Queen Margrethe II of Denmark: She is celebrating her 50th jubilee

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
She is celebrating her 50th anniversary of the throne

Queen Margrethe in the Danish Parliament on January 14.

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Queen Margrethe II has been on the Danish throne for 50 years. The monarch celebrated her anniversary on January 14th.

When Queen Margrethe II of Denmark ascended the throne of Europe’s oldest monarchy in 1972, she was just 31 years old, her father Frederik IX. died the same day at the age of 72 after a short illness. That day is now half a century ago. Yesterday, January 14, the monarch celebrated her 50th jubilee – as good as it gets during the pandemic. The Queen started her day by visiting her parents’ grave in the cemetery of Roskilde Cathedral in Copenhagen, where she laid a wreath.

She was accompanied by her sister Princess Benedikte (77) and her two sons, Crown Prince Frederik (53) and Prince Joachim (52) and their wives. Her youngest sister Anne-Marie of Greece (75) was unable to attend as her husband tested positive for Covid-19. In general, the day was marked by the pandemic: numerous guests stayed away, larger public celebrations for the popular monarch are to be made up for in September.

Private Dinner with the Royal Family

But Queen Margrethe II did not let the celebrations go completely: After visiting the cemetery, she met the government. She was honored in Parliament. “You are a moral compass,” said Parliament Speaker Henrik Dam Kristensen (64) in a speech. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (44) also underlined the importance of Margrethe for Denmark. “Their great commitment is reflected in either a big smile or deep frown lines, without any filter,” said Frederiksen of the queen, who is appreciated for her directness.

On Friday evening, the royal family met for a private dinner at Amalienborg Palace to celebrate Margrethe II. On the Instagram account, the palace shared several photos of the evening, among others Pictures of the festively decorated table such as a new official family portrait, which was created in the evening. It also features all eight of the Queen’s grandchildren.


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