Britain’s Prince Harry charms Danes on official visit

Britain’s Prince Harry has visited a street sport centre, a high school and met Invictus Games participants during his two-day visit to Denmark.

Britain's Prince Harry charms Danes on official visit
Prince Harry visits Ørestad Gymnasium. Photo: Peter Hove Olesen/Polfoto/Ritzau

The Prince’s visit is part of the British royal family’s enlistment in a broader initiative by the UK to boost the kingdom’s image in other European countries in the light of Brexit, reports news agency Ritzau.

But the referendum decision is not included on any part of Prince Harry’s itinerary for his visit to the Danish capital.

Instead, the visit focuses on social initiatives.

Prince Harry arrived in Denmark on Wednesday, when he visited KPH Innovation House, an organisation engaged with social, cultural and environmental issues located in Copenhagen's Vesterbro neighbourhood. .

He then stopped off at the nearby Game Denmark centre for street sports.

On Thursday, Prince Harry and Denmark’s Prince Joachim visited a project supporting Danish armed forces veterans at the Svanemøllens Kaserne barracks in Copenhagen.

Veterans at the barracks included the Danish team from the Invictus Games, a multi-sport event for veterans founded by Prince Harry, who has served with the British army in Afghanistan on two occasions.

Photo: Stine Bidstrup/Polfoto/Ritzau

The Prince also attended a volunteering workshop at Copenhagen’s Ørestad Gymnasium.

On Wednesday morning, he visited Denmark’s Queen Margrethe, although he did not meet the Crown Prince and Princess Frederik and Mary, who were engaged by prior commitments, according to Ritzau’s report.

It is Prince Harry’s first visit to Denmark.

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Danish queen out of hospital after back surgery

Denmark's Queen Margrethe II was discharged from hospital on Thursday after back surgery last week though a full recovery is expected to last months, the Danish Royal House announced.

Danish queen out of hospital after back surgery

The 82-year-old, Europe’s longest reigning monarch, underwent a “major” back operation last Wednesday at Rigshospitalet, the country’s largest

“The medical team responsible for the operation and the subsequent hospitalisation is satisfied with the process and with The Queen’s condition,”
the court said in a statement.

The Danish monarch is now staying at her palace in Amalienborg and will undergo “a lengthy physical rehabilitation process, which may extend over the
next few months”, the court warned.

Crown Prince Frederik will “continue as regent for the time being.”

The palace had already announced that a number of events in its official programme would be postponed, cancelled or attended by other members of the
royal family as a result of her operation.

The exact nature of the operation has not been specified. The queen had undergone a lumbar canal operation 20 years ago.

The queen, who was widowed in 2018, is extremely popular in Denmark. More than 80 percent of Danes say they support the monarchy, with thousands turning out to celebrate her 50th anniversary on the throne last year.