Friday, October 31, 2008

Danish royal couple to visit Thailand

Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will be in Thailand for a four-day state visit from Nov 24-28 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Thai-Danish diplomatic relations.

A trade mission comprising over 30 Danish companies will accompany the royal couple to strengthen commercial and industrial ties between the two countries.

"This will be the largest and most comprehensive promotion of Danish business and industry in Thailand," Crown Prince Frederik said at the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen recently.

"Today, Thailand is a modern country that offers vast opportunities for foreign investments," he added.

The accompanying trade mission represents key sector of mutual interests between Thailand and Denmark such as energy and environment technology, food and food processing, airport equipment and lifestyle products, Crown Prince Frederik said.

Their two toddlers, three-year-old Prince Christian and one-and-a-half year-old Princess Isabella, will not be travelling with the royal couple to Thailand, though.

"The programme is a busy programme, so they'll be better off staying home. We'll take them another time and enjoy the beaches," said Australian-born Crown Princess Mary.

Thai-Danish official diplomatic relations date back to the reign of of King Mongkut. When King Chulalongkorn ushered Siam into modernisation, he got help from several Danish diplomats to develop the navy, expand sea trades, and build up rail infrastructure.

In the modern era, Thai-Danish cooperation led to the setting up of the country's national airline as well as dairy farming.

"The Crown Princess and I hope that the visit will strengthen the existing relationship and also strengthen the trade and commercial cooperation," said Crown Prince Frederik."

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