Frederik X and Mary of Denmark welcomed with honors at the start of their historic state visit to Norway

On May 14, 2024, King Frederik X and Queen Mary of Denmark began the second state visit of their reign. The Danish sovereigns arrived in Oslo, welcomed by King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. It is in Norway, with his cousins ​​and his goddaughter, that King Frederik is making his second state visit, which also coincides with the anniversary of the 20th wedding anniversary of the Danish royal couple and the four months of reign of Frederik X.

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King Frederik X and Queen Mary begin their second state visit

Just a week ago, King Frederik X, 55, and Queen Mary of Denmark, 52, made their first state visit since the abdication of Queen Margrethe on January 14. This May 14, 2024, it has been exactly four months since King Frederik succeeded his mother. It is in Norway that the new sovereign will celebrate his four months of reign, with his cousin, King Harald V, 87 years old.

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Tradition has it that the new Danish sovereign organizes his first state visits to the other Scandinavian monarchies. After the Kingdom of Sweden last week, it is therefore to the Kingdom of Norway that King Frederik is going this Tuesday with Queen Mary. A state visit is a trip organized at the invitation of another head of state. The busy and down-to-the-minute program respects the highest standards that exist in terms of international protocol. The primary purpose of a state visit is to strengthen diplomatic ties between two countries, through a stay by the head of state, during which he makes numerous visits to different sectors.

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Danish sovereigns arrive in Oslo for their second state visit

King Frederik This Tuesday, the only two royal ships in the world were moored side by side in Oslo Bay. The Norge, the Norwegian royal family’s yacht, and the Dannebrog, the Danish royal family’s ship, are the only two ships with official status, considered royal residences in their own right.

King Harald V during the ceremony welcoming the Danish sovereigns to Oslo on May 14, 2024 (Photo: Lise Åserud/NTB/Scanpix Norway/ABACAPRESS.COM)
King Frederik X and Queen Mary of Denmark during their formal reception in front of the Royal Palace in Oslo. The Danish royal couple is accompanied by the Norwegian heir couple (Photo: Marius Gulliksrud/Stella Pictures/ABACAPRESS.COM)

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King Frederik After respecting a moment of solemnity during the two national anthems, King Frederik reviewed the troops of the royal guard. He was accompanied by Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, the Norwegian head of state no longer being able to carry out this rapid march due to his age.

After the formal and military welcome ceremony, the two heads of state, the two queens and the heir couple of Norway joined the interior of the royal palace. They exchanged gifts, answered questions from the press, signed the guestbook and greeted all the members of the two delegations who will accompany the sovereigns during this state visit.

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A historic and family-friendly state visit

King Frederik was also reunited with his goddaughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway. This visit is exceptional in more than one way. May 14 marks the 20th wedding anniversary of King Frederik and Queen Mary. The state visit is also exceptional since Frederik is celebrating his four-month reign and it is one of two visits organized in a Scandinavian monarchy. Finally, although it is a big day of work, it is also a day of family reunions.

The family ties between the three Scandinavian royal families. The first king of Norway, Haakon VII, was the son of King Frederick VIII of Denmark (Image: Royal Histories)

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The two royal families are cousins ​​and are very close. The Norwegian Royal Family is a cadet branch of the Danish Royal Family. From 1814 until its complete independence in 1905, Norway was ruled by the ruler of Sweden. The two countries formed a union under the Crown of Sweden. Upon gaining independence in 1905, Norway elected Prince Carl of Denmark, grandson of the then King of Denmark and son of the future King Frederick VIII, as the first Norwegian ruler. Prince Carl ascended the throne by choosing the reigning name Haakon VII, thus continuing the numbering of ancient Norwegian rulers of the Middle Ages.

The ties between the two royal families have remained very close until today. From generation to generation, the kings and princes of the Scandinavian monarchies continue to maintain bonds of friendship with each other. King Frederik X is the godfather of Princess Ingrid Alexandra, the daughter of the Norwegian heir couple. Conversely, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit are the godfather and godmother of Crown Prince Christian of Denmark.

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Nicolas Fontaine


Nicolas Fontaine has been a designer-editor and author for numerous Belgian and French brands and media. A specialist in royal family news, Nicolas founded the site Histoires royales of which he is the editor-in-chief. [email protected]



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