Thursday 13 September 2007

State Visit from Brasil

Yesterday the royal family participated in the state visit to Denmark by the Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. On arrival in the late afternoon the presidential couple met the Royal Family and later in the evening attended a gala dinner with formal speeches at Fredensborg Palace. On today's second day of the visit the president has been occupied with political, industry, union and project level meetings (see Politiken). It appears there has been an exchange of Danish and Brazilian decorations since the Queen, Prince Henrik, Frederik and Mary are sporting Brazilian orders (Order of the Southern Cross) and President Lula has an Order of the Elephant, while the First Lady has an Order of Dannebrog.

Danish Monarchy website gallery
Queen Margrethe's speech at the gala (in Danish)
Gala guest list
Gala dinner menu & music

Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Princess Benedikte at the greet the presidential couple at Kastrup airport

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, his wife Marisa Leticia at Fredensborg Palace

Gala dinner

Presidency of the Federative Republic of Brazil
First Lady Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva
Planalto Palace is the presidential palace in Brasilia designed by Oscar Niemeyer
Palace photo gallery of architect Oscar Niemeyer's 1960 building
Discover Brazil
A brief painless history of Brazil

From the Secretaria de Imprensa (Brasil) photos: Ricardo Stuckert:

TV2 screencap gallery of the Royal Family at Kastrup Airport to greet the Brazilian presidential couple
Hello magazine 'Aussie-born Mary every inch a European princess on latest outing'

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