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Danish royal family cancels summer events due to Coronavirus

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The Danish Royal court announced that Queen Margrethe’s annual summer tour with the Royal Yacht Dannebrog has been cancelled. All events to celebrate the reunion with Schleswig have also been cancelled.

The Royal court says that in light of the latest announcement from the Prime Minister that the ban on larger assemblies will be maintained until August, the Royals have chosen to follow the guidelines and have cancelled all their events this summer.

The royal yacht Dannebrog. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe’s planned summer trip with the Royal Yacht Dannebrog to Anholt on June 3 and the Municipality of Aarhus in June is also cancelled. Both municipalities, in collaboration with the Royal Court, plan to conduct the visits in the early summer of 2021.

The annual royal summer tour on the Dannebrog is a tradition that dates back to the reign of King Christian X of Denmark who made yearly trips across Danish waters. The tradition has since been carried on by King Frederick and Queen Ingrid, and most recently their daughter, Queen Margrethe, who has been visiting various Danish port towns and regions each summer. The Danish royal yacht is one of the world’s two remaining royal yachts. The other is the Norwegian royal yacht, Norge. The British royal yacht, Britannia was decommissioned in 1997.

All activities of the Queen and the royal family in connection with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Reunification of Denmark and Southern Jutland in July are also cancelled. The royal court’s participation in the celebration was to set to take place in July. Among other things, it was planned that the Queen and the royal family would visit the area along the same route that Her Majesty’s grandfather, King Christian X, had followed 100 years earlier. The visit is now set to be conducted on the Reunion Day on 15 June 2021.

South Jutland is the modern Danish name for part of what, for centuries, was known as the Duchy of Schleswig. In the 19th century, two wars were fought over Schleswig which culminated in Prussia defeating Denmark and taking control of the area. Following the First World War, Danish authorities asked for a referendum over the future of the area. The area now called South Jutland chose to be part of Denmark and the reunification took place in 1920.

About author

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.