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Queen Margrethe hands out award in honor of her mother

Princess Benedikte of Danmark and Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Photo: Frankie Fouganthin via Wikimedia Commons.

Princess Benedikte of Danmark and Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Photo: Frankie Fouganthin via Wikimedia Commons.

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark handed out the Queen Ingrid’s Honorary-legate along with her two sisters, Her Majesty Queen Anne-Marie of Greece and Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark.

This honorary-legate was created in memory of Queen Ingrid of Denmark who is the mother of Queen Margrethe, Queen Anne-Marie and Princess Benedikte. The prize is awarded every second year and will go to young artists in dance and music. It is the seventh time the award has been handed out and it is jazz-singer Sinne Eeg and ballet dancer Andreas Kaas who gets the prize for 2016. This year’s award winners were announced in April in that context Princess Benedikte came with the following statement:

“My sisters and I were very pleased when we in 2005 could establish an organization that could organize a concert where we would have the opportunity to honor our mother and at the same time pay tribute to young talents within dance and music. The youth and music was always to thing that our mother hold dearly, therefore we fell that this award reflects our mother in a good way. This year we have changed the celebration slightly. Instead of a concert, this year the dance should be in focus. We look forward to follow this year’s winners and support them in their artistically development.”

The Queen of Greece. Photo: Holger Motzkau via Wikimedia Commons.

The Queen of Greece. Photo: Holger Motzkau via Wikimedia Commons.

Queen Ingrid’s Honorary-legate is a part of The Charitable Society for Queen Ingrid’s memory and administrated by her three daughters and the Danish Royal House.

Previous recipients of the Queen Ingrid’s Honorary Grant:

  • 2014 – ballet dancer Sebastian Haynes and cellist Toke Møldrup
  • 2013 – ballet dancer Ida Praetorius and accordionist Bjarke Mogensen
  • 2011 – ballet dancer Ghrai DeVore and conductor Thomas Søndergård
  • 2009 – ballet dancer Ulrik Birkkjær and violinist Vilde Frang
  • 2007 – ballet dancer Christina L. Olsen – now Michanik and cellist Andreas Brantelid
  • 2005 – ballet dancer Yao Wei and composer Karsten Fundal

The price was as usual handed out in the concert hall at the Copenhagen Tivoli. Simultaneously with the ceremony, it was held numerous artistic performances.

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