On the morning of Friday, May 20, 2022, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands arrived on the island of Amager, whereupon she was warmly welcomed by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II od Denmark, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Dutch immigration in the town of Store Magleby in the Dragør municipality.
Five hundred years ago, King Christian II invited a number of Dutch farmers to the island of Amager, where they eventually settled in the town of Store Magleby. According to the Danish royal court, as the years passed the Dutch farmers developed a unique “…method of growing vegetables…” The products were eventually sold in the Amagertorv marketplace in Copenhagen to the citizens as well as supplying their products to the Danish royal court.
The day began with a reception at the Dragør Town Hall. Soon, Her Majesty The Queen and Princess Beatrix visited the Amager Museum where they were informed about the “…Dutch culture and customs [which are] is still apart of the local community, including the traditional Shrovetide riding.” Thereafter, Her Majesty and Princess Beatrix viewed another exhibition devoted to Dutch history on the island of Amager.
The day ended with a tour of the Seerupgaard Organic Farm. Whilst there, the longtime royal friends learned about the Dutch method of farming and much more.
Photos courtesy of the Danish royal court