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

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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)

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– 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.

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© Ganni
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Athena, Family Events, Felix, Henrik, Nikolaï

Prince Felix’s last day at Krebs’ Skole !

On June 30th, Prince Felix officially finished his studies at Krebs’ Skole as he will start high school at the end of the summer holidays! As reported by Billed-Bladet, his family was there to celebrate with him!

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© Hanne Juul; Billed-Bladet

Prince Felix arrived with his mother Countess Alexandra and was joined by his father Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena. Prince Nikolai -who had graduated from high school a few days before- only arrived after the ceremony had started with his girlfriend Benedikte so they didn’t pose for photos with the rest of the family.

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© Hanne Juul – Billed Bladet scans

Princess Marie wore a new Ganni floral asymmetric skirt ! It is the third new Ganni item Marie has debuted in the past few weeks so it is certain she went shopping there for her summer wardrobe! The skirt is available at $135 here.

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© Hanne Juul – Billed Bladet Scans
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She wore her white Tara Jarmon top with the navy and green Tara Jarmon cross body bag she debuted in Bornholm last June.

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© Tara Jarmon

She also wore the Peserico sneakers she first wore in Bornholm a few weeks ago.

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© Peserico

Shop Princess Marie’s look for less : (affiliate links)

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Ganni floral asymmetric skirt • Ganni • $135 (exact)

Blu Pepper Floral Printed Ruffle Faux Wrap Skirt • Blu Pepper • $24.50

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Visits

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attend the premiere of The Misanthrope at the Grønnegårds Theater

On Friday evening, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attended the premiere of The Misanthrope at the Grønnegårds Theater in Copenhagen.

Charles-Henri Keller, the late Prince Henrik’s nephew, also attended the event.

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© Screenshot Billed-Bladet

There’s only one photo available but you can watch a small video here.

Princess Marie wore a new black floral blouse by Ganni! It looks like she recently went shopping there as she wore a new Ganni skirt on Wednesday too! This really nice blouse is available here. (affiliate link)

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© Ganni

It’s hard to see any of her accessories but I think her earrings might be new and her bag might be a ufo bag from 2007. I can’t see her shoes well so I can’t say if they are new or old.

This was the last scheduled event for Joachim and Marie so they will most likely go to France soon to spend their summer holidays in Cayx, France.

Family Events, Felix, Nikolaï

Catching Up: A fashion show, a graduation ceremony, a football game and summer plans for Joachim and Marie’s family!

During the weekend, Prince Nikolai took part in his second fashion show (the first one being the Burberry Fall/Winter 2018 show back in February). He was chosen to open and close the Dior Homme Spring/Summer 2019 show in Paris by Dior Homme’s new creative director Kim Jones.

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© Kim Jones on Instagram

Kim Jones explained on his Instagram that he chose Nikolai as an homage to his mother as she was Danish. Kim Jones told The Guardian: “I’m half Danish and Mr. Dior always had that thing with royalty, and so I thought it would be nice to open with a prince – quite glamorous isn’t it?””

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© Vogue Runway

Prince Nikolai also took over Dior’s Instagram account and you can see the videos here and here.

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© Vogue Runway

Congratulations are also in order for Prince Nikolai! He graduated from high school this week and obviously his family took part in the celebrations!

On Monday, he traditionally received the hat that marked the end of his high school studies. His parents Prince Joachim and Countess Alexandra, as well as his brother Prince Felix, were present for the small ceremony. They followed the tradition and wrote a small note inside the hat.

Yesterday, the official graduation ceremony took place at Herlufsholm High School. Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, and Countess Alexandra were once again present. It was nice to see them being so friendly to each other and they all looked very proud of Nikolai! You can see more photos here and watch a video here.

The Court announced a few weeks ago that Prince Nikolai would start a two-year formation at Hærens Sergent School in Varde on August 1st so we might see photos of his family accompanying for his first day there.

For this ceremony, Princess Marie wore a new floral printed wrap skirt by Danish brand Ganni. It is available here. Her black tank top looks new to me but I haven’t been able to find it yet.

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© Ganni

She also wore her favorite Zara shoes with a new yellow, blue and red clutch and her Christine Hvelplund earrings and necklace. Her sunglasses looks new to me too but I haven’t seen a good enough close up yet.

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© Vestiaire Collective
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© Christine Hvelplund

 

On Tuesday, while Prince Joachim was handing the Europa Nostra Prizes, Princess Marie, Henrik and Athena were with Charles-Henri Keller and Charlotte Sparre to watch the football game between France and Denmark. Charlotte Sparre is a Danish fashion designer and a big friend of Marie and Charles-Henri is the nephew of the late Prince Henrik. Charles-Henri has always been close to Joachim and Marie, even attending events with them sometimes, and he posted this very cute photo of them watching the game, each of them having the Danish and French flags painted on their cheeks!

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©Charles-Henri Keller

We’ll next see Prince Joachim and Princess Marie tomorrow for their last event before their summer holidays. They will attend the premiere of The Misanthrope at Grønnegårds Teatret. The Court’s calendar is mostly empty for July as the whole royal family is on vacation. Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, and their family haven’t taken part in the annual Graasten photoshoot for a few years now so I don’t expect them to attend this year. Although since it will be the first one without Prince Henrik, maybe they will decide to come back from their holidays in time for the photoshoot to be by Queen Margrethe’s side. Otherwise, they will probably spend the whole month of July in France, either in Cayx or with Marie’s family. If they follow last year’s pattern, the Court will maybe release one or two photos of the family during their holidays.

