Monday, June 6, 2011

Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik: official vsiit to the US

Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark are in the United States for an official visit.  This is not a state visit, however.

Tonight, the Queen and the Prince Consort will attend a reception at the Danish Ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C.   

The full slate of engagements begins tomorrow at 9:30 in the morning, when the Queen will arrive at the newly renovated National Museum of American History.  She will visit two of the museum's exhibitions, "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "On the Water," a maritime exhibit.  
While the Queen is at the museum, her husband will tour Mil-Tek, a recycling and waste solutions firm in Asburn, Virginia.  The Loudon county firm is Danish-owned.

The Queen and the Prince Consort will have lunch on the USS Sequoia Presidential Yacht, which served twelve US presidents, beginning with President Hoover.  The lunch will be hosted by Vestas, a Danish firm.

After lunch, the Queen and Prince Consort will visit the Library of Congress, where they will view the library's collection of the works of Hans Christian Anderson in the Wilson Room.  In the Great Hall, they will see copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  The originals are at the National Archives, a few blocks away.

The Prince Consort will have a respite in the afternoon, when the Queen visits the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (known to locals as the Kennedy Center), where she will greet members of the Royal Danish Ballet.  She will have tea with Mrs. Victoria Reggi Kennedy, widow of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who will give the Queen a tour of the Kennedy Center.

Tomorrow at 7:30, the Queen and the Prince Consort will be the guests of honor at the premiere of A Folk Tale" by the Royal Danish Ballet at the Opera House at the Kennedy Center.  They will also attend the post-performance reception.

On Wednesday, the Queen and the Prince Consort will meet with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-MD, at Congress at 9:15 a.m.  Hoyer's father, Steen, was born in Copenhagen, which makes Congressman Hoyer a Danish-American.  This will be followed by a tour of Congress.   At 10:30, the royal couple will arrive at the White House, where they will meet the First Lady, Michelle Obama.  (Perhaps the President will pop in to say hello!)

This will be followed by a press conference on board the USS Sequoia, a lunch hosted by the Danish firm, Terma, at the Phillips Collection.  One hopes the Queen and Prince Henrik will have a chance to see the Phillips Collection, which features Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party.   According to the Phillips' website,  some of the galleries will not be open on Wednesday.

In the evening the Queen and her husband will be the guests of honor at a dinner at the Danish Ambassador's residence.

On Thursday, the Danish couple will head to New York City for further engagements.  At 11:30 a.m. , they will arrive at the United Nations for a our of the "Finn Juhl Hall. The tour will be given by the Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Danish Ambassador Carsten Staur and Michael Adler Stein, Chief Architect.  They will also have a private meeting with the Secretary General and his wife.

In the afternoon, Margrethe and Henrik will take part in a design event, "Reinventing Danish Classics," at the Museum of Modern Art.  The Queen will also announce the winner of a contest to design the furniture for the Finn Juhl Hall at the UN.  From MOMA, the couple will head to the American Museum of Natural History, where they will attend the Danish American Society Gala.  The Queen is to receive the Society's Person the Year.

With one exception, on Friday, the couple will carry out separate engagements.   Queen Margrethe will visit the Bikuben Fonden's Academic Guest House, have lunch with the Friends of the Royal Danish Ballet, and visit Scandinavia House for the 100th anniversary celebration of the American-Scandinavian Foundation.   
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary visited the Academic Guest House shortly after it had opened in 2007.

Prince Henrik will visit Maersk's American headquarters in Madison, New Jersey, and then travel to Basking Ridge, New Jersey, to visit the headquarters of Arla Foods North America.  He will see a presentation about the firm, and then have a tour and attend a reception.  

In the evening, the Prince Consort returns to New York City, where he and Queen Margrethe will visit the Georg Jensen shop on Madison Avenue, to view the exhibit, "Centuries of Sterling Icons."

The Queen will return to Denmark, and the Crown Prince will fly to Santa Barbara, California, where he will attend Solvang, California's cententary.  He will also visit Stanford University and the Danish Innovation Center in Palo Alto.


Kalnel said...

I wonder if the Sequoia is owned by a Danish company. I can't imagine any other reason why they'd take the Queen out to it twice otherwise, especially for a press conference. (Horrible place for that with no easy parking.)

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

The Sequoia is privately owned by an American, Gary Silversmith. It is available for rental.