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Denmark’s Crown Prince and Princess step out as Queen Margrethe steps back


The Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark both took on high profile public engagements as the Royal House revealed that Queen Margrethe has cancelled all public audiences for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On October 28th 2020, Crown Prince Frederik visited the Food Nation Visitor Centre in Aarhus, a newly-opened centre that aims to “showcase where visitors can experience products, solutions and results from Danish agricultural and food companies,” per the Danish Royal House.

During his visit, Frederik toured the facilities to see its strongholds and the export opportunities available, as well as viewing its green initiatives that will meet global sustainability challenges. Food Nation was founded to increase awareness of the food supply in Denmark and its capabilities as a strong food nation on a global stage.

At the Food Nation Visitor Centre in Aarhus, there is a virtual display on the history of food chain supply in Denmark as well as a virtual reality area that shows how Denmark can benefit from partnerships within its food supply community both as a country and globally.

On the same day, Crown Princess Mary visited Healthcare DENMARK in Odense to open its new visitor centre, Nation of Health, an innovative information centre that helps with healthcare delegations, both in person and digitally, according to its website.

Healthcare DENMARK, a non-profit with support from both public and private sector healthcare operations, built the facility to help “strengthen the branding of Danish products and solutions within the health and welfare area” for international delegations.

It was also created to offer “a faster and more accurate communication of the strengths and solutions that are relevant to the individual delegation,” according to Healthcare DENMARK’s official website, which, it says, will be valuable during the pandemic when in-person delegations are not available.

After opening the Nation of Health, Crown Princess Mary and the rest of the delegation were given a tour of the facilities.

The couple’s busy day came as the Danish Royal House announced that Queen Margrethe’s public audiences have been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, saying, “It is a difficult time with many challenges due to the corona situation, and for the royal family today it is sad to be forced to announce to many Danes that they will not be able to come to an audience.”

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Jess is a communications professional and freelance writer who lives in Halifax and has a passion for all things royal, particularly the British Royal Family.