Copenhagen | Denmark
As is the norm with most constitutional Monarchies, the Danish Royal Family was present for the official opening of Parliament at Christiansborg on 2 October 2018. The official opening of the Folketing (Parliament), a little less ceremonial than most, always takes place on the first Tuesday of October each year.
It is interesting to note that the Danish Royal Family’s role in the proceedings are mostly ceremonial. Unlike the ceremonies in the UK or the Netherlands, the Danish Monarch does not make a speech nor is there a large procession. It is in fact a very simple ceremony. During this time only the Prime Minister makes a speech to the house. There is also no debate during the first session.
The attendance by the Danish Royal Family to the Opening of Parliament has been a tradition since 1968. Present at this year’s opening of Parliament was Her Majesty Queen Margrethe, Her Royal Highness Princess Marie, Prince Joachim and Princess Benedikte.
Images courtesy of Liselotte Sabroe & Mads Claus Rasmussen