Denmark’s Prince Joachim and Princess Marie celebrate their copper wedding anniversary on 24 November 2020.

Photo: HH Princess Athena

The Royal Danish Court has released a new photo of the royal couple, taken by their daughter, Princess Athena, in Paris.

According to the Royal Danish Court, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, will celebrate in private with their two children, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena.

Prince Joachim married his second wife Marie Cavallier on 24 May 2008 in Møgeltønder Church, followed by a wedding reception at Schackenborg Castle.

The day also marked the 73rd wedding anniversary of Prince Joachim’s grandparents, King Frederik IX and Ingrid of Sweden.

From left to right: Prince Nikolai, Princess Marie, Princess Athena, Prince Joachim, Prince Felix and Prince Henrik in 2019. Photo: Steen Brogaard, Danish Royal Court

Copper Anniversary Celebrations in Denmark

In Denmark, couples celebrate their copper anniversaries after 12 and a half years of marriage.

Family, friends and neighbours build a half arch over their front door, and a full arch for the silver anniversary (25 years), the night before.

The day kicks off around 6.00 or 7.00 am when family, friends and neighbours surprise the couple with a noisy, festive wake-up call with some music and songs.

The couple hosts a celebratory breakfast by serving coffee, bread rolls and Danish pastry, and probably a couple of Old Danish Bitters.

Afterwards, family, friends and close neighbours are invited to a party, with a three-course meal, in a hired room or community hall where guests give personal speeches and sing about five to ten songs!

Pieces of almond cake (krangsekage) is also served after the meal.

Meanwhile, copper anniversaries are celebrated as 9th wedding anniversaries in the United Kingdom, 7th in both the United States and Australia.

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