Yesterday, June 6, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and H.R.H. Prince Henrik of Denmark began their six-day tour of the United States. The reigning couple began their visit to Washington D.C., where they attended a reception in their honor at the Danish Ambassador’s residence.
The couple were warmly greeted by the attendees where Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II was given beautiful flowers by one of the government workers. The purpose of this visit is to, “… strengthen Danish-American relations… the visit will primarily focus on cultural activities and company visits…” notes the Danish magazine Billed Bladet.
On June 7, 2011, the reigning couple began their packed day of events. First, Her Majesty visited the Smithsonian Institution Museum of American History where “…she observed the exhibit ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and the maritime exhibit, ‘On the Water: Stories from Maritime America.” (source)
Meanwhile, H.R.H. Prince Henrik toured the Danish company, Mil-Tek, at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Ashburn. According to Bryan Wingfield, CEO of Mil-Tek:
The Prince will be a part of the worldwide launch of Mil-tek’s new recycling solution. We are honored to have His Royal Highness focus on our company to demonstrate Mil-tek’s business solutions and applications during the Danish Royal Visit to the United States. Prince Henrik will lead the debut and demonstration of Mil-tek’s polystyrene reducer. Polystyrene is large, cumbersome packaging material that takes up excessive amounts of space in the waste stream and doesn’t break down in our landfills. Mil-tek’s compacting machine reduces existing waste costs by up to 80 percent. (source)
At noon, the reigning couple met up at the presidential yacht, USS Sequoia, where a luncheon was held in their honor by Ditlev Engell, CEO of Vestas (another Danish energy company.) After a lovely lunch Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and H.R.H. Prince Henrik visited the Library of Congress. Here observed they Hans Christian Andersen collection in the Wilson Room and much more.
From there Her Majesty arrived at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Here she met with the Royal Danish Ballet who have been on tour in the United States for the past several weeks. Anyway, after her meeting the queen sat down for tea with Mrs. Victoria Reggie Kennedy. What they discussed is unknown and private.
Tonight, the reigning couple will attend the première performance (in Washington D.C., that is) ‘A Folk Tale’ by the Royal Danish Ballet at the J.F.K. Center for the Performing Arts. A reception for the Danish royal couple will follow.
Tomorrow, is another full day for Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and H.R.H. Prince Henrik of Denmark which includes mid-morning tea with the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
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