Tuesday, 23 August 2016

The royals at the hot dog van

Joachim and Marie hang out at the hot dog van in Copenhagen - well, it is summer after all
(photo kongehuset.dk)

It's just your average summer day out. A stroll through Copenhagen, the smell of fast food cooking and a prince and princess hanging out at the hot dog van. Joachim and Marie of Denmark spent quite a lot of time propping up the bar of the takeout van this week but it was all in a good cause. Like eating hot dogs isn't a good enough cause already.

The royal couple headed out to the Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival on August 22nd. They were there for the Top Dog competition, an annual event held for charity and of which Marie is patron.

It's not a bad patronage to have as the job required Joachim and Marie to tour several gourmet hot dog vans in the city centre as they competed for the title of Top Dog. Cue photos of the fifth in line to the throne and his wife queuing up for a plate of takeout food.

The Top Dog contest is the unofficial world championships of hot dogs and this year eight nations took part including a home team from Denmark as well as competitors from England, Ireland, Norway, Japan, Belgium, Venezuela and eventual winners, Kurdistan.

Princess Marie handed over the prizes to the winners and all the profits from the sales went to CARE and its project to provide food for people in need in Tanzania - Prince Joachim is patron of CARE.

It was a fun day with a serious message but also a golden opportunity to enjoy a rare sight - a pair of royals queuing up at the hot dog van. 

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