For the prince
Mr. John Stuart Donaldson
HRH Prince Felipe des Asturies
H.H. Prince Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille
Countess Helle Reedtz-Thott
Lady-in-waiting Caroline Heering
H.R.H. Prinsesse Marie
Son Altesse Royale le Prince Charles de Bourbon des Deux-Siciles
Mrs. Patricia Bailey
Count Bendt Wedell
Mrs. Birgitte Handwerk
Mrs. Josephine Rechner
Which names do you think the Danish royal twins will get? There are two polls in the sidebar, where you can select a combination of four names – but feel free to use the comment section here if you have other suggestions.
Three royal Danish foundations are merging into one.
The King Frederik and Queen Ingrid’s foundation for humanitarian and cultural affairs, the Crown Prince Frederik’s foundation and the Crown Prince Frederik and Crownprincess Mary foundation will join together under the name The Crown Prince Frederik and Crownprincess Mary foundation.
The areas supported by the previous three foundations will remain the same after the merger.
Those areas are humanitarian, social, cultural, scientific, sports, academic or job-related affairs… In addition to other areas that may serve the greater purpose. (Practically everything then…)
It’s not the first time the royal foundations change. The Prince Joachim and Princess Alexandra foundation, which was formed after their wedding in 1995, changed to The Nikolai and Felix foundation.
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In an interview with Ekstrabladet, Crown Prince Frederik complained that as he’s gotten older, and have a family, it has been more and more difficult to find the motivation for getting the exercise in. He has previously worked out at different public gyms in Copenhagen.
Now, there is no excuse. Billedbladet reveals that a room with gym equipment has been inaugurated in the basement at Christian VII’s Palace at Amalienborg.
The gym is for the royal family, but also for the staff, if they wish to use it.
As Christian VII’s Palace is the guest palace, ie. no royals live there full time – it is presumably also available for use for the guests who may stay there.
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Attending a film premiere today, Crown Prince Frederik joked with the press about the names of the twins.
“I am looking forward to revealing the names for all of you,” he said, but couldn’t be pushed to say more about the names.
In an interview with the Australian newspaper, The Mercury, John Donaldson claimed that he hadn’t been told any names, and that the parents are the only people who know.
Here are the stats from March. I think this is Daniel’s busiest month so far – at least in public view. This is no April’s Joke (So we get that out of the way…)
Yesterday, Ari Behn’s theatrical piece “Treningstimen” (Translated: The Workout) had its premiere at Rogaland Theatre in Stavanger. Ari and his wife were both present at the steps of the red carpet.
Pictures from Stavanger Aftenblad here.
The show is about the Sommerfeldt-Behren couple. Lydia Behrens and Anton Sommerfeldt are both former stars, respectively in acting and crime, and Lydia’s personal trainer, Kevin. It’s a show with a lot of clichés – and intended to be that way.
The show received fairly middle-of-the-road critiques. Dagbladet’s reviewer said that it is a bit like an onion – the core isn’t that substantial, but peeling away the layers can be a bit of fun.
A while back, the Norwegian Band Federation gifted Princess Ingrid Alexandra with a saxophone. She’s been too young to play it up until recently. At an audience with the Band Federation, her father revealed that he had now purchased a mouthpiece for the saxophone, and Ingrid Alexandra is now ready to learn to play.
The Federation also let it be known that when Sverre Magnus is big enough, that he will also receive an instrument to play.
Crown Prince Haakon is the high protector of the Norwegian Band Federation. The Federation covers brass bands and wind bands – for both kids and adults. They have around 66,000 members, in 1,700 bands. Around 40,000 of the members are under 24 years of age, with 10,000 of those being under the age of ten.
King Harald and Queen Sonja has been confirmed as attending the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The younger generation will be represented at the Wedding of Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock. The Norwegian court confirms that Haakon and Mette-Marit have been invited and have accepted.
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There have been questions around the Danish practice of not revealing the names of the royal children until they’re at the baptismal font. Or, more specifically, if there is a deadline for officially registering the names for children in Denmark, and whether or not the Danish royal family is exempt from it.
The Danish royal children traditionally have their christenings within 3 months of birth. The deadline for registering the names of a child in Denmark is 6 months from the date of birth. Hence, the royal way of revealing the names is well within the 6 month deadline.
There is an additional deadline of registering the birth within 14 days, but that is usually taken care of by the hospital, and the baby does not have to have a first name for that.
(And… there is 250 pages worth of “Approved baby names” to search through to find the perfect name, in case you were planning to have a go at guessing what Mary and Frederik are naming the twins.)