Queen visits the Faroes
Queen Margrethe cut a fine figure in her Faroese national dress at the official royal reception in Tórshavn city centre earlier this afternoon.
The 81-year-old queen was all smiles despite delays and setbacks on her trip to the islands.
First, the royal yacht Dannebrog suffered an engine problem earlier this week, rendering the yacht unable to take part in the visit, and then the queen’s special Challenger aircraft was unable to land at Vágar Airport yesterday due to foggy conditions.
This delay has led to changes to the royal visit schedule, including the Klaksvík component being cut out of the programme.
The first day of the visit takes place in the capital, with the queen being shown around the Houses of Parliament, the new Skúlin á Fløtum and Sjóvinnuhúsið, followed by a banquet dinner at the Nordic House, hosted by the Prime Minister.
Tomorrow morning, the queen will be taken by helicopter to Svínoy for a short visit. The rest of tomorrow will be spent in Fuglafjørður, where she will be visiting Riberhús, Framherji and the town school.
On Saturday, the queen travels to Vestmanna, where she will visit the ‘Heimið á Grønanesi’ retirement home, energy supplier SEV’s ‘mýruverkið’, followed by lunch at the ‘Fjørukrógvin’ inn.
Saturday afternoon will be spent in Kvívík, visiting the ‘Niðri á Toft’ excavation site and the village’s new hydroelectric plant. This will be followed by a trip to Vágar, where she will be shown around religious holiday camp Zarepta in Vatnsoyrar, followed by dinner at Hotel Magenta in Miðvágur.
Sunday starts with a church service in Toftir’s Fríðrikskirkjan church, followed by lunch at the Svangaskarð football stadium, hosted by bishop Jógvan Fríðriksson. The queen will then be taken through the new Eysturoy-Streymoy subsea tunnel to Strendur, where she will visit the Snældan spinning mill.
Following a press conference on Monday morning, the queen and her entourage will travel back to Copenhagen.
Translated by prosa.fo.