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Queen Margrethe II Celebrates 40 Years on Throne

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

Queen Margrethe II

Queen Margrethe II, Denmark

40 years ago, on January 14th, King Frederik IX of Denmark passed away from an illness. His eldest daughter and heir, 31 year old Crown Princess Margrethe, became Queen Margrethe II, head of a monarchy with over 1,000 years of history.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Celebrates 40 Years on The Throne - City Hall Reception

Queen Margrethe II,

– her family, and the rest of Denmark celebrated her ruby jubilee, January 14th 2012.

It began with the Queen and her two younger sisters, Princess Benedikte and Anne-Marie, the former Queen of Greece, laying wreaths at the tombs of their parents – King Frederik and Queen Ingrid – at Roskilde Cathedral. The Queen’s husband, Prince Henrik, her two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, and daughter in law, Crown Princess Mary were also there. Princess Marie is out on maternity leave.

The royal family then boarded a train back to Copenhagen where they were picked up by a horse drawn golden carriage that drove them through the city. Large cheering crowds were there to greet and honor their Queen, affectionately known as Daisy.

At City Hall, reception took place, attended by King Carl XVI Gustaf andQueen Silvia of Sweden, Norway’s King Harald V and Queen Sonja , the former Greek royals, and Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.

During the reception, Her Majesty received a gift from Copenhagen’s mayor and told him the city will have a “special place in her heart” always.

Afterward, Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik stood on the balcony where about 5,000 cheered for her below.

A recent poll shows nearly 80 percent of Danes approve of the monarchy, making it perhaps the most popular in Europe. When the Queen took over the institution, it was a lot less popular.

Queen Margrethe II has been able to “modernize an ageing monarchy and adapt it to the evolving society,” explained Lars Hovbakke Soerensen, a historian at the University of Copenhagen.

In the evening, a gala concert was held with the Danish royals dressed up. The concert included ballet and music conducted by Markus Lethinen.

Please watch the video below, with interview of CNN by Queen Margrethe II, at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, of this milestone in her life.


Learn more about Queen Margrethe II of Denmark biography.

Learn also about the family of Queen Margrethe II and the Danish Monarchy.

ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Copehagen opens the doors to the exhibition THE ESSENCE OF COLOURThe Art of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, from January 28. to Juli 1, 2012. This is the biggest exhibition hitherto of the Queen’s art, where the public can follow her artistic development over the past 35 years. Over 130 acrylic paintings, water-colours and découpages are presented – including a series of brand new works that have never before been shown to the public.

Here can you see part of Queen Margrethe II arcylic paintings.

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