HCA NEWS A Royal Fairytale Weekend

The royal chambers will be all but vacated during the first weekend of April. The entire Royal Family, young and old, will attend the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen to be celebrated with a Fairytale Weekend 1- 3 April.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 26 January 2005

The Danish Royal Family will have much to do when the Fairytale Weekend launches the official celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen. The enchanted weekend programme has inspired the Royal Family, which will preside over events in both Copenhagen and Odense.
"Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is patron of the Hans Christian Andersen Foundation. Their Royal Highnesses Prince Henrik and Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Alexandra and Princess Benedikte have all presided over the appointment of Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors in several nations. Naturally, we are very grateful that the entire Royal Family will grace us with their presence on the anniversary itself," says Secretary General for the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation, Lars Seeberg.
Her Majesty the Queen and HRH the Prince Consort will attend a host of events during the Fairytale Weekend. They will preside over the Royal Command Performance at the Royal Danish Theatre Friday evening as well as events on Saturday afternoon in Odense and the grand opening show Once Upon a Time at the national Danish soccer stadium, PARKEN, in Copenhagen. This will be the Queen's first visit to the stadium.

HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary will also attend the Royal Command Performance at the Royal Danish Theatre on Friday evening as well as the opening show at PARKEN Saturday evening and the reception at Copenhagen Town Hall on Sunday. They will however not be travelling to Odense, since they paid a visit to the city during their summer cruise on the Royal Yacht last year. HRH Prince Joachim and HRH Princess Alexandria will both be attending the weekend events and will follow the same programme as the Crown Prince and Crown Princess.

HRH Princess Benedikte will attend an Andersen anniversary celebration at the Royal Danish Embassy in Berlin on the afternoon of the 2 April. However, the Princess is to return to Copenhagen shortly after where she and her husband, Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, will attend the opening show at PARKEN as well as the Royal Command Performance at the Royal Danish Theatre and the reception at the Copenhagen Town Hall. HH Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and her husband Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth will also attend the weekend events in Odense and Copenhagen.

Her Majesty Queen Anne-Marie and the Greek Royal Family have naturally also been invited to the Fairytale Weekend but are unfortunately unable to attend.
Other royal dignitaries are expected to attend the Andersen's bicentennial anniversary. HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden as well as HRH Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands and HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxemburg, who are both Honorary Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors.