Danish football fans have been left in uproar over news that Crown Princess Mary and her son are flying in for the semi final match against England at Wembley tomorrow thanks to a UEFA deal that allows VIPs to skip quarantine while fans are banned from travelling.
Only around 6,000 ex-pat Danes who are based in the UK have been allocated tickets among the 60,000-strong Wembley crowd - while fans living in Denmark were told not to travel as they would fall foul of 10-day quarantine regulations.
But an exception to those rules - which has left thousands of Danes frustrated - has been made for Crown Prince Frederik, his wife Princess Mary, 49, and their 15-year-old son Prince Christian to allow them to travel to London for the match.
All three have been invited by the Danish Football Union (DBU) to join officials at Wembley - sparking fury among Danes.
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, pictured with their four children, Prince Christian,Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine and Princess Isabella, when they celebrated their ten-year wedding anniversary on May 14th 2014
Obligatory balcony shot: Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik, with Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Prince Henrik, appear on the balcony of Christian VII's Palace after their wedding
Crown Princess Mary participates in the inauguration of the new children's hospice, Strandbakkehuset on June 16, 2021
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attend the UEFA EURO 2020 Group B football match between Denmark and Belgium at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on June 17, 2021
Football VIPs will be allowed to visit the UK without having to quarantine as part of a deal to keep the Euro 2020 finals in England, according to reports.
Ministers are reportedly set to agree a deal with UEFA which will exempt officials, politicians and sponsors from the UK's travel restrictions in order to attend the semi-finals and final at Wembley.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
But the VIPs, who are thought to number in the 'low thousands', will have to remain in a 'bubble' during their visit, reports suggest.
The reported deal comes after UEFA threatened to move the semi-finals and final of the tournament to Hungary unless the UK Government eased travel restrictions for its officials and sponsors.
As part of the deal, around 2,500 VIPs would be allowed into the country and be given special permission to bypass usual travel restrictions, according to the Times.
Currently, most of Europe is on the UK's 'amber list', which would usually force arrivals into a self-imposed quarantine for 10 days.
But, under the plans, which according to the Telegraph were negotiated by Boris Johnson's football-loving chief of staff, Dan Rosenfield, a window for quarantine free entry will be opened for Uefa VIP's a day before the first semi-final at Wembley on July 6.
According to the paper, the window will remain in place until after the final, which is being played on July 11.
The VIPs will need to provide a negative test before leaving for the UK, and will have to undergo testing during their stay, according to the reports.
The VIPs will also be restricted to staying in selected hotels and to official meetings and matches.
However, according to the Times, most of the VIPs will fly in and out on the same day as the match they are attending.
The editor of Ekstra Bladet saw red at the apparent hypocrisy of allowing VIPs to enter the UK for the match.
Henrik Qvortrup railed in an editorial: ‘The Posh are welcome. Others are not. We cannot interpret it any differently when Danish fans are not allowed to travel to England and watch the national team, while those who sit in the most expensive seats are allowed to.
‘The British authorities have strict restrictions on the football fans who pay and create the atmosphere and the joy of football, but at the same time roll out the red carpet to people with VIP status and money.
‘Ekstra Bladet has been told that there will be representatives from the royal family present at Wembley. The royal crown couple and Prince Christian. (...) As we all know, blue blood gives immunity in all respects.’
‘It is completely natural that the royal family represents Denmark,’ said spokeswoman for the Danish Royal family, Lene Balleby.
The Danish royals’ Instagram page has shown Frederik, 53, and Christian attending group matches, and young Christian wearing a Danish shirt with the name of his idol and namesake Christian Eriksen on the back.
Outspoken editor Qvortrup, 57, is no stranger to controversy. He was former editor-in-chief of the controversial tabloid Se & Hør (See & Listen), and was jailed for three months in 2016 for illegally obtaining and misusing credit card information to track the whereabouts of the rich and famous.
Mary Elizabeth Donaldson (L) and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark smile during a press conference at Fredensborg Castle October 8, 2003 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The pair announced their engagement, with the wedding set for May 14, 2004
Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik The wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Countess Stephanie de Lannoy, Notre Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg on 20 October 2012
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