Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary ended their three day visit to Thailand on Wednesday – apparently unscathed from the recent chaos in the country. Despite Thailand’s problems, the royal couple had continued with appearances in and around Bangkok, the site of most of the turmoil.
The point of their tour was to celebrate 150 years of Danish-Thai economic ties. The Crown Prince made appearances based on that, visiting a Danish company based in Thailand, and cutting ribbons for two other companies. Interesting enough, the first company Frederik stopped by – Viking ASIA in Laem Chabang ouside of Bangkok - was a business that makes life saving devices.
Lay Diderichsen, Managing Director at VIKING Asia, was very pleased with the royal visit.
“It means a lot to us on a local base. The Royals are really important in Thailand and therefore it means a lot to the local society that His Royal Highness the Crown Prince visits us,” he says smilingly.
Meanwhile, Crown Princess Mary took time for a cultural tour of Bangkok. She attended a fashion show and lifestyle exhibition, where she was entertained by a masked Thai dancer.
Later, she visited a Community Medical Unit Center, went to a Wat Chinna Wararam School where children performed Thai Traditional music, and a temple where she watched fish being fed.
In the middle of their Thai visit, the Crown Prince and Princess got a chance to sit and meet with King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit, at the King’s summer palace in Hua Hin in Thailand’s southern peninsula.
Frederik and Mary got to meet with other Thai royals at a charity dinner. There, they dined with Princess Soamsawali Kitiyakara and Princess Bajrakitiyabha. The dinner supported diabetes awareness and treatment in Thailand.
The Crown Princely couple are now out of Thailand now, safe and sound. Now, the focus will be on Thailand’s royal family to see how they handle the new crisis in their unsteady kingdom. The family – especially King Bhumibol – is revered in Thailand. Many of the protestors are loyal to him.