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Queen Margrethe cancels annual Christmas journey to London


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Queen Margrethe has a long held tradition of going to London each December and managing both official tasks and Christmas gift shopping for the family. However, her 2021 visit has now been cancelled.

It was expected that the Queen of Denmark would travel to the UK capital while Crown Prince Frederik would have been regent of Denmark in the coming days. Now the trip has been cancelled, the royal house’s communication department confirms to Danish media.

The Danish Royal Court further confirmed that this has happened because of the current COVID-19 situation.

Queen Margrethe should have had attended two prestigious events in London over the weekend. On Friday, December 3, in the evening, Her Majesty was scheduled to attend an officers ‘dinner at The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment, where she is Colonel-in-Chief.

Moreover, on Sunday the 5th of December in the morning, the queen should have been involved in celebrating the completion of the Danish church’s restoration with a festive service. At the festive service, the plan was that priest Flemming Kloster Poulsen would wear the beautiful priest’s robes which the Queen herself designed and embroidered for the church a year ago. It would have been the first time that the Queen would have seen the priest’s robes in use at the church service.

Before Queen Margrethe began her work with the priest’s robes, she spent time in the church so she could match colours and be creatively inspired. It is Queen Margrethe herself who has lent other artworks to the church so that they could be exhibited there. The Danish Church in London is based in the historic church building of St. Katherine’s, a 200 year-old neo-gothic church in London’s Regent’s Park. The Danish Church in London leases the building from the Crown Estate. When St. Katherine’s became the Danish Church in London in 1952 it was thoroughly renovated and the opening was attended by the late King Frederik and Queen Ingrid on the May 11th 1952.

It is usually on this annual Christmas trip to London that Queen Margrethe buys Christmas presents as well as an English Christmas cake, which is a traditional part of the Christmas table in the Danish royal family. It was Queen Ingrid, Queen Margrethe’s mother, who introduced that tradition of a London visit each Christmas.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.