Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Prince for Sweden!

Photo: Expressen.
On Tuesday April 19 at 6.25 pm, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia had a son at Danderyd Hospital.
Weight: 3595 gr.
Length: 49 cm.
Both mother and child are in good health.”
 - Official Announcement by the Marshal of the Realm, Royal Court. 

It was on Tuesday that Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia entered the maternity ward at Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm. 
At 18:28 o'clock was when the couple's first child came into the world.
There was a little boy, a son, which we of course are incredibly happy, says Prince.
Photo: Expressen.
The prince cut the umbilical cord himself and pays tribute to his wife after the birth: "To be part of this and see Sofia go through this is breathtaking. Sofia made a fantastic childbirth and did everything right. She did great." 
The couple had chosen not to find out the sex of the baby in föreväg and it was therefore a surprise if they would have a son or daughter. 
It was a choice we made quite early. We did not know the sex, but to have it as a big surprise, said Prince Carl Philip.
Photo: Expressen.
The newborn son is already well heard:
He has a good pair of lungs can say, said the prince.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mexican State Visit to Denmark: State Banquet.

Photo: BT
To end the first day of the State Visit, Queen Margrethe hosted a gala dinner at Fredensborg Palace for the Mexican President.

All members of the Royal family were seen wearing the Order of the Aztec Eagle, while the President wore the Order of the Elephant and his wife wore the Order of the Dannebrog.

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The Queen's speech

Mexican State Visit to Denmark: Day 1.

Photo: Zimbio
Following their welcome, the Presidential couple were joined by the Crown Prince and Crown Princess as they traveled to Helsingor to visit Kronborg Castle, an UNESCO World Heritage place.
The castle is famous for being part of Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet"

Finally, the couples headed to the M/S Maritime Museum, a museum with very innovative architecture.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mexican State Visit to Denmark: Welcome.

Photo: Mathias Loevgreen Bojesen/Scanpix
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife Angélica Rivera arrived to Copenhaguen today to begin the first ever State Visit to Denmark made by a Mexican President.
The couple was recieved by the Danish Royal Family at the Vilhen Lauritzen terminal of Copenhagen Airport.
Photo: Jens Dresling/Polfoto
Queen Margrethe and President Peña Nieto revised the guards of honor and introduced their respecting comitees.
After their arrival, the Presidential couple along the Royal couple took off to Fredensborg Palace where the official welcome ceremony was held.

Photo: Liselotte Sabroe

President Peña Nieto also held a reunion with the Queen and they exchanged gifts.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Prince Daniel opens children's books exhibition in Berlin.

Photo: Clemens Bilan/Getty Images Europe
At the beginning of his visit to Berlin (and first solo visit to Germany), Prince Daniel opened a new children's book exhibition. At the event, Daniel held a passionate plea for reading and reading aloud.
Prince Daniel is the recently became a father for the second time and he reads to his children happy stories.

- I remember the exhilarated feeling when the book of the month came home in the mail. I remember how my sister and I nagged mom and dad to read to us. I remember feeling to share an adventure. How imagination went away. How curiosity took off. The world became larger and suddenly lay before us", the prince said in his speech. He continued: - But. It is only now I understand how much the books, the stories and the pictures meant to me. Without them it would not have been as obvious to continue reading, pick up a book for a moment of entertainment, to seek knowledge or for that matter, to read to my own kids. We are fortunate to have so many talented children's authors and illustrators in Sweden. I am happy to see many of you here today. Thanks to you, we parents received keys to new worlds, to call and to the community. By your words, colors and shapes brought large and small issues."
Photo: Clemens Bilan/Getty Images Europe
About reading to Princess Estelle, the Prince said:

- To see the curiosity in my daughter's eyes when a new word pops up - "what does that mean?" Or when a new animal or figure is depicted - "what is it?". When we adults read to our children, they themselves take up a book to come. When children see us reading, the actual reading. You prominent authors and illustrators do all this a true joy. Thanks. Finally, I want to thank the Swedish embassy here in Germany that enables this effort. 
The exhibition is called "Frech, Wild & wunderbar" (Naughty, Wild and Wonderful) can be found at the Felleshus in the Nordic Embassies near Tiegarten in Berlin. 

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Read Prince Daniel's speech


Friday, April 1, 2016

Mexican State Visit to Denmark: Program.

Photo: Scanpix.
April 13th: 

  • 13:00 - The Royal Couple, Crown Princely Couple and Prince Couple will receive President Enrique Pena Nieto and his wife, Angela Rivera at Copenhagen Airport. 
  • 14:15 - Queen Margrethe II and Prince Consort Henrik arrive at Fredensborg Palace with the President and First Lady. 
  • 15:35 - Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary will visit Kronborg Castle with the President and First Lady. 
  • 16:10 - Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary will visit the M/S Maritime Museum with the President and First Lady. 
  • 20:00 - Queen Margrethe will hold a gala dinner in honor of the President and First Lady. The Crown Princely Couple and Prince Couple, as well as other senior members of the Royal Family, are expected to attend. 
 April 14th: 

  • 10:15 - Crown Princess Mary will visit Børnehaven Ådalen, a kindergarten school, with the First Lady. 
  • 10:45 - Crown Prince Frederik will participate in a business conference focusing on Danish industry with the President. 
  • 16:00 - Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary accompanied by the President and First Lady will visit Hawthorn Farm School.
  • 19:00 - The President and First Lady are organizing a return event in Copenhagen. The Royal Family will attend.