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H.M. The Queen will celebrate Christmas this year at Schackenborg Palace together with TRH Prince Joachim and Princess Marie and TH Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena.

The Crown Prince Couple will celebrate Christmas together with their four children, TRH Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, at Frederik VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg.


Something like this was to be expected this year: The government recommendation is no more than 10 persons gathering for Christmas.
Had they all gathered, it would have been 13.
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Yes, but it seemed like Frederik, Mary and children before Corona had started a tradition with spending every second Christmas in Australia with Mary’s family and they have also spent Christmas at their own home 2-3 times before. This way they (also as the future King and Queen) can start their own Christmas traditions. 
 times they have spent it with Mary's family or with their friends with children. It is probably doubtful that any of Mary's siblings can come to Denmark this year, but a good bet is that Mary's father and Susan can and will celebrate Christmas with the Crown Prince family in Frederik 8's Palace. 

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13 minutes ago, JosephineDane said:

It is probably doubtful that any of Mary's siblings can come to Denmark this year, but a good bet is that Mary's father and Susan can and will celebrate Christmas with the Crown Prince family in Frederik 8's Palace. 

Mary's father is an Australian citizen (or possibly dual British?), don't know what Susan is, they live in France (AFAIK).

Aren't they supposed to have a "anerkendelsesværdigt formål med rejsen."? A "worthy purpose" for entering the country.

They can't just pop in to Denmark just like that in the current situation, or?

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In fact, it is a worthy purpose if “you are a spouse, partner, parents, stepparents, etc. to a person living in Denmark.” 

But whether they will take advantage of it is not certain. It can also be that it is not possible yes. It is sad. It must hurt to be separated in each your country for so long. If you live in the same country, you at least still have the opportunity to meet.

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26 minutes ago, JosephineDane said:

In fact, it is a worthy purpose if “you are a spouse, partner, parents, stepparents, etc. to a person living in Denmark.” 

Ok, thanks. I think I have seen a list with only the spouse and partner mentioned.



Billed Bladet has managed to write about 10 articles (so far) based on that release of the Christmas plans from the court...




This will be the second time F&M celebrate Christmas at Amalienborg. 2010 when John and Susan joined them and 2012 with the Handwerk family

and two in Australia.


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This year, the Realm is the setting for the Royal Danish House’s digital Christmas calendar, which can be followed on the Royal Danish House’s Instagram profile from 1 December until Christmas Eve.

The Christmas calendar is the fifth of its kind and again this year presents a tale about Her Majesty The Queen’s handcrafted elves. In this year’s Christmas tale, The Queen sends the Elf Girl out on a journey through the realm to find her two siblings, with whom the Elfin Family has not celebrated Christmas for a hundred years. The Elf Girl’s siblings settled down in the Faroe Islands and in Greenland, respectively, during Christian the 10th and Queen Alexandra’s big Royal Tour in 1921 – and no one has seen them since. The Christmas journey of the Elf Girl becomes an encounter with both Faroese and Greenlandic Christmas traditions, myths and legends interwoven with stories about the Royal Danish House through the ages.


The tale about the Elf Girl’s Christmas journey through the realm can be followed every day on the Royal Danish House’s Instagram profile. This year’s Christmas calendar can also be followed on the Royal Danish House’s website, kongehuset.dk, in the following languages: Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic and English.


The Christmas calendar’s first door is opened on 1 December 2020 at 7:30 a.m. But, on kongehuset.dk/en/media-centre, it is already possible to download selected press photos for editorial purposes related to media coverage.


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12 minutes ago, smt1 said:

Lovely  tradition.  Curious as to why she wasn't "stage directed" to remove the handbag from her shoulder?

There's always the handbag...I remember seeing a clip of the tv-series about the DRF palaces and she was walking around, showing the rooms at Gråsten and the handbag was there. It looks odd.

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On the back seat of the 62-year-old Rolls-Royce called “Big Crown”, the elves find the sleigh that will take the Elf Girl around the Realm. Hopefully, the sleigh as the means of transport will help get her to the Elf Brother on the Faroes and the Elf Sister in Greenland before Christmas.


Last year, the sleigh was handcrafted in the Royal Danish House Workshop out of aged oak from Fredensborg Palace park. Now, it once again stands ready beside The Queen’s seat in Big Crown, and, for the long journey, Her Majesty has supplied the sleigh with a food basket, trunk and packages. The Queen has informed the elves that the packages may only be opened if it becomes strictly necessary during the journey to the Faroes and Greenland. Above everything else in the world, they must be taken good care of.


While Elf Father and Elf Mother give the Elf Girl good advice about steering the sleigh through the Faroese and Greenlandic wind and weather, the Elf Boy has withdrawn a bit away from the company. He is sad that he is not the one setting out on the journey this year. But as the Elf Girl says: “On the other hand, you can look forward to seeing me again.” And that is quite true.

