And, well, there is not much else to say except that her hair looks amazing. 🙂
Photo courtesy of Kongehuset
On September 2, 2013, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark participated in the opening of the Danmarks Naturfredningsforenings and the Friluftsrådets campaign entitled, Naturens Dag (Nature’s Day).
Meanwhile, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark arrived in Rabat, Morocco to begin her three-day tour where she will visit “…a number of initiatives in which the objective is to combat violence against women and improve women’s rights generally in the Middle East and North Africa…” according to the Danish royal court.
According to the official website for the Nationalhistoriske Museum the exhibition, which will be open to the public beginning on August 30 -December 1, 2013, “…chronicles Russo-Danish relations [from] 1600-1900 through a display of precious artifacts gathered from both Danish and Russian museums…” To learn more about Danmark og Zarernes Rusland: 1600-1900 please click here.
Meanwhile, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark opened a new language school, operated by the Dansk Flygtningehjælps, in lovely Aarhus.
Jordan’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Nasser Judeh, held a meeting with Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark accompanied by the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Christian Friis Bach, today in Amman.
During their meeting discussions focused on the tremendous “…burden being shouldered by Jordan as a result of hosting hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees despite the economic hardships Jordan is facing… according to Petra News.
The crown princess and Mr. Friis Bach also met with Jordan’s Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Mr. Ibrahim Saif, and several Jordanian government officials. Again, discussions focused on the Syrian refugees, Jordan’s financial challenges for hosting the refugees, and more.
Click the link below to watch a video news clip and skip to the 9:34 mark.
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, along with the Danish Minister of Cooperation, Mr. Christian Friis Bach, are currently in Jordan where she met with Syrian refugees yesterday living at the Za’atari camp.
The future queen of Denmark casually posed for the Danish press as she met with children, families and representatives from various relief organizations including UNICEF.
Meanwhile, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark is spending time in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. No, not Copenhagen, but lovely San Francisco, CA. Yes, fresh from his successful début in the KMD Ironman Copenhagen the “pro” triathlete crown prince is in NorCal attending yet another sporting event: the America’s Cup.
Crown Prince Frederik is then expected to travel to Newport, Rhode Island to attend the 2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championships which begins on August 27-30, 2013.
At 6:45AM on Sunday, August 18, 2013, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark along with 2,600 professional and age-groupers triathletes from around Europe and several from abroad waited patiently on the beach at Amager Strandpark in Copenhagen mentally preparing themselves for a race they will never forget: the KMD Ironman Copenhagen. First in the water, at 7AM, were the pros then the age-groupers.
Pros and age-groupers — hence amateurs — had until 11PM to complete the 3.8 km swim, 180 km of cycling, and 42.2 km run to the finish line at Christensborg Slot. It was going to be a long, long day.
Classified as a Pro, and wearing bib #45, Crown Prince Frederik completed the 3.8 kilometer swim in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 16 seconds. Excellent. Then he made a mad dash to the bike racks and he was off to begin a tough 180 kilometers of cycling through downtown Copenhagen to north Zealand and back to Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen. He completed the bike portion of the race at 5 hours, 25 minutes and 19 seconds.
Once he handed his bike to one of the many volunteers he put on his shoes in the holding tent, then ran out to begin the last portion of the race: the 42.2 kilometer run. As he huffed and puffed running past the Operan along the harbor — perhaps feeling like he was going to die — Crown Prince Frederik kept on going. And, going. And, going. And, going until he made it to the finish line at Christiansborg Slot. His run time: 3 hours, 58 minutes and 47 seconds. Awesome.
Combining his overall time Crown Prince Frederik completed the KMD Ironman Copenhagen race in 10 hours, 45 minutes and 32 seconds just 2:32:51 behind the Men’s winner of the race, Mr. Jens Petersen-Bach. Congrats and well done, Frederik, you are an Ironman! 🙂
So now the question is, will the future king of Denmark participate in the prestigious and the most grueling triathlon in the world known as the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i on October 12? Perhaps.
He has proven that he has what it takes to compete against the best of the best professional triathletes and amateurs. There is a chance that either he will be chosen via a lottery or personally asked (which is rare) to participate in the 2013 Ironman World Championships race.
