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10. november 2021

Statsbesøg til Forbundsrepublikken Tyskland den 10.-13. november 2021.

10. November

State visit to to the Federal Republic of Germany, 10.-13. November 2021

 

By invitation from the Federal Republic of Germany’s President, HE Frank-Walter Steinmeier, HM The Queen and HRH The Crown Prince pay a state visit the days of 10 - 13 November 2021. The visit takes place in Germany’s capital, Berlin, where both The Queen and The Crown Prince will be present, after which The Queen alone will continue the visit in the state of Bavaria’s capital, Munich.

 

https://www.kongehuset.dk/en/news/state-visit-to-the-federal-republic-of-germany

 

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https://www.kongehuset.dk/en/news/program-for-state-visit-in-germany

 

Program

Wednesday, 10 November

 

Welcome at Berlin Airport
09:30 am                                              
The Queen arrives at Berlin Airport, where the head of the Office of the Federal President, Stephan Steinlein and Denmark’s ambassador to Germany, HE Susanne Hyldelund, welcome Her Majesty.

In connection with the arrival, a 21-gun salute will be fired and two fighter jets from the German air force will fly over the area. Her Majesty will also inspect a guard of honour.

 

Official welcome at Schloss Bellevue
10:45
am                                              
The Queen and The Crown Prince are officially welcomed by Germany’s President and First Lady at their official residence, Schloss Bellevue. Schloss Bellevue, which is centrally located in Berlin’s Tiergarten close to the Spree River, has been the official residence of presidents of the Federal Republic of Germany since 1994.

During the welcoming ceremony, The Queen and The Crown Prince will sign the guest book and greet the two official delegations, after which Her Majesty will inspect a guard of honour in the presence of The Crown Prince and others.

 

Visit at the university hospital Charité
11:50 am
                                                
The Queen visits the university hospital Charité, which is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe with international recognition for its research, education and treatment. During the visit, Her Majesty will, among other things, see presentations about the hospital’s history and development and visit project stations where the hospital’s newest projects are presented.

 

Visit at Vattenfall Power Plant Reuter West
12:00 Noon   
                                             
The Crown Prince visits Vattenfall’s power station Reuter West, whose coal-fired power plant is about to be decommissioned as a result of Germany’s ambition of having a coal-free energy sector. For five decades, the coal-fired power plant has delivered heat and electricity to the western part of Berlin, but henceforth the power plant will play an important role in Vattenfall’s planned phase-out of coal in Berlin by 2030.

During the visit, The Crown Prince will, among other things, receive a presentation about Vattenfall and Reuter West’s current form of production, after which His Royal Highness will be introduced to the power plant’s process regarding the ongoing and future transition from coal to greener solutions.

 

Official luncheon with HE Chancellor Angela Merkel
1:30 pm
                                                
The Queen and The Crown Prince take part in an official luncheon at the German chancellor’s official residence and secretary, Kanzleramt.

Upon their arrival, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will be formally welcomed by the chancellor.

 

Wreath-laying ceremony at Neue Wache
2:55 pm
                                                
The Queen and The Crown Prince participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Neue Wache, which is a memorial for victims of fascism and militarism.

The wreath will be laid by a copy of Käthe Kollwitz’s statue “Mother with dead son”, which is situated inside the building.

 

Visit at Humboldt Forum
3:20 pm
                                            
The Queen and The Crown Prince visit Humboldt Forum, which is Berlin’s new cultural center that opened in the summer of 2021. Humboldt Forum houses, among other things, the non-European collections from Berlin’s national museums as well as the German ethnological museum and the museum for Asian art.

During the visit, The Queen and The Crown Prince will view the exhibition “Berlin-Global”, which is about Berlin’s modern history.

 

Visit at the Brandenburg Gate
4:05 pm
                                
The Queen and The Crown Prince are greeted by Berlin’s mayor, Michael Müller, at the German capital’s famous monument, the Brandenburg Gate.

The monument is the only preserved city gate from Berlin’s old customs wall.

 

Reception for the Danish business delegation
5:00
pm                                              
The Crown Prince takes part in a reception for the Danish business delegation. Upon arrival, His Royal Highness is greeted by Trade Council director Steen Hommel, who afterwards will introduce The Crown Prince to representatives from business organizations.

 

State banquet at Schloss Bellevue
7:30 pm
                                                
The Queen and The Crown Prince participate in a state banquet at Schloss Bellevue.

