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Random Royaling – On Tour with Denmark and Sweden

Mary is visiting Indonesia and Silvia and Carl Gustaf are touring India, which gives us a whole bunch of stuff to talk about.

Mary’s visit has been jam-packed with activities and she has been floral-ed up. Let’s take a peek and see if she managed to vanquish floral fatigue.

As everyone knows, the Crown Princess has a serious portfolio of interests, and this visit includes sessions on humanitarian crisis management, gender-based violence and a visit to a women’s health clinic. She wore a blue floral Michael Kors maxi dress to the day activities (more photos and information at UFOnomore).

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På min rejse i Indonesien sammen med udviklingsminister Rasmus Prehn har vi følgeskab af Natalia Kanem, der er eksekutivdirektør i FN’s Befolkningsfond (UNFPA), som jeg har været protektor for siden 2010. Hun er en vigtig aktør og en ildsjæl inden for pigers og kvinders rettigheder, og jeg har det privilegium at følge hendes globale arbejde på tætteste hold. Vores program giver os alle indblik i det arbejde, som UNFPA sammen med blandt andre Danmark udretter. Et godt eksempel på arbejdet er vores besøg i morges hos en indonesisk forening for jordemødre, hvor UNFPA er med til støtte initiativer med uddannelse af jordemødre, så flere af dem kan være opmærksomme på risikoen forbundet med graviditet og fødsel, især blandt teenagemødre og kvinder, der er omskåret. Helt konkret er UNFPA med til at opgradere jordemoderuddannelsen, og så går fonden i dialog med religiøse ledere.

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In the evening, Mary was the guest of honor at the dinner honoring 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. She chose her Etro print dress for the event.

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🇩🇰🇲🇨 På midten af hovedøen Java i Indonesien ligger det kendte tempelkompleks Borobudur, og ved foden af dette kulturelle nationalikon blev 70-året for de diplomatiske forbindelser mellem Danmark og Indonesien indledt her til aften. Det skete ved en middag, hvor H.K.H. Kronprinsessen var æresgæst og holdt tale. I 2020 er det 70 år siden, at de to lande indgik diplomatiske forbindelser, og ved middagen, der var arrangeret af den danske ambassade i Indonesien, var der sammensat en dansk-indonesisk menu af kokken Per Thøstesen. Som underholdning opførte den danske balletdanser Alban Lendorf blandt andet en pas de deux sammen med den indonesiske balletdanser Wenny Halim. Hun har studeret ballet i Danmark, og således var også underholdningen et mix af danske og indonesiske traditioner. Kronprinsessen vil i morgen besøge Borobudur, som Hendes Majestæt Dronningen og Prins Henrik også besøgte sammen under det danske statsbesøg i Indonesien i 2015.

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For a visit to the beautiful Temple of Borobudur, Mary sported practical Chloe ballet flats and a Zimmerman floral skirt, toning down the sea of floral by pairing it with a white shirt.

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Majestætisk toner templet Borobudur frem på en bakketop på hovedøen Java i Indonesien. I morges, før dagens programpunkter begyndte, besøgte H.K.H. Kronprinsessen det historiske monument, der stammer fra det 8. og 9. århundrede. Templet er verdens største buddhistiske tempel og består af fem firkantede terrasser med tre cirkulære platforme. I flere hundrede år var templet gemt væk under vulkansk aske, men i 1814, da Java var under britisk kontrol, besluttede en guvernør at undersøge, hvor det mystiske tempel befandt sig. På den tid eksisterede templet kun gennem historier og legender fra de lokale beboere. Men efter to måneders søgen, og efter at have fældet træer og gravet en masse jord væk, fandt et hold på 200 mænd endelig Borobudur. Monumentet blev restaureret med UNESCOs hjælp i 1970’erne, og siden er stedet blevet besøgt af folk fra hele verden. I 2015 besøgte H.M. Dronningen og Prins Henrik Borobudur, og i dag var det så Kronprinsessen.

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For a lunch at the Sultan’s palace, it was time for a Beulah London dress with a Peter Pan collar. Although not a floral, it is quite pattern-y and fits in with the theme of the trip sartorially.

