The incident happened at a dinner Arajarvi attended in Copenhagen with his wife last month. The dinner was hosted by Princess Mary's mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe of Denmark.
We see the "first gentleman" of Finland, on video, while a speech was being delivered at the dinner, looking sideways surreptitiously at the chest of the Princess and awkwardly looking upward as though he were admiring the ceiling of the Amalieborg Palace when the princess turned suddenly to face him. She seemed to have sensed that her chest had been the subject of the man's attention, for she places her hand over her chest self-consciously.
According to ABC News
, the footage was released by The Sun
reports the incident provoked a "scathing" response in the Danish press.
An unbiased look at the video, however, shows that media judgment might have been unfair on the gentleman. It is uncertain that Arajarvi was ogling the princess's cleavage. Quite apart from the fact that the princess really wasn't showing a cleavage, the gentleman may have only been admiring the princess's necklace and wondering at its value and quality.
explains, however, that even if Arajarvi had only been admiring the princess's necklace, staring fixedly at a woman's chest for any reason in public is a faux pas
Arajarvi's wife, President Halonen, is the first female president of Finland.