Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary's Visit to South Korea: May 20-22, 2019

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Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary's Visit to South Korea: May 20-22, 2019

Upcoming royal visit to South Korea for Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. :flowers:

"On the occasion of the 60 years anniversary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and South Korea, the Danish Crown Prince Couple will lead a business delegation
to Seoul on May 20-22, 2019. The delegation will also be accompanied by relevant Danish Ministers."

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The program for the official visit
Program for officielt besøg i Seoul | Kongehuset

Monday, May 20
Meeting with South Korea's President 11:00
The Crown Prince Couple meet with the President of South Korea. The meeting will take place in Seoul's official Blue House residence.

Visits to the demilitarized zone 14:20
The Crown Prince Couple visits the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea and meets with Danish emissaries at United Nations Command. Their Royal Highnesses will attend the opening of an art installation created by the Danish artist group SUPERFLEX at Dora Observatory.

Courtesy visit of South Korea's Prime Minister 18:30
The Crown Prince Couple attend a meeting with Prime Minister of South Korea.

Official dinner with South Korea's Prime Minister 19:10
The Crown Prince Couple attend an official dinner with South Korea's Prime Minister as host. The dinner takes place at the Prime Minister's residence.

Tuesday May 21
Opening of business conference at Shilla Hotel 9.30
The Crown Prince Couple are present at the official opening of the business conference "Connecting Futures". The conference aims to strengthen the Danish-Korean relationship, and focuses on sustainability, health, food and lifestyle products. The Crown Prince holds the opening speech.

Opening the Design Lounge 10:30
The Crown Prince participates in the opening of the Design Lounge at Shilla Hotel, where Danish design from eight Danish design companies will be presented.

Madseminar 10:30
The Crown Princess participates in a dinner seminar at Shilla Hotel, where Danish and Korean food companies participate. The Crown Princess attends the Danish chefs' team, including cooking with Korean chefs.

Panel debate on wind energy 11:15
The Crown Prince attends a panel debate on wind energy, where Danish companies offer their knowledge of the topic for the benefit of Korea's conversion to renewable energy.

Seminar on health 11:15
The Crown Princess participates in a health seminar on aging society. Danish companies present their bid for managing Korea's rapidly aging population.

Business Lunch 12:30
The Crown Prince Couple participate in business lunch for Danish and Korean business delegates. The theme of the lunch is Danish food culture and the Danish food cluster. The chef's team will prepare a menu consisting of Danish smørrebrød made on Danish ingredients.

Meeting with Seoul Mayor and Participation in Citizenship Ceremony. 14:00
The Crown Prince Couple attends a meeting with the Mayor of Seoul and participates in the Citizenship Ceremony. The ceremony will signal the importance of cooperation between Seoul and Denmark.

The 150th anniversary of GN Resound 14:20
The Crown Prince participates in the marking of the company GN Resound's 150th anniversary. The Danish company GN Resounds is one of the world's leading manufacturers of hearing aids.

Opening of health seminar 14:20
The Crown Princess attends the opening of a health seminar with Danish and Korean companies. The purpose of the seminar is to exchange knowledge and discuss innovation in the field.

Opening of the SDG Seminar 14:45
The Crown Princess participates in the opening of the Sustainable Development Goals seminar focusing on the UN's 17 world goals. The seminar will primarily focus on goals 7, 11 and 12, as well as how Korean companies can incorporate the goals into their business strategy. The Crown Princess holds the welcome speech.

Visit the Hyundai Department Store 15:15
The Crown Prince visits Hyundai Department Store, where Danish companies will be represented at a pop-up shop entitled "Denmark: Lifestyle Week". In connection with the visit, the Crown Prince will officially open the pop-up shop.

Opening of H.C. Andersen exhibition at the Seoul Museum of History 15:45
The Crown Princess participates in the opening of H.C. Andersen exhibition at the Seoul Museum of History. The exhibition follows, among others, H.C. Andersen's journey from his birthplace, Odense, to the big city of Copenhagen, and the author's life in Copenhagen.

Launch of Leo Pharma Innovation Platform 17:00
The Crown Prince is present at the launch of Leo Pharma Innovation Platform. The platform aims to increase collaboration with universities, small biotech companies and local pharmaceutical companies in South Korea.

Launch of Steinway Lyngdorf Sound Boutique 17:00
The Crown Princess is present at the opening of Steinway Lyngdorf Sound Boutique. The first showroom in the world where customers can experience the result of Steinway Lyngdorf's collaboration with Samsung on the development of a new combination of sound and image.

Grand Dinner with the participation of the business delegation 19:15
The Crown Prince Couple participates in Grand Dinner, where business people and representatives from Denmark and South Korea participate. The Crown Prince speaks at dinner.

Wednesday, May 22
Visit to Seoul National University Hospital 9.00
The Crown Princess visits Seoul's National University Hospital, where Her Royal Highness will hear about "The Seoul Sunflower Center", working to create a safe environment for children in need.

Visit to the Lotte World Tower in Songpa-gu 9.30
The Crown Prince visits the Lotte World Tower in Songpa-gu, the tallest building in South Korea and the fifth tallest building in the world. Here he opens a seminar focusing on Danish companies' energy-efficient solutions.

Visit to Jongro Children's Theater 10:45
The Crown Princess watches Jongro Children's theater performance "the nose". The performance has been developed with a focus on the culture year 2019, which focuses on, among other things, music, design, art and culture in South Korea and Denmark. The performance is performed by the Danish theater group MishMash.

The Crown Prince participates in lunch 11:30
The Crown Prince participates in lunch with Danish food and design companies.

The Crown Princess participates in lunch 11:30
The Crown Princess participates in lunch with prominent Korean women.

Innovation Sprint "Accelerating Next Generation Sustainable Partnerships" 13:30
The Crown Prince participates in the event Innovation Sprint "Accelerating Next Generation Sustainable Partnerships" facilitated by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Students from the two universities will compete in developing sustainable strategies for Danish and Korean companies.

Opening of Fritz Hansen Showroom 13:30
The Crown Princess is present at the opening of Fritz Hansen's new showroom in Seoul. The first Fritz Hansen flagship store in Seoul focusing on Poul Kjærholm.

Opening of Royal Copenhagen exhibition at K.O.N.G. Gallery 14:10
The Crown Princess participates in the opening of Royal Copenhagen exhibition at K.O.N.G. Gallery. Royal Copenhagen launches a new collection in connection with Royal Copenhagen Korea's 25th anniversary. The new design is Flora Danica with painted wild Korean flowers.

Opening of Asger Jorn exhibition 17:15
The Crown Prince Couple is present at the opening of the Asger Jorn exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, the first solo exhibition of Asger Jorn in Asia.
The Crown Princess will speak at the event to mark the Danish-Korean cultural year. In addition to the exhibition, the Crown Prince Couple will also attend a football match, where the Crown Prince will launch the game.

Dinner on the occasion of the Danish-Korean cultural year 19:00
The Crown Prince Couple participate in dinner on the occasion of the Danish-Korean cultural year. 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and South Korea.
Thanks Polyesco. It's exhausting just reading this intinerary.
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary meet with President Moon Jae-in and First Lady Kim Jung-sook at the Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House)


From the Presidential web page

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articles and more photos from day 1

"Swinging for peace with TRH The Crown Prince Couple!Today the art installation <One, Two, Three, Swing!> by the Danish artist group #Superflex was officially unveiled at the #DoraObservatory in Paju."

another video from Day 1

day 2 starts in less then an hour
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Yes thank you polyesco for taking the time to type out the itinerary for the benefit of us all.
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great gallery, Mary and the cook demos are a classic