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🇩🇰🇲🇨 I dag har H.K.H. Kronprinsessen besøgt regionen Yogyakarta i Indonesien, der er det eneste tilbageværende monarki og sultanat i landet. På Kraton Palace havde Sultan Hamengku Buxono X og Dronning Ratu Hemas således inviteret Kronprinsessen på en frokost. Besøget i regionen fandt sted i anledning af Hendes Kongelige Højheds rejse i Indonesien sammen med udviklingsminister Rasmus Prehn. Dagens program i Yogyakarta startede med et besøg på et offentligt sundhedscenter, der er et eksempel på en generel forbedring af Indonesiens sundhedsdækning. FN’s Befolkningsfond (UNFPA), som Kronprinsessen er protektor for, samarbejder med myndigheder og forskningsinstitutioner om at undersøge, hvordan graviditets- og fødselsydelser og den generelle adgang til prævention fungerer i praksis. I den forbindelse deltog Hendes Kongelige Højhed og ministeren under besøget i en dialog om pigers og kvinders seksuelle og reproduktive sundhed og rettigheder. Som det sidste punkt på rejsen til Indonesien mødte Kronprinsessen sammen med udviklingsministeren indonesiske religiøse ledere. Omdrejningspunktet for mødet var en dialog om familieplanlægning. FN’s Befolkningsfond sætter ind gennem blandt andet ekspertbistand til religiøse rådgivere for at forbedre mænds viden om familieplanlægning.

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Sil’s last tour received short shrift around here because so many other royals were touring at the same time. Let’s do a deep dive on her current excursion to India with her King escort.

Their arrival made news because the King carried his own bag! He explained that he often does so, and seemed surprised that it was a noted activity.

The President of India hosted a banquet the first night, and we can catch a glimpse of Silvia in red lace during the proceedings.

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🇸🇪🇮🇳 Under statsbesökets första kväll stod president Ram Nath Kovind, @presidentofindia, och fru Savita Kovind värd för en bankett i presidentens officiella residens Rashtrapi Bhavan. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Innan middagen träffades Kungaparet, presidenten och den svenska delegationen för ett möte om Sveriges och Indiens bilaterala relationer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Vid middagen höll Kungen ett tal: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ”Our first day here in Delhi has been both eventful and rewarding. We have got a taste of this vibrant and colourful city and we are very much looking forward to the rest of our visit in your interesting and enchanting country.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #swedenindiasambandh @swedeninindia ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Sveriges ambassad i New Delhi 🎥: Margareta Thorgren/Kungl. Hovstaterna

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The Queen wore a couple of lovely suits for her daytime events, as she often does. The scarf over the red suit is a lovely shot of color, and probably kept her warm as well. The jacket with stripes is slightly longer than her usual style, and is a nice way to mix things up without mixing them up too much.

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🇸🇪🇮🇳 På förmiddagen besökte Drottningen sjukhuset AIIMS som är en av Indiens ledande offentliga medicinska anläggninar. Drottningen deltog där i en diskussion om äldreomsorg och demens och höll ett tal där hon bland annat sa: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ”Sweden and India differ in many ways. But both our countries face the challenges of an ageing population. Every three seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today, around 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia. This number is expected to reach more than 130 million in 2050. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This makes dementia one of the largest, most complex and challenging health issues facing humanity today.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sverige och Indien har ett samarbete, MoU, inom hälso- och sjukvård sedan tio år tillbaka. Dagens samtal på AIIM avslutar ett årslångt program för inkommande och utgående besök mellan länderna. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #swedenindiasambandh @swedeninindia ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Sveriges ambassad, New Delhi

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We can’t get through a royal tour without some lace and the blue dress supplies it. It is a terrific color for her though, and she accessorizes with a brooch like the pro she is.

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Quick Quiz – Tiaras, Heirs and Descendants Answers

We keep saying that it’s our Community that provides the backbone to this blog. In an often fact-free royal internet world, the people who comment here are the exception. You proved it by acing the Tiaras, Heirs and Descendants quiz.

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Royaling – Our Swedish Handbaggers are royal experts. Mrs. Diamond correctly named all the tiaras, heirs and descendants of Queen Victoria in the photo. Extra extra credit to her for Gunilla Bernadotte’s tiara identification.

Extra Credit – Triple Duchess named all of the above, and all the descendants of Christian IX. Bravo to her for “knowing her royal stuff”!

Fun Fact – Of the European royals in the photo, only the Dutch royal family and the Monaco princely families do not have descendants from either Victoria or Christian.

