her reputation. Benedikte is an old school royal in her comportment and discreet lifestyle, which Marie seems to match, while adding to that impression one of fresh vitatilty. Interest in fashion trends is so middle class! The bad stitching that allowed for puckered seams and the weird, probably built-in bra, prove that this dress didn't cost a lot and was most likely locally made (money in a Danish design team's pockets). Good! She shouldn't show up in Valentino. The half-arsed chiffon ruffling at the train is a classic old lady "festive" "detail". No cleavage, no bingo wings, no exaggerated emphasis on the wearer's hot bod; hair up, jewellery modest and a genuine smile and no show-boating. Marie for the win.
Among the ministerial guests were the Prime Minister who knows how to get Frex's attention; Mary's Brazil travel partner Manu Sareen; Mary's African travel partner Christian Friis Bach; and the adorably pregnant Environmental Minister Ida Auken, who was summoned to Amalienborg nearly a year ago, not by "green prince" Frederik, but by the visiting Prince of Wales. Talk about a leadership fail on Derf's part! A visiting, British prince actually asking for an audience with a Danish environmental star to discuss green initiatives and energy issues.
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Recycled Dresses for Queen's New Year's Levee
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (S) and Interior Minister Margaret Vestager (R) did some wardrobe recycling, as they along with other government ministers went to the levee and new year's gala dinner at Amalienborg Tuesday night.
The Prime Minister's medium blue dress and the Interior Minister's patterned dress with fur were worn to the queen's Jubilee last year in January.
Inside the Christian VII's Palace welcomed Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik with pheasant soup followed by glazed cured ham, cheese in puff pastry and for dessert, rice pudding.
Beforehand, the festively dressed women and men were driven into the square in ministerial cars or taxis to take the stairs up to the palace, where they wished the queen and her family a Happy New Year.
Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie put their elephants on right in front, as only this evening they wear the chain and not the blue ribbon.Among the guests were government ministers, except Foreign Minister Sovndal (SF), who is traveling and Transport Minister Henrik Dam Kristensen, who had to cancel due to illness.
Among the other guests were President of the Folketing Lykketoft (S), President of the Supreme Court Børge Dahl, Chief of Defence Peter Bartram, National Police Commissioner Hojbjerg and Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen (S).
In addition to the four-course menu, the royal couple offered their guests a traditional glass of Rosenborg wine. It came to Denmark in late 16th century and is probably the world's oldest wine.
The wine, which has been made up with "fyldevin", was served with the soup, which initiated the dinner.
Also, in the following days there will be congestion around the royal palaces in Copenhagen, when many of the country's most influential are invited to participate in these levees.
Among other people, the diplomatic corps, Supreme Court judges and a large number of military officers wish the royal family a Happy New Year.
Her Majesty the Queen
His Royal Highness the Prince Consort
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince
Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess
His Royal Highness Prince Joachim
Her Royal Highness Princess Marie
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Economy and Interior Minister Margaret Vestager
Commerce and Growth Minister Annette Vilhelmsen
Finance Minister Bjarne Corydon
Justice Minister Morten Bødskov
Minister for Research, Innovation and Higher Education Morten Østergaard
Taxation Minister Holger K. Nielsen
Culture Minister Marianne Jelved
Minister of City, Housing and Rural Affairs Carsten Hansen
Employment Minister Mette Frederiksen
Children and Education Minister Christine Antorini
Social and Integration Minister Karen Haekkerup
Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Mette Gjerskov
Climate, Energy and Buildings minister Martin Lidegaard
Trade and Investment Minister Pia Olsen Dyhr
Minister of Health and Prevention Astrid Krag
Defense Minister Nick Haekkerup
Environment Minister Ida Auken
Minister for European Affairs Nicolai Wammen
Minister for Equality and Church and Minister for Nordic Cooperation Manu Sareen
Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach
Parliamentary Chairman, former Minister Lykketoft
H.E. Supreme Court President Børge Dahl
H.E. Defence Forces, General Peter Bartram
H.E. Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Bjørn Ingemann Bisserup
Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister Christian Kettel Thomsen
National Police Commissioner Jens Henrik Hojbjerg
Director of the State Administration of Capital Niels Preisler
Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen
Bishop of the Diocese of Copenhagen Peter Henrik Skov-Jakobsen
Rector of the University, Professor, MD. Ralf Hemmingsen
Head of the Royal Guard, Commandant of Copenhagen, Colonel, Chamberlain, Lasse HarkjærChief of the Regiment, Colonel, Chamberlain Tommy M. Paulsen
Guard Commander, Captain Hans-Christian Neerup Rørvang
Lord Chamberlain, Chamberlain, Ambassador Ove Ullerup, Regent Couple's Court
Cabinet Secretary, law secretary, Chamberlain Henning Fode
Order treasurer, Chamberlain, former Chief of the Court Per Thornit
Lady-in-Waiting Annette de Scheel
Lady-in-Waiting Ane Vibeke Foss
Lady-in-Waiting Annelise Wern
Lady-in-Waiting, Chamberlain inside, Countess Jytte Krag-Juel-Wind-Frijs
Master of Ceremonies, Chamberlain, Colonel Kim Kristensen
Royal confessor, Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen
HRH the Prince Consort 's Secretary, Chamberlain, Colonel Mogens Christensen
Adjudant Chief of Staff, Colonel, Chamberlain Henning Larsen Brøchmann
Castle and Palace Manager, Chamberlain, Colonel Jens Greve
Castle Manager at Fredensborg Castle, Chamberlain, Colonel John Kidde-Hansen
Finance, Chamberlain Soren Weiskopf Kruse
Chief of the Royal Yacht Dannebrog, Commander Lars Rosendahl Christophersen
Orders Historian, Professor, Doctor of Philosophy Knud J. V. Jespersen
Lord of the Royal Hunt Jens Bjerregaard Christensen
Head of Orders Capitlets secretary Bjarne Erbo Grønfeldt
Communications Lene Balleby
Adjutant Major Nils Nykjær
Adjutant Commander Ole B. Pedersen
Adjutant Major Ole H.B. Jensen
Adjutant Major Michael Rose
Adjutant Major Thomas Søborg Lassen
Adjutant,Commander Michael Løbnitz Baker
Chief of the Court, Chamberlain Christian Schønau, Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess's Court
Lady-in-Waiting Caroline E. Heering
Private Secretary, lady-in-waiting Tanja E. Kjærsgaard Doky
Private Secretary Morten Roland Hansen
Private Secretary, Chamberlain, Colonel Kurt Bache, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Joachim and Princess Marie's Court
Lady-in-Waiting, private secretary Britt Siesbye
Private Secretary, Chamberlain, Major General Gustav Grüner, Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte's Court
Lady-in-Waiting Kristina Treschow
Menu & Music
Pheasant ConsommeGlazed cured ham with glazed onions
Carrot flan and fried potatoes
Cheese in puff pastry and rice pudding.
Rosenborg wine, Chateau de Cayx 1999 Cahors, Champagne Moët & Chandon, Cuvée special M & H.
The Royal Life Guards Band played
AO Stein "Queen Margrethe II's Parade March"
J. Strauss "Overture to 'The Zigeunerbaron'"
J. Strauss "Wein, Weib und Gesang Vals"
H.C. Lumbye "Amager Polka"
C. Nielsen "Kehraus"
P. Beyer "Prince Henrik Honour March"
L. Bernstein "The Wrong Note Rag"
H.C. Lumbye "Bacchus Gallop"
Being greeted by Chamberlain Ove Ullerup
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Mary's Mozambique travel partner Christian Friis Bach
Environmental Minister Ida Auken
Photos: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix