Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel Visit to Denmark: September 16-18, 2019

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I must confess that I'm a little confused.

I see that they are dining tonight aboard the HMS Nyköping, who is home at the Karlskrona Naval Base.
But there is only one HMS Nyköping (of course) and she is an active corvette. :ermm:

Belonging to the Visby class, she is one of the major surface vessels in the Swedish navy, incorporating stealth design. (In order to stay even better hidden than is normally possible in the Swedish archipelago.)
Here are two photos of her:

It's just that, very naturally, she is pretty small. Small certainly for a return dinner, as this is basically what it is. And hardly designed for representation.
So I wondered if there is another HMS Nyköping, that I simply haven't found, that is used for representation?

But if it is the corvette, then it's an cost-effective type of representation! She can comfortable sail from Karlskrone to Copenhagen in six hours. She is Swedish territory, even in Copenhagen. So M&F are, as this is written, in Sweden.
No need to book and secure a restaurant in Copenhagen. Discretion is top. And she is moored right next to Amalienborg, so M&F can stroll home with V&D tonight if it isn't raining.

There is likely an added explanation for using HMS Nyköping.
The Danish navy is expanding these years, not least in the Arctic and in regards to international missions far from DK. We currently have five major ships very busy fulfilling those roles. (The latest British class of frigates to be build are based on the Danish BTW.)
The novelty of this Swedish design might very well be a wish of promoting Swedish naval technology. This stealth technology may be useful in the arctic, where hiding among icebergs and floating ice sheets may be an advantage.

It was very clearly written at the visit's program at the website of both courts, that there would be a reception at HMS Nyköping, and shortly after that the dinner ambassador Fredrik Jörgensen and his wife host, the crown princess couple and crown prince couple as honorary guests.

Arriving to the reception
TT Nyhetsbyrån

A photo of the couples

Photo at the residence with the ambassador and his wife.

At the ambassadors residence before the dinner
TT Nyhetsbyrån

Fina beviset_ Victoria och Frederiks ovanligt starka relation _ Svensk Dam

Despite the bad weather and that it possibly wasn't so easy to get to HMS Nyköping, Victoria and Daniel seemed to be in a very good mood.

"Rainy royal evening in Copenhagen" royal evening in copenhagen

Instagram of the swedish royal court

Photos from Tuesday by SPA

Twitter of UNOPS
UNOPS chief Grete Faremo welcomed HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden & Prince Daniel, TRH Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, along w/ business leaders, to @UNCityCPH today to discuss innovation & public-private partnerships to achieve the #SDGs

Victoria och Daniel på besök i Köpenhamn _ Hovbloggen

Victoria von Schweden & Mary von Dänemark_ Ausgelassene Stimmung! Miteinander fühlen sich die Ladys pudelwohl _

11 makalösa bilder från Victorias galakväll i Köpenhamn _ Svensk Dam
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My apologies for being absentminded.

Anyway, in order to board HMS Nyköping, they had to walk up a scaffolding, rather than a phalarope, which isn't a part of a stealthy warship.
Here is a photo of M&F and V&D doing just that:

The ship and boarding arrangement. Presumably set up so that the royals could board the ship without being exposed to the rain and the cold wind.

A BB video:

Pallets and stilettos?!?

Perhaps the phalarope malfunctioned?
There is always some sort of mishap on any such visits.
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It's been great to see the Danish and Swedish CP couples together - this visit has been a treat for us royal watchers!
The last day of the visit has begun, the couples arrived to Swedish-Danish Business Forum.

Live updates again here


They visited also House of Green, in the same building, it's a showroom, where guests have the opportunity to see Danish innovation solutions for green conversion and sustainability. Frederik is the patron of The House of Green.
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They visited also House of Green, in the same building, it's a showroom, where guests have the opportunity to see Danish innovation solutions for green conversion and sustainability. Frederik is the patron of The House of Green.

"His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, is the patron of State of Green.", not of the showroom/visitor center House of Green.
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Victoria and Frederik arrived to Amager Bakke.

Gallery of Victoria and Frederik
TT Nyhetsbyrån

Daniel and Mary arrived to Rigshospitalet.

Gallery of Daniel and Mary at Nordfløjen at Rigshospitalet
TT Nyhetsbyrån

Princess Victoria of Sweden stuns alongside the Danish royal family at a business forum in Denmark* _ Daily Mail Online
Kronprins Frederik och Victoria i Köpenhamn _ Svensk Dam
Victorias kärleksförklaring till Danmark_ ”Vi är familj”

Photos by SPA

The swedish Embassy tells at its Facebook, that there were a little over 90 guests at the dinner yesterday.

At the website of the swedish royal court
Kronprinsessparet besöker Danmark*med*svensk näringslivsdelegation - Sveriges Kungahus

Today we had the great honour to talk about our technology with the Royal Highnesses of Sweden and Denmark. Crown princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Crown prince Frederik and Crown princess Mary came by our stand at the Southern Sweden's exhibition at @techbbqdk, and they showed great interest and had many good questions!
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It was a whirlwind trip but the fact that the two couples are good friends gave it a whole different perspective. I saw the DM was having a little trouble with the fact that the two heirs split off from their spouses as usually we see two men doing their thing and two women doing theirs.