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The gateway to and from the big journeys has, for many years, been located a few hundred meters away from Amalienborg. By the quay across from the Sixtus Battery on Holmen lies the Northern Customs House, which, with its wide granite steps, has received royalty and heads of state arriving on barges from large ships in Copenhagen Harbor since 1848. It is also from here that The Queen and the royal family sail out to the Royal Yacht Dannebrog when the sailing season is underway.


When Christian the 10th and Queen Alexandrine travelled with their two children on the big Royal Tour to the Faroes and Greenland in 1921, it was also from the Northern Customs House that Danes waved goodbye to the navy cruiser The Valkyrie. Here, nearly 100 years later, it is the Elfin Family waving to the Elf Girl when the sleigh takes off and sets course, first towards the Faroes in the Atlantic Ocean and then, after that, towards the world’s largest island, Greenland. With her in the sleigh, in addition to The Queen’s packages, the Elf Girl has brought along some rice. Because if there is anything that elves have in common, then it is a joy for rice pudding.


The first stop on the journey is set for the village of Bøur, which Crown Prince Frederik (the 7th) drew the view from in 1844. Might the Elf Brother live here?

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The island Vágar in the western Faroe Islands is the Elf Girl’s first landing place on the Christmas journey through the Realm. More specifically, in the village Bøur, which is precisely the same place from which Crown Prince Frederik (the 7th), back in 1844, sketched the breathtaking view of the islet Tindhólmur and the two sea stacks – large rock formations rising from the sea – called Drangarnir. Here – 176 years later – this is the Elf Girl’s best clue in her search for the Elf Brother, whom she and her family have not seen since the Royal Tour in 1921. 


Feeling tossed to and fro after the trip from Denmark, the Elf Girl suddenly picks up a distinctive smell from a small storehouse. Inside, Christmas food is being prepared – but it is not rice pudding, the Elf Girl realizes. Once inside, she finds a classic Faroese Christmas dinner table with meat called “ræstkød” and root vegetables, and where there are also caramelized potatoes and gravy. The dark ræstkød is air-dried, aged lamb, hung for months to dry in drying houses close to the sea and then cooked in the oven. When the harsh Faroese wind has sufficiently dried the meat and given it a characteristic green tinge, it’s a sign for Faroese islanders that it will soon be Christmas.


But the Elf Brother is not be found at the Christmas table. So, the Elf Girl decides to fly north to Streymoy, where an old king’s farm is located – here, a royal house elf may very well have settled down.

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Sheltered by the high Faroese mountains, the village of Saksun is picturesquely located at the bottom of the valley Saksunardalur. It’s here that the Elf Girl has decided to search for her brother. The view over the village reminds the Elf Girl of The Queen’s illustrations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. In fact, she is sure that she must have nearly ended up in Hobbiton, where the hobbit Frodo Baggins grew up before he was sent out on his own big journey and adventure.


But it is in Saksun that she has now landed, and, in the center of the village, the grass-covered king’s farm called Dúvugarðar has been situated in the green valley since the 1600s. It is quite conceivable that an elf from the Royal Danish House has settled down right here.  She searches from top to bottom, but there is no Elf Brother to be found.


Suddenly, she remembers something about the drawing Crown Prince Frederik (the 7th) made of an old ruin. It looks exactly like a place where the Elf Brother could have a good time catching birds. She must look there – but, first, she will celebrate the second Sunday in Advent at the king’s farm. Because even though it has been a difficult journey, the Elf Girl will remember to enjoy December’s traditions.  

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At long last, the Elf Girl finds her Elf Brother! She finds him at the ruin of St. Magnus Cathedral in the village  Kirkjubøur on the island Streymoy. The ruin looks just like the drawing by Crown Prince Frederik (the 7th) from 1844 – a drawing that put the Elf Girl on the right track to her brother, and brought the two elf siblings together again after having been apart for 100 years.


The cathedral where the Elf Brother has lived and captured birds over the years was built more than 700 years ago. In fact, it’s believed that the church was never finished. Since then, the structure made of Faroese basalt has become a ruin. Christmas was probably never officially celebrated in the building – but the Elf Brother has, of course, taken care of that himself, he assures his sister. In 1949, he had his first visit from Frederik the 9th and Queen Ingrid, and he tells his sister about their visit to Ólavskirkjan, which dates from around 1250. It’s just a stone’s throw from the ruin and the oldest Faroe Islands church still in use.


