January 16Daisy received US Ambassador, HE Rufus Gifford in farewell audience. Christian IX's Palace, AmalienborgTouched Rufus Gifford honored by Queen Margrethe
It was clearly touched Rufus Gifford, which he received a major award from the Queen for his great efforts in Denmark namely Grand Cross of Dannerbrogordenen today.
- "It is one of the greatest honors of my life, and I told also the queen"
, said a visibly touched Rufus Gifford, after he attended his farewell audience with His Majesty, Queen Margrethe.
From the Queen Rufus Gifford received a red box holding the Grand Cross of the Order of Dannebrog, which clearly demonstrates his great effort to bring our two nations closer together. An honors that others of Rufus Giffords American predecessors also have received.
- "It has been a fantastic journey, and I am proud received this giant honor"
, said Rufus, who had joined the queen with his husband Stephen De Vincent. Both were in their fanciest clothes.
- "We had a nice conversation. As all the conversations we've had over the last three and a half years. She thanked us for the work we have done here",
Before the visit to the Queen, Rufus Gifford had served breakfast for a bunch of early birds homeless in Copenhagen northwest.
And after meeting with His Majesty, he went to Copenhagen City Hall, where several hundred audience members heard Rufus Gifford's give his preliminary final speech followed by an opportunity to ask questions. Tickets for the event sold out in just 20 minutes.
Rufus Gifford came to Denmark 30 August 2013. He has to date been the most popular ambassador from the United States. When Rufus Gifford leaving Denmark Friday, January 20, he takes on a well deserved vacation to New Zealand and Australia.