Splitting into pairs with the heirs and consorts presented the Danes with a different dynamic. Mary wasn't going to take Daniel to see the local WI charity work so they had a chance to show the consorts sharing their interests.

I really liked how that worked as Frederik and Victoria shone in a way two guys don't and Mary and Daniel shone in a way two women don't. It was more of a real working situation for all four.
Indeed, Marg.

The tabloid BT, which has had the by far best coverage of all the Danish media of this visit, has also run a side story, which I have so far omitted to mention, because I thought it was a bit silly.

The side story has been a running review of this general rehearsal of M&F as the regent couple - as BT has angled it.
I'm certain that BT is correct in the sense that this time it was M&F who planned the whole show, together with their Swedish counterparts - just as if M&F were the regent couple and that QMII has only interfered to what extent she had to.
However, I'm pretty sure M&F have had a serious influence on other incoming visits where M&F had a prominent role.

Anyway, while Mary was expected to be professional and deliver the goods flawlessly the experts mentioned in the BT reviews were more interested in Frederik's performance.
It is no secret that Frederik is uncomfortable with being "officially on the job" and on this visit, he was basically the monarch, acting that role all the way through.
The articles claims that he appeared at times a little tense and perhaps a little nervous and occasionally had a few problems when delivering speeches.
But on the other hand being in company with good friends, V&D, he also appeared very much at easy.
So the general conclusion in these articles is that Frederik passed. Not with with flying colours but with a solid performance.
Mary was described as "frighteningly professional and good!"
Her performance was flawless.

- We can always debate whether BT's review was on target or not. It is in the eyes of the beholder, I guess.
I personally think M&F delivered, based on the considerable routine they now both have. And it was after all a routine visit from a "friendly" couple, from a "friendly" country with a "friendly" press.

Now, would anyone like to take a bet from me, that BT will within a day or two run an article where it is speculated that QMII could perhaps consider abdicating next year, when turning 80 - now that M&F has passed the test? :D
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La princesse Victoria dégaine l’or à Copenhague aux côtés de la princesse Mary et des princes Frederik et Daniel

Victoria von Schweden_ Roar! Ihre XL-Clutch macht alle wild _

Betyg på kläderna! Alla Victorias outfits i Danmark _ Svensk Dam

SE BILLEDER_ Det svenske kronprinsessepar besøger Mary og Frederik _ Indland _ DR

Danish-Swedish partnership on particularly the green solutions of the future was in focus when the Swedish Crown Princess Couple attended both the DI Business Summit and the Swedish-Danish Business Forum in Industriens Hus.
In 2017 Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel welcomed the Danish Crown Prince Couple in Stockholm to highlight future opportunities for development in the Øresund region in particular.
Last year, Denmark’s exports to Sweden amounted to nearly DKK 125 billion, while Sweden’s exports to Denmark amounted to DKK 109 billion. Both countries therefore have major interest in strengthening the cooperation.
On 16-18 September, it was the Danish Crown Prince Couple’s turn to welcome their Swedish counterparts in Copenhagen.
As part of the Swedish visit, HRH Crown Princess Victoria spoke at the DI Business Summit 2019 about the importance of the Danish-Swedish cooperation across the Sound.
“We’re here today to build on the fundament we laid in Stockholm and to take the next step in our cooperation,” HRH Crown Princess Victoria began her speech at DR Koncerthuset.
HRH Crown Princess Victoria also emphasised the importance of continuous development, even though both Denmark and Sweden are in a strong position today.
“Denmark and Sweden not only border one another - we’re also family. And just like other families, we also compete. That’s something we learn from, but first and foremost we are stronger together,” concluded the Crown Princess in her speech at the summit.
Royals tie Nordic region together - Dansk Industri

Photos from Facebook of the Embassy of Sweden in Copenhagen

Kolla in Victorias härliga modeshow i Köpenhamn

ROYAL: Mary und Frederik empfangen Victoria und Daniel zum Besuch in Kopenhagen, Tag3

Photos at Swedish Royal Court Facebook, by SPA and the Royal Court
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The side story has been a running review of this general rehearsal of M&F as the regent couple - as BT has angled it.

Rehearsal as regent couple...
What angle would they have taken if QM hadn't been abroad...? And, BTW, she was abroad and CP Frederik regent the same dates last year.

Does BT and the "expert" really not know that the CPC are the ones who have handled most things during incoming state visits and other official visits for the past 10 years now, with QM handling the parts only she can handle. They are very experienced at this and if Crown Prince Frederik hasn't appeared to be "nervous" before, he would hardly have been nervous now that the Swedes visit ;)

I don't understand why the expert seems to think they are now suddenly starting to "rehearse", like it was something completely new. I have read many articles where he comments on things and I rarely agree with him.

