"I think she'll be quite surprised with what we're cooking up, Mor!"
Something weird is in the air in Copenhagen for the opening of Parliament this year. Very weird indeed. Daisy looks to be in severe pain, perhaps because of her knees and arthritis, still? Derfie's resting face makes him look like he's seen a ghost - or has become one himself. How is it that an athletic man who trains to push himself in bike marathons and Ironman competitions still looks like death warmed over? Mary looks - dare we say!? - as if she KNOWS she's on her way out, fake smiles and scared resting faces, all. Perhaps that's wishful thinking and she just realises that she BOMBED in New York. (No Danish media outlets are posting ANY video of The Mess in Central Park!) Even gracious Henrik looks fed up with Madam. Joachim, Marie and Benedikte, being further away from the Boganborg mess, are able to keep up their game faces and smile through the disaster. But there is somthing rumbling underneath the surface, and it touches, but directly avoids the Schackenborgs. Even members of Parliament seem to take a special interest in the royal occupants of the balcony this year. And not just in the usual, 'who will fall asleep first?' way. Hmmm.
Have fun with the video of the royals' arrival, posted below. MoreMore is the only one in the family who neither gives nor receives the traditional (and quite French) double cheek kiss. It is NOT because of her hat. These royal ladies always cheek kiss with their grand, brimmed chapeaux. How bizarre that 10 years later, she remains either clueless enough to not pick up on it, or she remains as stubborn as can be about non-French traditions. Who cares where it came from, this is how this family greets each other - learn it! It shows respect! But Australians don't usually double cheek kiss, so there's Madam's rationale most likely. Australia over respect for others. Joizus, she's an ugly one! And not just because she's wearing that hideous witchy-poo hat with the magenta suit from the Luxembourg wedding (peplums are over, Mary) with the lace Nanny Bobo top from Charles' 60th birthday party.
Has anyone contacted Katja yet, to put out feelers on whether or not she would entertain a new round of courting from her Derfie so she can make him into a proper future King Frederik X? Courtesy would require contacting her with a sincere offer of familial inclusion, with guarantees of full integration à la Marius in Norway for her adorable Vitus. As an art restorer, she could have fun curating and leading the conservation efforts for all royal portraiture! To be fully accurate, if any Mary portraits remain, Katja could paint accurate presque-zizi's and moustaches and sweat stains and she and Fred could chuckle until they fall into each other's arms!
Longer Video: DR - wow, what a contrast between the three "lower ranking" royals (Joachim, Benedikte and Marie) who are very warm to each other and moderately tolerant of the proceedings, with the clown prince couple although Fred is adorable with Marie giving her a little arm rub when they embrace.
"Zoinks! I really blew it in NYC."
"That French one's nice, isn't she? What a good bet she turned out to be!"
Photos: Martin Høien, Billed Bladet; Søren Bidstrup, Scanpix; Bekia