She has been sitting on her country’s throne for half a century. How Denmark celebrates its monarch despite the corona pandemic.
Copenhagen – Queen Margrethe II has been the head of state of the Danish kingdom for 50 years now. The 81-year-old monarch was born on her 50th anniversary on Fri
day at a smaller parliamentary event at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen for her long reign. Larger celebrations planned around the jubilee had to be postponed in advance due to the ongoing pandemic. They should be made up for in mid-September.
Parliament Speaker Henrik Dam Kristensen said the Queen was a personality around which Danes rallied. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen also underlined the importance of Margrethe for Denmark. Especially in Corona times, the monarch’s commitment was invaluable.
Memories of Frederick IX.
The monarch then wanted to travel by train to Roskilde Cathedral, where on the 50th anniversary of the death of her father Frederik IX. a wreath should be laid. As before in Parliament, her sons Crown Prince Frederik (53) and Prince Joachim (52), their wives Crown Princess Mary (49) and Princess Marie (45) and one of her younger sisters, Princess Benedikte (77), will be at Margrethe’s side.
After the death of her father on January 14, 1972, Margrethe was proclaimed head of the Danish kingdom. In addition to the EU country Denmark, their kingdom also includes Greenland and the small Faroe Islands. In Europe, only the British Queen Elizabeth II (95) sits longer on the throne – she celebrates her 70th jubilee this year. dpa