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Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Receives a Copy of the Rare Medieval Manuscript, Flatøybok.

On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark received a copy of the rare six-volume medieval manuscript, Flatøybok, at Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg in Copenhagen. Her Majesty’s copy, which she received from Mr. Bård Titlestad, was translated from Old Norse to modern Norwegian.

According to the Danish royal court, legendary Viking kings such as Harald Hårfager, Olav the Holy, and Sverre Sigurdsson are among the Norwegian figures written about in the 1387 Icelandic manuscript known as Flateyjarbók or Flatøybok. The work had not previously been available to a wider audience, as the only translation was in Old Norse. But, an international team has over a number of years translated the work into modern Norwegian.

In 2015, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II wrote the preface, “…to the first volume, just as His Majesty King Harald V of Norway and Iceland’s former President, Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, who also contributed shorter texts.”

Prior to 1971, the original six-volume Flatøybok manuscript was held at the Royal Library in Copenhagen since 1656. Today, the manuscript can be found at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Flatøybok six-volume manuscript along with other Icelandic Sagas are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Golden Girl! Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Celebrates 50 Years on the Throne at Tivoli.

On the afternoon of May 21, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark celebrated 50 years on the throne at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.

Upon Her Majesty’s arrival at Tivoli’s main entrance, Her Majesty was welcomed by the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Tom Knutzen and the CEO of Tivoli, Ms. Susanne Mørch Koch.

Soon, Her Majesty viewed an exhibition that displayed a selection of costumes, sketches, and illustrations that Her Majesty had designed for five different performances. Thereafter, Her Majesty visited the Pantomime Theater. Whilst there, Her Majesty watched a “…small summary of selected performances in which Her Majesty has been involved with…” according to the Danish royal court.

Later in the day, Her Majesty hopped on a roller coaster, planted a tree, and viewed a special anniversary cake consisting of chocolate sculptures, sugar sculptures, daisies, lemon pies, and cream buns. The cake is based on the performances that Her Majesty has been involved in at Tivoli.

This evening, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark and Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark attended a ballet performance at Tivoli’s Concert Hall in connection with the celebrations marking the 50th Jubilee of HM The Queen’s accession to the throne.

HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Celebrate 500 Years of Dutch Farmers in Amager.

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

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Attends the Danish Expedition History Meeting in Copenhagen.

On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, as Patron of the Royal Danish Geographical Society, attended the Danish Expedition History meeting held at the National Museum in Copenhagen.

Photos courtesy of the Danish royal court

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Celebrates the 300th Anniversary of Fredensborg Slot.

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark along with hundreds of citizens from Fredensborg municipality celebrated the 300th anniversary of Fredensborg Slot.

According to the Danish royal court, during today’s celebrations “…hundreds of young people performed with the local orchestra, singing for Her Majesty in front of the castle’s main staircase…”

Photos courtesy of the Danish royal court

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Opens a New Exhibition at the Skagen Art Museum.

On the afternoon of Thursday, May 12, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark arrived at the Skagen Art Museum in Skagen to officially open the new exhibition entitled, Krøyer og Paris: Franske Forbindelser og Nordiske Toner (Krøyer and Paris: French Connections and Nordic Tones).

Per a press release via the Skagen Art Museum regarding yesterday’s opening:

The exhibition is the culmination of a three-year international research collaboration under the auspices of Her Majesty the Queen.

Before the exhibition is declared open, museum director Lisette Vind Ebbesen and art historian Mette Harbo Lehmann show the queen around the exhibition. Mette Harbo Lehmann, in collaboration with the French art historian Dominique Lobstein, has led the project’s research efforts.

And after the tour and the subsequent speeches by chairman of the museum’s board Bjarne Kvist, museum director from Musée Marmottan Monet, Eric Desmazières and museum director at Skagen Art Museums, Lisette Vind Ebbesen, the queen opens the exhibition.

‘I am deeply impressed and very moved by the exhibition. It was a great pleasure to see these pictures with my own eyes in Denmark. Some of us may have seen them at the museum in Paris, and otherwise we have seen them in books. But now they are here. In reality. And it is a great pleasure to see the exhibition realized,’ says Her Majesty The Queen and says that she was sad that she did not get the opportunity to see the exhibition last summer at the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris due to the pandemic. In return, she could tell that Princess Marie, who opened the exhibition in Paris, was very impressed.

After the Queen has declared the exhibition open, there is a reception for the invited guests and the opportunity to see the exhibition. And there is no doubt at all that the big attraction this afternoon in Skagen is Monet’s Impression, Soleil Levant’, which hangs for itself on the end wall in one of the exhibition rooms. Here, guests gather around the masterpiece, and the mobiles snap pictures of the exhibition’s ‘rock star’, as the culture and press council at the Danish embassy in Paris, Klaus Ib Jørgensen, calls the painting.

‘I must say that it was deeply moving for me to see a picture, which is one of the globe’s most famous pictures, hanging here in Skagen. And for me, in a way, it’s also a sentence. I have been like a fly on the wall for the three years that these art institutions from France and Denmark have collaborated. And it has been a really deep collaboration and very serious research,’ says the cultural council about the three-year research-based collaboration between the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris and Skagen’s Art Museums.

The collaboration has successfully introduced Krøyer to the French public with the exhibition L’heure Bleue de Peder Severin Krøyer at the Musée Marmottan Monet in 2021 and has provided interesting new research, among other things in relation to the view of Krøyer and his French connections and the Nordic presence in Paris.

Chief curator at the Musee Marmottan Monet, Marianne Mathieu, is of course also present at the opening of the exhibition in Skagen.

‘When I look at the wall with Monet’s masterpiece here at Skagen’s Museum, I see Skagen,’ says Marianne Mathieu and elaborates on the somewhat surprising message with the story of when she was once employed at Musée Marmottan Monet and tried to find out, where at the port of Le Havre that the picture was painted. She did this, among other things, to find out whether the picture is about a sunrise or a sunset, which has been discussed almost as long as the picture has existed.

But it dawned on me, along the way, that it was not important. When you look at this picture, which depicts a port in fog, it may well be that it is Le Havre, but it may also be all sorts of other places. That’s why the picture is called ‘Impression’. Impression. It is the impression that is important and not everything else. So when the picture hangs here, and I see it here, I see Skagen.’ ”

Krøyer og Paris: Franske Forbindelser og Nordiske Toner will be open to the public until September 18, 2022.

Photos courtesy of the Skagen Museum/Ib Westersø

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Hosts a Reception at Fredensborg Slot for New Ambassadors.

On Friday, May 6, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark hosted a reception at Fredensborg Slot for new ambassadors from Vietnam, Spain, Zimbabwe, Poland and the tiny nation of San Marino.

Each of the “…ambassadors arrived at Fredensborg Slot in a carriage from the Royal Stable Agency escorted by the Guard House Regiment’s Horse Escort...” in a statement from the Danish royal court.

Prior to the reception, each new ambassador presented their credentials to Her Majesty in a sealed envelope only then can an ambassador carry out his or her work in Denmark.

Photos courtesy of the Danish royal court/K. Navntoft