The Elf Brother is so happy about the reunion that he suggests joining in on the journey to Greenland.  But, first of all, the Elf Brother wants to show the Elf Girl the capital Tórshavn. It was in this city that he, in his time, arrived together with Christian the 10th and the whole entourage on the Royal Tour. The sleigh takes off in a fierce storm, and how the trip goes … we will have to wait to hear about tomorrow.  




At “Rigsarkivet” - the Danish National Archives - in Copenhagen, more than 800 years of Denmark’s history is compiled in kilometers of journals, records, pictures and diaries from all parts of the Realm. And when it comes to something that rhymes with their favorite dish “ris”, the elves at home in Denmark get on their toes. That is, they have become curious to learn more about Christian the 10th’s grand tour in 1921, since that was the motivation for why the two elf siblings ventured out into the world nearly 100 years ago. In the vast depots at the National Archives, the elves find Christian the 10th’s old diaries from the journey. Here, The King describes first the trip on the navy cruiser The Valkyrie to the Faroes and Iceland, and then the voyage on to Greenland aboard the chartered steamship Iceland.       


In the archives, the Elves learn more about the Royal Family’s tour, which began in Copenhagen on 17 June 1921. After four days of sailing, The King, The Queen and the two princes went ashore first in the Faroes, where they enjoyed the magnificent nature, visited several towns and villages and concluded the visit in the capital. After a few days, the family continued the journey on to Iceland, which at that time was in a personal union with Denmark – that is to say, The King was also king of Iceland.  He held that status until 1944, when Iceland became independent.  From Iceland, the tour moved on to Greenland, where, on 10 July 1921, Christian the 10th became the first Danish king to set foot on land.


The elves really feel the presence of history when they come across a number of video clips from the journey. That makes them miss the Elf Brother and the Elf Sister all the more. Might they be found before Christmas?  

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The elves have made a hard landing on top of one of Christian the 7th’s old cannons at the fortress Skansin in Tórshavn. Even though the Elf Brother has kept an eye on The Queen’s important Christmas packages all the way, some have mysteriously disappeared during the approach to the capital in the volatile Faroese weather. That is bad news, because just before the Elf Girl journeyed north, The Queen asked her to take good care of the gifts. The Queen made it clear to her that they may only be opened if the elves need help during the big Christmas journey. And help they could well use right now! So, they must go out and hunt for the packages. 


Consequently, they go first to Tiganes, the oldest part of the capital city. By all accounts, the first Norwegian colonists founded their Assembly at this place during the Viking Age – and, even though the elves are old, that, nevertheless, was before their time. Both the Elf Girl and the Elf Brother do not believe they lost the Christmas gifts due to an accident. There must be some others who have taken them. On a large stone, the Elf Brother stiffens up suddenly. He thinks he knows who has taken the Christmas gifts. It takes a lot before a cardboard elf stiffens up – so, what’s in store for the two elves cannot be completely harmless.      

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Article mentioning the beautiful rug/carpet under the CPC's Christmas tree which always gets praise on DRF social media.

It was a wedding present from a Danish lady and a few Christmases ago she was on DRF facebook and was very happy to see it in use.

I don't often read the comments but happened to see that.


"Beautiful Christmas tree rug has come to honour and dignity at Amalienborg". -
"Note the very, unique Christmas tree rug, sounds another comment, while a third writes "a beautiful Christmas tree rug".

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Thanks to Crown Princess Mary for those very beautiful Christmas pictures from the Crown Prince family's palace. You can clearly sense the Christmas mood. It's so nice Mary shares out private photos this way, thanks Mary 

The Christmas tree rug is pretty.

So lovely to see Frederik & Mary use and appreciate the gifts they get from the Danes so much ❤️

I can imagine that the Royal House posts from the Queen's Christmas Eve on the Royal House's social media, but I hope we get the opportunity to also get a little from the Crown Prince's family's Christmas Eve.

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The Elf Brother is in no doubt. It’s huldufólki – or “hidden people”, as they’re called in English – who have taken the Christmas gifts from the sleigh during the fierce, windy weather. Ever since ancient times, the Faroese have told each other stories about the mysterious people who live concealed in the rocks and stones on the islands. Huldufólki are especially active around Christmas, and some say that they like to steal from both man and beast – from elves, too, apparently, the Elf Brother says, with a trembling voice.


The two elf siblings fly over the huge waterfall by the village of Gásadal. That’s because there are several legends which tell that huldufólk have especially settled in the area by Gásadal. It’s a huge task for the elves to check caves and turn over every stone in the vast area. Alas, they find no trace of the Christmas gifts.


“But are huldufólk even real?”, the Elf Girl asks, slightly exhausted after having explored caves half the day. “They exist as much as we elves exist,” replies the Elf Brother before they set course for a new place on the Faroes. You see, the Elf Brother has heard about a stool Christian the 10th once wanted to buy back in 1930. It’s said that the stool, which is in a small village to the north, should resemble one from the huldufólk. This is now the elves’ best clue.

