© Photographer Steen Evald
The Danish Cultural Institute is very proud to have HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark as patron. She accepted the patronage in 2005 and has since visited the institutes in Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Riga, Brussels and Rio de Janeiro.
The Royal patronage provides a connection to one of the most venerable institutions in Denmark – the monarchy – the world’s oldest. Having very limited actual power or influence the monarchy functions as a “gathering point”, which most of Danes follows and reveres. The very popular monarchy arguably is one of the strong pillars in Danish resilience.
In December 2018 HRH Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark and HRH Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark visited the capital of Latvia, Riga to mark the official celebration of Latvia’s centenary. Here they visited the National Library where the office of DCI is located to whom they donated the Danish children’s book The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear. HRH Crown Prince Frederik opened the conference Creative Industries. Matchmaking and participated in the announcement of the winner of the architect competition for TabFab, Riga’s creative quarter. Furthermore, the Crown Prince couple participated in a concert by the world-famous baroque orchestra Concerto Copenhagen in Riga’s Big Guilt.