Monday, May 30, 2011

Danish Royalty to Visit Southern California

HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark, husband of Queen Margrethe II, will stop by for an official visit to the Southern California city of Solvang on June 11 (which also happens to be the Prince's birthday).

Solvang, located in the Santa Ynez Valley about 120 miles north of Los Angeles, is a famous California tourist destination renowned for its Danish-styled buildings and culture. The Prince will visit Solvang during his official visit to the United States with the Queen, who will not be joining her husband on his excursion to California.

This is not the first time that Solvang has received Danish royalty. Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik last visited in 1976. Prior to that, the Queen visited the city in 1960 when she was still simply Princess Margrethe of Denmark.

In 1939, the Queen's parents, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Ingrid (later King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid) paid the first royal visit to Solvang.