Click the links below to watch videos as well as to view photos:
For those who never watched the famous Ironman World Championships you might enjoy the video above. 🙂 The video is inspiring to say the least.
The difficult race — though not as extremely grueling as the Ironman World Championships which takes place each year in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i — consists of running, swimming, and cycling. The crown prince is thrilled to participate in the race stating, “I look forward to competing in the race with 2,600 other participants…it will be a very special race and experience.” Well, yeah, of course it will be. Anyway, if Crown Prince Frederik is one of the top 50 to complete the race he will be qualified to compete in the Ironman World Championships on October 12, 2013, in Hawai’i. Good luck, Frederik! 🙂
In other news the Danish magazine, Billed Bladet, is reporting that His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark ran over his beloved puppy with a golf cart whilst on holiday at Gråsten Slot.
The sweet little puppy, who was immediately taken to the local veterinarian, suffered a fractured pelvis and obviously severe emotional trauma. Poor thing. 😦
And, finally, it was announced that Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has agreed to become patron of “…the anniversary of Skole i 200 År.”
Photo courtesy of Kongehuset
On the morning of Tuesday, August 13, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark along with their eldest daughter, Princess Isabella, met with the press in front of their home, Frederik VIII’s Palace, Amalienborg, in Copenhagen.
The purpose of this morning’s event was to photograph the family before Princess Isabella started her first day of school at the Tranegårdsskolen in Hellerup.
Later in the afternoon, Crown Prince Frederik arrived at the Forsvarsakademiets in Copenhagen to present scholarships from the Anders Lassen Fonden (foundation). According to the official website for the foundation the purpose of the scholarship is to:
“…support and encourage injured Danish military personnel [by] providing financial contribution as recognition or encouragement to members or former members of the special forces or the Danish Frogman Corps for their efforts…”
On August 8, 2013, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark participated in the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Nations Cup 2013 Grand Final in Middelfart, Denmark.
Unfortunately, the crown prince and his team lost the match sailing race — they came in second — to Mr. Nicolai Sehested and his crew. Once on dry land Crown Prince Frederik spoke to the press about his defeat:
“I preferred losing to Nicolai than to my wife ten years ago. It’s always hard to lose to your wife. It’s good to compete and have that tension. Whether you win or lose it’s important to do the best you can. I’d like to have sailed three flights, but unfortunately there wasn’t time. I’m not so experienced at match racing, I usually do fleet races, but I really enjoyed it.”
Photo courtesy of the ISAF
Is His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark ready to be king of the Danes? Well, according to a new survey, conducted for the Søndagsavisen, 77% of the Danish population believes it is time that the crown prince takes over the throne.
51% of the 77% want to see Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark abdicate — like the former Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and King Albert II of Belgium — rather than wait until Her Majesty dies.
But, as much as the majority of the population want Crown Prince Frederik on the throne within the next year or two, well, it’s not going to happen. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II has said over and over again, “Det er en opgave, som man får, og den har man, så længe man lever.” Simply put: Her Majesty will remain queen until she passes away. So, yeah, everyone in Denmark and aboard are just going to have to wait for a long, long time until we can all refer to Frederik as His Majesty. 🙂
On April 5, 2013, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark along with the President of Finland, Mr. Sauli Niinistö, and his delegation took a boat tour around lovely Copenhagen Harbor. During the tour President Niinistö was informed about:
“…some of Copenhagen’s solutions for sustainable development, including water purification and waste. In addition, the Crown Prince and the President also looked at Middelgrunden Wind Farm and Amager Resource Center and new sustainable buildings by the UN low energy building and the district of North Harbor.”
In the evening, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, and Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte attended a dinner at Moltke’s Palace hosted by President Niinistö and his wife, First Lady Jenni Elina Haukio.
Yesterday afternoon Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark was in the gardens at Marselisborg Slot where she received a new bench from the city of Aarhus to “…mark the Queen’s 40th anniversary on the throne. The granite bench, a belated gift, was designed by artist, Mr. Claus Ørntoft.”