His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visited Hong Kong and Beijing from the 5th of December to the 8th of December.
HRH Crown Prince Frederik (left), HRH Crown Princess Mary and the Danish ambassador to China, Friis Arne Petersen in Hong Kong.
According to the Danish Embassy’s website, they were accompanied by Mr. Manu Sareen, Minister for Gender Equality and Ecclesiastical Affairs, as well as the Danish Ambassador to China, Friis Arne Petersen, and his wife Birgitte Wilhelmsen.
The Crown Prince opened the Business of Design Week in Hong Kong the 6th of December together with Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying.
Denmark is a partner country on the Business of Design Week, and the similarities between the Hong Kong and Danish market makes this a very natural partnership.
During their stay in Hong Kong, the Crown Prince Couple also gave their support to many local Danish companies and participated in a gala dinner organized by the Danish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
The Crown Prince Couple was in Beijing the 8th of December, where they visited a new art gallery, Red Brick Contemporary Art Museum, exhibiting the Danish artists, Erik A. Frandsen, Olavur Eliasson and Christian Lemmertz, in Beijing. The Crown Prince Couple also visited the 798-art district in Beijing, where they went to the Danish owned art gallery, Gallery Faurschou.
In Beijing the Crown Prince Couple supported a various number of business activities of Danish companies, including a global “Build your World”-competition by Danish toymaker LEGO as well as a fashion event with the Danish companies Kopenhagen Fur, LINDBERG and House of Amber at the Danish Embassy.
The Danish Crown Prince also helped to launch the Danish dairy company Arla’s brand in China at a launch ceremony in the Danish embassy.
During their stay in Beijing, the Crown Prince Couple also had time to meet the former Danish world class badminton player Peter Gade at an event highlighting the CSR-work of Danish companies. The Crown Prince even had the chance to play a few rounds of badminton with Gade.
The conclusion of the Crown Prince visit was a gala dinner held by the Danish Embassy the evening of the 8th of December, where there were more than 500 guests.
The guest list included the Crown Prince Couple, Minister Sareen, Ambassador Petersen and his wife, the Danish community in the Beijing-Tianjin region, as well as executives from Danish companies in China and Chinese business partners of Danish companies. A traditional Danish Santa Lucia parade with children of the Danish embassy’s staff took place during the gala dinner.