Volcanic Ash Clouds Didn’t Stop Danish Queen’s Birthday Celebration
Not everything was put on hold by the volcanic ash cloud spewed by Iceland‘s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. The birthday celebrations of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark went on schedule despite some of her guests not being able to attend due to the “natural” disturbance. She turned 70 Friday, April 16.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Archduke Carl Christian of Austria managed to attend. Royal families from Belgium, Norway, Spain and Luxembourg were no longer expected to arrive as their flights were among those cancelled. Even the President of Iceland was invited but was obviously not able to attend.
About 1,200 guests were invited to the concert in honor of the Queen.
In other stories, foreign dignitaries are already canceling their flights to attend the funeral of Poland‘s late President Lech Kanzynski due to the volcanic air cloud.
Meanwhile, some 20 countries have already closed their air space and some have already extended their flight bans until Monday, April 19.
KLM, a Dutch airline and Lufthansa airline from Germany are carrying out test flights to see if it is already safe for planes to fly.