In July, Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family will follow in the footsteps of Christian 10. As the 100th anniversary of the Reunification of Denmark and Southern Jutland is celebrated over four days.
It was a great moment in recent Danish history when Her Majesty the Queen's grandfather, Christian 10., on July 10, 1920 rode across the old border at Christiansfeld. On the 100th anniversary of the event, the Queen and Crown Prince couple will mark the moment by riding in the tub on the historic stretch, thus participating in the national celebration of the Reunion. The celebration of the reunion extends over four days and is inspired by Christian 10.'s tour of the area 100 years ago.
The reunification was the result of a referendum in which a majority of the people of North Schleswig - now South Jutland - voted to return to Denmark after being under German rule for 56 years. The transfer of southern Jutland took place on Valdemarsdag on June 15, 1920, and three weeks later Christian took 10th on a tour of the area.
The King's round trip today stands for many as the symbol that the region once again became part of Denmark. When Her Majesty the Queen in 2019 held her New Year's speech, the Queen looked forward to the 100th anniversary of the Reunification with the following words, "We may well be familiar with celebrating it when the anniversary comes and we will celebrate it." In the days of 9-12. Thus, in addition to driving in the tub across the old border, the Queen will also follow part of her grandfather's route in the area. Along the way, the CP Couple, as well as their Royal Highness Prince Joachim and Princess Marie will attend a number of events with the Queen.
A detailed press program as well as accreditation information will be published by the Secretariat for Reunification 2020 during the spring.
In connection with the celebration of the Reunion, three pictures of Christian 10. on the tour in Southern Jutland are made available from Her Majesty the Queen's Hand Library. The pictures can be downloaded for editorial use at www.kongehuset.dk/presse
. The pictures must be credited to "HM Queen's Hand Library, The Kings Collection".
Highlights from the Royal Family programThursday, July 9
> At Skibelund Krat, the Queen participates in Folkefest, where there will be entertainment, music and community singing.
> Later, the Majesty participates in a traditional college evening at Askov University College. Friday, July 10
> H.M. the Queen & CP couple ride across the border, and walk in the King's footsteps and begin the day by carriage ride across the old border at Frederikshøj. The ride ends in Christiansfeld, where the Queen and Crown Prince Couple will be present at a ceremony in Tyrstrup Church.
> the Queen arrives in Haderslev for, like her grandfather, to be a guest of honor at a lunch at Hotel Harmonien. Subsequently, the Majesty attends Folkefest in Haderslev Dampark.
> The eventful day ends in Aabenraa, where the Queen inaugurates the newly established Reunion Park in front of Folkehjem, which was also the site where Christian 10. ended the day 100 years earlier.Saturday, July 11
> The official celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Reunion will take place at Dybbøl Banke at a Folkefest, attended by the Queen and Crown Prince couple, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Schleswig-Holstein Prime Minister Daniel Günther. In 1920, many thousands of people gathered at this place on the same day.
> In the evening there is a party dinner at the Alsik Hotel in Sonderborg with the participation of the Queen, Crown Prince Couple and Prince Joachim and Princess Marie.Sunday, July 12
> In Tønder, the Queen will start the day with a carriage ride, ending with a festive event in the Sculpture Park.
> Afterwards, the Queen visits Höj Mill, where the Majesty will gain insight into the Tønder marsh, whose drainage was one of the state's largest investments in southern Jutland after 1920.
> Later, the Majesty together with Prince Joachim and Princess Marie will open an exhibition on Lensgreve OD Schack at Schackenborg Castle.
> The reunion mark ends in Esbjerg Municipality, where the Queen and Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attend a party service in Ribe Cathedral, and the same evening the Majesty and their Royal Highnesses will attend a party dinner at the Wadden Sea Center.