"Seoul mates! Crown Prince Couple of Denmark honored with Citizenships of #Seoul by @wonsoonpark @Seoul_gov. Manifestation of strong bonds btw Seoul #Copenhagen"

video of Frederik's speech

great attitudes in promoting Denmark
Just going back to the first day. I think it is kind of creepy to be standing in a room at the DMZ with someone looking through the window watching your every move. And the window needs a good clean. Perhaps that is not allowed tho.
Anyway it gives me the creeps.
Day 2 The Crown Princess looking lovely in a white pant suit. And Frederik as handsome as ever. I am sure they are good Ambassadors for their country.
Just going back to the first day. I think it is kind of creepy to be standing in a room at the DMZ with someone looking through the window watching your every move. And the window needs a good clean. Perhaps that is not allowed tho.
Anyway it gives me the creeps.
Day 2 The Crown Princess looking lovely in a white pant suit. And Frederik as handsome as ever. I am sure they are good Ambassadors for their country.

Not only you I think.

In one of the photos it looked very much to like Mary got the creeps as well!

This visit is in a string of promotional tours by the DRF to not only Korea but Japan as well.
We have a thriving trade with Korea. We buy a lot of manufactured products from Korea and sell agricultural products, specialized know how and concepts in return.
Not least within shipbuilding. DK, which now control a little more than 10 % of all merchant shipping in the world are quietly very good clients at Korean wharves. Which is of course why the Korean President himself is wheeled out to meet M&F even though they protocol-wise are a notch below that.
Because Korean ship-building have come under pressure. The reason why the European shipbuilding industry fell apart during the 80 and certainly the 90's have now struck Korea. - Simpler ships can be build cheaper elsewhere...
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Oh yes. Like in most good marriages husband and wive begin to pick up each others habits. Mirroring is the technical term, I think. And admittedly it doesn't only apply to married couples.

Just like a dog and it's owner begin to resemble each other. ?

Daily Mail has the story:
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Frederik & Mary are doing a wonderful job as Crown Prince couple in Japan.
Thanks for all your members pictures, links and videos :flowers:

Video and article from Billedbladet

Crown Prince Frederik gave a speech and thanked the honor of a diploma, medal and ceremonial sharpener. He made Mary laugh when he called himself a Seoul man and, by extension, called Mary his Seoul woman. A sweet love declaration from Frederik to his crown princess.

Thanks Polyesco. Always enjoy follow this couple.

A little private moment for F&M during the day:

Perhaps Mary will upload some of her pictures on the DRF's Instagram after the trip.
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:previous: Thanks Polyesco. Busy days for the Crown Prince couple!

Lovely video of Mary with the children. You can se clearly see the mother Mary in her towards these sweet kids. She's so good and genuine at meeting children and people.

Here are some very nice pictures of Frederik's first solo event today visiting the worlds 5th largest building:

Video from last night's dinner.

This has been a very lovely visit with a impressive programme for Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary.
They’re doing a wonderful work and are the best representatives of Denmark, and very popular. It is always a pleasure to see them together. Lovely couple.

This visit was busy and great, but perhaps due to election campaign in Denmark these weeks not covered as much and well as the Crown Prince Couple's visit usually are? Both DR and TV2 have covered the visit in their news broadcasts, but they often send their own reporters with the Crown Prince Couple. Maybe the visit was just more lowkey than others or maybe I simply just haven’t seen the reporters :)
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:previous: That is my impression too.

With the EP election and the general election running at the same time, there is little else but politics in the news these days and as such very little coverage of M&F.
They are usually well covered when they are abroad together.
Thanks Roskilde and Muhler. I did see alot of coverage on twitter from the South Korean outlets. My Korean is worse then my Danish though ; )
But agree, Frederik and Mary do a great job. They were non-stop and with great energies
Summary of article in Billed Bladet #21, 2019.
Written by our man in Korea, Ulrik Ulriksen.

This year marks the 60th anniversary for diplomatic relations between DK and South Korea and that was the official reason for this official visit by M&F. And as such there were a lot of cultural events during this tour. Mary BTW being patron for the Danish-Korean Cultural Year 2019.
But of course just as importantly was the large business delegation following M&F to Korea.
This is the second visit to Korea for Mary. It's the seventh visit for Frederik though, so he is in an official capacity a well known guest.

The visit started by M&F being officially welcomed by the President Moon and the First Lady, Kim Jung-sook at their official residence, The Blue House. - De facto on level as had M&F been heads of states.
After the mandatory photo-op and polite speeches it was time for a tour of the Demilitarized Zone with North Korea.
A 4 Km wide and 253 Km long zone. This is pretty much where the war started in 1949 and pretty much where the front-lines ended up three terrible years later.
They visited the famous and indeed infamous conference-building in the village of Panmunjom, through which the border goes.
And here they were given a briefing on the current situation along the DMZ by an American officer. Which is admittedly much more peaceful than it has been. At least they don't shell each other on a regular basis these days.
All that happened under the vigilant and indeed spooky supervision by North Korean soldiers.
- At least beforehand anyone getting too close to the border outside the building were held tight by others, because there was a real risk that North Korean soldiers might suddenly grab hold of the unfortunate soldier or civilian and try and drag him over the border to the north.
Perhaps that explains the dirty window Mary in particular was photographed through? No window cleaners in their right mind dare get so close to the border!
Frederik said afterwards: "The experience is something special each time, because it's the second time we are here in seven years and it's strange to experience a country which is among those in the world that are the most isolated from the rest of the world and that we can both stand and look directly into the eyes of North Korean soldiers who are filming us, that is special, that you must simply acknowledge." (*)

Mary added: "It was also good to get a briefing about the effort that is being done in order to have peace between the two countries. There is still a long way to go, but one has to be optimistic."

Frederik: "We are standing on historical ground right now which has been opened so that tourists and and other civilians can get an insight into what there is on the other side of the border. That's a new thing."

Mary: "It's a sign that a small gap is opening from both sides, because as far as we understand, there are also tourists from the northern side, so there are some positive steps forward."

Frederik: "We are all the time present with Danish (UN) officers and we have been so for decades. They are very much helping to maintain peace but also to ensure that progress can be worked on and not regress as has been seen so many times before."

Then M&F visited the Dora Observatory (or viewing platform if you prefer) nearby. Situated on top of Mount Dorasan it offers a spectacular and far view into the North Korean highland for tourists visiting the DMZ.
It is as such also a target that the North Korean artillery batteries have long since zeroed in on, should they get the idea of escalating the situation dramatically...
In the hope that this may never happen the Danish artists-commune, Superflex, have set up a three-seated swing next to the observatory. And here M&F and Jakob Fenger, who created the thing took a swing for peace.
- How this swing can symbolize peace eludes me, but it's admittedly more fun to have a swing than looking at some sculpture.

(*) It must indeed be weird standing a meter from a man who is under orders to potentially harm you, should you stick even a finger outside the window.

And here is this weeks scans of BB, should you have missed them in the Berleburg wedding thread:
Summary of article in Billed Bladet #22, 2019.
Written by Ulrik Ulriksen.

This is the rest of the BB coverage of the visit to Korea.

DK was hosting the Grand Dinner at Hotel Shilla in Seoul, where various Danish representatives for the 49 businesses accompanying M&F to Korea were among the guests, as well as local Danish representatives, diplomats and what not - and of course their Korean counterparts and business partners. All in all some 440 guests in all.
They were treated to Danish cuisine and Danish culture, with M&F themselves as the clou of the night.
Mary wore a dress by Zimmermann and shoes by Prada as well as the earrings from her Ruby Parure.
Frederik wearing a suit and a nice tie gave the main speech.

