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Harshita Mathur, Pune

On Sunday, 26th February 2023, India welcomed the Danish Crown Prince Frederik Andr Henrik Christian and Crown Princess Mary Elizabeth on their 4-day visit to India. The External Affairs Ministry’s spokesperson Arindam Bagchi subsequently tweeted the royal’s arrival and that they were invited by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar. The ministry also stated that as both countries have “vibrant and open democracies, share common values of a rule-based international order, and convergence of views on significant multilateral issues”, this visit will have the potential to  strengthen the friendly ties and enhance the friendship between both countries. 

The crown prince will meet with Vice President Dhankhar, according to a news statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA), while the latter will talk at the conference’s opening session, India-Denmark: Partners for Green & Sustainable Development. He will also meet President Droupadi Murmu, according to the press release. 

The crown princess Queen Margrethe II of the Danish Royal family made her last trip to India in 2003, according to a news statement from the MEA. The crown prince and princess’s presence is thus all the more significant because this is the royal family’s first trip to India in 20 years. According to the reports, along with top officials and a high-level business delegation, the royal couple is also joined by Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Denmark’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Magnus Heunicke Minister for Environment, and Minister for Climate, Energy, and Utilities.

On their 4-day visit to India, the crown prince and princess will be visiting Agra and Chennai before they depart on the 2nd of March from Chennai itself.