Crown Princess Mary’s Secret Trip to Afghanistan
The Danish Defense Ministry announced Tuesday that Crown Princess Mary is back from a secret two-day visit to Afghanistan. She made the visit to Danish troops on Sunday and Monday.
Upon her arrival in the war-torn country, Mary went to Helmand province where she toured Denmark’s bases of Camp Bastion, Armadillo and Price. She was accompanied by Defense Minister Soeren Gade and speaker of Parliament Thor Pedersen.
Mary also met with the mayor of the local town of Gereshk.
After spending the night in Helmand Province, the Crown Princess then went to Kandahar to visit an American field hospital where Danish personnel are also working.
Mary’s visit follows in the same path as her husband, Crown Prince Frederik. He made a secret trip to Afghanistan last year.
About 750 Danish troops are part of the NATO coalition in the country. It has lost 28 soldiers since late 2001, and that means Denmark is suffering the worst losses of the coalition due to its population of 5.5 million people.