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© Det Danske Kongehus

As usual, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie will have a pretty busy month in August. The only events confirmed by the Court at this moment are the events part of the State Visit by France on August 28th-29th. Local newspapers have confirmed that Prince Joachim and Princess Marie will visit the military school Prince Nikolai will enroll in on August 15th to celebrate the school’s anniversary.

Princess Marie is also expected to attend several events for her patronages:

  • The Copenhagen Jewelry & Watch Show will take place from August 17th to August 19th and Marie will attend on one of the days.
  • The Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival is scheduled to take place from August 24th to September 2nd and Marie, as Patron, is expected to attend one of their events
  • The Tonder Festival will take place from August 23rd to August 26th and Marie will certainly attend one of the concerts, most likely with Joachim, Henrik, and Athena.
  • Marie is also Patron of the World Food Summit – Better Food for More People and she is expected to attend several meetings and events surrounding the forum, just like last year. It will take place on August 30th-31th so just after the State Visit from France.

Prince Joachim is scheduled to attend the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix on August 4th and 5th and we will certainly see Marie and the children there too. Joachim will also most likely attend the Copenhagen’s Goodwill Ambassadors gala dinner at the end of August. All in all, a very busy month for the couple after a full month of holidays.

Danske UNESCO-nationalkommission, Visits

Princess Marie attends UNESCO seminar as Patron

Today, Princess Marie attended a UNESCO seminar in Copenhagen as Patron of the Danish UNESCO Commission. She is patron since 2009.

 

The aim of the seminar was to identify focus areas for the Danish UNESCO work in the coming years. Michel Steen-Hansen , a member of the Commission, said on his blog that the question “What do we want to do with UNESCO in Denmark? ” is very important right now : “A rather central issue, because in Denmark it has been decided to spend considerably fewer funds than the rest of the Nordic countries working for cooperation between nations in education, science, culture, communication, and information.”

Stakeholders from science and education institutions, from the civil society, from relevant ministries, from local authorities and from the world heritage sites, Man and Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks spend the afternoon together to provide an input to and to discuss the direction of the Danish UNESCO.

The seminar was arranged by the Secretariat of the Danish UNESCO National Commission, which is based in the Danish Ministry of Education. The seminar took place in the newly erected building BLOX in Copenhagen. BLOX was inaugurated by Queen Margrethe a few weeks ago and Billed-Bladet reports Princess Marie was as impressed by the building as the Queen was during the inauguration.

Here is Princess Marie’s speech :

“Good day,

It is my pleasure today to be able to participate in the opening of this seminar for decision makers and professionals with active involvement in UNESCO’s work in Denmark.

What do we want with UNESCO’s work in Denmark? This is the heading for today’s program, and I look forward to hearing the good suggestions that will surely come during the day.

Four years ago, as a protector of the Danish UNESCO National Commission, I was involved in launching the now former Danish strategy for UNESCO’s work.

And a lot has happened since then. Both in our own work, but also in international cooperation within UNESCO’s areas – education, science, culture, and communication.

The UN’s World Sustainable Development Goal sets a new framework and direction for UNESCOs, and our all efforts for equal opportunities and greater justice for all, girls and women, as well as boys and men.

It is about quality education for all, about equality, about science for the common good, on cultural heritage and cultural diversity and on free media and freedom of expression, for a better future for all and for our common planet.

In Denmark, in recent years, we have seen a development in our commitment to UNESCO’s work. There is growing interest in UNESCO programs and academic networks from ministries, Danish municipalities, universities, schools and civil society.

I am thinking of on the growing number of Danish sites that are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which includes both natural heritage such as Stevns Klint and the Wadden Sea and cultural heritage such as Christiansfeld and Parforce hunting in North Zealand.

But it also applies to Møn og Nyord in Vordingborg municipality, which was approved last year as the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Denmark.

And about exciting networks of cities such as Sønderborg, which are part of UNESCO’s global network of Learning Cities and Kolding, which has become the UNESCO Creative City.

For quite recently, I had the pleasure of participating in the launch of the beautiful and impressive Geokids project in Geopark Odsherred, Denmark’s first UNESCO Global Geopark.

In Geokids, all children in the municipality have had the opportunity to participate in creative teaching about nature and landscape, about local produce and cultural history. And all the students have made each mask, a total of about 3,500 masks that are set on rods in the landscape. Each mask is distinctive and different from the others, and together they make up an impressive common piece of art.

Princess Marie at Geopark Osherred

This is a great example of how to engage children and their families in a concrete and fun way in a project that deals with learning about nature and landscape and how we live and use nature so that it is also preserved for the future.

And this is a good example of how, through active UNESCO work, we can connect local action with global goals and challenges, and contribute to relevant follow-up to the UN’s world goals.

I hope that the seminar today will contribute to the development of precise efforts and strong partnerships, thereby strengthening UNESCO’s work in Denmark and Denmark’s efforts in UNESCO.

Thank you for your attention.”

For this event, Princess Marie wore the white Ganni dress she first wore in September 2016 during a visit to Naevsted.

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© Ganni

She also wore new navy Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ pumps! It is her fourth pair of ‘Romy’, she also owns them in nude suede, black suede, and black glitter. She carried a matching bag, the ‘Selma’ by Michael Kors.

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© Jimmy Choo

 

 

 

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