Danish royal visit to Iceland
Iceland is soon due a royal visit – in the form of HRH Prince Joachim of Denmark and his French-born wife, Princess Marie of Denmark.
Prince Joachim is the younger son of the Danish monarch HM Queen Margrethe II and is currently sixth in line to the Danish throne, after his elder brother HRH Crown Prince Frederick and his four children.
Sources report that the visit is part of celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the Dansk-Islandsk Samfund, a Danish association fostering links between Denmark and Iceland.
The royal couple attended an Icelandic-themed gala dinner in the Danish capital Copenhagen on Saturday evening hosted by former Danish Foreign Minister Uffe Ellemann-Jensen. Guests included former and current Icelandic presidents, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, and Icelandic food was served.
The Prince and Princess are due to arrive in Iceland next Thursday, 21 January.