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Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visit Aarhus

On 23 May, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visited Aarhus as part of Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th birthday celebrations.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary travelled with the Dannebrog, the royal yacht, from Copenhagen to Aarhus. Upon their arrival at the Aarhus port, they were received by Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard and City Director Niels Højberg.

The Crown Prince Couple made a short walkabout before visiting Filmby Aarhus, where Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were introduced to the city’s film, business, and entrepreneurial environment. Crown Prince Frederik had the opportunity to try on the company MANND’s VR installation.

They also visited the Njord Gin distillery where the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess learned about the company’s production and the South Sea area in Aarhus.

Then, the Crown Prince Couple participated in the opening of the International Sailing Centre on the new waterfront. The purpose of the Aarhus International Sailing Centre is to reconcile the best professional skills in the development of sailing so that more people will have the opportunity to try sailing through playing, competition, learning and development on the water.

In the afternoon, Crown Prince Frederik officially opened the Crown Prince Frederik Centre for Public Leadership. The centre will be an international power centre for delivering research-based knowledge about public management and anchored at the Department of Political Science.

The Crown Prince will act as a member of the Centre’s Governance Committee, which will work to secure the Centre’s international position.

In his speech, Crown Prince Frederik said:  “Public management is about the quality of public services and about the interaction with the private sector. Good public leadership creates value for the whole community and is a crucial factor in the success of our welfare model. It is also a prerequisite for companies to succeed. I am proud that the new center will bear my name and I am looking forward to actively activating the Center’s work. 

This visit to Aarhus is the fourth event from the week of celebrations for Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th birthday after several receptions for his patronages and the Royal Run a few days ago. Crown Prince Frederik will celebrate his birthday publicly on 26 May, and there will also be a gala dinner on the same day and a concert on 27 May attended by the Crown Prince Couple, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie.