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Queen Margrethe II Celebrates 50 Years on the Throne

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee will be marked with a number of events in the middle of January and throughout the year

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By Louise Chamberlain  Picture: Per Morten Abrahamsen ( Offical Jubilee portait), Den Kongelige Fotografisamling, Kongernes Samling, Keld Navntofte, Hisham Ammar

On 14 January, it will be 50 years since Queen Margrethe II became Queen of Denmark.

You can expect to see the Dannebrog flying across Denmark as Danes mark this important date for their popular monarch.

Margrethe was born on 16 April 1940, a week after the Nazi invasion of Denmark, at the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.

She was the first child of Crown Prince Frederik(who became King Frederik the 9th) and Crown Princess Ingrid (Queen Ingrid).

At the time of her birth, only males could ascend to the Danish throne. However, in the absence of a male heir, a new Act of Succession was passed in March 1953 which meant females could become Queen as long as they did not have a brother.

Consequently, at the age of 13, the young Princess became heiress presumptive to the throne.

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On her accession to the Throne, Queen Margrethe II became the first Danish Sovereign under the new Act of Succession.

The Act was revised again in 2009 to allow full equality, which means that the regent’s oldest child – regardless of gender – now inherits the Throne.

She is the first female monarch of Denmark since Margrethe I who ruled the Scandinavian countries from 1375 until 1412.

The Queen is known for her creativity and style. Many of her paintings have been exhibited both in Denmark and abroad.

She was the stage designer of “The Snow Queen” which premiered in 2019 in Tivoli and is often seen wearing clothes that she designed herself.

She illustrates books (including the Danish edition of Tolkiens’ Lord of the Rings) and designs postage stamps under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer.

Covid-19 restrictions have resulted in a number of the events that had been scheduled to mark the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Accession to the Throne in mid-January 2022 being postponed.

These include, among other things, a celebration at the Copenhagen City Hall, a command performance at the Royal Danish Theatre’s Old Stage, a celebratory church service in Copenhagen Cathedral, and a gala banquet at Christiansborg Palace, which have now been scheduled for 10 and 11 September 2022.

The final program will be announced later in the year.

On the day of the jubilee, the Queen will participate in several formal events to mark the occasion.

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Here is the adapted program for 14 January 2022:

09:30: HM The Queen begins the day with a council of state at Christiansborg Palace together with HRH The Crown Prince.

10:00: HM The Queen, The Crown Prince Couple, TRH Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, and HRH Princess Benedikte attend the Danish Parliament’s official celebration of the anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne.

12:00: HM The Queen, The Crown Prince Couple, TRH Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, HRH Princess Benedikte, and HM Queen Anne-Marie participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Frederik the 9th and Queen Ingrid’s grave at Roskilde Cathedral.

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Traditionally, on special occasions in the Royal House of Denmark, Danes gather outside Det Gule Palæ at Amalienborg to sign a congratulations book.

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus situation, they will not be permitted to do this on 14 January. Instead, a digital congratulations book will be set up for people to send personal messages to the Queen on the occasion of this special anniversary.

Don’t worry if your Danish is not up to it. The Queen also speaks English, French, Swedish, and German!

Above pictures:(left to right): Queen’s 81 birthday during corona- the royal guard plays for her at Fredensborg, 3 sisters and 2 Queens Margrethe, Benedicte and Anne-Marie (ex Queen of Greece), Margrethe as a young child and her mother Queen Ingrid, a series of pictures from former public celebrations of the Queen without an epidemic. Pictures: Den Kongelige Fotografisamling, Kongernes Samling, Keld Navntofte, Kongehuset, Hisham Ammar

Information about the jubilee is being continuously updated on the Royal House of Denmark’s website, kongehuset.dk.

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