Danish queen moved to paint Da Lat scenery

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark painted a Da Lat landscape during her visit to the flower city last Sunday.

One of the queen's guards said he had accompanied many country leaders for several years but such an "interesting" out-of-schedule activity was the first ever.

The royal family was having lunch at the Golden Valley resort besides the Dan Kia-Suoi Vang water plant, which they'd just visited, when the queen took out a paintbrush and began sketching Dan Kia-Suoi Vang Lake.

The queen's husband Henrik also visited a pine tree that he planted at the water plant during his first visit to Vietnam ten years ago.

In 1982, the Danish government had helped the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong build the water plant and it has provided clean water to Da Lat since 1984.

On Monday, the group stopped at the Vinh Tien Company and tried the company's main products - artichoke tea and red wine. Vinh Tien, which has benefited from Denmark-sponsored projects to maintain food safety and raise the competitiveness of medium and small-sized projects, was the last destination in Da Lat before the royal family left the country from Ho Chi Minh City the same day.

Many Lam Dong projects are sponsored by the Danish government, including one to improve living standards at the Tien Hoang and Phuoc Cat communes in Cat Tien District. The two communes are located next to Cat Tien National Park, the only home of the Java rhinoceros in Vietnam.

During the first Danish state visit to Vietnam from November 1-9, Queen Margrethe and her family had attended a street art festival in Hanoi and visited Hue and HCMC.

Denmark and Vietnam established diplomatic relations in 1971.

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