Yes, and F&M will be "King and Queen" soon, QM will abdicate next year...That's what Australian New Idea (also know as 'No Idea') just "knew" in an article
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Agree with you Nordic 100%, these articles always come out but in reality Frederik with Mary have been the "hosts" for years now. They are the ones with the presidential couples or head of states, the majority of the time.
Frederik leading the visits is not new and he did not look nervous at all. Maybe if the press covered his more "suit-and-tie" events more often they would know.

Overall a great visit. The 4 did so well, friendly, professional, fantastic.

and now a fun note. The royals enjoyed some very special cocktails, ones with pictures of themselves ?

"The task was to create personal portraits with associated monograms for DKH Crown Prince and Crown Princess as well as DKH Victoria and Prince Daniel at an intimate welcome ceremony on the occasion of the Swedish business promotion in Denmark.

The royal family looked with admiration at the personalized welcome drinks, and of course photos were also taken for the family album - both the royal family and Helmuth's.
The experience with the royal family exceeded all expectations, and the people from Helmuth also had a long talk with HKH Frederik in particular.
It turned out that the designer of the glasses that Helmuth had brought had also designed the glasses for the crown prince's wedding."


close up of the cocktails
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What a funny idea.

No wonder Mary wanted a snap.

And I agree with Nordic and Polyesco.
M&F passed their examination as the future regent couple years ago.
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Summary of articles in Billed Bladet #38 & 39, 2019.
Written by Marianne Singer and Ulrik Ulriksen.

This being an official visit means that QMII's presence was not required as it would have been had this been a state visit.
V&D were accommodated at the guest mansion at Amalienborg, Chaistian VIII's Mansion, but they spend a lot of time at M&F's home across the square, where they after a photo shoot, had dinner and no doubt chatted away way into the evening.

V&D started their visit at a reception at the Swedish embassy, located a few hundred meters from Amalienborg. Here Victoria wore a dress by Valerie, shoes from Gianvito Rossi, clutch from Little Liffner and earrings from Ebba Brahe Jewellery.

The work started the next day when V&D and M&F went to the UN Town, to have a look at UN's work for sustainable development worldwide, something that is high on the Danish and Swedish political agenda.
A very merry Victoria took the frontseat with Frederik while Daniel and Mary occupied the backseat. Mary in a, as the article puts it "understated elegant" attire. - And the less said about that grey thing, the better...
The Swedish Minister for Welfare accompanied V&D on this unusually business-like visit. (There was little "fun" in the schedule.)
So it included things like a visit to Danish Industry's HQ. (This organization works close with the DRF and represent pretty much every industry-company worth mentioning in DK. Visiting a renovation facility and other less than glamorous things.
So let's go straight to the reception aboard the stealthy Swedish warship HMS Nyköping. The article offers no explanation as to why the guests including the royals had to board the ship via a somewhat improvised looking scaffold, when the ship had a perfectly nice looking gangway. Especially as the weather was terrible. - But perhaps it's a Swedish joke... ?
After the reception and posing for a few photos on the deck, it was off to the Swedish embassy dinner party.
Here Mary wore a Ralph Lauren creation and a Bottega Veneta clutch.
While Victoria wore a dress by Malene Biger, Gianvitto shoes, a wristband by Dulong Fine Jewelry and a clutch by Elie Saab.

While Frederik and Victoria for many years have a had a kind of sister-brother relationship when together, it was also noticed that Mary and Daniel obviously have a good rapport. With Mary joking leading Daniel to almost crack up in a most un-Swedish manner. (*)
- It must be nice, I imagine, for Victoria from time to time just being "kid-sister" to two older brothers, Haakon and Frederik. Not least considering her role now and in the future and because she is the older sister on a day to day basis.

So all in all, a pretty successful official visit from Sweden, both on a personal level and for the countries involved. Sweden, unsurprisingly, is one of the most important trading partners for Denmark. And it's positively crawling with Swedes in Copenhagen.

(*) I genuinely like Daniel. I think the Swedes should count themselves very lucky that he ended up marrying Victoria. But he is also so archetypically Swedish, that's it's almost irresistible to have a little loving fun his behalf.

Here are the scans of the magazines covering the visit, for your viewing pleasure.
BB #39, 2019.

BB #38, 2019.

BB #37, 2019.
Thanks, LadyFinn. :flowers:

A couple of details from the article.
Mary left to give a speech for WHO right before V&D arrived, so it was a casually dressed Frederik who received them and entertained his guests until Mary returned.
So the mood was already relaxed (Daniel had discarded his tie and jacket as it is observed in the article) when the whole party posed for the photographers in the official receiving-room at M&F's mansion.

Svensk Damtidning refer to what can only be (a very busy BTW) Lene Balleby from the PR office, for saying that V&D stayed in M&F's private apartment. But Billed Bladet claims they stayed at the guestrooms and Christian VIII's mansion at Amalienborg. (Considering the schedule I find that more plausible.)
Perhaps it was a language mix-up between Lene Balleby and Svensk Damtidning?
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