Funnily, the day I drank the most in Greenland is the day Prince William and Kate were married.
Greenland is yet part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and although there is a movement for the complete independence, still lots of people love the royal family. Greenlanders’ loyalty to the Danish Monarchy is so strong that one of my colleagues even say, “Greenlanders will keep the Queen even after they acquire full independence from Denmark,” and many agree.
And when the Crown Prince couple gave their twin kids Greenlandic middle name—Minik and Ivalo, it seemed like the whole country was celebrating it. That was certainly the day’s topic of lunch in my office, and every media—newspapers, TVs and radio—was talking about it whole day. People were so happy about the royal couple’s decision and were very much proud of it.
On a side note, the Crown Prince Frederik André Henrik Christian is very popular here: My colleagues said that the Prince is considered very favorable to Greenland. He has visited here often and spent quite a good amount of time. (He already visited here twice during my five-month stay.) He also stays low-key: He sometimes flies to Nuuk by Air Greenland along with ordinary people. One of my colleagues took the same plane with him, and she said besides a tighter security at the Copenhagen airport, there was not much difference from other times. Usually there’s no security check for domestic flights at the Kangerlussuaq airport where one has to stop over to go to Nuuk from Copenhagen, and it wasn’t an exception even when the Prince was on board. In addition, there’re no business or first class seats from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk. The Crown Prince was sitting in the economy seat along with ordinary Greenlanders. (There’s no business seat in that plane.)
So, on Prince William’s wedding day, I found the Greenlandic family, who then I was living with, ArnajaraK’ and Gabi having a wine party when I came home from work.
“What’s the occasion?” I asked.
“We’re celebrating Prince William’s wedding,” ArnajaraK’ said jolly.
“Huh? Why? He’s not your Prince.”
“Oh, you know, we have Queen. We just LOVE royal families!” she said. Well, basically any royal family, I guess. Even though the newly-wed royalty is not Dane.
That was very interesting. Certainly AnarjaraK’ is not one of those, who want to be free from the Danish ruling. She said it’s just a small number of people who voice up to make it sound like the majority’s. Although she’s very proud of Greenlandic culture and is worried about young people not learning the Greenlandic language, the political matters don’t bother her much. She just loves the Queen and their family so much. So, why not celebrate William and Kate’s wedding?
So, the party we started with mere red and white wine has ended after emptying already-opened Cointreau, Baileys, Remy Martin, and Courvoisier cognac, along with lots of Greenlandic music and some dances. We all were pleasantly drunk, well, good enough for me to do nothing the following day. Kasuutta!
+ Kasuutta = Cheers in Greenlandic