It was a family affair for the Crown Prince Family of Denmark earlier this week, as Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary opened LEGO House with their four children.
Lego House is located in Billund, Denmark, where the iconic children’s toy was created in 1932. Under construction for four years, it was officially opened by Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, and their children: Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.
Crown Princess Mary helped lay a symbolic Lego block, then gave a speech marking the opening.
“I was not entirely sure what type of house it would be,” said Crown Princess Mary.
“In Lego’s world, if you can think it, you can build it. Luckily, there were others that had the fantasy and vision to think it.”
Following her speech, Crown Princess Mary helped Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine lay another large, symbolic Lego block on a display on the stage. The Crown Prince Family was then shown around the facility.
“It has been a dream for me for many years to create a place that will give our visitors the ultimate Lego experience,” said Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, Lego’s third-generation owner, in a press release.
“With LEGO House, we celebrate creativity and the strength of learning through play. When they play, children learn the basic skills that they need, such as creativity, collaboration and problem-solving abilities.
“At the heart of all Lego experiences… is the unique and timeless Lego brick. With Lego bricks, you can express yourself creatively and make anything imaginable. The possibilities are endless, and nowhere else in the world can you experience it in the same way as in LEGO House.”
Lego has produced over 600 billion pieces as of July 2015 and was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in New York in 1998.