Queen Margrethe began the summer sailing season aboard the Royal Yacht Dannebrog earlier this month, spending four days at sea travelling through the municipalities of Denmark.
Though the summer sailing trips are usually a highlight of The Queen’s calendar, this year is even more special due to her Golden Jubilee.
Queen Margrethe celebrated 50 years on the Danish throne in January of this year; however, due to the ongoing pandemic, many of the celebrations planned had to be postponed at the time. These events are expected to be held in the late summer or early autumn.
From 1-4 June, Queen Margrethe sailed to the municipalities of Helsingør, Anholt, and Aarhus. On the first day in Helsingør, Queen Margrethe arrived at the Port of Elsinore and hosted a reception that included a nine-fold live and a performance by the Royal Life Guards Music Corps of ‘King Christian.’
From the port, Queen Margrethe took a carriage ride through the city and attended a reception at the City Hall before departing for the Kulturværftet library. A brunch was held in The Queen’s honour at the Marienlyst Strandhotel, and then the afternoon was spent visiting the arts workshop Egeværk, the biotech company Bavarian Nordic, and Peter Beier Chocolate before returning to the Dannebrog for a reception on board.
On Thursday, Queen Margrethe sailed to Anholt municipality, and she spent the early part of the weekend in Aarhus municipality.
The summer sailing season was started by King Christian X and continued through his successors. On the Danish Royal Family’s Instagram, a photo of Queen Margrethe in Helsingør is captioned: “As the first regent, the King then made annual cruises in Danish waters a regular part of his program. The tradition has since been continued by Frederik IX and the Queen, who have both emphasized using the Royal Ship Dannebrog to be in contact with all parts of the kingdom.”
Queen Margrethe will resume her sailing schedule later in the summer, visiting the Slagelse, Lolland and Frederiksberg municipalities from 29 August to 1 September.