Athena, Henrik, Tønder Festival, Visits

Princess Marie and her family visit Tonder Festival

Today, Princess Marie, Prince Joachim and their kids, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena visited Tonder Festival.

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The Tonder Festival is a well-known folk music festival in Europe. The festival was founded in 1975 and Marie is Patron since 2009. She has attended every year since then, except for last year’s edition as she had to pull out because of Nikolai’s 18th birthday. Since 2013, Joachim, Henrik, and Athena join Marie at the event. Next year will be Marie’s 10th visit to the Festival as Patron and she said that there might a special event to commemorate this: “I do not know. Perhaps something special must happen. I enjoy being here”

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The family had a busy program for this year’s visit. After the official welcome, they visited the new children area. Prince Henrik and Princess Athena were pleased with all the new activities and they asked to stay for longer than planned so the family had to miss their next event, a visit to the Wadden Sea.

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Afterward, they attended Vishtèn’s show. Prince Henrik and Princess Athena were sat on the shoulders of Prince Joachim and mayor Henrik Frandsen, respectively, just like in 2016.

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Before heading backstage to enjoy drinks and food as well as some private time, Princess Marie talked to the reporters about the development of the Festival since her first visit back in 2009: “A big development, I think. Now it’s bigger and it gets bigger and bigger. There are a lot of different activities for children too. They have actually gotten a whole new area here for children and families. And there are really many places to eat and have fun. And more and more musicians come from all over the world. From Ireland, USA, Canada and they are really skilled. It’s really a pleasure to be here.”

© Hans Chr. Gabelgaard/

You can see more photos here.

For this fun family outing, Princess Marie wore a new Charlotte Sparre blouse. The white Sea Life blouse is available here for 206€ (on sale). She paired the top with a new Uniqlo jacket and jeans.

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© Charlotte Sparre

She wore her Chanel ballet flats ( which she already wore when she visited the festival in 2014 and in 2016) and a new black Longchamp bag.

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© Longchamp

Princess Athena wore a cute Kaporal ‘Faza’ jacket. The jacket is reversible and can be worn in grey or in floral print.


We’ll next see Prince Joachim and Princess Marie on August 28th when they take part in the first day of the French State Visit to Denmark.

Better Food For More People, Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival, Visits

Princess Marie officially opens Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival

Yesterday, Princess Marie officially opened the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival in Copenhagen.

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This year’s edition marks the third year of the new CCFF. Indeed, this new version of the festival was created in 2016 when the original festival ‘Copenhagen Cooking’ decided to collaborate with the Food Organization of Denmark. Since Marie was Patron of Copenhagen Cooking since 2012, she became a Patron of the CCFF. This is the seventh time she visited the Festival (2011, 2012, 2014,2015,2016,2017).

The festival aims to promote Nordic gastronomy, especially Denmark’s. Around 100.000 visitors participate each year according to the festival. Princess Marie’s growing involvement with the festival makes sense since one of her main causes is fighting against food waste and promoting healthy cooking as well as Nordic gastronomy.

More about the CCFF: “Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival is an annual event which celebrates the culinary culture of Copenhagen as well as the whole of Denmark as a great food country. The festival is for everyone who loves food and hosts more than 100 unique events over 10 days at the end of August. Our official theme, ‘Breaking the New’, signals that the festival offers unique and different dining experiences and showcases the latest food trends. Every year some 80,000 festival-goers attend to celebrate Nordic cuisine, seasonal produce, and other great culinary experiences.”

Princess Marie made a speech at the event.

“Many thanks for the invitation to participate in the opening of the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival. As a Patron, I’m pleased this evening to declare the festival open.

I would like to thank Business Minister Rasmus Jarlov and Environment and Food Minister Jakob Ellemann-Jensen for their support.

I am pleased that the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival this year has focused on the UN World Goal 12 on food waste, which is a matter that is very important to me personally.

I had the pleasure of promoting the fight against food waste myself with some amazing children in my own home back in January.

