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Denmark

Queen Margrethe and Crown Princess Mary host military dinner

Queen Margrethe II Portrait
Per Morten Abrahamsen

Queen Margrethe has hosted the Royal Danish Army’s dinner of honour at Fredensborg Castle. Crown Princess Mary also attended the event. The arrival of the Queen and the Crown Princess was announced with royal fanfare. The Queen’s dog was also present at the dinner to the great delight of the guests.

During the dinner, on September 26th 2021, 52 guests were invited. The dinner consisted of three dishes and classical music was performed by the army orchestra in honour of the guests and the royals. The guests gathered in the grand hall at Fredensborg Castle, in Zealand.

The castle is the Danish royal family’s spring and autumn residence, and is often used for important state visits and events in the royal family. The castle is the residence the royal family uses the most.

For the occasion, the Crown Princess wore the Armed Forces’ new party uniform for women. This is a special outfit that the Crown Princess has used before. The first time the Crown Princess wore the uniform was during an event in 2019. The dress is common to the military, and is the same for all female guards. It is made of black satin wool and has a black belt with gold-embroidered oak leaves and a floral motif.

The dinner celebrates good service in the Army and is awarded to employees who have completed 25 years of service. The medal given to all who have served for 25 years or more in the Danish army was instituted on September 26, 1945 on King Christian X’s birthday and is awarded on 26 September each year. Honorary dinners for the Army, Navy and Air Force, respectively, are held alternately, and the Army’s honorary dinner is thus held only every third year.

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.