Danish sourpuss arriving!
Why do these two even bother to show up at these parties where the quasi-jet set and very gorgeous Norwegian people will be in abundance? OK, we know Freddles and Haakon are united in their Scandinavian crown princely status, and Haakon at least has made kindly overtures of friendship toward Derfie as in asking him to be his Best Man, and in trying to save him from drugs and Mary on Arctic detox adventures with Victoria. Plus, Frex loves a party and heard there would be a lot of blondes in attendance. What's Mary's motivation? Thinking that this is another chance to make the Daily Mail's website? To be a thorn in Fred's side? She's not in Mette-Marit's girls club with Marie-Chantal, Rosario de Bulgaria and Gwynnie Paltrow. Mary's friends include formerly poor and middle class holograms like Baroness Helle Reedtz-Thott who hosted the clown prince couple recently for a ballet performance at her Gavnø Castle. What a drag for all the guests to have this Danish sourpuss show up and expect to be entertained, then retreat to the corner to pout alone when no one will talk to her. Sigh. It's so hard being Mary.
Plus, Madam must be really taken back by the authentic and spontaneous displays of love and affection showed by Haakon and Mette-Marit. This ain't faked! That love clearly extends to their children, including the very tall and handsome Marius, who seem calm and non-anxious. And how adorable is Ingrid Alexandra who gave an impressive and cute speech to kick off Haakon Fest 2013. At the end, she says a line in English that is well-pronounced and accented in such a way that proves that she's knowledgeable in English. Telling that Xian and Izzy weren't invited; guess they're all not actually so close at all.
Can't fake this. Get a room, you crazy kids!
Video of Ingrid Alexandra's bilingual speech: VG
Also a highlight of Haakon's 40th birthday is a film that was released today. Haakon is interviewed by a Norwegian journalist about his age, and they talk on the front steps of the palace, they travel to Haakon's military barracks, and to California where Haakon goes surfing in Santa Cruz, gets stopped by a cop for speeding, and has trouble finding the house he lived in while at Berkeley. They also interview Victoria and Frederik. As Scandinavians do, everyone spoke their own language and they all understood each other. Except you wonder if the Norwegian interviewer understood Frederik at all. Our boy isn't the most articulate person in Denmark and Danes sometimes have trouble understanding him! Toward the end is wonderful footage of the king, Haakon and Ingrid Alexandra touring the official rooms at the royal palace and the older men talking to the young girl about their family business. (Although bright and articulate, someone needs to get IA into ballet and/or comportment classes, that inverted duck walk does nothing for her appeal.)
Video of Haakon's 40th birthday film "On the Road to a Reign": NRK
Derf on the far right
You can tell it's Fred from the French flag on the sleeve...
...and the hand that's about to go down his pants
Martha Louise, her youngest daughter and Constantijn on the far right
Cute play between Constantijn and ML's little one
Uncle Constantijn clearly has a nice relationship with ML from her Netherlands days
King Harald and Willem Alexander
Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma
Sisters in law who really like each other!
Hurry Fred! Shows starting!
Gotta get away from Madam (far left)
And find that blonde!
ML made a very loving and emotional speech for her brother
FASCINATING segment as Fred and Mary come toward the stage from separate directions, Mary chomping on food or cleaning her teeth with her tongue. No wonder Fred's done with Mary - she is seriously mentally ill, going between looking for cameras, and using her social Tourette's. What an embarrassment. No wonder Maxima was standing half a mile away!
Mary and her jowls enter from the right, while Fred notices the blonde with a bare shoulder
Mary's approaching, but Fred is oblivious to all but Miss Blondine
Mary makes her move toward a smiling Fred engaged with pretty blondes
Fred notices the circling shark, his smile disappears
Mary looks back to the cameras, Fred seems to plead with MM to help
Fred moves very far over to the right
Mary catches up to him and bizarrely wraps him in a blanket
Fred manages to fling off the blanket and stay calm to diffuse his strange wife.
No wonder Maxima decided to stand so far away from the Danes!
"I'll find Maxima. If Fred won't talk to me, I'll make her!"
This is a family.