Frederik & Mary in South Korea, Days Two and Three
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary have spent the past two days in Seoul and Yeosu.
The couple began with seperate agendas yesterday, May 11th, in Seoul. The Crown Princess visited the Samsung Medical Centre in Ilwon-dong, where she visited the NICU, the paediatric ward and the cancer school. During the visit, Mary was able to meet some of the young patients. The hospital has a cancer school to educate their patients about the diseases the suffer from, to help prevent reoccurance and how to notice the signs of reoccurance.
Crown Prince Frederik meanwhile was speaking at the Global Green Growth Summit at the Lotte Hotel. He was accompanied by the Danish Minister for Development Co-Operation, Christian Friis Bach. The aim of the summit, which began on May 10th, is to establish new ways of providing sustainable products for the econony.
Just before lunchtime, the couple reunited at the Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, where they toured an exhibition of Danish furniture designer Finn Juhls’s designs to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. Japanese chair collector Noritsugu Oda showed the couple around the exhibition, which included Juhls’s popular ‘The Poet’ sofa from 1941.
It was then on to an official lunch and meeting with South Korea’s President, Mr Lee Myung-Bak, at the Blue House in Seoul. The official party had drinks in the gardens, with the First Lady, Mrs Kim Yoon-Ok, before heading inside for lunch and speeches. During his speech, President Lee recalled the assistance Denmark provided to South Korea during the Korean War, sending a hospital ship to the nation. He also thanked Denmark for helping to “modernise our medical and agricultural sectors.” Through the lunch, Crown Prince Frederik showed the President photos of his and Princess Mary’s children – which the President then gleefully showed to the press.
Last night, the couple attended the opening ceremony of EXPO 2012 at The Big-O. Over 2,400 people attended the opening ceremony, which had fireworks and Korean pop stars as entertainment.
Earlier today, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary spent several hours at the EXPO 2012 complex in Yesou. They visited the Danish, Australian and South Korean pavillions. Frederik and Mary officially opened the Danish pavillion, but any speeches that were made at the opening were drowned out by the folk music coming from the neighbouring Turkmenistan pavillion. The major sponsors of this year’s Danish pavillion are AP Møller-Mærsk, LEGO and Grundfos. During their visit to the Australian pavillion, the couple were given a framed boomerang as a souvenier.Filed under Denmark
Tagged Bilateral Relations, Cancer, Children, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Environment, Exhibition, Hospital, Official Visit, President Lee of South Korea, South Korea, Summit Meeting, World EXPO.