Food&Drink

Recipe: Hof Pandekager (Court Pancakes)

May 31, 2013 olaf 0

Following our posts on the saga of the royal romance between Queen Carolina Mathilde of Denmark and Johann Friedrich Struensee, here’s a new Danish breakfast recipe that’s sure to give you the royal treatment. It’s called Hof Pandekager, or Court Pancakes. No one is quite sure why these were called so. Where they a breakfast favorite at Christiansborg in Copenhagen? Did Christian VII gleefully munch on these while still in bed? No one knows, but these pancakes are sure to delight the tastebuds. […]

Education

Carolina Mathilde’s Children: Louise Auguste

May 30, 2013 olaf 0

“Le Petite Struensee”, the court used to call the wee princess.

Princess Louise Aguste was born on July 17, 1771. She was regarded to be the daughter of King Chrisitian VII of Denmark, but it was also widely accepted that her real biological father was Johann Friedrich Struensee, the court phyisician and “de facto” ruler of Denmark at the time. After all, had not the King avoided his Queen’s bedchambers for a whole year, and the Queen Carolina Mathilde taken the good doctor as her lover? […]

Education

The Legacy of Johann Friedrich Struensee

May 30, 2013 olaf 0

In one of our earlier posts, we put a spotlight on the award-winning movie A Royal Affair, which tells the story of the romance between Johann Friedrich Struensee, court physician to “de facto” ruler, and Carolina Mathilde of Great Britain, queen to King Christian VII. Today, we’ll focus on the many political changes Streuensee brought about during his time of power. […]

Entertainment

A Royal Affair: The Romance That Changed a Nation

May 28, 2013 olaf 0

The movie A Royal Affair (Danish Title: En kongelig affære) was released in 2012, and received much critical acclaim. It stars Mikkel Følsgaard and Christian VII of Denmark, Alicia Vikander as his wife Caroline Matilda of Great Britian, and Mads Mikkelsen as the court physician Johann Friedrish Streuensee. Set in the late 1700’s, it tells one of the most dramatic stories of factual historical account in Europe that changed the course of Denmark. […]

Entertainment

Whatever Happened to Aqua?

May 21, 2013 olaf 0

 
Aqua may be well the most successful Danish band in the world. Bursting onto the international music scene with their bubblegum-dance-pop single “Barbie Girl”, their timing was just right to keep the dance music vibe of the late 90’s and the early 200’s going. LeneNystrøm and René Di sang while Søren Rasted and Claus Norreen accompanied with their respective keyboard and guitar.
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Entertainment

Emelie de Forest Wins Eurovision 2013 for Denmark

May 21, 2013 olaf 0

On May 18, singer-songwriter Emmelie Charlotte-Victoria de Forest won the Eurovision 2013 final with her hit single. “Only Teardrops”. At the young age of 20, this youngblood burst onto the music scene and has won over a continent with her clear, bright voice and natural aesthetic. The song and her profromance garnered a whopping score of 281 points, flying far ahead of Azerbaijan in second place with a total score of 234.
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Daily Life

Danish Fashion Designer Spotlight: Malene Birger

May 14, 2013 olaf 0

In some of our previous posts, we’ve covered a number of note-worthy Danish visual artists. Today, we’ll focus on a Danish fashion designer who understands a woman’s body like no other – Malene Birger.

Malene Birger studied and earned her degree at the Danish Design school in Copenhagen. She first worked as a fashion designer at Jackpot by Carli Gry, and she next became the head designer for women’s clothing at Marc O’Polo in Stockholm. She moved on and established her business, Day Birger et Mikkelsen, for which she won the Danish Design Award. […]