July 13It's Mary who wears the riding breeches.
Although the Maersk Foundation, on paper, donated to the merry-go-round and renovation of the stables at Fredensborg Castle to Crown Prince Frederik, Mary, the leader of the family stable, has strong control over how the work is to be done.
It appears from the minutes of the meeting, where Marie and the Palace and Culture Agency met twice in the royal rooms of Fredensborg Castle to plan the course of operations.
Here Mary sat decidedly at the end of the table and, showing pictures, among other things, she exposed the style both for the details, such as the lanterns should be of classical style and the main lines of the design of the arena.
Mary recommended that a friend of the royal family, Thomas Velin, one of the best show jumping riders in the country, invent the concept of the merry-go-round:
> Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess suggested that Thomas Velin be contacted for inspiration for the floor and the construction of the runway," the minutes said.
> The Palace and Culture agency then went with Velin to see his rides, but in addition he was not involved in the project.
> Elsewhere, it should be noted that Margrethe is also aware of the main idea behind the carousel of the family of the crown prince, including the construction process and the aesthetics."
> The minutes are steeped in public concern when the family of the crown prince uses the arena. In particular, it is feared that people will look into the trail when the family is driving, and there are plans to build electronic barriers to prevent access."
Today there is a half-barrier during the transition from public space to the affected area. We have to find out if this solution is sufficient, ”he says somewhere.
Other explanations in the minutes, as well as the fact that the royal house itself will bear the operating and maintenance costs, underline that the merry-go-round is above all a private project. This contrasts with the royal house's explanation that the arena and the renovation of the stables must first and foremost be used by the royal stable and guard posts, and then only by the family of the crown prince.
For example, it appears:
> It is the court of the Crown Prince couple who received the donation and will be the main user of the facilities.
Similarly, the lack of capacity for official use is not a problem:
> When there is an escort from Fredensborg Castle, the guards come with 52 horses and DKS (the royal stables, note) 6 to 7 horses. It has been discussed that at these peak loads, moving boxes should be used. (Reporter: Nick Sturm)