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The Danish Crown Prince Couple concludes their visit to the Faroe Islands



On Sunday, the Danish Crown Prince’s family ended their four-day visit to the Faroe Islands. The four-day long visit to the Faroe Islands lasted from Thursday until yesterday, and the royal yacht “Dannebrog” was used during the official visit.

This was the first time that the Crown Prince Family visited this part of the Danish Kingdom. In the summer of 2014, the Crown Prince Family visited Greenland, where the royal yacht led the Crown Prince Couple and their four children to cities and settlements in South and West Greenland.

On Saturday Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary participated in an official reception at Runavík Municipality before visiting local cooperations such as Bakkafrost, which is the Faroe Islands’ largest salmon farming business. The Royals then visited the sports hall Bylgjan to meets local sports associations before attending a late breakfast.

The Crown Prince Couple then arrived at the port of Hvalvík on the east side of Streymoy. From here, the future King and Queen saild to Haldórsvík village. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess visited Tjørnuvík where they walked through the village and then visited the cliff at Stakkurin.

During the evening, the royals hosted a reception on the royal yacht before they participated in a prize ceremony at the Tórshavn Stadium Tórsvøllur. The visit was then concluded on Sunday. Only two things that were on the programme before the Royals headed back to Denmark. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended a church service in Sandavági before lunch in the old warehouse in the village Bøur.

The Faroe Islands is a North Atlantic archipelago halfway between Norway and Iceland. The islands are an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. Between 1035 and 1814, the Faroes were part of the Hereditary Kingdom of Norway. In 1814, the Treaty of Kiel granted Denmark control over the islands, along with two other Norwegian island possessions: Greenland and Iceland. The Faroe Islands have been a self-governing country within the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948.

The royal yacht “Dannebrog” gives the Royal Family a unique opportunity to visit the people of all parts of Denmark. The yacht last visited the Faroe Islands, no later than June 2016, when Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II visited Suduroy, Sandoy and Tórshavn. Also in 2010, the islands had a royal visit when the Queen and Prince Henrik took a five-day trip.



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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.