Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark received the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and his wife Eliza Jean Reid to Denmark. The President of Iceland began his three-day long state visit to the Kingdom of Denmark. Iceland was a part of Denmark until the founding of the Republic in 1944. Queen Margrethe held an audience for the presidential couple at Amalienborg Castle, in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen. Here they were also photographed together.
After the audience with Queen Margrethe, the presidential couple visited an Icelandic centre center in Copenhagen. Afterwards, they visited another Royal Palace. They were shown around Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen. Christiansborg Castle is not only a representation castle for the royal family. The castle also houses Denmark’s public assembly. After their guided tour of the castle, the President of Iceland met with the Prime Mister of Denmark.
In the afternoon it was time for another meeting with Her Majesty Queen Margrethe. The President of Iceland came with a gift for the Danish people, the Danish version of all the Icelandic sagas, which are a key source in understanding the Viking history in Scandinavia. Queen Margrethe also work to promote Danish and Nordic history, for which she received an award not so long ago.
Later tonight a great gala-dinner will be held in honor of the President of Island at Amalienborg Castle. Here, the Danish royal family will attend, as well as the Danish government and many other important guests. Several speeches will be held, both by the Queen and the President of Iceland. Iceland has been a monarchy for over a thousand years. First was Iceland subject to the King of Norway and since 1918 to the King of Denmark? After Denmark was occupied by Germany in 1940, Iceland received responsibility for their own policies and declared themselves as an independent republic in 1944.