There I, together with chef Timm Vladimir,  and the food savvy activist Selina Juul made a whole menu of surplus food together with 10 talented and dedicated children, all of whom had been a trip to the Arla Fund MadLejr.
So out of big beetroot, old bread, crushed potatoes and carrot stuff, we created a lunch, which we all had, including my own two children, to eat.

Worldwide, one-third of all food is wasted.

The waste takes place both on the ground, in production and in households.

Global food waste amounts to 1.3 billion tonnes a year and is enough to feed 3 billion people!

So it’s incredibly important that we get better and more aware of what we’re throwing out.
Every Dane throws almost 50 kg of edible food out a year. And that’s too much.
But fortunately, most Danes have now become more aware that it is both expensive for the money and for the environment.
And there are many good initiatives and organizations that will help solve the problem.
I hope that, as Danes, we can work towards the goal of the World Goal; namely a halving of the food waste in 2030.

And now we are here, ready for this year’s program. With over 100 unique events and industry activities in front of us. Over 10 days filled with delicious food, exciting discussions, and new experiences.

All of you who stand here have contributed in one way or another to this year’s festival. I would like to thank you for that. I hope that you will enjoy the evening in this beautiful setting, and not least enjoy the dinner that will be a taste of what the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival will offer.

Welcome – and enjoy your meal!”

After the speeches, the guests were invited to go out on the roof’s terraces to enjoy dinner.

You can see a video here.

Princess Marie wore her teal leopard print shirt dress from Charlotte Sparre. She first wore this dress back in 2016.

© Charlotte Sparre

She paired this dress with her black Carlend Copenhagen croc clutch and black patent leather pumps. I haven’t seen a good photo of them so I can’t say whether they are new or not. She also wore her Christine Hvelplund ring, reportedly a gift from Prince Joachim.

Carlend Copenhagen
©Carlend Copenhagen
© Christine Hvelplund
Interviews, Tønder Festival

Princess Marie gives interview to Ekstra Bladet about music as Patron of Tonder Festival

Princess Marie gave an interview to Ekstra Bladet’s journalist Thomas Treo about Tonder Festival, of which Marie is Patron. She will visit the festival on Friday. Here is my translation of it (please credit me if you repost this translation elsewhere)

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Foto: Linda Johansen


The royal beauty met with Extra Bladet’s journalist at Amalienborg for a unique rendezvous about music.

A tropical rainforest has just soaked the tourists at Amalienborg Castle, but the air is still heavy, and in the Princess’s workroom on the ground floor in Christian VIII’s palace it feels like someone roasts cocks.

One of the court’s service people brews afternoon coffee – it tastes exquisite – while Marie speaks of the recent Smukfest Festival, where Crown Prince Frederik was a surprise guest.

Despite high heels, Her Royal Highness is not high. She is ‘petite’, appealing and flirting discreetly which add to her effortless French elegance.

In short, Marie Agathe Odile’s presence does not help the temperature to fall in the royal room where she has invited a conversation about her work as Patron of the Tønder Festival, which starts on Thursday.

Vodka and juice from the bottle

The 42-year-old Parisian brunette puts the royal coffee in one of Arne Jacobsen’s famous leather eggs, and as soon as she is addressed with ‘De’(formal ‘you’ in Danish), she says that you should say ‘du’, which is immediately liberating, but also a little annoying when you have practiced a couple of days in saying ‘De, Dem, Deres’

The result will be a full-blend of the two ‘you’, which Marie ignores in a chic manner.

The Princess starts by interviewing the interviewer about the recent Smukfest, which she, like René Dif, calls the ‘Smukfestival’ (smuk=beautiful)

– Should I smile or not smile? asks the princess kindly when she poses for the photographer. © Linda Johansen

Marie: Why is it called the Smukfestival? Is it because that’s clean?

Thomas: Before that, it was called the Skanderborg Festival, but their slogan was ‘Denmark’s most beautiful festival’. It takes place in a beautiful beech forest.

M: Ah, I think the festival seems impressive. Especially the mood. I have heard that there is a different relationship with the Roskilde Festival.

“Yes, very different,” says Lene Balleby, communications director of the royal house, who says she has visited Smukfest, where she drank vodka and juice from the bottle.

