The Danish sovereign arrived in Greece on the royal yacht Dannebrog for a three-day visit to the Mediterranean country
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Named after the Danish flag, the luxury vessel has travelled 300,000 nautical miles since it was first launched in 1932
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MARGRETHE SAVOURS GREECE'S CHARMS

Denmark's Queen Margrethe sailed into Athens' Faliron Marina in royal splendour this week. Travelling in a manner fitting her status, Margrethe arrived in Greece on the royal yacht Dannebrog for a three-day state visit.

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With the sun beaming down, the monarch had clearly prepared for the Mediterranean climate in a summer frock and matching hat in a cheerful shade of turquoise.

Not surprisngly 66-year-old Margrethe looked right at home on the luxury vessel, which has been in her family's service since 1932. Named after the Danish flag, the ship often hosts the royals during summer cruises and their many official visits overseas.

Accompanied by her husband Prince Henrik, the queen stopped off at the Danish Institute in the Greek capital. The couple also met the Greek President Karolos Papoulias.

Athens' chief draw is the architectural splendour of the Parthenon temple, but the city also makes a great base for trips to the nearby Saronic islands. The closest of these, Aegina is thought to be the birthplace of the famous playwright Aristophanes, and is known for its fine ceramics and pistachio nuts.

Also a short trip away are Poros, Salamina, Hydra and Spetses, which found favour with John Lennon who holidayed there with Yoko Ono in the Sixties. Since then, countless visitors have been attracted by the archipelago's deserted coves, charming fishing villages, and romantic ruins set amid the olive groves.

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