Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will be attending the Opening Ceremony of the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, on June 25th, 2013.The wife of the Danish heir to the throne, H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik has accepted an invitation extended by the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hannelore Kraft. The Kingdom of Denmark is this year’s CHIO partner country. In their role as the partner country, the Scandinavians will be significantly shaping the show and in particular the Opening Ceremony. For example the famous golden carriage of the Danish Royal Family will be participating in the colourful parade as well as the Hussar Guards Regiment and the Royal Guards with their affiliated music corps. H.R.H. Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark’s sister, will be officially opening the CHIO Aachen 2013.
“We are very much looking forward to the Royal guests,“ commented Carl Meulenbergh, President of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV). “The fact that both I.K.H. Princess Royal Mary of Denmark and I.K.H. Princess Benedikte of Denmark will be visiting us here in Aachen, demonstrates the high esteem that the CHIO Aachen enjoys in Denmark. Aachen will heartily welcome its Danish guests,” added Meulenbergh.
Tickets for the Opening Ceremony are still available online at www.chioaachen.de as well as from the ticket hotline on +49(0)241-917-1111. Over 35,000 spectators are expected to attend the event, which will be broadcast live on WDR.
The partner country Denmark will also be spectacularly represented in the exhibitor area at the “Danish Village“, where among others an original Danish holiday house and three royal coaches will be on show. Furthermore, the CHIO visitors will also be able to inform themselves here about the European Championships in Jumping, Dressage and Para-Dressage that are to be staged in Herning, Denmark, in August.