King Frederick and Queen Mary of Denmark have announced their first royal tours together since ascending the throne.
The royal couple, who became king and queen following Queen Margaret’s abdication last month, will visit Sweden, Norway, Greenland and the Faroe Islands this summer.
Announcing their upcoming trip, the Palace’s Instagram account confirmed that the King and Queen will travel aboard the Royal Yacht Dannebrog.
In early May, the couple, who have been married for almost 20 years and share four children, will visit Sweden for the first time.
Next week, Frederik and Mary will make an official state visit to Norway.
Pictured: King Frederick and Queen Mary of Denmark take part in the ‘Royal Race’ at the Rockwool Danish Sailing Grand Prix in August 2022.
The Palace also outlined plans for the King and Queen of Denmark to visit the Faroe Islands and Greenland in June and July.
However, the Firm highlighted that the dates of these two trips had not been confirmed.
The Palace said in a statement: “The first state visits will provide the opportunity for the new King and Queen to meet the sovereigns of Sweden and Norway, marking the close relations between the Nordic monarchies.”
The Royal Yacht Dannebrog has served as a cruise ship for the Danish royal family since May 1932 and has traveled more than 800,000 miles.
The luxury yacht welcomes the Royal Family both on their private holidays and during their official engagements abroad.
The royal compartment of the yacht still contains furniture and accessories dating back to 1879 that were on board the family’s previous yacht.
Frederik and Mary are keen sailors and took part in a yacht regatta in Sydney in December 2017 when they visited the Queen’s hometown for Christmas.
In August 2022, the couple competed against each other in a sailing ‘Royal Race’ at the Rockwool Danish Sailing Grand Prix, in which Mary narrowly beat her husband.
In the photo: Royal Yacht Dannebrog. The yacht has served as a cruise ship for the Danish Royal Family since May 1932 and has traveled more than 800,000 miles.
Pictured: King Frederick and Queen Mary of Denmark greet the crowds outside Christiansborg Palace following the abdication of Queen Margaret.
Earlier this month, the Danish Royal Family celebrated Queen Mary’s 52nd birthday by sharing a photo of the royal with her father John Donaldson.
Late last year, King Frederik, 55, and Mexican socialite Genoveva Casanova, 47, were photographed taking a walk in a park, going to an art exhibition and eating while watching flamenco.
The images, which shocked the Institution, were first published by the Spanish magazine Lecturas in November 2023, which led the mother of two children to deny ‘malicious’ rumors about her friendship with royalty.
King Frederick and Queen Mary of Denmark met at Sydney’s Slip Inn pub in 2000, when the then-32-year-old royal traveled to Australia to support Denmark’s sailing team at the Olympic Games.
Mary, who worked in advertising, supposedly had no idea that the handsome European tourist she had been chatting with for hours was actually the future king of Denmark.
To mark her 52nd birthday, the royal shared a photo with her father, 82, which was taken on a family trip to Australia in December (pictured).
Frederik and Mary make their first official appearance together at the Tasmania Yacht Club ahead of the World Dragon Boat Championships on January 19, 2003.
Princess Mary shows her engagement ring to the media during a press conference at Fredensborg Castle on October 8, 2003.
After the pub encounter, Fred, 32, asked Mary for her phone number and a romance blossomed.
‘The first time we met we shook hands. He didn’t know that he was the prince of Denmark. Half an hour later someone came up to me and said, “Do you know who these people are?” Maria revealed in an interview about her meeting with the heir to the Danish throne.
They maintained a long-distance relationship for a year, with Frederik making secret trips to Australia before Mary moved to Denmark to study Danish language at the Studieskolen in Copenhagen in 2001.
In early 2003, Frederick’s mother, Queen Margaret, publicly acknowledged the relationship and the couple announced their engagement at Amalienborg Castle later that year, on 8 October.
Frederik and Mary married on May 14, 2004 at Copenhagen Cathedral, with the newly named Crown Princess opting for a beautiful dress by Danish designer Uffer Frank and a veil first worn by Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden in 1905.
Their first child, Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John, was born on October 15, 2005; Princess Elizabeth Henriette Ingrid Margrethe followed on April 21, 2007.
Almost four years later, Mary and Frederik welcomed twins, Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda and Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen on January 8, 2011.
The family has returned to Mary’s native Australia on many occasions, visiting famous places in Sydney, Canberra and the Northern Territory and even spending Christmas in Australia.