Royal visit to the Island of Anholt

Kind of old news but a week ago on Thursday May 26th the Island of Anholt got a royal visit by her Majesty Magrethe II of Denmark together with her husband, they arrived with the Royal Yacht "Dannebrog" named after the flag of Denmark. It is not every day you see other people in the desert and certainly not royalty in a Range Rover, on their way to visit the lighthouse in the eastern part of the Island.

The visit to the lighthouse featured a very special experience for the Queen. She was not afraid to climb the many stairs in the 42 meter high lighthouse and got rewarded by seeing the island's seals through binoculars. She spent much time and a large number of seals was equally interested in the royal guest as she was in them, they emerged from the water and looked curiously up at the unusual visitors in the lighthouse. The Common Seal (Phoca vitulina) have the Island of Anholt as one of their main breeding sites and habitats in Northern Europe.

I'm not a press or paparazzi photographer and therefore not interested in making a close up shot of the queen, but more interested in making a collection of landscape images with the royal convoy in the desert - a very rare opportunity and not likely to happen again any time soon!

All images: (Nikon D700, Nikkor AFS 300mm 2,8 VR ED, iso 200, tripod)

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