An important event

Balleby then leaves the Princess alone with the press, but she assures Marie that the help is ready right behind the door if there should be something.

On the table with the coffee cups is a small pile of books and magazines. At the top of the stack is the Euroman issue with Marie’s stepson Prince Nikolai on the cover. She asks the journalist if that’s something he has put there. It is not. The Princess moves the magazine to her desk.

T:  How did you become Patron of the Tønder Festival?

M: Of course, because we lived in Møgeltønder, and the festival is a very important event for the local area. It is Northern Europe’s biggest festival for folk music and country. There is an incredibly good atmosphere and it is truly a unique festival of jam sessions and talented singers. I like the music and that the audience is so close to the festival. I have been there every year except last year when I could not attend.

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© Linda Johansen

T: Are you going to Tønder again this year?

M: Yes, I will. Of course. I look forward to it. Are you coming? Do you like country?

T: Yes, I am. I am very excited about country.

–  Wait to see his clothes! interrupt the photographer.

M:  ‘I know‘, but one should never ‘judge a book by its cover‘, the Princess smiles.

T: Is country a genre that interests you?

M: I do not know so much about the genre, even though I have lived in the United States for many years. But I have learned a lot about different instruments that I had never heard of, and I actually learned to love it. Especially the voices. This year there will be one called …. No, I can not remember it. Yes, Tami Neilson. She is absolutely amazing!

Love Queen and Prince

T: What kind of genres do you like most?

M: I have heard different genres in different periods of my life. I grew up with two big brothers who introduced me to music and we heard Supertramp, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Prince, and Santana. That kind of rock and pop. When I was 17, I moved to New York, and I became quite fascinated by electronic music. House, techno and drum N bass. It was so different. And the sounds and DJ’s were really impressive.

T: That’s funny. I have listened to Daft Punk this morning …

M: Uh, that’s French. I loooove Daft Punk. I have heard them so many times. But I also like rap and blues.

T:  Can not you convince Daft Punk to give a concert in Denmark? They never played here.

M: ‘Really?’. I saw them in London. But it’s been a long time.

T: France is strong in that genre. There is also Air (French band)

M:  Yes, I love Air.

T: Did you see them in Tivoli a couple of years ago?

M: Were they in Tivoli ?! I did not know. How can a person who loves country music also like electronic music?

T: I like many different genres, and I review all kinds of music so I have to be broadly oriented.

M: Okay, of course.

Absolutely ordinary Marie

Marie is good at Danish, but the multilingual princess likes to throw an English phrase into her sentences, and it will also become a charming ‘voilà!’ Every now and then.

She is welcoming but also determined. If you innocently try to blow up the interview’s so-called questionnaire about festivals and music, she answers briefly and sharply with a glance that cannot be misunderstood.

After about 20 minutes, she signals that the conversation is over, with a whack on the journalist’s thigh.

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© Linda Johansen

T: We have incredibly many festivals in Denmark. Did it come as a surprise to you when you moved here?

M: Yes, it’s very unique. Denmark is a true festival land. There is an incredibly strong tradition for music festivals here in Denmark. I think it’s great, and I think that the Danish coziness is very important. At the festivals, one can truly experience the Danish coziness between generations. This is not the same in other countries. People really gather together at a festival.

T: Does it say anything about the Danes as people?

M: Yes it does! The Danes like to be together. And they like music.

T: If you were a so-called plain person…

M: I am! (she laughs)

T: If you were not royal, could you imagine going to the festival and sleeping in a tent?

M: Yes of course. I have to experience that with my children. If they want. I have not tried it, but I would like to. You should never say never. ‘Why not?’.

The Princess listen to music

T: Did you grow up with music in your childhood home?

M: I have always had music in my home You get the energy of the music and I love to dance. I like rhythms. Also the Latin rhythms. But I also use music to calm down. I do not even play an instrument. Just a little piano. I love much of the old French songs. Serge Gainsbourg, Charles Aznavour, Édith Piaf. They give a mood that I love in my home.

