23.May 2006

HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary

At exactly 12.30 pm, 'Krone 8' arrived on the museum forecourt and stopped outside Valby Old Depot.

Chairman Mikael Lund and vice-chairman Per Tingman Møller of the Danish Tramway Historical Society stood ready to welcome HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary.


Both the Crown Prince and Crown Princess greeted the many expectant guests.


After a welcoming speech, Mikael Lund presented the association's gift, a toy wooden model of the royal tram, to Prince Christian and the Crown Prince and Princess.


As the weather, unfortunately, was not at its best, the presentation was made indoors in Valby Old Depot.

After the presentation, the royal tram was inspected before the royal guests entered the tram.


With expert help from the museum's workshop manager, Jørgen Krog, and assistant workshop manager Morten Storgaard, Crown Princess Mary drove the tram out along the museum's standard gauge stretch.


The Crown Princess clearly enjoyed driving the 17-ton tram.


At the Skovkanten (Woodside) stop, it was Crown Prince Frederik's turn to drive the tram.

In the Frederiksberg tram reserved for the press, the photographers were ready to take the Picture of the Year.


The Crown Prince also enjoyed driving the tram.

At the Eilers Eg terminal, association chairman Mikael Lund showed the royal guests around. They enjoyed the view from atop a double-decker tram before making their way back to the museum forecourt, this time in a Copenhagen tram.


This tram, too, transported first the Crown Princess and then the Crown Prince without problems.


Inside Valby Old Depot, the Crown Prince and Princess were shown around the exhibition, the exhibited trams and the Cadillac that once belonged to the Crown Prince's great-grandfather, Christian X.

Following some refreshments, HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary left the Tramway Museum after a very successful visit.