Danish, as a pastry, seems easy enough. As a language, less so
OK, NO, it’s not the royals you want. But I think if you’re inclined towards a documentary on a distant monarchy, you won’t care which one it is. And Princess Mary, of Denmark, well, she’s Our Mary isn’t she.
Not that there’s much of her in the first episode of The Kingdom Behind the Scenes. Bit disappointing on that front.
I was hoping to see inside her wardrobe, maybe go shopping with her and/or her royal shoppers, see how that works.
How would that work, do you think? People come up to the palace with a selection of frocks? She rings up?
Would that be Chanel, her jacket in the show, do you think? I thought maybe not, just Chanel-ish. Might not be the go, being filmed for a documentary for the taxpayer, wearing a Chanel jacket for no reason.
What we do see of her is impressive. Danish, as a pastry, seems easy enough. As a language, less so. She speaks it in her interview about the Queen here, which I guess she’d have to — it’d be a bit strange if she didn’t — plus she looks beautiful. Tasmania — great for the skin, obviously. But mostly this episode focuses on her mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe II.
My favourite bit is where it’s her birthday and she has the family, including the dachshunds, and a few others up for cake, and she’s standing there greeting people with a drink and a fag in the same hand.
Margrethe’s father was King Frederik IX, and she became Denmark’s first female sovereign when he died in 1972. She’s accomplished in a variety of areas, and I hope this comes out over the course of the documentary. There are six more episodes.
I have to say, even with the servants and the tiaras and the yachting holidays, it does seem like a busy job that could get tedious pretty quickly. The filmmakers had access for a year, so allowing for censorship and prettying up, we should get some idea of what level of boredom it all entails. I know I was bored after half an hour.
This week, the Queen’s list of jobs includes welcoming a new heir to the throne and a new prime minister, but I’m not quite clear within what time frame this takes place. And I’d like to know how Prince Joachim — Frederik’s younger brother — fills his day. He got divorced, apparently, which his father, Henrik Margrethe’s husband, refers to obliquely in the back of a car on his way to the hospital with Joachim’s two sons after Joachim’s second wife has just given birth to heir #7.
It’s the touch of Dynasty I needed. I hope there’s more. Dynasty? There’s a hint of spice in this documentary on the Danish royal family.