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Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik & Prince Christian to mark 100th anniversary of reunification of Denmark and South Jutland


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There will be large festivities later this month when Her Majesty Queen Margrethe and Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Christian will take part in the grand official celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the Reunification of Denmark and Southern Jutland.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Reunification in 2020, the plan was for The Queen and The Royal Family to have visited Southern Jutland. The visit was postponed to this year due to the global health emergency.

The official Reunion Celebration begins on the morning of 13 June 2021, where The Queen, Crown Prince and Prince Christian will ride across the old border south of Kolding. The carriage ride will take place in the same location where King Christian X on 10 July 1920 rode over the old border on the white horse Malgré Tout accompanied by Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Knud on horseback and Queen Alexandrine and Princess Thyra in the carriage. 101 years later, Christian X`s granddaughter, great-grandson and great-great-grandson will once again cross the old border.

Subsequently, The Queen, the Crown Prince and Prince Christian participate in a festive service in Haderslev Cathedral. Here, they will be joined by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. Later that day the royals visits the new reunification park at Folkehjem in Aabenraa.

The royals and dignitaries will continue the day in Sønderborg and will participate in a ceremony at the old fortress. After the event, a visit will be made to a new museum in Sønderborg. Subsequently, the Queen watches a reunion show at Alsion in the late afternoon.

The reunion celebration ends on the Royal Yacht Dannebrog which will dock in Sønderborg Harbor with Queen Margrethe hosting a reception on board. Her Majesty and the German Presidential Couple and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will then enjoy a private dinner on the Royal Yacht.

Last summer marked 100 years since King Christian ratified the incorporation of Southern Jutland into Denmark. The reunification was the result of a referendum in which a majority of the population in North Schleswig voted to rejoin Denmark after being under German rule for 56 years. The transfer of Southern Jutland took place on Valdemar’s Day on 15 June 1920, and three weeks later, Christian X and The Royal Family went on a tour of the area. Today, this journey stands for many as the symbol that the region once again became part of Denmark. A key event during the round trip was the moment King Christian rode across the old border on a white horse.

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.