  • Tiaras 
    • Sonja of Norway: Emerald
    • Mette-Marit of Norway: Pearl (small version)
    • Christina of Sweden: Six Button
    • Letitia of Spain: Mellerio Floral
    • Beatrix of the Netherlands: Mellerio Ruby (suspension bridge)
    • Desirée of Sweden: Napoleonic Amethysts
    • Paola of Belgium: Queen Elisabeth’s Art Deco Bandeau
    • Birgitta of Sweden: Nine Prong
    • Margaretha of Sweden: Aquamarine Kokoshnik
    • Madeleine of Sweden: Connaught Forget-Me-Not
    • Gunilla Bernadotte: Lily-of-the-Valley Diamond and Pearl Tiara
    • Victoria: Cameo
    • Benedikte of Denmark: Berleburg Fringe
    • Rania of Jordan: Boucheron Bracelet
    • Silvia: Braganca
    • Mary of Denmark: Ruby Parure
    • Anne-Marie of Greece and Denmark: Ruby Olive Wreath
    • Marie-Thérèse of Luxembourg: Empire
    • Máxima of the Netherlands: Diamond Bandeau
    • Margrethe of Denmark: Pearl Poire tiara
    • Mathilde of Belgium: Laurel Wreath
    • Sofia of Spain: Mellerio Shell
  • Heirs
    • Victoria, Haakon, Frederik, Felipe, Naruhito, Guillaume, Willem-Alexander, Philippe (Bonus second-in-line heirs: Catharina-Amalia, Ingrid Alexandra, and Christian)
  • Descendants of Victoria
    • Sweden: Carl Gustaf and his sisters Margaretha, Desirée, Birgitta, and Christina, Victoria, Madeleine, Carl Philip, and Carl Johan Bernadotte
    • Denmark: Margrethe, Frederik, Christian, Anne-Marie, and Benedikte
    • Norway: Harald, Haakon, Ingrid Alexandra
    • Spain: Sofia, Felipe
    • Greece: Konstantin
  • Descendants of Christian IX
    • Denmark: Margrethe, Frederik, Christian, Anne-Marie, and Benedikte
    • Belgium: Philippe, Albert
    • Norway: Harald, Haakon, Ingrid Alexandra
    • Spain: Sofia, Felipe
    • Greece: Konstantin
    • Luxembourg: Henri
  • Descendants of both Christian IX and Victoria
    • Denmark: Margrethe, Frederik, Christian, Anne-Marie, and Benedikte
    • Norway: Harald, Haakon, Ingrid Alexandra
    • Spain: Sofia, Felipe
    • Greece: Konstantin

Thanks for playing. Yes, it hurt our brains a little bit, too! Any corrections or changes are welcome.

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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

For those re-emerging from the Thanksgiving Holiday, welcome back to the working week. For everyone else, hello again – hope you didn’t miss us too much ; ). Let’s just just get right down to it.

Housekeeping

Getty has been busy re-coding their embed function again, so we are relying on Instagram photos for the time being. Hopefully all that is sorted out soon (before the Nobel Ceremonies!).

We have been doing a 24 day to Christmas countdown on Twitter, featuring iconic royal evening gowns. Keep an eye on the Twitter feed for more fun!

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Newsworthy on the Net

  • Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have filmed a television special with Mary Berry, due to air on December 16. I hope our British Handbaggers report back.
  • Queen Elizabeth I was an author and translator, as well as Queen.
  • Love Cartier as much as I do? Head on over to Tokyo for the “Crystallization of Time” exhibit. Even the website is pure beauty.
  • File this in the “What Already?” folder: Princess Aiko turns 18!
    • And file this under “Interesting and why hasn’t it happened yet”, per the article: “An October poll by Kyodo News showed that 81.9 percent of the public are in favor of Japan having a reigning empress.”
  • Wondering what happened with Princess Mako’s engagement? Her father is, too, and wants her to update the public about it.
  • The Norwegian Princely couple hosted their annual dinner at Skaugum for the Norwegian civil society, the country’s Red Cross. Mette-Marit was there, looking great in red.
  • Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania, has been standing firm in her defense of her family and country. If you have a chance to read the speech at the link (in English), I encourage you to do so. For our purposes here, she has been doing so while looking extremely pulled together.
  • Speaking of Romania, were you aware that Queen Mother Helen of Romania, the divorced wife of Carol II, is a Righteous Among Nations, just as Princess Alice was? There is an upcoming program on Romanian television about her fascinating and courageous life, and I encourage any Romanian speakers here to report back.