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Many Danes travel across the country every year to celebrate Christmas. But it is not the best idea this year, it sounds from the Statens Serum Institut.

The individual family should consider whether the tradition of many people travelling from Copenhagen and the capital area to celebrate Christmas elsewhere in the country is the right way to handle Christmas. This is what the director of the Statens Serum Institut, Henrik Ullum, says at a press conference on Thursday, where he specifically mentions the journey from Zealand to Jutland as an example.- It is up to the individual family to consider whether this is the right way to do it, he says.


Queen Margrethe changes residence to Marselisborg, from Zealand to Jutland on the 21st December...






Billed Bladet sounds a bit surprised about the change of residence to Marselisborg




The announcement that the Queen will go to Marselisborg to hold a Christmas holiday came from the court at the same time as the health authorities and the government held a press conference about the rising Corona infection in Denmark and introduced further restrictions on 31 municipalities across the country.

The queen's plans can of course be thwarted, so that the queen has to change plans for the Christmas holidays at Marselisborg, because the queen follows the authorities' instructions carefully.

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In the small village of Norðragøta, there is a grass-roofed house where a certain object has attracted lots of attention from visitors over the years. The object is a special stool that, at first sight, resembles a frog. But, when you raise it up, it turns into a bear or into one of the huldufólk. As we know, the elves are searching for the missing Christmas gifts, which the Elf Brother suspects have been taken by huldufólki. And the hidden people, as the Faroese also call them, live in secret – particularly in rocks and stones. But the elves think that maybe they also live in old wooden stools.


They arrive at the house in a terrible rainstorm. It was almost the same when Christian the 10th visited the village in 1930. By all accounts, the stool made a big impression on The King, and, according to stories handed down, The King asked the stool’s owner, an older, unmarried lady by the name of Anna í Súnastovui, if he could buy it from her. She declined, as it was her dearest possession.


In room after room, the elves look for the stool in the old house – which, by the way, The Queen also visited back in 1984. In the main room, people are at work carding yarn and knitting sweaters, and in the middle of the room, the stool stands, looking quite harmless. And, sure enough, when it’s raised up, it looks like one of the huldufólk. But the two elves are sure that the Christmas gift thief is not here. Now, they’re really in a jam.




The elves are pelted by driving rain, and they take shelter in Kirkjan víð Gøtugjógv, which is the name of the area’s church. The sounds of “Silent night, holy night” or rather “Gleðilig jól! Gleðilig jól”, emanate beautifully from the members of the youth choir, who are preparing for their big Christmas Eve concert. From the front pew, both the Elf Girl and the Elf Brother imagine themselves back at the big Christmas celebrations of the past with the family at Amalienborg. They do so in the large sanctuary, which was opened in 1995 with The Queen in attendance.


While the church is filled with carols, a large Christmas Ship is sailing around among the 18 Faroe Islands. The captain has a long white beard and is said to have lots of packages in the hold. Should the elves perhaps take a closer look?

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Photo from Christian IV Palace (QM) towards Frederik VIII Palace (The CPC), where we can see lights in CP Frederik's study.




Back in Denmark, the elves are impatient. The Elf Mother, the Elf Father and the Elf Boy have known all along that the Elf Girl would probably not find the two siblings on the Faroes and in Greenland before St. Lucia’s Day – but it’s still a little annoying that they cannot do their annual Lucia procession together. On top of that, they are practically bursting with curiosity to know how things are going with the Christmas journey through the Realm. But duty calls, and with stars on top of their elf hats – stars, by the way, that they found beside The Queen’s Christmas gifts in the sleigh – they carry forth the light on the edge of Amalienborg’s roof in honor of the occasion.

The tradition of a Christmas procession with stars and candles goes back a long time. In the 1800s, Swedes combined the Nordic custom of going door to door to sing in the Christmas season with the story of Saint Lucia, who was born in the Roman Empire in the year 300. Lucia chose to become Christian, which was illegal and resulted in her death. But, before that, Lucia helped other Christians in the catacombs. At night, she would place a wreath of candles on her head so that her hands were free to help others around her.

The tradition of a Lucia procession on 13 December comes from Queen Ingrid’s native land, Sweden. After Princess Margrethe and Princess Benedikte took part in a Lucia procession at the Swedish Embassy in Copenhagen in 1946, the tradition gradually spread to also become a Danish Christmas custom – and therefore also for the elves.

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According to kendte.dk, quoting an article in avisen.dk, the CPC are celebrating Christmas with the Handwerk family.

There's 4 of them, which would make it the recommended max 10. They have celebrated one Christmas together years ago, 2012 perhaps.



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