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Thu 23rd November, 2017
 

Harry’s #RoyalVisitDenmark – audience with Queen Margrethe and meeting youth groups

Prince Harry arrived in Denmark this morning for the first of his two-day visit to the Scandinavian Kingdom, where he met with Queen Margrethe and visited youth causes in Copenhagen.

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The Prince is in Denmark on the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in an attempt to cement British influence across Europe and expand post-Brexit trade relationships. Denmark has long been a friend of the UK, and Queen Margrethe, alongside our own Queen Elizabeth, are the matriarchs of European Royalty.

Upon arrival, Harry was invited to an audience with Queen Margrethe at Amalienborg Palace in the capital. The two Royals were seen giggling as they posed for the obligatory press photos. The Danish Queen is Harry’s distant relative, being a great-great-granddaughter of former King of Denmark, Christian IX, who was also The Duke of Edinburgh’s great Grandfather and Queen Elizabeth’s great-great-grandfather.

prince harry met queen margrethe of denmark during his visit to copenhagen (kensington palace)

Later, Harry visited KPH Copenhagen, a community of start-up companies, which share the same aims of promoting social, cultural and environmental sustainability. KPH supports these start-ups until they are large enough to stand on their own feet and relocate away from the office.

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Before he went inside, he quickly greeted some locals who had waited in the rain to meet him.

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One member of the crowd, Mr Andresen said: “We are autograph collectors so it was his girlfriend [Meghan Markle] we were after really but she didn’t come.

“We told him ‘welcome to Copenhagen’ and gave him red and white roses for Denmark.”

kph shows prince harry their work supporting start-up companies (kensington palace)

Harry spoke to the founders of a company called R.E.D. Big Impact, which helps refugees to transfer their job skills into Danish society, thus assisting with integration.

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The red-haired Prince also met the founder of eGro, an environmental start-up which provides alternative agricultural methods in the developing world in an attempt to stop climate change, which is a cause Prince Charles is passionate about.

big red shows prince harry their work with helping refugees integrate during his visit to copenhagen (kensington royal)

Impressed with his work Harry asked the team: “But when do you sleep? Never? That’s the spirit!”

The next stop for the fifth-in-line to the throne was GAME HQ, an NGO that aims to create social change in society through street sports and cultural activities. The charity works with young people from poorer neighbourhoods in 32 areas across Denmark, using sport to help improve their confidence, self-esteem, team spirit and sense of community.

Here, Prince Harry met the founder Morten Bo Andersen who took him on a tour of the building, introduced him to young people playing basketball and taking dance classes, and those experiencing mental health issues.

prince harry with Morten Bo Andersen, founder of game hq, which seeks to bring about social change with sport (kensington palace)

Talking to one youngster who said they would be in prison if it weren’t for the organisation, Harry said: “You made the right choice. You could have turned left or right and you turned the right way. You’re now helping other young people to make the right choice.”

The Prince has previously praised the army for turning lives around in such a way, and that it ‘kept [him] out of trouble’.

This evening Harry attended a reception hosted by the British Ambassador, Dominic Schroeder, at Tivoli Gardens, the world’s oldest theme park in central Copenhagen. Danish military veterans, some who met Harry at the recent Invictus Games in Canada, were in attendance.

Harry was photographed walking down a pumpkin-lined walkway, and he gave a speech at the reception:

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“The warmth of your welcome has been incredible, and I’ve had an inspiring first day in your beautiful city. I have already been incredibly impressed with the passion, drive, and enthusiasm of those people I have met. I told those I met today that they must keep doing what they’re doing; they must keep giving back; and they must keep acting as leaders. Our two countries have an unbreakable bond which is as strong now as it ever has been.”

The event concluded Prince Harry’s first day in Denmark.

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