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Danish Royal Family attends New Year’s Levees

Over the past several days, the Danish Royal Family has attended New Year’s Levees at Christian VII’s Palace at Amalienborg. 

On 1 January, Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie all attended the gala banquet in the Great Hall, which is one of the most formal events on the calendar each year for the Danish Royal Family. Members of the government, top Danish officials, and the Royal Danish House’s management were all invited.

That evening, they dined on pheasant, lamb, spinach flan, and cheese pie. There was also the traditional Rosenborg wine and Moët et Chandon champagne.

On the Danish Monarchy’s website, they explained that the tradition of holding these New Year’s Levees have occurred for centuries. The exact origin is not known; however, there are records of these receptions taking place as far back as the 1600s.

Two days later, on 3 January, Queen Margrethe and the Crown Prince Couple hosted a levee for the diplomats in Denmark where they greeted each of their guests individually. Her Majesty also delivered a speech to those in attendance to express her gratitude for what they do. The Ivory Coast Ambassador to Denmark, Mina Marie Baldé-Laurent spoke on behalf of all the diplomats, as well.

The United States Ambassador, Rufus Gifford, had also been invited to President Obama’s farewell dinner at the White House, but he chose to attend the royal reception in Copenhagen.

Yesterday, the Danish queen hosted a banquet for officers from the Defence and Emergency Management Agency, representatives of major union confederations, and royal patronages. Her Majesty arrived at the palace in a golden carriage which was escorted by the regiments Horse Squadron. The Crown Prince Couple joined Her Majesty in Christiansborg Palace. More than 900 guests attended the festivities.

The Royal Danish House has posted numerous photo galleries and videos on their social media platforms of the events. One of the videos from the 3rd of January is at the top of this article.

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