Danish State Visit to Britain, 1951

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.

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British State Visit to Norway, 1981

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