M&F were not seated at the same table though, and that meant then when Mary was to be led to her table, the guide led her to the wrong table, so she got a little exercise before dinner. There is always a detail that goes wrong somewhere. ?

That dinner was the culmination of some very bust days!
M&F were made honorary citizens of Seoul. At a Citizen ceremony presided by the mayor of Seoul, Wonsoon Park.
Flanked by guards in traditional gear (I understand they are not a part of the armed forces, but civilians paid to stand still and look scenic. Please correct me if I'm wrong.) and a cute girls choir singing M&F were presented with a scarf, a diploma and a medal. In return Frederik gave a little speech, in which he said: "Now I can truly say that I'm a Seoul-man. And here is my Seoul-woman." Looking lovingly at Mary.
And as if that wasn't enough the Danish ambassador during his speech in the evening referred to M&F as "Seoulmates" the jokes were lining up... :lol:
Mary dressed, wholly in white went straight to a cooking show, where she managed to help to help two chefs preparing smorgasbord without staining her clothes.

Frederik was wearing suits during the entire visit, so BB focus almost entirely on Mary in the article.
That included looking at a mouthwatering, and no doubt insanely expensive, series of porcelain, produced by Royal Copenhagen, called Flora Koreanica. Comparable to Flora Danica.
East Asia is a cultured part of our planet, so H.C. Andersen's fairy tales are mandatory teaching in schools in Japan, Korea and China. As such Korea is marking the 200th anniversary of the author arriving in Copenhagen, and this is where he really took off and became a household name. Along with a number of local school children, Mary visited an exhibition of the author.
But we can't have a female royal who doesn't visit a children's hospital! So Mary did just that. And even though the children at Seoul National Hospital had no idea who this strange woman was, they eventually overcame their shyness and played a little with Mary.
It is a well known fact that Frederik is fond of modern art so M&F visited the Museum of Modern Art, where a number of paintings by Asger Jorn were exhibited. - As well as other pieces of I-think-the-artist-was-on-acid-works...
Here they were received by the Danish ambassadorial couple, including their four year old daughter, who had been shanghaied as a flowergirl for the occasion. But she did well. ?
The ambassadors wife, Jule Lehmann, wore what to me what looks like a traditional Korean robe, with a modern touch. Looking good actually. But there are no doubt someone somewhere, who will yell: Cultural appropriation!
That is nonsense. I think it's a sign of respect to wear a traditional outfit of the country in which you are a guest. Anyway we would all be stark ravers if there was no such thing as "cultural appropriation."
At the art museum, it was Mary who gave a speech and she was guided around by the, in Korea, well-known ballet dancer, Kang Sue-Jin. Who, just like Mary, is patron for the Danish South Korean Cultural Year.

Towards the end M&F met the press.
Frederik said: "It has been a blazing tour. It's been really good coming back after an interval of seven years and a lot has happened in this land since then, just ask the delegation that went along. They have also benefited a lot from this tour and have cemented some good relations, that were already in place." (Okay, that's not a direct translation, but Frederik doesn't always speak that good Danish.) ?
But did they have time to reflect?
Mary: "We have had some evenings together, but we have been in the company of hundreds of people or something like that. We talk when we are in the middle of events, but we are going to talk about this when we come home."
Frederik: "Yes, that's going to be nice."

But why are they such a good team?
Frederik: Ask my wife and she'll tell you to ask me."
Mary: "We are good together. We supplement each other."
Frederik: "We are also fine together. Also in the way that we really feel like and have courage to take on such jobs. It's fun and we learn something all the time. It's a learning-process for us, and you must learn all through life, and then you really make something out of each visit."
Mary: "We are passionate when it's about representing Denmark and Danish commerce abroad."

- For those who haven't seen the BB-scans in the Shaman-thread, here they are:
There is also an appendix about Joachim's life, that I haven't scanned yet. And I don't think I will. It's not particularly interesting and printed on recycled paper it's not even particularly inviting. :ermm:
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