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Censored video portrays Danish queen as Nazi

A fake movie trailer showing Queen Margrethe standing under Nazi flags and leading foreign invasions has been censored despite its creators saying it is merely "an absurd fiction created solely for the sake of entertainment." See it here.

A fake movie trailer that portrays Queen Margrethe as a Nazi and a blood-thirsty invader has been censored by the Danish television channel TV2 Zulu. 
 
The heavily, and obviously, edited video was produced for the satire programme Nørgaards Netflix, hosted by comedian Martin Nørgaard. 
 
The clip shows Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik surrounded by swastikas in one scene and attacking foreign countries in others. 
 
“In a not too distant future, a nation of losers rises up. Led by one woman. This summer, Queen Margrethe takes what is rightfully hers,” the fake trailer for Gud Bevare Danmark (God Save Denmark) says. The fake movie's subtitle is: "Margrethe the Second gives zero fucks."
 
The clip manipulates the queen’s real words so that it appears she is preparing to take over the world.
 
“Denmark is not big. That’s a lie. Now I will show them. No one should feel safe,” the queen’s manipulated words say before she is shown leading a contingent of Star Wars AT-AT walkers through Greenland and dropping bombs from a Danish F-16.
 
Although the clip is obviously satirical, it proved too much for the folks at TV2 Zulu. According to Nørgaard, the station has said that it will not air the clip unless much of the objectionable material is censored out. 
 
“If you have seen the entire video, there can be no doubt that this is a silly internet video that has no message whatsoever. The clip was put together to create a bit of buzz around our season premiere. And it must be said that it succeeded, although in a slightly different way than expected,” the comedian told Politiken. 
 
Nørgaard said he was surprised by TV2 Zulu’s decision. 
 
“Particularly in relation to the public debate over recent weeks. And especially because there isn’t anything offensive about it unless you want to be offended. If people interpret it as us calling the queen a Nazi, we can't control that. But it should be clear to everyone that this is an absurd fiction created solely for the sake of entertainment,” he said. 
 
TV2 spokesman Sune Roland denied that the clip had been censored but said “we shouldn’t make noise just to make noise”. 
 
“There should be a balance in everything we air and it should be as funny and well-functioning as possible. I don’t think this is a case of censorship. It is a question of taste,” he told Politiken. 
 
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What Harry and Meghan could learn from the roles of Denmark’s royals

As the British royal family is plunged into an apparent crisis over the futures of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, could they learn anything from Denmark's royals?

What Harry and Meghan could learn from the roles of Denmark's royals
Members of the Danish royal family at the opening of parliament. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

British royals the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at the centre of quite the stir in the UK following their announcement last week that they want to “step back” from frontline royal duties and become self-funding.

Some have argued that, when the fuss dies down, ‘flexi-royal’ role for the Sussexes could be a way of modernizing the British monarchy.

But what is Denmark’s take on royals near and close to the throne mixing royal and non-royal duties?

None of the senior members of the Danish palace have strayed too far from official duties nor royal incomes, but some have ventured into civilian jobs.

Here we provide an overview of the roles of the two sons of Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II and some of their closest family members.

Crown Prince Frederik


Crown Prince Frederik. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix

51-year-old Crown Prince Frederik, son of Queen Margrethe and the late Prince Henrik, is first in line to the throne and regent when the Queen is out of the country.

In his youth, the Crown Prince studied at Aarhus University and spent a year at Harvard, before later serving as a Danish representative at the UN headquarters in New York City (1994) and at the Danish Embassy in Paris (1998-99). He also has a number of years of military education and now has several military titles.

In 2007, Crown Prince Frederik announced he wanted to become a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Given the political aspects of the IOC, this resulted in some debate in Denmark as to whether the Crown Prince would be overstepping the line which bars the country’s royals from being politically active.

In the event, the Crown Prince was elected to the committee in 2009 and served on it for eight years.

Crown Princess Mary


Crown Princess Mary. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Ritzau Scanpix

The Australian-born Crown Princess Mary met Crown Prince Frederik during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and they married in Copenhagen in 2004. The couple have four children.

Prior to becoming a Danish royal, Mary, a graduate of the University of Tasmania, worked as an advertising executive in Sydney, and also had a role with Microsoft in Copenhagen from 2002-2003.

Since she became the Crown Princess, Mary has taken on patronages of a large number of organizations in various fields, including fashion, humanitarian aid and science.

Prince Christian


Prince Christian. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix

Prince Christian, the oldest of Frederik and Mary’s four children, was born in October 2005. He is second in line to the Danish throne, after Crown Prince Frederik.

He currently goes to international school in Switzerland along with his siblings.

READ ALSO: Danish royal children to spend three months in Switzerland

Prince Joachim


Prince Joachim and Princess Marie in Paris. Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix

The younger of Queen Margrethe’s two sons by 13 months, Prince Joachim is sixth in line to the Danish throne, behind his older brother and four nieces and nephews.

The young Prince Joachim studied agriculture in Denmark and spent two years in the mid-1980s working on a farm in Australia. He began his military education in 1987. He was given the rank of Colonel of the Reserve in 2015. He has been married twice: to the former Princess Alexandra – now Alexandra Christina, Countess of Frederiksborg – from 1995 to 2004; and to Princess Marie, whom he married in 2008.

In September last year, Joachim and Marie (who is French) moved to Paris after the Prince was officially invited to attend France’s École Militaire, the highest-ranking military education for officers. He will attend the officer school until the summer of this year.

Although there was some tabloid criticism of Prince Joachim taking his royal apanage with him to Paris – the Queen appeared to rebuke it with some supportive words for Joachim in her New Year’s Eve speech – it can hardly be compared with the vitriol aimed at the Duchess of Sussex from some quarters of the British media.

Prince Nikolai


Prince Nikolai in 2018. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Prince Joachim’s oldest son from his first marriage is now 20 years old and seventh in line to the throne.

Nikolai has worked as a model and is currently a university student at Copenhagen Business School. He previously began a two-year officer training programme with the Danish military but chose not to continue those studies.

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