Danish queen is the toast of Washington

With the Washington Monument in the background, Denmark's Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik pose on the speaker's balcony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. The capital was the first stop on the royal couple's five-day tour of the U.S.
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Denmark's Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik pose on the speaker's balcony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2011.
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(CBS) Denmark's Queen Margrethe made a whirlwind visit to Washington this week, cramming a visit the Capitol, Library of Congress and city museums, a cruise up the Potomac, parties at the embassy and an evening at the ballet into her agenda.

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The 71-year-old Danish monarch and her French-born husband, Prince Henrik, visited the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress and several of the city's museums. They also visited a number of Danish companies, met with consuls, cruised the Potomac and attended a performance of the Royal Danish Ballet a the Kennedy Center.

The two were accompanied by Victoria Reggie Kennedy, widow of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., whose father was born in Copenhagen

The royal couple got a standing ovation Tuesday night at the Kenedy Center that was even longer than the one the ballet company received.

From Washington, the Queen will go to New York, where she and her consort prince will participate in the Danish American Society Gala at the Museum of Natural History, visit ithe UN headquarters and view a selection of Danish design at the Museum of Modern Art.

The queen will be named "Person of the Year" at the Danish American Society Gala.

On June 11, Prince Henrik will be is in Solvang, Calif., to celebrate the city's 100th anniversary, visit Stanford University and tour the Danish Innovation Center in Silicon Valley.