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European Royals

A hug for a queen from Europe’s longest serving heir to the throne

The Queen of Denmark was given a big hug to welcome her at the start of an historic event by a friend who also has her own place in royal history.

As Queen Mary stepped ashore in Sweden at the start of the first State Visit since her husband took the Danish throne, the future monarch of Sweden curtsied to her visitor then cuddled her.

The Crown Princess of Sweden hugs Queen Mary at the start of the Danish State Visit
The Crown Princess of Sweden welcomes Queen Mary of Denmark to Stockholm
(Clément Morin/The Royal Court of Sweden)

Crown Princess Victoria is a great friend of Queen Mary, and named her daughter in honour of the Danish consort, and she was keen to extend a warm welcome as the State Visit began.

Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar of Sweden wave Danish flags to greet King Frederik and Queen Mary on their State Visit to Sweden
Princess Estelle and her brother, Prince Oscar, welcome the King and Queen of Denmark to Sweden (Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden)

The Crown Princess’ daughter, another future queen, was also part of the welcoming committee. Princess Estelle Silvia Eva Mary, second in line to the Swedish throne, stood on the Royal Palace balcony with her handmade Danish flag to wave at Queen Mary and King Frederik as they began their State Visit.

The Swedish Royal Family welcome the King and Queen of Denmark to Stockholm for the first State Visit of the reign of Frederik X
The Swedish royal family turned out in force for the start of the first State Visit of King Frederik X and Queen Mary of Denmark
(Clément Morin/The Royal Court of Sweden)

Victoria is now the longest serving heir in Europe. She has been Crown Princess since January 1st 1980 when Swedish laws changed and placed her above her younger brother, Prince Carl Philip, in the line to the throne.

King Frederik X and Queen Mary step ashore in Stockholm for their State Visit and are greeted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia
The official welcome to Sweden was filled with pomp and ceremony
(Clément Morin/The Royal Court of Sweden)

The State Visit of the King and Queen of Denmark to Sweden marks a major milestone in the reign of Frederik X. The two day event was filled with pomp and ceremony with a spectacular official welcome offered by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.

The King of Denmark gives his speech at the State Banquet held in his honour during the first State Visit of his reign
Crown Princess Victoria listens as King Frederik delivers his speech at the State Banquet
(Clément Morin/The Royal Court of Sweden)

On the evening of the first day, the King and Queen of Sweden hosted a glittering State Banquet for the King and Queen of Denmark which was attended by many members of the Swedish royal family.

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden arrive at the State Banquet held in honour of King Frederik and Queen Mary of Denmark
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia arrive for the State Banquet
(Clément Morin/The Royal Court of Sweden)

Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel, were joined by Prince Carl Philip and his wife, Princess Sofia, as well as by Princess Christina, sister to King Carl XVI Gustaf.

The King and Queen of Sweden and the King and Queen of Denmark in an official portrait marking the first State Visit of the reign of Frederik X
The official portrait of the King and Queen of Sweden and the King and Queen of Denmark
(Clément Morin/The Royal Court of Sweden)

Ahead of the meal, the Danish king and queen posed for an official portrait with the Swedish king and queen.

Queen Mary and Queen Silvia walk into a gala banquet during the State Visit from Denmark to Sweden
Queen Mary of Denmark, in rubies, and Queen Silvia of Sweden, in sapphires, at the State Banquet
(Clément Morin/The Royal Court of Sweden)

Queen Mary made a touching nod to her hosts with her choice of tiara. She wore the ruby jewels that belonged to Queen Ingrid of Denmark who was born a princess of Sweden.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.