 

Thursday, 11 November

 

Opening of the Danish-German business conference at Kosmos
09:10 am
                                                
The Queen and The Crown Prince take part in the opening of the Danish-German business conference. The conference takes place at Kosmos, which opened in 1961 as the country’s most modern film theatre. The building’s architects took inspiration from the space race at the time, and the interior lamps, for example, are built so that they look vapor trails from a rocket.

Ten years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the building underwent an extensive modernization and now functions as a conference center. In connection with the opening, The Queen and The Crown Prince will be welcomed by foreign affairs minister Jeppe Kofod, after which Her Majesty will give the opening speech.

 

Activities in connection with the business conference at Kosmos
10:00 am 
                                              
In connection with the business conference, The Crown Prince participates in a number of activities. Among other things, His Royal Highness will attend and speak at a cross-sectional seminar, after which The Crown Prince will visit the three industry tracks: energy, health and food products.

Finally, His Royal Highness attends the opening of a food products seminar and, among other things, receives a presentation about sustainable solutions.

 

Visit at Pierre Boulez concert hall
10:20 am 
                                              
The Queen visits the music conservatory Barenboim-Said Akademie, which offers bachelor’s degrees and diploma certificates in music. The academy houses the elliptical concert hall Pierre Boulez Saal, where around 150 events are held each season.

The visit marks the start of a new four-year cooperative agreement between the Danish Arts Foundation and Pierre Boulez Saal. The collaboration will involve the performance of a number of works with newly composed music by Danish composers for a German and international audience in Pierre Boulez Saal. During the visit, Her Majesty will receive a presentation about the original ideas behind the concert hall’s architecture and behind the Barenboim-Said Akademie, after which The Queen will attend musical performances by, among others, the academy’s students.

 

Visit at Litteraturhaus Berlin
11:30 am   
                                             
The Queen visits Litteraturhaus Berlin, which is a public institution that has the purpose of promoting culture and literature in Berlin. The visit is part of a literature program which, among other things, includes a seminar for Danish lecturers in Germany and several literature events for children.

In connection with the visit, Her Majesty will see a new exhibition about Herman Bang and greet the children participating in a literature event about the author Ole Lund Kirkegaard. Afterwards, The Queen will attend a lecture about Herman Bang’s influence on Danish, German and European literature and unveil a plaque commemorating the author.

 

Luncheon at Litteraturhaus Berlin
12:40 pm

The Queen participates in a luncheon at Litteraturhaus Berlin.

 

Visit at AEDES Architecture Forum
2:00 pm
                                               
The Crown Prince visits the AEDES Architecture Forum, which is a world-renowned, independent institution and exhibition place for international presentation of modern architecture and urban design. The purpose of the visit is to focus on the housing forms of the future, and the Danish contributions consist of selected projects from the Danish Arts Foundation’s and Realdania’s housing laboratory. During the visit, The Crown Prince will be shown two current exhibitions and attend a seminar.

 

Visit at the Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation
2:45 pm
                                                
The Queen and The Crown Prince visit the Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation, which is newly opened and focuses on displacement, expulsion and forced migration in 20th century Europe. The visit marks a new agreement between the Varde Museums and the Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation, which in the future will collaborate on remembrance culture and interpretation of the joint Danish-German history and German witnesses at Oksbøl during the Second World War.

During the visit, The Queen and The Crown Prince will, among other things, tour an exhibition that communicates experiences from the Oksbøl military and refugee camp.

 

Visit at the music venue Festsaal Kreuzberg
4:00 pm   
                                             
The Crown Prince visits the music venue Festsaal Kreuzberg, which is the setting for the launch of “NEUSTART”, which is a new venture for modern, Danish music in the German market in 2022. In connection with the visit, His Royal Highness will attend a number of speeches and musical performances.

 

Return arrangement at the German Historical Museum
6:30 pm
                                                
In the evening, The Queen hosts a return arrangement in which The Crown Prince also participates. The arrangement is held in the German Historical Museum in honor of the Federal Republic of Germany’s President and his wife, Elke Büdenbender.

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1 hour ago, mls said:

Welcome at Berlin Airport
09:30 am                                              
The Queen arrives at Berlin Airport, where the head of the Office of the Federal President, Stephan Steinlein and Denmark’s ambassador to Germany, HE Susanne Hyldelund, welcome Her Majesty.

