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A full first day for Queen Margarethe as she visits the Faroe Islands

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On Thursday, Queen Margarethe of Denmark began a visit to the Faroe Islands that will continue until Monday, the 19th of July. 

She arrived in Tórshavn, the capital city of the Faroes, located on the island of Streymoy, the biggest and most populated island. 

The Faroe Islands are technically included in the Danish kingdom, but they are self-governing, with their own parliament, trade policies and, in some sports, even their own teams. 

Queen Margarethe was welcomed by the playing of the Danish and Faroese Anthems. Her Majesty was wearing the traditional costume of the Islands, a way to celebrate her visit. She was then presented with a gift that the Faroe government was supposed to hand to her on the occasion of her 80th birthday, in April of 2020. 

She then took part in a reception at the Municipality of Tórshavn, which was held at City Stairs, and where she was welcomed by the Mayor, who then introduced the entire city council to the Queen. 

Her Majesty then visited the Skúlan á Fløtum school, from the top of which there is a splendid view of the city. 

She continued on to Sjóvinnuhúsið, an old maritime house that has been renovated and is now being used as a university and entrepreneurial house. During the visit, she received a gift presented by artist Sigrun Gunnarsdóttir. 

Finally, she ended the day by attending a concert and a follow-up dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands. 

This visit is important to strengthen the bond between the Danish Crown and the Islands, seeing as they are quite far away from Denmark and already have a certain degree of independence.