This is too priceless to be buried in another thread!
Pede has put us onto a VERY telling blog in French.
Ostensibly it's a celebration of Joachim and Marie's relationship.
But its subtexts are barely "sub" - they're overt!
Basically you get 11 pages of narrative that sets out a loving, functional family over generations. There's the ancestors, there's Margrethe throughout her life, there's Henrik since a young man.
There's Marie and Joachim .
There's a constant, busy account of Marie's life as a princess - and it's totally focused on her serious activities - they have left out the fashion patronages ..... clearly to contrast her with her vulgar sister-in-law.
There is almost no Mary, and almost no Frederik - other than in the somewhat negative.
For example, there's a photo where Fred is singled out as behaving inappropriately:
"Pour les cérémonies officielles du 70ème anniversaire la reine Margrethe le 16 avril 2010, toute la famille royale se trouvait réunie pour la présentation des invités.............
vous remarquerez que seul Frederik se tient mal (jambes écartées ou bras croisés) et montre son ennui............alors que le reste de la famille reste stoîque malgré le côté fastidieux de cet exercice!!!"
("only Fred holds himself badly .....")
There's a huge extended family photo of Christmas at Schackenborg minus the Donaldsons, who were all in Denmark at the time .......
IN the entire blog- which must feature 1000 photos - there are about three with Mary in them, and virtually none with Frederik.
Photos have been cropped to avoid including Mary - such as Henrik's christening.
There are so many intimate and close family pictures that Mary being left out of this entire blog simply CANNOT have been an oversight. This is the way Margrethe wants her family presented.
There is no equivalent Fred and Mary internet resource with old family photos of Margrethe and Henrik.
Pede, this is the most telling indication of Mary's non-status in the Danish Royal Family we have yet seen! Thank you sooooooooo much!
And what's also gold is: Mary can't read it!