T: Did you see Charlotte Gainsbourg coming to Copenhagen?

M: Yes?! But was she not at Roskilde?

T: Yes, but now she is in Store Vega in December.

M: Is that right? Well. Thanks. It is cozy. I think it’s good she’s interested in coming here to play. There is a ‘good reputation’ in Denmark. I think people like to play in Denmark. I have heard that at least. Here is a good atmosphere at the concerts.

T: You were with Prince Joachim at the Park of The Rolling Stones last year. Did you enjoy the concert?

M: I have seen them maybe six times. The first time was in New York. I think they are absolutely amazing. They are the same as they have always been. They are not getting older, and they are as good now as they were. It was a big experience!

T: Can you, Prince Joachim and the children agree on what to listen to at home?”

M: They listen to my music! (she laughs)

T: Are you the one who decides?

M: It’s not me who decides, but it’s me who has the music. My husband does not have an iPhone with music and everything there. He does not have it. It’s just not him.

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© Linda Johansen

Congratulations to Lukas Graham

T:  So you might be the more technologically interested? Do you have Spotify?

M:  Completely! I have it all. I love technology. It has always been like that. At home, we hear a lot of Danish music. Also on the radio when we drive. We use music in our everyday life. It gives a good mood, right? Why not just turn on the radio? You know. Are you going to Tønder?

T: Yes, I will.

M: Ah, so I’ll see you there. I’ll wave! Who are you listening to? There are so many new names that are absolutely amazing. Will Lukas Graham come again?

T: Yes, he does.

M: He started there, I think. His parents come from Tønder, right? No, from Canada!

T: His father was Irish and interested in folk music. He brought Luke to Tønder during his childhood.

M: Ah, Irishman. There are many of them there. You can hear that in Lukas Graham’s voice. It is quite unique. I am excited about him. I have heard him at Tønder Festival before.

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© Linda Johansen

T: Are your children interested in ‘Frozen’ and that kind of music. Or are they not near Spotify at all?

M: My children do not hear children’s music very much. Athena likes a rhythm like her mother. And she listens to what I play. But when they are in their rooms, and they are alone, I’m sure they listen to … We also sing children’s songs in the evening, but otherwise, it’s not children’s songs you hear in the house. But they are still small. The two big ones change music all the time. I’m not sure what they’re listening to.

T: Is it important to you that the children are exposed to French music and culture?

M: Of course! At least for the culture. But music is a great way to learn the culture.

An international Princess

T: Do you feel that being born in France created difficulties understanding Danish culture and appreciate it?

M: Not at all. Not at all.

T: It also seems as if you have truly taken the Danish culture to you.

M: Of course I’m from France, but I have lived many years abroad and I’m not so French. I am international. And Danish. But I love different cultures, and I’m good where I am.

T: You seem culturally curious.

M: Yes I am. A lot. I think it’s a big part of one’s development to be open. It is so important to get to know other cultures. (Marie said ‘at lære at kende andre kulturer’ but then she corrects herself ‘At lære andre kulturer at kende’. She said she thought of her Danish teacher before correcting herself)

The Princess poses in a short photo session. She rushes a bit because she has to pick up the children.

Marie, however, takes time to follow Ekstra Bladet to the door, and it looks as though she just looks flashy with her right eye.

However, it may have been a mirage due to the heat.

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For this interview (if you ask me, the article was badly written but I didn’t expect very much from Ekstra Bladet) and photoshoot, Marie wore her Ganni top with her Tod’s yellow wedges and her Christine Hvelplund ‘H’ and ‘A’ necklace.

© Ganni
Tod's Wedges
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New Nordic Jewellery and Watch Show, Visits

Princess Marie officially opens New Nordic Jewellery & Watch Show in Copenhagen

Today, Princess Marie officially opened the New Nordic Jewellery & Watch Show at the Bella Center in Copenhagen as Patron. The New Nordic Jewellery & Watch Show is an exclusive trade show for the watch and jewellery industry.

After being welcomed by 8 years old Sigrid, Marie officially opened the fair by cutting a gold chain. Princess Marie then toured the fair and stopped at several stands to meet with the designers and ask more about their company.

