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Secessionist Mr. Speaker declines invitation to wine and dine with Danish royal family

“When the Danish royal house offers to be a host in the Faroe Islands, then it is against my firm nationalist persuasion,” states Mr. Páll á Reynatúgvu.

Mr. Páll á Reynatúgvu, the speaker of the Faroese parliament and member of the Faroese Republican Party (Tjóðveldi), has declined an invitation to dinner onboard the royal yacht Dannebrog.

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary and His Royal Highness Prince Frederick of Denmark are visiting the Faroe Islands this week, and part of their immensely busy program is a Saturday afternoon dinner party onboard Dannebrog.

However, the dinner party will go ahead without the very secessionist-minded Mr. Speaker, who instead will attend the women‘s Cup final between HB-EB/Streymur Skála as his daughter is a squad member of the Tórshavn-based team.

The final kicks off at 4 oclock on Saturday – at the very same time as the royal dinner.

“I am her biggest fan and I have followed her ever since she, at the age of three, put her football boots on for the very first time, and therefore there was nothing I could do,” Mr. Reynatúgvu said in a statement to Faroese news website JN.fo.

It was obvious that he did not refer to Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary, but to his own daughter.

However, Mr. Speaker suggested that he would not have accepted the royal invitation anyway, even if he did not have the Cup final to attend.

“When the Danish royal house offers to be a host in the Faroe Islands, then it is against my firm nationalist persuasion, and of course I can never accept a Danish royal badge.

I am a Faroese republican and as a politician, chosen by the people, it is one of your most important tasks to stay true to your beliefs, no matter what pressure you are put under or whatever temptations there may be,” Mr. Reynatúgvu stated.

In 2016, when Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark visited the Faroe Islands, Mr. Speaker also declined an invitation to dinner onboard the royal yacht Dannebrog. He did, however, welcome Her Majesty the Queen to the Faroese parliament, while he also attended other events – hosted by Faroe Islanders – during the 2016 royal visit.

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary and His Royal Highness Prince Frederick of Denmark are set to stay in the Faroe Islands for four days and will conduct various engagements – where Mr. Reynatúgvu will be attend a couple of them.

The royal couple,  who have brought along their four children Isabella (11), Josephine (7), Christian (12) and Vincent (7) for their official visit to one of the outposts of the Danish Kingdom, arrived in Tórshavn Harbor around 9 oclock this morning, where they were greeted by the island’s locals who had gathered in anticipation of their arrival, presenting Mary with an elegant posy as she stepped from the Dannebrog.

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