Danish Crown Prince and Princess to visit India

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary will travel to India on an official visit later this month.

Danish Crown Prince and Princess to visit India
Denmark's Crown Prince and Princess will visit India at the end of February in a trip aimed at boosting green energy businesses. File photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

The visit will take place from February 26th until March 1st and take in capital city New Delhi along with Chennai and Agra, the Danish royal palace said in a statement.

The Crown Prince couple will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Environment Minister Magnus Heunicke, and Climate and Energy Minister Lars Aagaard in the latter two cities.

Representatives from some 36 Danish businesses will also be present.

The Danish delegation will take part in conferences and visits to businesses alongside Indian government representative and business leaders.

The objective of the visit is will be to promote Danish export opportunities to India and the green partnership between the two countries.

Last week saw the two countries announce a deal that will see Denmark provide technological assistance on a project to cleanse part of India’s holy Ganges river.

Up to 70 percent of India’s energy consumption is from oil or coal, according to the Confederation of Danish Industry. That provides large potential for Danish green energy technology in the Asian country according to the organisation.

India is the world’s sixth-largest economy and third-largest consumer of energy.

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Denmark’s Queen Margrethe to return to public duty on 83rd birthday

Queen Margrethe is scheduled to return to public duty on April 16th, her 83rd birthday, following a period of convalescence after a back operation.

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe to return to public duty on 83rd birthday

The Queen’s return to public duty on her birthday was announced in a palace statement on Thursday.

“On this occasion, Her Majesty and The Royal Family will appear on the balconies at Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg at 12pm,” the palace said.

“It is expected that The Queen will resume her duties as the country’s sovereign the same day after her successful back operation in February,” it continued.

“The Queen’s physical rehabilitation is going well, but there will continue to be a number of major tasks that The Queen cannot carry out as planned in the coming months. Information about this will be shared on an ongoing basis,” it said.

Crown Prince Frederik has stood in for the Queen on official duties during her absence.

READ ALSO: Danish queen out of hospital after back surgery

To mark the Queen’s birthday, the Danish Royal Life Guard regiment will be in red gala uniforms and spectators will be able to watch a grand changing of the guard in front of the palace at royal residence Amalienborg in Copenhagen at 11:50am.

It is five years since the Queen last marked her birthday by greeting the public from the Amalienborg balcony, an otherwise regular tradition. The custom has in recent years been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, while the Queen was at Marselisborg in Aarhus in 2022.

The 82-year-old, Europe’s longest reigning monarch, underwent a “major” back operation last month at Rigshospitalet, Denmark’s largest hospital.

The exact nature of the operation has not been specified. The Queen underwent 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 jubilee last year.