Last week, the President of Iceland went on an official state visit to Norway. This week the European monarchies have another two state visits on their agendas. While the King and Queen of the Netherlands receive a state visit from Queen Maxima’s home country, Argentina, the Danish Royal family is receiving the King and Queen of Belgium.
His Majesty King Philippe and Her Majesty Queen Mathilde arrived at Copenhagen Airport at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning. Most of the Danish royal family was present to receive their Belgian colleagues. Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie were all present.
Having inspected Queen Margrethe’s Royal Life Bodyguards, the Belgian monarchs went directly to Amalienborg Palace. Here they were welcomed in an official ceremony by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe.
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary took the Belgian King and Queen on a sailing trip along the harbour of Copenhagen city centre. One could clearly see that it was a pleasant trip with much laughter. Usually, Copenhagen is a city with a lot of bad weather, but yesterday the sun shone over the Danish and Belgian parties.
Between the difference activities, the Royals participated in, Their Majesties King Philip and Queen Mathilde took the time to do some private sightseeing. King Philip was observed by several Danes as he walked together with Queen Mathilde in the streets along the Amalienborg Palace and took some photos with his iPhone.
Last evening a great dinner was held in honour of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, this time in the magnificent Christiansborg Castle, not far from Amalienborg Palace. In her speech during the dinner, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe said: “Your Majesties, it is my hope that the brief days of your visit will serve to underline the close and longstanding relations between our two nations. May they continue to grow and to become even closer.”
Wednesday will be extremely hectic for the Royals. The Danish and Belgian parties will attend a total of nine events in Copenhagen. The day starts with King Philippe and Crown Prince Frederik’s visit to Copenhagen City Hall, before heading over to the company Dansk Industri. During this time, Crown Princess Mary will accompany Queen Mathilde to a school in Copenhagen before heading on to the sixth largest United Nations office in the world.