June 17, 2011

I was disappointed in the coverage The Post gave the official visit to the United States by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Denmark is one of our oldest allies, and a good portion of the queen’s visit was devoted to meeting with Danish firms that do business here. She and her husband, Prince Consort Henrik, attended the opening night of the Royal Danish Ballet at the Kennedy Center. She visited Congress and the Library of Congress and met with House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), whose father was born in Copenhagen.

But The Post largely ignored the queen’s visit, save for two small mentions: one in a review of the ballet and the other a single paragraph with a small picture inside the Style section.

It seems that most of The Post’s staff do not realize that monarchies extend beyond Britain. Had Queen Elizabeth II made even a private visit to the United States, The Post would have run a photograph; a state visit would likely get several pages.

Marlene A. Koenig, Alexandria

Marlene Koenig is the author of “Queen Victoria’s Descendants.”

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The June 10 “Reliable Source” described German Chancellor Angela Merkel as “a fellow Northern European head of state” to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. As a newspaper that claims expertise in political coverage, you should know the difference between a head of state and a head of government.

Harlan Cohen, Washington

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