Denmark

The Christmas season is here, ready or not. The Danes have been telegraphing it by wearing a lot of red to events, Marie in particular. It’s a good thing it suits her.

Luxembourg

The entire Grand Ducal family convened at the Château de Colmar-Berg on the 100th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Grand Duchess Charlotte.

Britain

Sophie attended a “Women Mediators Across the Commonwealth” discussion, and although I could sit and quibble about the clothing I prefer to focus on how absolutely thrilled everyone was with her participation. Joy all around.

Spain

We all got a bit too excited on last weeks Bits and Bobs at a possible hair bob reappearance, but Leti had us fooled with a fake-out hairstyle. Still, this was an overall stellar appearance in a Dries Van Noten midi. Utterly Leti and and utterly chic. Queen Letizia Style will bring you up to date on all the accessorizing.

The Netherlands

WAX just endeared himself to me, yet again, by gamely climbing on to this two-person bike, which allows those who can no longer bicycle continue on with the activity. The way the Dutch look after their elderly and compromised populations is truly heart warming.

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Random Royaling – Mary in Poland

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary just concluded an action packed visit to Poland. Mary repeated her blue double breasted coat from Strenesse for a whole series of activities. At the welcome ceremony, President Andrzej Duda and the elegant First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda greeted the royal couple.

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🇩🇰🇵🇱 H.E. Polens Præsident Andrzej Duda og Førstedame Agata Kornhauser-Duda bød for kort tid siden Kronprinsparret velkommen til Warszawa, hvor Deres Kongelige Højheder i dag deltager i markeringen af 100-året for genetableringen af de diplomatiske forbindelser mellem Danmark og Polen. Genetableringen skete, fordi Polen i 1918 genvandt sin selvstændighed i forbindelse med afslutningen på 1. Verdenskrig. I over hundrede år havde landet fra 1795 været opløst og delt mellem Preussen, Østrig og Rusland. Kronprinsparrets er inviteret af Præsidenten og dagen startede således i Præsidentpaladset, der har været hovedsæde for præsidentembedet siden 1994. Foran slottet er der et dansk aftryk i form af en statue, der er lavet af danske Bertel Thorvaldsen og forestiller Prins Józef Poniatowski. Det var derudover også på slottet, at Warszawapagten i 1955 blev underskrevet. 🇵🇱 Prezydent Duda i Pierwsza Dama, Kornhauser-Duda przywitali IKM Księcia Koronnego i Księżną Koronną oficjalnie rozpoczynając obchody stulecia odnowienia stosunków dyplomatycznych pomiędzy Polską i Danią.

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In one afternoon, the Prince and Princess honored women and men who have lost their lives to Poland, opened a historian-conference on the Danish-Polish relationship over the past 100 years, and visited the Polish Armed Forces Veterans Center.

There is a blue skirt that matches Mary’s coat nicely. New My Royals has some good photos where you can determine the matchiness for yourself.

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In the evening, the Crown Princely couple attended a concert held by the Danish Cultural Institute in Poland. Mary wore a deep red velvet dress by Beulah London – I joked with OC that the dress looked like she lopped off one of her New Year’s Levee dresses. On second consideration, the length grew on me and I slid it over to the “like” column.

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🇩🇰🇵🇱 Som afslutning på Kronprinsparrets besøg i Warszawa deltog Deres Kongelige Højheder her til aften i en festlig afslutning, der var arrangeret af Dansk Kulturinstitut i Polen. Koncerten blev orkestreret af den dansk-polske musiker Czeslaw Mozil, der er kendt i Polen som vært i TV-programmet X-Factor. Koncerten bød på sang af polske børn, der havde indøvet danske sange, fløjtespil og så spillede den femtenårige polske violinist Antoni Figurski ”Tango Jalousie”. Kultur- og Videnskabspaladset er med sine 237 meter den højeste bygning i Polen. Paladset stod færdigt i 1955 og huser en lang række offentlige kulturelle tilbud som for eksempel biografer, biblioteker og teatret ”Teatr Dramatycsny”. 📸 Martin Højen, Aller Foto & Video ©️

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How did our Poppins Princess do on her Polish visit?

