Thursday, May 26, 2011

Crown Prince Frederik brings his bride home

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 May 26, 1935

More than one hundred thousand Danes and Swedes, waving flags, were on hand in Copenhagen to welcome home Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and his new wife, Crown Princess Ingrid.  They steamed into the harbor aboard the royal yacht Dannebrog this afternoon, reports the New York Times.

There were four salutes of twenty-one guns as the "couple rowed ashore to drive through cheering crowds to the Amalienborg Castle in an open carriage."

The newlyweds came out on the balcony, as a response to "the immense crowd in the square within the castle walls."

"This reception far exceeds anything I expected," Frederik told the crowd.  "I am ever so grateful to everyone.  Let my first act, after having carried my bride home, be to toast our country."

The crowd sang the Danish and Swedish national anthems.  Frederik's parents, King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine also came out on the balcony, and the King spoke to the crowd.

Tonight there were fireworks and music throughout the city.  Copenhagen's youth "organized a torchlight procession to the castle."   Members of the foreign diplomatic corps were the guests at a dinner given by the King and Queen in honor of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess.

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