© Iben Kaufmann

While the fair is first and foremost a trade fair, it also aims to promote new jewelers as well as jewelers specialized in the use of gold in their designs. Indeed, two competitions take place during the three-day fair: The New Nordic Gold and the Brand New Nordic – New Talents championships. More about those from the fair’s press release: ” For three days, the most talented newly-learned goldsmiths from all over the Nordic region are dying for the prestigious title: Nordisk Mester i Guldsmedehandværk.
The task that the participants must perform has a degree of difficulty that challenges their craft skills to the utmost.  It follows the participants very closely for three days and sees how they each transform the drawing and the measured amount of gold into one amazing jewelry. Each of the Nordic countries can make up two representatives.[…] Brand New is an established concept that supports new national and international talents in the industry. During the three days of the fair, this year’s participants have a unique opportunity to show their own design and create commercial opportunities and contacts with resellers and more. At the same time, the participants compete to become the New Nordic Brand of the Year”

When asked by Billed-Bladet what makes a jewel perfect, Marie said that it had more to do with the person who gives the jewel than the design of the jewel. You can see the video here.

© Iben Kaufmann

Princess Marie wore her Giambattista Valli white and red floral printed ruffled dress. She first wore this dress back in June 2017.

© Matches Fashion

She wore her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ nude suede pumps and her Bottega Veneta clutch. She had already chosen the same shoes and pumps the first time she wore this dress.

Jimmy Choo Pumps
© Jimmy Choo

Her earrings date back to 2010 and there are still UFOs. I can spot her engagement ring in photos as well as another ring on her left hand but the photos aren’t good enough so I can’t tell which one it is or if it’s new.

We’ll next see Princess Marie on August 23rd when she opens the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival as Patron.

Nikolaï, Visits

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie visit Varde’s military school

On Wednesday, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie carried out their first official joint engagement since the end of their summer holidays. They were in Varde to visit Haerens Sergentskole, a military school.

© Martin Ravn /

Haerens Sergentskole was celebrating its 108th birthday with a full military parade. Prince Joachim attended in his quality of Colonel in the Reserve of the Army but also as a former student! Indeed, this year is also the 30th anniversary of Prince Joachim’s graduation from Haerens Sergentskole.

30 years later, it is now the turn of Prince Joachim’s eldest son Prince Nikolai to be a student of Haerens Sergentskole. Indeed, he started his two-year studies on August 1st. Prince Nikolai took part in the parade but as promised by the Court and the school, he was treated like any regular student. It must have been special for both Joachim and Nikolai when Joachim reviewed the troops and Nikolai was in the first row.

When asked by Billed-Bladet how she felt about seeing her stepson in uniform for the first time, Princess Marie said : “It was touching. We were very proud.”

Prince Joachim made a personal speech at the event, recalling his time as a student at the school during the Cold War but also giving some advice for the current student: “The eight months at school did something to us. We learned to take and bear responsibility – not just for ourselves but also for others. It is not necessarily something that is easy for a young man under the age of 20. […]It’s not wrong to fail here. We all make mistakes. But those who make the difference are those who develop and learn from their mistakes”

Princess Marie wore a new outfit for this very special but serious event. She debuted a new navy Emporio Armani blazer. Emporio Armani (and Armani in general) is definitely one of Marie’s favorite brands so it is no surprise that after a short break from all things Armani (she wore a lot of Ganni and MICHAEL Michael Kors instead), she would go back to the brand.

© Emporio Armani

Marie’s new dress is the ‘Dinoma’ watercolor floral sheath dress by Hugo Boss (with thanks to Katrina for the find). The ‘Dinoma’ dress is also owned by Queen Letizia of Spain in two different prints.

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Marie accessorized with her By Malene Birger navy suede and leather d’Orsay pumps and her Longchamp x Kate Moss matching clutch. The brooch she wore on her jacket is reportedly a gift from Queen Margrethe after the birth of Princess Athena in 2012. Marie first wore it at Athena’s christening.

©By Malene Birger