Friday, 24 October 2014

Danish State Visit to Croatia Comes to an End

It was the fourth and final day of the Danish state visit to Croatia, and the royal couple were in the coastal city of Split, where cultural history and archaeology were very much the order of the day.

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik began the day by opening an exhibit honouring Danish archaeologist Ejnar Dyggve (1887-1961) who excavated much of the ancient city Salona near Split, once the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia.

Afterwards, the queen and prince consort visited Diocletian's Palace, which was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian in the fourth century and now forms part of Split's city centre.

During the tour of this historic city centre, the royal couple travelled by electric car. The palace has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979.

At midday, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik proceeded to the Ivan Meštrović Gallery. The gallery was once home and workplace to famous and world-renowned sculptor Ivan Meštrović (1883-1962) and now displays many of his most important pieces to the public.

The queen and prince consort also attended a lunch at the gallery hosted by Denmark's ambassador to Croatia, Poul Erik Dam Kristensen, where they met various members of the arts community in Croatia and also some from Denmark.

The last engagement of the day was afternoon visit to the ruins of the city of Salona where they were greeted by archaeologist Nenad Kambi.

The royal couple inspected ongoing work at the site and learned about the history and archaeology of the ancient settlement.

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik appeared to thoroughly enjoy their visit to Croatia and I must say this state visit was very interesting to follow, as it provided an opportunity for us all to get to know more about this beautiful and fascinating country and observe the strengthening relationship between Denmark and Croatia on the world stage.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for a great post Charlotte. It's so interesting to see other royals out and about, as so much interest worldwide is focused on the British royal family. I've noticed that many of the royals seem so much more relaxed when out and about than the British do. Some of the royal couples..gasp..even hold hands in public!!

    Well, it looks as though Queen Margrethe and her Prince Consort enjoyed themselves on this trip. The more recent history of Croatia makes it easy to forget that this country also has a rich cultural history.


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