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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

Duty endures. Let’s see what it looks like at the end of 2019.

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Even if we didn’t feature it here, you know it happened when Getty has the photos.

The stories behind the scenes of The Crown.
Emperor Naruhito hosts closing banquet of the enthronement ceremonies.
Quick tour of all royal houses for the week of November 18th.

Newsworthy on the Net

Looking for a good read over the holidays? Anne Boleyn and QEII are up at History of Royal Women.
Princess Margriet and her husband Pieter being just, well, ADORABLE. Modekoningin Maxima.
Prince Joachim produced a documentary on Denmark and Marie’s Closet has been reporting on it.
Over in Sweden, Princess Sofia has been incredibly busy. Royals and I.
Victoria and Daniel continue to champion active, healthy children at the Pep Forum. Royal Central.
Updates on Romania, and the power of royalty even in the modern age. Royal Central.

Japan

The Emperor and Empress attended a ritual at the outer shrine of the Ise Jingu Shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture to report the completion of major rites of the emperor’s enthronement.

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Spain

Queen Sofia attended the ‘Premio Reina Sofia Iberoamericana’ poetry gala wearing an eye-catching jacket and a most intriguing brooch.

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She also attended a concert, to pick up an award, wearing a glistening green suit that I cannot imagine liking on anyone but her. I do have a soft spot for that type of neckline, though.

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Denmark

I have no doubt Mary will have this under control.

Also, an appearance as pure, vintage Maz. This suit dates back to 2004, per Style of Mary, and has been re-worn many times. Yes, she is wearing the same suit after 15 years and 4 kids.

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Danmark var vært, da H.K.H. Kronprinsessen tidligere i dag deltog i OECD-konferencen Health in the 21st Century: Data, Policy, and Digital Technology, der fandt sted på Langelinie Pavillonen i København. Konferencen er en del af OECD’s Knowledge-Based Health Systems-projekt, der handler om, hvordan lande kan udnytte sundhedsdata til at skabe viden, der kan bruges til politisk udvikling og til at drive forandringsprocesser i sundhedsvæsenet. Kronprinsessen blev modtaget af sundheds- og ældreminister Magnus Heunicke og vicegeneraldirektør for OECD Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen og holdt efterfølgende tale om digitalisering, innovative løsninger i sundhedsvæsenet og ligestilling. I forbindelse med konferencen offentliggør OECD desuden en rapport relateret til Knowledge-Based Health Systems-projektet. OECD, eller The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, består ‪af 36‬ medlemslande og har til formål at samarbejde med henblik på at sikre stabil, høj økonomisk vækst til forbedring af befolkningernes levestandard.

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Britain

Charles makes a point, reminding me strongly of his mother all those years ago.

The Danish Sisters

The Danish sisters were all out and about last week. It was good to see Constantine and Anne-Marie both looking so well.

I love it when Daisy indulges her artistic side. Here she is at a new ballet, “Snedronningen” looking about as engaged as anyone ever could. Love the earrings.

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Let’s end with some Benedikte, visiting the Christmas bazaar at the Swedish church. Yes, that season is upon us.

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🇸🇪🎄 I går åbnede H.K.H. Prinsesse Benedikte den 107. julebasar i Gustafskyrkan, der er den svenske kirke i København. Siden den første julebasar i 1902 har boder med blandt andet svensk håndværk og svenske madretter samt lotterier og aktiviteter for børn været til glæde for besøgende ved basaren i den svenske kirke. Gustafskyrkan har fungeret som svensk kirke i Danmark siden 1901 og støtter svenskere bosat i København gennem møder, gudstjenester samt kulturelle tilbud som for eksempel julebasaren. I Sverigesalen åbnede Hendes Kongelige Højhed basaren og blev derefter vist rundt i salen. Her blev Prinsesse Benedikte mødt af juleboder, medarbejdere klædt i svenske folkedragter og et glas svensk juleglögg, som Prinsessen blev budt på i forbindelse med rundvisningen. Åbningen af julebasaren er en tradition, som Hendes Kongelige Højhed viderefører efter Dronning Ingrid. Prinsesse Benedikte deltog senest i åbning af julebasaren i 2018. 📸 Hasse Ferrold©️

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