On the afternoon of Friday, July 1, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark accompanied by their children, His Royal Highness Prince Christian of Denmark, Her Royal Highness Princess Isabella of Denmark and Her Royal Highness Princess Josephine of Denmark cheered on Tour de France cyclists, as they passed Amalienborg Slot, during the first stage of the world’s most famous race.
The 13.2-kilometer route took cyclists around the beautiful streets of Copenhagen passing iconic landmarks such as the Little Mermaid and racing through the world’s busiest cycling lane, Dronning Louises Bro (Queen Louise Bridge).
The winner of the first stage of the Tour de France was Mr. Yves Lampaert, of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl. Mr. Lampaert finished the 13.2 km race in 15 minutes and 17 seconds in rainy conditions that slowed several riders.
After presenting the yellow driver’s jersey to Mr. Lampaert, Crown Prince Frederik posted a message stating:
“Today’s single start in Copenhagen was amazingly beautiful, and even though the clouds opened along the way, the atmosphere from all spectators was great.
A big thank you to the race organizers and volunteers who made the Grand Départ a success. Many of us are looking forward to the next two stages on Danish soil – and of course the riders’ further moves in France.”
Tomorrow, July 2, the second stage of the Tour de France will begin in Roskilde, passing some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country and the final 20 kilometer stretch over the Great Belt Bridge to Nyborg.
On Monday, June 27, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark welcomed two student journalists, Marinella and Theodor, from the newspaper, Børneavisen, at Christian IXs Slot at Amalienborg in Copenhagen.
The interview is being held on the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II’s Golden Jubilee which will be marked by several major events in September.
According to the Danish royal court, the students asked about Her Majesty’s “…leisure interests and what the role of the Queen entails.” Prior to the interview, the student journalists received various questions from readers of the Børneavisens newspaper. One question that made Her Majesty chuckle was, “Do they [the royal family] sometimes wear cozy clothes like the rest of us?”
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II’s interview will be published in the Børneavisenon newspaper on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.
On Saturday, June 25, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark opened the exhibition entitled, Eventyrlig Dialog (Adventurous Dialogue), at the Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum in Herning. This special exhibition showcases a number of Bronze sculptures and other art pieces by the late His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark.
Throughout his life, the late Prince Henrik was actively involved in a “…number of artistic forms of expression, both as a poet and a sculptor. Visitors, in the future, will be able to experience about 30 of the Prince’s works, in collaboration with the late Cobra artist, Carl-Henning Pedersen…” according to the Danish royal court.
Prior to his death on February 13, 2018, the late Prince Henrik of Denmark exhibited a number of his sculptures at the Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelt Museum.
If you’re interested in viewing the sculptures by the late prince the exhibition will be on permanent display at the Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelt Museum in Herning. For more information about the exhibition please click here.
On Thursday, June 23, 2022, Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark attended the International Symposium on Danish-French Cultural Partnerships at the Kulturhus Kappelborg in Skagen.
Upon her arrival, Her Royal Highness Princess Marie was warmly welcomed by the Director of the Musée Marmottan Monet, Mr. Érik Desmazières, and the Director of the Skagen Art Museum, Ms. Lisette Vind Ebbesen.
Today’s symposium took place in connection with the exhibition entitled, Krøyer og Paris: Franske Forbindelser og Nordiske Toner (Krøyer and Paris: French Connections and Nordic Tones), which Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark opened last month.
The exhibition is the culmination of a three-year international research collaboration, under the auspices of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, between the Skagen’s Art Museum and the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris.
According to the Danish royal court, the Minister of Culture, Ms. Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen, also “…participated in the symposium, which aimed to create fertile ground for even more cultural partnerships across national borders.”
Photos courtesy of the Danish Royal Court/L. Horn,/Baghuset
On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visited the Boss Ladies Project in Copenhagen.
The Boss Ladies project aims to motivate more young women to enter and develop their talent within the building and construction industry. The project also aims to break down prejudices and to “…expand the idea of what ‘true’ (wo)man work is, in order to foster the motivation of young women to develop their talent within the male-dominated building and construction industry…” according to a press release.
Photos courtesy of Boss Ladies DK Facebook
On Saturday, June 18, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark attended the re-premiere of Svinedrengen (The Swineherd), a ballet rendition of H.C. Anderson’s classic fairytale, held at the Pantomime Theater at Tivoli in Copenhagen.
In 2009, Her Majesty was the set designer in collaboration with choreographer, Ms. Dinna Bjørn and composer, Mr. James Price, for The Swineherd.
Over the years, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II has been the set designer for many ballet performances including Cinderella, The Nutcracker, and The Snow Queen to name a few.
Photos courtesy of the Danish royal court
On June 17, 2022, in a private ceremony at the Royal Palace in Oslo, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark presented the Order of the Elephant to Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway. The Crown Prince presented the Order on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark on the occasion of Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 18th birthday.
Originating in the 15th century, the Order of the Elephant is the oldest and noblest Danish Order of Knights traditionally presented to royalty and Heads of State; moreover, the Order of the Elephant is only “on loan” to the recipient. Once an Elephant Knight passes away the Order must be returned to the Chapter of the Order; thus most of the Elephants have been in use several times.
The concrete Elephant has undergone a minor restoration for the occasion, where it has, among other things, been affixed to the Queen’s monogram, as an Elephant always wears the sitting monarch’s monogram when awarded.
Photos courtesy of the Danish royal court.