On the 9th of July 2015, Ittoqqortoormiit had a royal visitor – the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II. She visits Greenland quite often, and this was her third visit in Ittoqqortoormiit during her 43 years on the Danish throne.
I did not walk up to the heliport, where the Queen arrived, but I could see a big crowd of people standing up there to welcome her at that time. At first, she visited different institutions, like the old people’s home and the kindergarten. On this first picture, the police (who drove her around town) is waiting outside, while the Queen is visiting the kindergarten.
The Queen on her way out of the kindergarten, followed by our local politicians (in white anorak).
Then, everyone in the community was invited to drink coffee with the Queen in the sports hall.
There wasn`t an empty seat left!
Charlotte Pike, our locally elected politician/member of the Council of Sermersooq Community (www.sermersooq.gl), gave a speech. The Queen was accompanied by the Greenlandic prime minister, Kim Kielsen (in a grey anorak, sitting between Charlotte and the Queen). We were quite excited about seeing him in person, as well!
A Group of children performed Greenlandic folk-dances. Unfortunately, I didn`t get a good photo of them while they were dancing. They performed very well!
Locally made gifts were handed over.
Andreas Sanimuinaq did perform traditional drum dances.
The Queen seemed to have a good time – and so did we :-).
I shared this!! 🙂 hehe, funny, she’s going to officielle open the road just where we live today. What a royal Road 😉
Kielsen, however, does not seem to be having a good time in any of the pictures. 🙂
Doesn’t seem to be, does he?
How long will there be no snow to speak of on the ground? She came at the right time for sure. Thanks for keeping your blog going.
Thank you gor your open window to the white and green world.
I want to travel to Greenland, I want to see and know your peoples, fauna and icebergs.
I have a doubt, a question, I have looking for in internet, but whithout success, so I decided to write you, maybe you can help me.
¿What is the best place in Greenland gor watchs icebergs?
¿Can would be posible see them as well as walk on the banquisa at the same time of the year?
Thank you again and best regards to you and Ingkasi from the valley of Rodalquilar, España.
Joaquín Muñoz-Baroja Martín