As far as I know this is the first time we see M&F as "the regent couple" in a major gala-event. - A glimpse of the future.
The gala dinner tonight is for the government, MPs and leaders of parties that can run for the next general election as well as members of the European Parliament.
It is a big thing actually. The DRF's tribute to the democracy and the elected (national) representatives for the Danish democracy.
It is tradition that the Monarch hosts such a gala during the term of a government.
General elections take place in DK within max four years of the last general election.
The next general election in DK must according to the Constitution take place no later than 24th June next year. However, as I described in another post, one particular party appears to put their interpretation of party-political principles above the current crisis and a general election may be called to take place by late October. (An election campaign in DK typically, but not always, lasts three weeks.) The party in question will, if the PM does not call a general election on the day the Parliament opens for the season, that's on Tuesday 4th October, will call for a vote of no confidence to the government. It is almost a given thing that the opposition will vote in favor and that means the government must step back and call a general election.
Given the current problems - and they are as you know legio - the voters have punished that party harshly in the opinion polls!
- Anyway, as the DRF invariably attend the opening of the Parliament each year, they may actually be in for some drama in the opening speech of the PM this year!
So I doubt we are going to see them nod off. It is a sport among photographers to catch the DRF and members of the Parliament looking dead-bored while the PM gives the opening speech.
The serious newspaper Jyllands Posten also cover this gala, well up front, because it's about politics. Their choice of photos from the guests at the gala is telling I think:
The current PM, Mette Frederiksen, with her husband. - Whether you agree with her politically or not, I think we can expect to see much more of her. Also in an top international position. She sure has experience in crisis management! From Trump and Greenland, to Corona, to Brexit being finalized (UK used to be our 6th largest export market) to the war in Ukraine breaking out, to the current economic and energy crisis.
M&F looking regal and genuinely convincing as "the regent couple."
Who over the next years is almost guaranteed to have a very
strong influence in Danish politics - and she hasn't even been elected to Parliament yet! Especially if power changes to the opposition in the next general election.
The Minister for Education - who BTW was breathing heavily down the necks of the board at Herlufsholm, even before Christian was pulled out.
An intelligent and pretty opportunistic woman, she hasn't had the most heavy posts as minister yet, but who knows? In ten years she may be a serious contender as PM.