In connection with the arrival, a 21-gun salute will be fired and two fighter jets from the German air force will fly over the area. Her Majesty will also inspect a guard of honour.

 

As we can see from this, QM and Crown Prince Frederik don't travel together.

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Now that I've read the official program properly, it doesn't surprise me that Frederik doesn't participate in Munich: No need to go.

 

The official receptions etc and then museum, academy of fine arts and that's pretty much it, except for the entrepreneurship thing.

Comparing to the events during the first two days, all the business events and more important stuff is in Berlin. Munich seems to be mostly culture,

which is more QM's stuff. The fourth day is pretty pointless anyway: That only visit could have been scheduled for day 3.

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14 minutes ago, mls said:

Now that I've read the official program properly, it doesn't surprise me that Frederik doesn't participate in Munich: No need to go.

 

The official receptions etc and then museum, academy of fine arts and that's pretty much it, except for the entrepreneurship thing.

Comparing to the events during the first two days, all the business events and more important stuff is in Berlin. Munich seems to be mostly culture,

which is more QM's stuff. The fourth day is pretty pointless anyway: That only visit could have been scheduled for day 3.

Good points.  I also noticed that last day has come event in the morning.  What's the point.  That could have fit into Day 3 which is not that heavy on events anyway.  I did see a state banquet on day 3.  Is that normal?  To have what appear to be two state banquets?  Also strange they wouldn't fit in the press conference while he's still there.  But it is listed for day 3.  

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15 minutes ago, Izzieq said:

I did see a state banquet on day 3.  Is that normal?  To have what appear to be two state banquets?  Also strange they wouldn't fit in the press conference while he's still there.  But it is listed for day 3.  

I remember only one state banquet and the "return arrangement".  This is only the second state visit with QM and CP Frederik. + the one to Vietnam ages ago where

there was 4 of them. Perhaps the two banquets has something to do with: "As a federal system, the German Federal Republic consists of 16 federal states whose state governments partly take on their own state duties."?

 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, mls said:

I remember only one state banquet and the "return arrangement".  This is only the second state visit with QM and CP Frederik. + the one to Vietnam ages ago where

there was 4 of them. Perhaps the two banquets has something to do with: "As a federal system, the German Federal Republic consists of 16 federal states whose state governments partly take on their own state duties."

 

 

 

Oh okay.  So each state would want to have their own state banquet.  But there will only be one return dinner on day 2 in Berlin.  Munich does not get a return dinner.  That last day in Munich really wasn't needed tbh.  

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https://um.dk/da/nyheder-fra-udenrigsministeriet/newsdisplaypage/?newsID=49F35CAB-3648-4049-9331-A17F97371940

 

In addition to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the state visit is attended by Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Rasmus Prehn and Minister of Culture Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen.

 

52 Danish companies are part of the business delegation that travels as part of the visit.

 

 

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Where in the agenda are there 25 events listed for the state visit?  

 

https://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelige/danmark/her-skal-dronning-margrethe-paa-privat-ophold

 

Together with the Crown Prince, she manages as many as 25 royal tasks in the few days the visit takes place in first Berlin and then Munich.....

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3 minutes ago, Izzieq said:

Where in the agenda are there 25 events listed for the state visit?  

19 events between them the first two days. 6 events in Munich.

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13 minutes ago, mls said:

19 events between them the first two days. 6 events in Munich.

Oh okay.  I guess I only counted events she was involved with and didn't include the events that Frederik does on this own.

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16 minutes ago, mls said:

That's how BB seems to count them to get 25. ;)

Aww....I see....interesting.  😉

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On 11/6/2021 at 6:53 PM, mls said:

I did see a state banquet on day 3.  Is that normal?  To have what appear to be two state banquets? 

Only one state banquet: The one in Munich has been cancelled due to a sharp increase in Covid infections in Bavaria.

 

 

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40 minutes ago, mls said:

Only one state banquet: The one in Munich has been cancelled due to a sharp increase in Covid infections in Bavaria.

 

 

Oh wow.  Should she be going there at all then?

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14 minutes ago, Izzieq said:

Should she be going there at all then?

Face masks, perhaps ? I would be very surprised if it was completely cancelled.
 

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1 minute ago, mls said:

Face masks, perhaps ?
 

Yes, I would think so if cases are rising.  To cancel the state banquet is a big step to take as caution and quite last minute too. Wondering if any of the other events will be affected. Unless the other events do not involve large gatherings. 

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