Islamabad - Danish Princess, Alexandra - niece of the Queen of Denmark Margrethe II, arrived in Pakistan as part of her work with UNESCO, World Heritage Centre, to view the protection of Pakistan’s cultural heritage. Her Royal Highness, Princess Alexandra has been working with UNESCO for many years now as part of their team to promote world heritage across the world. This is Princess Alexandra’s third visit to Pakistan, where she has been visiting several cultural places in Pakistan as well as met with Government officials.
Speaking about her visit to Pakistan, the Princess shared that through her work in UNESCO, World Heritage Centre, she has had the great privilege to be able to visit Pakistan on many occasions – “My first visit was in 2007, and I have been back three times since then. I have always been met with the outmost hospitality and warmth and I am profoundly grateful for all the kindness, and wonderful humor, that I have experienced while visiting and travelling within Pakistan. In the past years, I have been able to witness an immense determination and great efforts to make changes and improvements, which is particularly noteworthy in view of the difficult circumstances in which Pakistani people live.”
The main objectives of these missions have been to assist the authorities in identifying the measures they need to take to be able to adequately protect and conserve their cultural heritage.
Speaking to the Danish Ambassador, Uffe Wolffhechel, he expressed great enthusiasm about the visit of the Danish Princess Alexandra. “We are indeed excited to having a member of the Danish royal family visit Pakistan. This doesn’t happen every day.”
The ambassador shared that Denmark has one of the oldest monarchies in the world and is also one of the most firmly established and popular institutions in Denmark. Although Denmark had kings during the Viking period, absolute monarchy was introduced in 1660. “Peaceful changes may explain why Denmark is still a Monarchy. The Royal Family never interferes with politics and performs their duties in a most popular way. Many of the members of the royal family also hold normal civil jobs”, shared the Danish ambassador.
In a democratic society marked by youth uprisings and a break with old traditions, the Danish royal family is known for playing a positive role in building bridges between the traditions represented by previous monarchs and the movement towards modernisation represented by the older generation. Often termed the most popular royal family in Europe, a recent poll in Denmark showed that 77 percent of the Danes strongly support their monarchy. The Royal family is also known to be extremely popular among immigrants in Denmark because of their openness.