On the evening of March 27, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Her Majesty Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, and Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark attended the Palæerne Danser ballet performance and presented the Dronning Ingrids Hæderslegat (Queen Ingrid’s Honorary Scholarship) held at Christian VII’s Palace, Amalienborg, in Copenhagen. The Dronning Ingrids Hæderslegat was awarded for the “…tenth and final time…” according to the Danish royal court.
The Dronning Ingrids Hæderslegat has been awarded every two years since 2005, and is in the spirit of the late Queen Ingrid of Denmark promoted “…further studies and skills in dance and music.”
The Palæerne Danser performance consists of four ballet pieces choreographed by soloist and choreographer, Mr. Tobias Praetorius. Mr. Praetorius is also former recipient of the Dronning Ingrids Hæderslegat. The music accompanying tonight’s ballet performance was arranged by pianist and composer, Mr. Alexander McKenzie.
Photos courtesy of the Danish royal court/K.Navntoft
On Saturday, March 26, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark accompanied by her two younger sisters, Her Majesty Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, returned to one of her favorite homes, Fredensborg Slot in North Zealand.
In the evening, as per tradition since 1988, the citizens of Fredensborg partake in a torchlight procession from outside the castle gates until they reach the steps of the palace. So, what’s the purpose for all of this? Well, it is to welcome home their beloved queen. As the people sang songs, took photos, and cheered for Her Majesty there was something special in the air that made people incredibly proud of their queen and country. What would that be, you may ask? Well, it’s been two years since the people of Fredensborg participated in the torchlight procession thanks in part to the pandemic. Second, the town of Fredensborg will be celebrating their 300th anniversary; moreover, they were celebrating Her Majesty’s golden jubilee year (50th anniversary) and her government.
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Photos courtesy of the Danish Royal Court/Keld Navntoft