The British Royal Family hosted King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark on their State Visit to Britain on thus day in 1951, the first Danish State Visit to Britain since 1914. The Danish and British Royal Families have close family links through their common descent from King Christian IX, as well as through Queen Ingrid’s mother, the British Princess Margaret of Connaught, and the Duke of Edinburgh, born a Prince of Greece and Denmark. The Queen has undertaken State Visits to Denmark in 1957 and in 1979, and has hosted Queen Margrethe on her State Visit to Britain in 1974 and on her second State Visit in 2000.
The Norwegian Royal Family host the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on their glittering State Visit to Norway on this day in 1981, the second of the three State Visits to Norway during the Queen’s Reign. The British and Norwegian Royal Families are very closely related through the British-born Queen Maud of Norway, a sister of the Queen’s grandfather, King George V, and Queen and Duke’s State Visit to Norway in 1955 was the first outgoing State Visit of her Reign, and following this one in 1981, they again visited Norway in 2001, as well as hosted the Norwegian Royal Family in 1959, 1962, 1988, 1994, and 2005. Continue reading
The Royal Family presided over the Opening of the Festival of Britain on this day in 1951, exactly 70 years ago, which promoted British science, technology, industrial design, architecture and the arts following the devastation of the Second World War. The exhibition was visited by millions of people and reshaped British arts, crafts, designs and sports for a generation.
Happy Birthday to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, who turns 75 today! While we have covered a plethora of important Swedish Royal Events, we have been waiting for today to feature all of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s splendid Birthday Celebrations over the years, a good time to revisit the splendid events given the cancelled celebrations that would have been happening today!