Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Danish Royal Couple's State Visit to Croatia

Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik's four-day state visit to Croatia began on Tuesday with a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in the capital Zagreb on Tuesday. The royal couple were greeted by President of Croatia Ivo Josipović and his wife Tatjana, before inspecting the guard of honour.


After brief discussions in the State Room, the couple visited St. Mark's Church where they were met by Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Josip Leko.

The royal couple viewed the interior of the church which features sculptures by Croatian artist Ivan Meštrović.

Tuesday ended with a return to the Presidential Palace for a state banquet.

On Wednesday, Queen Margrethe visited the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb where she viewed the history of Croatian textiles and clothing manufacture and chatted with Museum Director Damodan Frlan. Meanwhile, Prince Henrik attended a Danish-Croatian business forum, with more than thirty Danish businesses taking part to promote trade and enterprise between the two nations.


The royal couple reunited for lunch and a visit to the Cathedral of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the largest Roman Catholic cathedral in Croatia.


The royal couple continued their separate programmes with Queen Margrethe attending a special forum on diabetes during which she gave a speech, before attending a preview of stage play 'Why Me?' which was produced with the help of Danish theatre group Passepartout.

The prince consort spent the remained of his solo programme attending a conference titled 'Transformations' where he discussed urban development and development policy. Afterward, the prince attended the "We Lived" exhibition, a showcase of social life and development in urban areas between 1950 and 1970.

The day finished with a special short film screening at the start of the Zagreb Film Festival and dinner at the Hotel Esplanade.

Thursday saw the royal couple travel to the city of Koprivnica, north-east of Zagreb, where they were greeted by Mayor Vesna Želježnjak and viewed an art show before attending the exhibition "The Good Day", featuring work by Danish and Croatian architects and artists.

From there Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik travelled to Carlsberg Croatia where they toured the facilities and viewed a presentation of the company's production work in the country.

Queen Margrethe tested the beer's quality.

Another Danish company received the royals when the couple visited Hartmann's facilities, where egg tray products are made. These trays are both recyclable and 100% biodegradable.


The queen and prince consort  got hands-on while examining the egg trays.

The queen and prince consort also attended a workshop at the plant where blind and partially sighted workers create and decorate eggs made from moulded-fibre packaging.


The final engagement on Thursday was a lunch hosted by Mayor Vesna Želježnjak.

The state visit ends tomorrow, Friday,


  1. Hi Charlotte,

    Thanks for a great post. With all the DOC engagements over the the last three days I was wondering if this site was going to be updated or not, but as usual you did not disappoint :)

    I really must say that I did not like the straw hat with teal trim on the Queen, it made her look as if she has no hair. Eek ! However, I did like the pale blue suit dress she wore for the welcoming ceremony. And the face she made while touring the church is priceless :):).

  2. Hi Charlotte,

    One more thing, why do I have to prove I'm not a robot before my comment will post? Is this something new you're trying?

  3. It's a pity that the Queen is wearing a shawl with the navy gown. It's stunning!!


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