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Queen Margrethe hosts reception for Danish athletes who competed in Rio

Today in the Great Hall of Christianborg Palace, Queen Margrethe II held a reception for over 200 Danish athletes, coaches, and other representatives who competed in the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, and Princess Benedikte were in attendance, as well to congratulate the athletes. The Crown Prince Couple, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik, and Princess Athena travelled to Brazil in August to cheer on the Danish athletes.

The Crown Prince Couple, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik, and Princess Athena travelled to Brazil in August to cheer on the Danish athletes. The Crown Princess returned to Denmark on 6 August and Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, and their family returned to Europe on 8 August. The Crown Prince, as a member of the International Olympic Committee, remained in Brazil for the duration of the games.

Crown Prince Frederik was supposed to be in attendance but had to pull out after injuring himself trampolining at a private event yesterday. The Crown Prince fractured his cervical spine, and he will be in a neck brace for up to 12 weeks.

His Royal Highness apologised for missing the reception saying, “Naturally I am sorry not to be able to participate at the reception today. I had been looking forward to celebrating the Danish athletes’ great historical achievement in Rio. I wish the participants a good day at Christiansborg.”

It is not expected, at this time, that his injury will hinder his participation in his further commitments.

The athletes were treated to lunch with the menu including baked Brazilian snacks, heart salad, chicken brochettes, and wraps of smoked salmon, cilantro, and avocado.

The Olympics were held in Brazil from 5th through 21st of August where the 120 Danish athletes won 15 medals: two gold, six silver, and seven bronze.

The Paralympics saw the 21 Danish athletes bring home seven medals: one gold, two silver, and four bronze. The Paralympics were held from 7th to 18th September.

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