It sure is. In that respect we fortunately have the Dutch Regent Couple to carry the torch onwards.
Summary of the first day of the summer cruise with Dannebrog in Billed Bladet #31, 2021.
Written by Trine Larsen.
I haven't found any coverage of QMII going to see the bunker museum, so perhaps that was cancelled?
That's a pity. And I will have to cover that interesting part of the Atlantic Wall myself at some point.
Anyway, QMII arrived in the major fishing town of Hansholm in the windswept part of DK called Thy.
Here she among other things saw the National Park Thy, that is pretty much a windswept, desolate plain. And as such it's more a wildlife reservation. Fortunately the temperature was a balming 21 degrees C that day, otherwise it can get pretty chilly.
When people in that part of the country say it's a bit windy today = storm!
They have had a look at Dannebrog's engines BTW and they have located what went wrong, but not why! And especially not why both engines went dead, from the same fault.
Of course the engines are pretty old and from a time, when every nut wasn't monitored by computers. In fact the company that produced these engines doesn't exist anymore. And most ships using these engines have either been laid off or are sailing somewhere in far corners of the planet under some obscure flag.
After the visit to the nature reserve she enjoyed a lunch at Hansholm Lighthouse.
The building next to the lighthouse is a church. Life was hard being a fishing-family in that part of DK! So they adopted Inner Mission, a very stern form of Protestantism and the churches sometimes reflect that.
It was common that fishermen doubled as lifeboat crews during storms. And during one such bad storm a member of Inner Mission, offered his lifejacket to another crew member who didn't have one. Because if the boat foundered, the one who was given the lifejacket might survive. The one from Inner Mission was after all guaranteed to go to Heaven...
Hansholm used to be a fishing village, but it's now a major fishing port, and that has happened in the lifetime of QMII. She told in her speech how she remembered the discussion about enlarging the port in Hanstholm and now it is. That happened under her father in 1967, who opened the first part of the expansion of the harbor.
QMII also told that she is very familiar with Thy, and that she recently visited friend who live there. (While she was at Trend I assume.)
Apart from that QMII visited an ecologic farm (there is major money in ecologic farming!) And whiskey, mini brewery. here QMII admitted that she hadn't drunk that much whiskey in her life. - The brewery also export some of their products to Scotland of all places.