At the invitation of HM The Queen, TM The King and The Queen of Spain pay a state visit to Denmark the days of 6-8 November 2023.
The King and Queen will be accompanied by the Spanish minister for foreign affairs and a business delegation during the state visit. The business delegation will focus on areas of Danish-Spanish cooperation within, among other things, green transformation, the pharmaceutical industry and shipping.
Arrival at Copenhagen Airport
TM The King and The Queen of Spain arrive at the Vilhelm Lauritzen Terminal at Copenhagen Airport, where HM The Queen, the Crown Prince Couple and HRH Princess Benedikte will greet The King and The Queen of Spain.
In connection with the airport arrival, The Queen and The King will inspect The Royal Life Guard.
Official reception at Amalienborg
The Queen and The King and The Queen of Spain travel together by coach from The Citadel to Christian VII’s Palace at Amalienborg, escorted by the Guard Hussar Regiment’s Mounted Squadron.
Meeting with the Prime Minister
The King participates in a meeting with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen at Christiansborg Palace.
State Banquet at Christiansborg Palace
The Queen hosts a State Banquet at Christiansborg Palace in honour of The King and The Queen of Spain. Participants include the Crown Prince Couple, Princess Benedikte, the government, representatives of Danish and Spanish business, representatives of culture and sport, the Spanish delegation, representatives of The Court, et al.
There will be speeches by The Queen and The King.
Opening of business conference
The Crown Prince and The King take part in the opening of a business conference at NH Collection Hotel in Copenhagen with the participation of Minister for Foreign Affairs Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Spain’s Minister for Foreign Affairs José Manuel Albares as well as Danish and Spanish companies. The conference focuses on green transformation, Power-to-X and energy infrastructure.
At the opening, The Crown Prince and The King will deliver speeches.
After the opening of the business conference, The Crown Prince and The King will greet a number of business representatives.
Wreath-laying ceremony at The Citadel
The Crown Prince Couple and The King and The Queen of Spain participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Monument at The Citadel.
Visit at Copenhagen City Hall
The Queen, the Crown Prince Couple and The King and The Queen of Spain visit Copenhagen City Hall, where Lord Mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen welcomes them and hosts a reception in the Ceremonial Hall.
Visit at the University of Copenhagen
The Queen, the Crown Prince Couple and The King and The Queen of Spain visit the University of Copenhagen. During the visit, there will be a presentation of the book “El Libro de Los Epitomes”.
The book dates from the 1500s and contains a description of approximately 2,000 books from a library belonging to Hernando Colon, son of Christopher Columbus. The book disappeared after Hernando Colon’s death in 1539, but, in 2018, the book was found among manuscripts in the Arnamagnæan Collection at the University of Copenhagen.
After the presentation, the Crown Prince Couple and The King and The Queen of Spain will be shown selected items from the Royal Danish Library and will then take part in a discussion with Spanish scholars from the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University and Aalborg University.
Visit at Mary Elizabeth’s Hospital
The Crown Princess and The Queen of Spain visit Mary Elizabeth’s Hospital, which is Rigshospitalet’s future hospital for children, teens, pregnant women and their families.
During the visit, there will be an introduction to Rigshospitalet and Mary Elizabeth’s Hospital, and afterwards The Crown Princess and The Queen of Spain will visit the Testhouse, which is the setting for user involvement, development and testing of solutions for the future hospital. Here, The Crown Princess and The Queen of Spain will gain insight into the Testhouse’s functions and organisation as well as an opportunity to meet a family.
Minister for the Interior and Health Sophie Løhde will also participate in the visit.
The Crown Prince and The King take part in a business luncheon at the Spanish residence with the participation of Minister for Foreign Affairs Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs José Manuel Albares as well as CEOs from Danish and Spanish companies.
Meeting with the Speaker of the Danish Parliament
The King participates in a meeting with the Speaker of the Danish Parliament, Søren Gade, and in a following reception with members of the Danish Parliament at Christiansborg Palace.
Reciprocal arrangement at the Glyptotek
The King and The Queen of Spain hold a reciprocal arrangement at the Glyptotek with the participation of The Queen, the Crown Prince Couple and Princess Benedikte. Prior to the dinner, there will be a tour of the exhibition “Joaquín Sorolla – Light in Motion”.
Minister for Culture Jakob Engel-Schmidt also takes part in the arrangement.
The Queen bids farewell to The King and The Queen of Spain at Fredensborg Palace, where they will write in the guestbook and sign a window pane.
Visit at Danish Architecture Center, BLOX
The Crown Prince Couple and The King and The Queen of Spain visit BLOX and participate in a roundtable discussion on sustainable urban development and planning.
Prior to the roundtable discussion, the Crown Prince Couple and The King and The Queen of Spain tour the exhibition “Copenhagen in Common” in the Danish Architecture Center about Copenhagen’s urban development from 1947 until the present time. The exhibition was created in connection with Copenhagen’s designation as the World Capital of Architecture in 2023.
Meeting with Spaniards living here
The King and The Queen of Spain meet Spaniards living in Denmark at a reception at Moltke’s Palace in Copenhagen.