Queen Margrethe is still in Rome, Italy, for a visit to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Danish Institute of Rome.
The Danish Institute of Rome was formally opened by Margrethe’s parents, King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid in 1967. Queen Ingrid served as its honorary president, and Queen Margrethe became its patron in 2011.
Queen Ingrid set up the Queen Ingrid’s Roman Foundation which donates money to scholarship projects from the Foundation. And each year, on Queen Margrethe’s birthday, the Princess Margrethe bursary is awarded to a lucky recipient to study at the Danish Institute of Rome.
The Institute was created “to preserve and develop cultural ties between Denmark and Italy,” according to the Carlsberg Foundation’s website. The Foundation donated the Institute its building when it opened.
“The Institute serves as an attractive and inspiring research and study centre, as well as providing a unique venue for concerts, exhibitions and conferences with Danish, Italian and international appeal.”
The Royal House of Denmark’s website lists the Institute’s research and studies focus as “primarily in the fields of archeology, philology, history, church, art, literature and music history, as well as visual art, photography, architecture and music.”
Upon her arrival on Thursday, Queen Margrethe toured the Caesar Forum with the Mayor of Rome and the Danish Ambassador to Italy, and visited a new excavation project.
On Friday, Queen Margrethe visited the Galleria Borghese, which houses a large portion of the Borghese Collection. She was given a tour of the museum.
Later that morning, Her Majesty was received by Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Palazzo del Quirinale presidential palace. She was given a tour of the palace and took an official photo with the President before leaving.
She finished the day with celebrations at the Kay Fisker’s building, where the Institute is located.