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Crown Prince Frederik accepts new patronage

By Mogens Engelund - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark has accepted a new patronage. His Royal Highness has agreed to become patron of HCØ2020, the Danish nationwide celebration of the 200th anniversary of the discovery of electromagnetism, according to the Danish Royal House in a statement on Tuesday.

The 200th anniversary of the discovery is celebrated this year under the name HCØ2020 with a number of exhibitions, new teaching materials, lectures and debates, and the Crown Prince has agreed to become patron for the entire anniversary year.

Crown Prince Frederik has long been strongly interested in science and technology. Despite this, the Crown Prince does not have any natural science education, only political science. The Crown Prince is expected to attend a number of events related to his new patronage.

Hans Christian Ørsted. Even in his own time, Ørsted received royal attention. Ørsted became Knight of Dannebrog 1815, Dannebrogsmand in 1824, Commander 1836 and received the Grand Cross in 1847. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Danish heir to the throne is already a protector of a number of foundations and organisations. Aarhus Student Singers, The Blood Donors in Denmark, Danish-Chinese Business Forum, The Danish Hunters’ Association, Danish Military Sports Association, The Greenlandic Company, The Foreign Policy Society, Danish Railway Museum, Save the Children and the Maritime Safety Council are just some of the groups that have the royal support of Crown Prince Frederik.

The purpose of HCØ2020 is to promote technical and scientific education across all ages. Likewise, the initiative must help increase interest in science and the future of technology. HCØ2020 is highlighted through a wide range of dissemination efforts, which include 12 signature projects covering the three main areas of the initiative: teaching, culture and science.

In 1820, the Danish physicist and chemist Hans Christian Ørsted discovered electromagnetism. It was a natural science event that enabled the development of modern society. Ørsted’s discovery that electric current causes magnetism spurred the Englishman Michael Faraday to try to do the opposite, to convert magnetism into electricity. Eleven years after Ørsted’s discovery, Faraday succeeded in inducing an electric current with the help of magnetism. Hans Christian Ørsted is also known as the first man ever to make aluminium in 1825.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.